A GUIDE TO HELP YOU IN YOUR SEARCH FOR A PLACE TO LIVE, OR INVEST, IN NEWCASTLE, LAKE MACQUARIE OR MAITLAND
If you like living in a city with access to major retailers and public transport then East Maitland is the spot.
Situated about 30 kilometres north-west of Newcastle, East Maitland offers all the essentials for a quiet lifestyle. The large property sizes and easy access to Newcastle along the New England Highway or by train makes East Maitland an attractive location for those needing an easy commute to Newcastle.
Development in East Maitland started in 1833, ten years after West Maitland. Learning from the issues of the west’s disorganisation, the east was deliberately designed with plenty of space for public services and housing.
Why rent in East Maitland?
Stockland Green Hills is the areas major shopping centre and boasts a range of major retailers including supermarkets and department stores. The centre is undergoing development that will see even more retailers move to the area offering more department stores with designer brands. The development will double the size of the current shopping centre and includes a new entertainment and dining precinct.
“From the High street you can hop on a train at Victoria Street Station and take the Hunter Line east into Newcastle, or west to Scone.”
Just north of Green Hills, along the High Street, is a collection of smaller shops and cafés offering a quieter shopping and dining experience. From the High street you can hop on a train at Victoria Street Station and take the Hunter Line east into Newcastle, or west to Scone.
East Maitland offers two primary schools, Maitland East Primary and St Joseph’s Primary. It also has two high schools, Maitland High and Maitland-Grossmann High. Maitland High was once a boy’s school while Maitland-Grossman a girl’s school, nowadays they are both co-ed state run schools.
East Maitland is home to former prison, Maitland Gaol. Although not in use anymore, the gaol still sees lots of visitors in the form of tourists and the occasional ghost hunter. The gaol was opened in 1843 and has grizzly history of capital punishment and prison riots, however, it was closed back in 1998 and is a fascinating spot to learn about the area’s history. The gaol is just one of East Maitland’s historical buildings. The East Maitland Heritage walk covers 28 sites within the suburb.
Property wise, East Maitland has everything from large family homes to studio apartments. Parts of the area offer quiet estate living featuring newer developments for a modern lifestyle. Whether it’s a sprawling property or a small unit, all are within five kilometres of one of East Maitland’s train stations.