Castle Hill moving up with five more high-rise unit blocks planned

16 Sep 2017

IT’S long been a haven for large houses — but Castle Hill is set for big changes, including the addition of one of Sydney’s biggest high-rise unit projects. 

IT’S long been a haven for large houses on big blocks — but Castle Hill is set to be transformed into a hub for high-rise apartments. 

Zoning changes and the new Sydney Metro Northwest line set for completion in 2019 have encouraged a slew of higher density housing projects around the site of the future Castle Hill train station. 

The pipeline of new projects is so long real estate experts have branded the suburb the “next Chatswood” — a once suburban area transformed into one of the country’s most densely populated areas. 

The latest project set to launch is a mega masterplanned community called Skyview, which will comprise five high-rise apartment buildings with 923 new dwellings in total. 

The first release of homes is scheduled for the weekend and will include 428 apartments in two buildings — Phoenix and Hydra. The former will be 22 storeys high and feature 201 units while the latter will be 24 levels and have 227 units. 

The project at 51 Old Castle Hill Rd has been developed by Toplace and designed by Krikis Tayler Architects. 

Phoenix and Hydra will offer a mix of one, two and three-bedroom layouts. The one-bedders span 54-58 sqm and are priced from $595,000 to $835,000. Two-bedders are $820,000 to $1.205 million and span 79-91 sqm. 

Three-bedders cost $1.06 million to $1.76 million and are 100-108 sqm, excluding outdoor areas. 

Toplace managing director Jean Nassif said Skyview was targeted at owner-occupiers and downsizers. “The project suits owner-occupiers given its proximity to amenities such as Castle Towers Shopping Centre,” Mr Nassif said. 

“We also feel there’s a large downsizer market in the Hills. Purchasers are looking for maintenance free living and achieving top prices for their homes and purchasing a unit with change to spare. 

“The area has also historically been great for investors given the capital growth that the Hills has experienced.” 

The site was chosen due to its proximity to the new train station to be completed in 2019, Mr Nassif said. 

“The five buildings will form an overall community. Hydra and Phoenix sit on the northern side of the site surrounded by amenities.” 

Ian Bennett of Colliers International said buyers would be attracted to the lifestyle on offer. 

The “resort-like facilities” planned for the project will be another strong selling point, he said. 

Shared amenities will include a swimming pool, outdoor gym, children’s playground, rooftop terraces with barbecue area and large open green spaces, Mr Bennett said. 

Skyview will also feature 8000 sqm of landscaped areas, 185 visitor car parks and 923 bike storage spaces. 


Construction of the Phoenix and Hydra buildings will commence in 2018 with expected completion in 2022. 

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