Balgowlah Heights is a highly desirable suburb with a stunning outlook ideally positioned on a headland between North and Middle Harbour.
From Forty Baskets Beach (aptly named by commercial fisherman who used to boast about the about the abundant daily catch) the suburb borders the waters’ edge and sweeps around past beautiful Reef Beach, over towards Dobroyd and then down to Castlerock and finally Clontarf. Perhaps the most breathtaking section of the famous Spit to Manly walk is located right here.
Tourists are in awe of the most famous vantage point from popular Dobroyd Head. The panoramic view from here takes in North Head, Manly Beach, the Northern Beaches, Watsons Bay and the Eastern Suburbs.
Balgowlah Heights has a superb set of village shops featuring delightful gift and clothes shops and a range of other convenient shops and cafés and an award winning deli.
Balgowlah Heights boasts many designer homes on large sections of land, in addition to a number of very comfortable, post war houses, many of which have been transformed in recent years.
Quieter than neighbouring Balgowlah, this is a popular suburb for families in particular, where children and teenagers alike can enjoy swimming, walking and sailing. Regular buses service the CBD during peak hour and there is a regular bus to nearby Manly. Alternatively, Manly is just a 20 minute stroll away.
A popular suburb for some time, Balgowlah is a vibrant spot due to the mix of residences, shops, restaurants and of course the Village development completed in 2008. Less crowded than nearby Manly, Balgowlah offers great amenities, excellent public transport and of course easy access to the beach, North Harbour and the famous Spit to Manly Scenic Walkway.
Balgowlah is well known for its many fine examples of handsome Californian Bungalows and P&O style architecture. In addition, there are smart unit blocks which are home to the suburbs downsizers and young professionals who value the suburb for its excellent amenities and transport links to Manly and the CBD.
The suburb is home to reputable Manly West Public School, St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School and Balgowlah Boys High School, one of five campuses of Northern Beaches Secondary College.
The suburb is dotted with many small parks and recreational areas, including the nine hole Balgowlah Golf Course. The prestigious Manly Golf Course borders one side of the suburb and the Spit to Manly Walk can be accessed via North Harbour reserve on the other side of the suburb.
Residents, both young and old are regularly found enjoying the many outdoor pursuits on their doorstep and participate in an active lifestyle for which the Northern Beaches is so well known.
Being less than 15km from the city, with Manly’s famous beach a stroll away and boasting great access to beautiful Sydney Harbour National Park; it’s easy to understand why Balgowlah has been a desirable suburb for many years. And of course, North Side Living Real Estate has been located here since the company’s inception.
Seaforth spans a wide area bordered by North Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights and Clontarf.
It is an expansive and diverse suburb. Properties range from opulent waterfront homes with beautiful views of Middle Harbour right through to the few remaining affordable family houses on the Northern Beaches. Increasingly however these homes are being redeveloped into quality family homes.
Seaforth Village shops offer a range of boutiques, cafes and various services. The village is a bustling centre, with many city buses utilising Seaforth as the last drop off and pick up point before the CBD.
Seaforth Oval has recently been upgraded and is home to Seaforth Football Club and the local Little Athletics team during Summer. There is a large primary school and Balgowlah Boys High School sits on the border of Balgowlah and Seaforth.
Seaforth has for many years been home to Dalwood Homes, a community services centre housed in an historic and striking sandstone building. Dalwood is home to the Spilstead Centre, offering much needed support to both local and regional children and their families.
With easy access to Middle Harbour and Garigal National Park, residents of Seaforth enjoy fishing, boating and bush walking. Seaforth presents a very different aspect to living on the Northern Beaches, with the close proximity to Middle Harbour allowing lucky residents to feel quite remote from the city. Middle Harbour offers beautiful bushland outlooks and abundant natural beauty.
Clontarf is an exclusive waterside Sydney suburb situated on Middle Harbour and clambering up the slopes of the escarpment towards Balgowlah Heights. Many homes capture lovely views and even glimpses of the city skyline.
The centrepiece of Clontarf is Clontarf reserve, popular with locals and day-trippers alike. With BBQ facilities, a children’s playground and an enclosed swimming pool it is frequented by families throughout the seasons. Dog lovers are fond of Sandy Point, as dogs are permitted to roam and swim freely.
The famous Spit to Manly Walk commences at Clontarf and many hikers enjoy the bush track, stunning views and pristine beaches nearby.
Being so close to the water and the Spit, many locals use their runabouts to pop over to either Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Middle Harbour Skiff Club or any one of the award winning restaurants that are situated at the Spit.
Close to both Balgowlah Heights and Seaforth, Clontarf residents enjoy easy access to both precincts and of course, city-express buses. It is a rare Sydney suburb with great access to beautiful Sydney Harbour National Park and Middle Harbour’s bustling boating scene