An inner-city suburb undergoing change DEVELOPMENT: An artist’s impression of the view from new complex Eaton on Union, which will comprise 114 apartments.
HARBOUR LIVING: Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and the Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative Limited are in Wickham.
NEW HUB: The brand new Newcastle Interchange in Wickham was officially unveiled to the public in October. Picture: Marina Neil
TweetFacebookSUBURB SNAPSHOTEnjoying a harbourside location, this inner city suburb is on the move.
It is bordered by Newcastle harbour, Tighes Hill, Hamilton and Newcastle West and is hometo around 1100 people.
That figure is set to grow rapidlywith several apartment complexes under construction and more to come.
Historical fact –the first mayor of Wickham was James Hannell.
LIFESTYLENewcastle City Council has identified the suburbas key to the city’s development with a Wickham Master Plan in place.
It is proving a popular place to live for first home buyers, young families, investors and downsizers due to its accessibility to the harbour as well as proximity to cosmopolitan Beaumont Street, Honeysuckle precinct and Newcastle’s cultural centre.
FROM THE EXPERTWickhamis a main beneficiary of the $650 milliongovernment revitalisation projects in Newcastle.
Projects such as the new transport interchange andthe light railare transforming the city centre by strengthening connections between the city and waterfront, creating job opportunities, providing new housing and public spaces connected to better transport.
This has combined with the University City Campus NeW Space and the new law courts to create a vibrant inner city.
Making Wickham an urban villageis one of the aims of the council’s master plan, whichhas enabled the area’s transformation from old industrial sheds to modern state-of-the-art residential apartments.
Improvements in the area have assisted property sales price growth of over 27 per centin the past 18 months.
Buyers are seeing the long-term benefits of living in this inner city hub.
– Presented by Scott Walkom, Walkom Real Estate