Macquarie Park Property Market – Sydney’s Silicone Valley

When it comes to identifying a prosperous property market, most investors attribute ‘location’ as being one of the largest factors for growth and long-term potential. In particular, locations which are in close proximity to quality employment often equate to higher rents, higher quality tenants and overall greater long-term growth.

In an ABS study investigating why people move houses, ‘education and employment’ were identified as playing a large role in people’s decision to relocate. The same study revealed that young professionals aged 20-35 make up the majority of the relocating demographic. 

With over 40% of Macquarie Park’s population being in white-collar professions and almost 30% of the population working in science, technology, health and education, Macquarie Park has grown a reputation of being Sydney’s Silicon Valley. 

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This article runs through the intrigue of Macquarie Park and why it’s a worthwhile suburb to keep on your radar. 

Introducing Macquarie Park – Australia’s 2nd Largest Non-CBD Office Market

Contributing $9.5 Billion to the NSW Economy in 2018, Macquarie Park has recently been named Australia’s second-largest non-CBD office market, placing itself in front of North Sydney, Parramatta and St Kilda according to Savills Research’s 2019 report.

What does this mean?

It means that Macquarie Park is now one of  Australia’s largest employment sectors and home to many of Australia’s largest companies including Microsoft, CSIRO, Foxtel, Optus, Johnson & Johnson & Oracle.

As such, Macquarie Park houses over 58,500 jobs in 2016 and will grow to a total of 79,000 jobs by 2036. What makes Macquarie Park unique enough to land on our radar is not the sheer size of the employment hub but the quality of employment that Macquarie Park has to offer.


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Macquarie Park – Sydney’s Silicone Valley

Have you ever thought about what life would be like without Wi-Fi? Truth is that most of us take the technology for granted, but if it wasn’t for the former head of Macquarie University’s Department of Electronics, Dr David Skellern and his partnership with CSIRO, the technology wouldn’t be in our hands today. 

Macquarie Park as a suburb has always been recognised as a prime location for innovation. However, it wasn’t until 2015, where it was formally recognised as being an innovation district – Sydney’s Silicon Valley. The Macquarie Park Innovation District (MPID) was formed to facilitate and encourage collaboration between science, technology, medical and educational sectors.

The initiative involves large scale collaboration between Macquarie University, Macquarie University Hospital, Macquarie University Incubator, 180 large international and over 200 small businesses, and aims to form an ecosystem for researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to incubate creativity and workshop solutions to unique global and community issues. 

Since then, the NSW Government has identified Macquarie Park as a priority precinct area and has continued to invest in major infrastructure projects that the area will benefit from. 


Macquarie University

One of the most important and driving forces of Macquarie Park’s popularity is the development of Macquarie University, a world-renowned institution of higher education which provides Macquarie Park with a steady stream of population growth and education year to year. Being ranked in the world’s top 1% of universities, Macquarie University has seen over $1 billion invested in infrastructure since 2015 and is the only Australian university with an integrated health precinct, on-campus hospital and dedicated metro station. The university also has planned a new Arts Precinct  ($111 million), Central Courtyard Precinct ($320 million) and additional $110 million in infrastructure going towards educational facilities in medicine, health and learning.


Macquarie Centre

In addition to all that Macquarie Park has to offer, the suburb is home to the largest suburban shopping centre in NSW – Macquarie Centre.  Macquarie Centre currently houses over 360 stores across dining and entertainment, fresh food and fashion, including a fully sized Olympic ice rink and Cinema. It also plans to spend an additional $1 billion to redevelop the entire mall, including new residential buildings, retail stores, libraries and over 5000 square metres of community space. 


M_Park & Macquarie Exchange Commercial Developments

On top of improving on existing infrastructure, Macquarie Park is also developing new office precincts to facilitate future growth. The “M_Park” precinct will bring 16,000 square metres of A-grade office space to Macquarie Park and will be the home of Johnson & Johnson’s new 10,000 square metre head office.

In addition, the new $750 million Macquarie Exchange commercial precinct will create 83,370 square metres of new office space to cater to 7,000 jobs. 

With all these developments within Macquarie Park focused on white collar employment, it’s evident that the suburb is escalating to become a leader in science and technology.


Macquarie Park – Prime Location in Sydney

At first glance, it’s easy to forget how conveniently Macquarie Park is located. Situated only 15 km drive from Sydney’s CBD, 7km from Chatswood and 14 km  from Parramatta, Macquarie Park is considered one of Sydney’s most convenient suburbs.


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For those who don’t drive, luckily the new $7 billion, fully automated, 36km North-West Metro Line is the fastest and most convenient train line in Sydney. The Sydney Northwest Metro line conveniently connects Macquarie Park Station and Macquarie University Station (dedicated train station for the university) to Sydney’s greater transport network. With the new North West Metro Line running every four minutes during peak times, it is anticipated to allow local residents to travel to Epping in 4 mins, Chatwood in 11 mins and Castle Hill in 13.


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In addition to the North West Metro Line, Sydney Metro will be extending the current line with a City & Southwest extension which is expected to be in operation from 2024. The new City & Southwest line will connect Macquarie Park directly to the CBD without switching at Chatswood to reach the CBD. This arrangement will allow residents to travel from Macquarie Park/Macquarie University to North Sydney and Barangaroo in 20 minutes or less.

A Spotlight on Macquarie Park

Convenient travel, education potential and employment opportunity make Macquarie Park one of Australia’s most intriguing suburbs. According to Transport for NSW 2019  forecast, the population of Macquarie Park will grow at an annual rate of 3% between 2019 and 2036, far exceeding the 1.6% average of Greater Sydney. 

Macquarie Park Area Population Growth

According to the latest 2020 corelogic data, compared to its Council area (the City of Ryde), Macquarie Park’s apartment 5-year capital growth rate (30.2% vs 20%) and 20-year per annum compound growth rate (6.8% vs 5.9%) are both significantly higher than the average level of the local area.

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