Outer suburbs back en vogue after COVID-19

After weeks of working from home and avoiding the long commutes to work in CBDs around the country, workers are starting to realise the benefit of operating remotely.

For many people trying to balance their work and family lives, travelling to work each day can be particularly tricky, especially with long commute times for work in places such as Sydney.

On the back of COVID-19, people are beginning to embrace working from home which is potentially a game-changer for outer suburbs, where travelling to the CBD on a daily basis is simply too difficult.

In Sydney's Northern beaches, agents are seeing increased levels of interest from buyers who are now open to the idea of spending more time working from home.

Suburbs such as Avalon Beach and Bilgola which are 45km from the CBD and add more than an hour each way to travel time and seeing increased interest from buyers throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Ripehouse Advisory identified multiple suburbs in the Northern Beaches of Sydney that feature diverse and strong economies which are not impacted by Airbnb and have healthy rental markets.

These are suburbs that will likely be embraced by people, looking to get out of the city and enjoy a better work-life balance by working from home.

In the same area, Avalon Beach came in at fourth on the national list with Bayview in sixth spot and Bilgola Plateau at ninth position.

Stephanie Hammond, from Shores Real Estate, believes the new work-from-home trend has put the former Pittwater area of Sydney on the sea-changers radar.

“All the futurists are saying how overwhelming this working from home change will be and we are seeing genuine interest from all over Sydney to move to beach suburbs with a surf and coffee culture where they can work from home,” she said.

Graeme Keats, of BayView Beach Real Estate, said some commuters started to move to the northern tip of the beaches once flexitime was introduced but now that workers discover they don’t have to work in the inner city he expects to see more families move to the bigger blocks on offer on the upper northern beaches.

Nina Sokolov, of Raine & Horne Avalon Palm Beach, said Avalon is the perfect lifestyle suburb and perfect for those looking to work from home.

“Equally Avalon Beach is such a lifestyle choice many buyers would happily travel to work in order to enjoy such an amazing location!” she said.

Full and original article by Kathern Welling, published by news.com.au: Working from home opens up outer suburbs to new buyers

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