The lower reaches of the mountains, where most commuters might find the commuting easier, is also showing strong price growth.
Blaxland, with a median of $750,000, has risen 72 per cent in the past five years, and Springwood, 60 per cent during the same period to $680,000.
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Catriona Swan, with Belle Property Leura, where the median is $765,000, has been selling in the Blue Mountains for 20 years and says she’s noticed “dramatic” change.
“It used to be retirees coming here but now it’s also families and young professional couples all looking for a better quality of life and to get more for their money,” she says.
“Western Sydney now has so much more employment, the transport infrastructure is so much better and technology means people are much more flexible in the way they work and might work from home a couple of days a week now.
“We’re seeing people coming from semis in the inner west and apartments in the eastern suburbs and lower north shore and getting a three to four-bedroom house on a large block for the same money,” Swan says.
The roads are so much better, Century 21 Combined Springwood principal Gary Bardwell says, with improvements to the Great Western Highway, the prospects of a faster run into the city with the WestConnex and continuing rail upgrades.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson says there have been express rail services added between the CBD and the Blue Mountains, and a new fleet of state-of-the-art trains will start on the tracks next year.