A Central Coast suburb with some of the most affordable property on offer includes the best public school in the entire nation.
Blue Haven’s local primary school recently won the coveted award of ‘Australia’s best public primary school’ at the Australian Education Awards.
With a median property price of $496,000, the suburb is also one of the cheapest places to buy a house.
For families battling to get into the property market, these combined factors could not be better.
Right now there are numerous three and four bedroom family homes on the market, with price tags around the $450,000-$550,000 mark.
Agent Andrew Sorensen, who sells plenty of Blue Haven property, said that the suburb was bucking the narrative of cheap houses indicating ‘rough’ areas.
“A lot of people confuse good value with poor quality — in the instance of property, they think cheap areas mean housing commissions or crap schools,” he said.
“But here we are with the best school in Australia. Over the past five years with the real estate cycle change, a lot of new people have moved into the suburb, which has worked well for the school.
“It’s a very unique situation where we’ve got these great entry-level properties and excellent schooling.”
Sorensen Real Estate are currently selling a waterfront renovation project with a price guide of $530,000 — about half the price of a house in Tempe or Sydenham in Sydney’s Inner West.
The three-bedroom property at 129 Birdwood Dr is on a generous 670sqm level block and includes polished timber floorboards, a main bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, solar panels and a private slipway.
For even less, 19 Newton Pl is a four-bedroom brick and tile home with a fully fenced level yard with a price guide of $450,000.
Or for something a bit more finished, 52 Rosella Circuit has four bedrooms, open-plan living areas and a huge undercover outdoor entertainment area with saltwater pool. It has a price guide of $550,000.
On top of the ‘best school win’, Blue Haven Public School’s Principal, Paul McDermott, was announced Government Primary School Principal of the Year.
The public school has recorded incredible success over the past two years, shooting from the bottom of the table for NAPLAN results to the top.
Principal McDermott said that he didn’t put the success of the school down to any particular program.
“Everything is tailored towards the needs of the kids. We have strong wellbeing practices which makes sure the kids feel safe and valued,” he told the Express Advocate in August.
“Educationally, we implemented evidence-based practices and the results have gone through the roof. The students are also behaving better and feeling safer, and we have also worked hard on community involvement and engagement.
“Getting parents through the door and into classrooms to see what the kids are doing has been pivotal. All of these ingredients have contributed to our success.”