With the Nepean River in front and the mountains at the back door, Leonay is surrounded by beauty.
A snapshot of Leonay
- Population: 2,422
- Postcode: 2750
- Local Govt Area: Penrith City Council
- State Electorate: Penrith
- Federal Division: Lindsay
- Surrounding suburbs: Lapstone, Emu Plains, Emu Heights, Glenbrook, Penrith.
Rich in history
Set at the foot of the stunning Blue Mountains and along the serene banks of the Nepean River, Leonay has a population of 2,422 people and 877 homes in an area of two square kilometers.
Built around the picturesque Leonay Golf Course (built in 1936 on what was once the private course and vineyard of award-winning wine maker Leo Buring and his wife, Nay), the first homes were built in the estate in 1965 when it was known as Emu Plains.
The suburb was officially renamed Leonay in 1974 in tribute to the pioneering Burings whose 2,203 square meter home, the historic Buring House, was built in the 1920s and remains a central point of the area to this day.
Leonay is home to a large percentage of married couples with children, with the predominant age group being 0 -14 years of age. There are limited opportunities for rental, with 87% of locals being home-owners who are employed in the professional sector. The average mortgage repayment is between $1,800 and $2,400 per month, with residents earning an average weekly income of $783.
The availability of units is also limited, with the majority of premises being homes with a minimum of three bedrooms.
With a pre-school and primary school, as well as numerous sporting facilities, Leonay not only meets the needs of young families but also commuters. The M4 Motorway is easily accessible, making the 53km trip to Sydney a simple and straightforward one.
A growth suburb
A highly sought-after suburb, Leonay has displayed consistent capital growth over the past five years with the median house price of 4.76% well above that of the Penrith Local Government area average of 3.42%. During the last financial year, the highest recorded sale price according to RP Data was $870,000. The lowest was $430,000, with a current median sale price of $675,000 (an increase from $475,000 in 2010).
An annual average of 4.7% of homes sell in Leonay, with many snatched up quickly by local buyers. Those upgrading to a larger home to accommodate their growing family often seek to remain in the area, seduced by its tranquility, family-friendly facilities and close proximity to motorways, public transport and the thriving Penrith City Centre.