Mark McCrindle, a famous social researcher and demographer, said people should not fear high-rise living in The Hills. He added that it should be embraced and not feared. The Hills’ “densification” was brought on by the Metro Norwest stations, particularly those at Norwest, Bella Vista, Showground Rd and Castle Hill. All of them create a café culture and they will also help in attracting potential investors. Apart from that, it will also aid in boosting the vibrancy of the area.
McCrindle said the new “precincts” around the station will give a “walkabout” lifestyle that would attract young and well-educated professionals. It will provide locals with the chance to revel in a luxurious apartment living. It will create a café culture and draw in businesses that will provide good food and various entertainment options. Boutique providers, delis and other famous brands will flock the area as they target The Hills’ young professionals who are well-educated and well-paid. This remarkable transformation is already happening. The Hills is already seeing an increase in the number of cafes and small bars. In addition to that, it will soon have a new outdoor piazza once the old Castle Hill Public School has been redeveloped as part of the rejuvenation plans for the Castle Towers.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he was very vocal about his optimism and excitement. McCrindle also said the various eating establishments would attract the people to visit the inner-city destinations like Newtown, Leichardt, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills as well as to areas like Crows Nest and North Sydney would also be drawn in to the new look and vibrancy of The Hills. These young and sophisticated professionals would be enough to draw their attention to the Hills. He added that Castle Hill would begin to see the emergence of boutique food outlets. It will add to the liveliness of Newtown and Leichardt. The apartment living would also be more similar to Crows Nest or Pyrmont than Chatswood.
He also envisioned the formation of eat streets. Terminus St in Castle Hill and Lexington Drive in Bella Vista are some of the great examples of good restaurants and entries. As of today there are more than 10 restaurants long Terminus Street and about the same number in the Lexington Drive area. Locals and tourists can choose between Thai, Indian, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese. There four places that people love to visit these days. These are the Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill includesYoueni Food Store, the newly opened Spidar, Crooked Tailor and The Lane Wine and Tapas Bar nestled between 250 and 270 Old Northern Rd.
The transformation will also open more job opportunities. These improvements will make the Hills more attractive, lure more investors, and entice more businessmen to open new outlets in the area. The Hills will continue to exhibit its entrepreneurial spirit while creating stronger demand for education campuses, sports complexes, and new cultural precincts.