Pymble’s reputation for beautiful, spacious homes set amid large, lush gardens has preceded it for more than a century.

The addition of stylish modern apartments means that Pymble now has something for everyone, from first home buyers, downsizers and investors to the most discerning of families.

With tranquil streets, abundant green spaces, and excellent transport links to the city, North Sydney, Chatswood, Macquarie Park and beyond, Pymble truly offers the ultimate Upper North Shore lifestyle.

History

The Ku-ring-gai area has been home to the Darramuragal or Darug people for thousands of years.

Pymble is named after Robert Pymble, a free immigrant from England who acquired a local land grant in 1823. He cultivated orchards of orange trees and served as the local policeman.

The residential subdivision of Pymble began in the 1880s as it became apparent the north shore train line was imminent. Pymble station opened in 1890 and before long the suburb was an established residential area complete with large homes on both sides of the station.

From 1910 to 1940, more shops sprang up in the area around the station. The Presbyterian Ladies’ College (now Pymble Ladies’ College) was founded in 1916, and the subdivision of land and building of new homes occurred right up to the 1950s.

In the 1970s and 80s a business and commercial centre was established south of the station on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Ryde Road, which has since been expanded.

Pymble is home to several noteworthy buildings, including the Ku-ring-gai Town Hall, built in 1934 as the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pymble Chapel, built in 1879 and the suburb’s oldest remaining building, and St Swithun’s Anglican Church on Telegraph Road. Significant Pymble homes include Grandview, built around 1880 as a bank but now used as a home, the Regency-style Merrivale, Federation mansion Colinroobie and Coppins, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and built in 1936.

What the locals love about Pymble

1. First class schools

Parents with an eye on their children’s education seek out Pymble for its excellent schools. Prestigious girls’ school Pymble Ladies’ College offers K-12 classes in its park-like grounds, and it ranked 18th out of the state’s private schools in 2020’s HSC. As well as PLC, parents of primary school children can choose from Pymble Public School, the high-performing state school, or the smaller Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, which boasts its own swimming pool.

2. Impressive homes

The quality of Pymble’s real estate is a big drawcard. The suburb is famous for its premium heritage houses and luxurious estates, many complete with pools and tennis courts. A local building boom in recent years has seen the renovation and construction of plenty of modern masterpieces too. The majority of Pymble’s houses include at least four bedrooms, making them perfect for families or just those who appreciate the luxury of space. Locals love Pymble’s large blocks, beautiful gardens and peaceful leafy streets.

3. Cosmopolitan lifestyle

While it hasn’t always been renowned for its dining culture, over recent years Pymble has upped its game in the café and restaurant stakes. These days locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to eat. Caffeine aficionados can get their fix at Siboni’s, where they really know their coffee. Francophiles can enjoy an authentic French café experience at Comme Chez Nous, while Brasserie l’Entrecote serves up top-notch traditional Parisian steakhouse fare. Cellar 8 Wine and Espresso Bar is a popular neighbourhood spot with an impressive wine list and a moreish menu.

Sales market update

Pymble is renowned for its family friendliness, and that’s reflected in the fact that most of its housing stock is freestanding homes, with 61% of them featuring four bedrooms or more. And thanks to the increased uptake of remote working, spacious homes are in demand like never before. Those after a smaller abode will find what they’re looking for amongst Pymble’s stylish apartments, which make up 17% of dwellings in the suburb.

As of August 2021, the median house price in Pymble is $2,860,000. It has risen an incredible 19.1% since August 2020, when the median was $2,400,000. Pymble’s unit prices have also increased slightly, with today’s median price of $965,000 2% higher than August 2020’s median of $946,000. Over the past five years houses in Pymble have seen a compound growth rate of 5.6% for houses and 1.1% for units.

Pymble’s top sales

Some of Pymble’s top real estate sales have been completed by the team at Chadwick, including:

Rental market update

Houses in Pymble rent out for $1050 per week, while units rent for $550 per week. As of August 2021, Pymble’s vacancy rate was a very tight 1.01%, reflecting both the suburb’s popularity and a great opportunity for property investors. Rented homes represent 17% of dwellings in Pymble, and the median annual rental yield is 1.9% for houses and 3.0% for units.

Are you looking to buy, sell, invest or rent in Pymble? Get in touch with our team today.

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