Suburb Profile: Wickham

SUBURB SNAPSHOT

Enjoying 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 home to around 1100 people.

That figure is set to grow rapidly with several apartment complexes under construction and more to come.

Historical fact – the first mayor of Wickham was James Hannell.

LIFESTYLE

Newcastle City Council has identified the suburb as 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 EXPERT

Wickham is a main beneficiary of the $650 million government revitalisation projects in Newcastle.

Projects such as the new transport interchange and the light rail are 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 village is one of the aims of the council’s master plan, which has 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 cent in 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