‘We love our waterfront life’: ONE The Waterfront is a resort community with abundant amenities
The Wentworth Point development is a lifestyle destination, perfectly situated between water views and vast parklands, with an array of retail, dining, and recreational activities in between.
Designed for buyers who “want a little bit more amenity for a little bit less money”, Wentworth Point’s newest address, ONE The Waterfront, is attracting interest Sydney-wide.
A waterfront suburb just north of Olympic Park and bordered by Homebush Bay, the Parramatta River and the Millennium Parklands, Wentworth Point is a reclaimed industrial area re-zoned residentially and now home to nearly 7000 people.
▲ONE The Waterfront is attracting buyers from across the city.
IKEA and the expansive Rhodes shopping centre are just across the bay, Parramatta is a 15-minute drive to the west, and the CBD is a 20-minute drive to the east.
“When you look at the buyers they’re coming from everywhere,” says Sam Elbanna, ONE The Waterfront’s project director. “Some already live in the development, others are coming from the eastern suburbs, the upper and lower north shore, the northern beaches, and we’re getting lots of inner-city buyers.”
Elbanna says the key drawcard for this diverse demographic is the value for money on offer across ONE The Waterfront’s nine buildings.
“Wentworth Point is a more affordable alternative to the home they’d love to buy in their current suburb,” he says. “If they can buy a two-bedroom unit here overlooking the park for under $800,000 or a mediocre one-bedder in their area for the same amount of money, why not buy here? Buyers are saying ‘ONE The Waterfront is exactly what I wanted but didn’t think I could have’”.
David Henderson will move into his new, three-bedroom apartment with his wife Ruethaiphat and toddler William next month.
Moving from Sydney’s west and originally planning to buy in the inner city, Henderson says Wentworth Point offered a better lifestyle for his young family.
▲David Henderson, his wife Ruethaiphat and toddler William are making the move to ONE The Waterfront.
“We were looking in places like Chippendale, Redfern and Ultimo,” he says. “But if we’d bought there we would only have been able to afford a two-bedroom place. Here we’ve got three bedrooms and a 54 square metre balcony which overlooks the playground. We’ve moved out of a house and our son needs somewhere to run around, and the playground is pretty cool. We’ve also got cycleways and Olympic Park is right at your doorstep.”
Henderson, a police officer, says his primary driver during his house hunt was to find a safe neighbourhood that would offer an enjoyable lifestyle. Before deciding to buy he spent time chatting with other residents who gave him great feedback on the development.
He was particularly impressed with the on-site amenities which include parkland, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and a commercially-run gym with membership included in the strata fees.
“It’s got a sky garden with an open-air cinema and a room by the park that you can hire for parties which we’ll probably use in June for our son’s second birthday,” he says.
▲David Henderson says Wentworth Point offered a better lifestyle for his young family.
“There’s a piazza with a doctor, a chemist, dental, a pizza place and a cafe two minutes’ from our place. We’ll take advantage of all of it. It will be nice to get out and be more active, to use the pool and the gym and the little library that’s there.”
Easy access to public transport and motorways was another big plus.
There’s a ferry wharf nearby and Sam Elbanna says residents can hop on the free Baylink shuttle bus which runs every 10 to 15 minutes to Rhodes Station and back.
“When we went to market a couple of months ago, Covid had become a real leveller,” says Elbanna. “People were saying we want somewhere we can live with a bit more space, with parkland and with wonderful facilities all around us. ONE The Waterfront has all the things people want for a quintessential Sydney lifestyle. You’ve got cafes, restaurants, waterways and transport at a price that’s a fraction of what buyers would pay in those traditionally more salubrious suburbs.”
Henderson says he’s looking forward to moving in.
“Every time we have a conversation we come to the same conclusion: it’s a perfect location,” he says. “We’re really excited about the whole thing, we know we’ve made the right decision.”