Manly is one of the most popular destinations in the Northern Beaches and it’s not difficult to see why. Whether you’re into surfing or shopping, fine dining or adventure, Manly seems to have every angle of great living covered.
Considering moving to Manly? We don’t blame you! Before you pack your bags (and surfboard), here is some information you might find useful about your new home.
Manly is a beachside suburb in the Northern Beaches on its own peninsula just 17km North of Sydney CBD. Bound by Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour National Park and the Pacific Ocean, Manly is just 15 minutes from Sydney by Ferry and is a popular destination for working professionals and families owing to its prime location and its undeniable cool factor.
Manly is flanked by Manly Wharf on one side and the long stretch of coastline on the other (the popular, Manly beach) which features, from north to south, the three main sections of Queenscliff, North Steyne and South Steyne and not forgetting the gorgeous shelly beach. Manly’s coast is not only famed for its beauty, but also for its surfing (it’s home to the ‘Manly Freshwater World Surfing Reserve’), and you won’t have to spend long in this suburb to see a boardies and a tan.
Manly was named by the rather unimaginative Captain Arthur Phillip who, after an encounter with the “confident and manly” locals, named the area ‘Manly Cove’. Or so the story goes.
North head quarantine station is close to Manly and is of historical importance. It is the site where inbound passengers on migrant ships arriving in Sydney were isolated for a period of time to stop the potential spread of contagious diseases and to protect local residents from becoming sick. The quarantine station opened in 1828 and remained operational until 1984. The site is now named ‘Q station’ and operates as a hotel, restaurant and conference venue. They also provide ghost tours, education tours and history tours.
Although Manly is a contemporary suburb, some of its rich history can be seen in the architecture of the old homes, a few of which were built in the 1800s. The town was designed to feel like the lanes of Brighton (UK) and a walk through the streets will reveal the development from through the art-deco period, right up to the modern apartments and chic glass-on-glass offices we see today.
The enviable lifestyle is one of the most alluring aspects of this trendy beach town. Known for its beauty, Manly residents are only too happy to take advantage of all the area has to offer. Great surfing, biking, hiking and water sports are some of Manly’s main draw cards, but for those who prefer not to get wet or dirty, Manly is also chock-full of trendy cafes, chic wine bars, gourmet eateries, boutique shopping and sophisticated social spots. If you’re still not convinced, just ask one of the 7 million visitors that Manly gets each year!
The type of residents in Manly range from families to singles to working professionals, which is largely owing to the fact that Manly offers something for everyone.
- One of the last surviving colonies of Little Penguins calls Manly home. You can spot these little guys milling around Manly Wharf or take a dip with them in Manly Cove.
- Manly’s famous promenade of pine trees were originally planted by English settlers who would use the timber to build and repair their masts.
- Manly’s main street, ‘The Corso’ was named after the Via Del Corso in Rome, Italy.
- Manly gets up to 7 million visitors a year, most of whom come to surf, socialise and soak up the sun during summer.
- Manly considers itself to be the birthplace of Australian surfing – even the first ever surfing movie (Surf Sports at Manly) was shot here.
- Manly is home to 7 x world surfing champion Lane Beachley and she can often be seen in the surf at Manly or Freshwater.
Houses & real estate:
Property in Manly is in high demand and housing prices tend to be well above average. At present the median price for a house is around AU$2 000 000.
The last few years in particular have been very prolific for Manly. As a local removalist company in the Northern Beaches we have seen an influx of not only residential moves to the area, but also commercial moves. It seems that Manly’s setting and locality not only makes it a popular residential address, but also a great working environment – and it’s easy to see why: open a Manly resident’s briefcase and you won’t be surprised to find surf wax and a bottle of sunblock.
To cater for the influx of new businesses and residents many trendy apartment blocks have sprung up or are being developed in Manly and surrounds. These have become increasingly popular with young professionals and as holiday homes, some of the residents also choosing to rent out their apartments during peak-season.
The upside to living in Manly:
- Great lifestyle suburb
- Excellent area to own property
- Great Beaches
- Hosts the annual Australian Open of Surfing
- Upbeat commercial areas
- Great outdoor activities, water sports and beach activities always on offer
- Convenient location for business and leisure
- Easy ferry commute to Sydney CBD
- You get to say ‘I live in Manly’ and have people immediately assume you surf, mountain bike and do SUP yoga in your spare time.
If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced removalist in Manly, Smartmove is the perfect solution. Our headquarters are in Brookvale, making us ideally situated to assist with home or commercial moves and storage in the Northern beaches – and we have been doing so for 14 years. Manly has really boomed in the last decade, and we’ve had the pleasure of settling countless families and businesses into this beautiful suburb. If you need movers in Manly, Smartmove is the smart choice.