From agricultural heartland to thriving residential area, Sydney’s north-west has staged a dramatic transformation. With turbocharged transport connections and a new wave of shops, homes and businesses, it’s no wonder this is one of the fastest-growing regions of Greater Sydney.

This article was published by The Domain on 20th March 2020. Read the article here: https://www.domain.com.au/news/rouse-hill-from-agricultural-heartland-to-thriving-residential-area-938437/

Rouse Hill, roughly halfway between Parramatta and North Richmond, is in the heart of the action.

Famous for its rural heritage as the site of the early-1800s farmstead Rouse Hill House, the neighbourhood in the Hills District is adding a new feather to its cap as an in-demand suburb offering easy access to nearby business hubs and the Sydney CBD, 45 kilometres away.


Rouse Hill Regional Park is one of many green open spaces in the suburb. Photo: Supplied

One of the catalysts for the latest growth spurt was the recent opening of the Metro Northwest, a high-frequency rail service that takes 40 minutes to travel between Rouse Hill and Chatswood via Castle Hill and Epping.

An extension to the CBD and Bankstown is expected to be up and running by the mid-2020s, with plans to eventually link the network to the new Western Sydney Airport.

A new collection of homes inspired by one of the most intriguing myths of ancient history is enticing buyers to consider Rouse Hill as a place to call home.


Good Fella Coffee in neighbouring Bella Vista. Photo: Supplied

Babylon, from developer Denvell Group, is a collection of 332 residences in five five-storey buildings, the first of which is due for completion in mid-2022.

Inspiration from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon is evident in Rothelowman’s architecture, with monolithic facades and ethereal gateways paying homage to the castellation of ancient city walls.

Turf Design’s landscaping completes the lush effect, with tiered gardens, overhanging plants, natural stone seating and cooling water features.

Buyers can choose from apartments, townhomes or spacious sky terraces with private rooftop gardens on title. Interior highlights include marble benchtops, wool carpets, Miele appliances and Tasmanian oak engineered timber floors.


Babylon is a collection of 332 residences coming to Rouse Hill. Render: Denvell Group

Edward Harriman, director of Estates General, the exclusive agent for the project, says the Hills District has long been known for its lifestyle appeal. What was missing – until recently – was the convenience of efficient transport links.

“The introduction of the metro line in May of last year has opened up the entire Hills area like never before, making it a far more accessible local, specifically Rouse Hill,” Harriman says.

“This coupled with its competitive price point has made it a very appealing location to both owner-occupiers and investors – Rouse Hill is shaping up to be a real contender in the market ”

Business hubs at Norwest and Macquarie Park are accessible by rail. Parramatta town centre is less than 30 minutes away by car while Hillsbus also operates in the neighbourhood.


The design has been inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Render: Denvell Group

There are three main shopping areas in the suburb. Rouse Hill Town Centre, the largest with more than 230 stores and a Reading Cinema, is integrated with Rouse Hill station. Sydney Business Park, including IKEA and Costco, is about 15 minutes’ drive away.

A new hospital is planned for Windsor Road, 300 metres from Babylon. There are also plans for a new town centre at Tallawong, the start of the metro line.

Rouse Hill offers public primary and high schools, as well as Rouse Hill Anglican College. Other well-regarded schools in the area include Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Baulkham Hills and William Clarke College in Kellyville.


Rouse Hill Town Centre. Photo: Supplied

Despite all the recent development, it’s still easy to find green open spaces, such as Rouse Hill Regional Park, The Hills Centenary Park and Castlebrook Memorial Park. When it’s time to eat out, local favourites include Barbara’s Italian, Osso, The Fiddler and The Australian Hotel & Brewery.

Brendan Giardina and his wife Natalie opened Essence Patisserie on Adelphi Street seven years ago. The cake shop sells everything from plain cupcakes to elaborate wedding cakes.

“On Saturdays, we get fathers bringing their kids in to give the mums a break, as well as kids heading out in their sporting gear or coming in afterwards for a pie,” Giardina says.

“There are just a lot more people now than when we first opened and there’s a lot more diversity. We’re seeing so many more young families.”