A GUIDE TO HELP YOU IN YOUR SEARCH FOR A PLACE TO LIVE, OR INVEST, IN NEWCASTLE, LAKE MACQUARIE OR MAITLAND
With a metropolitan feel at its centre but wide streets to its borders, Charlestown is a popular suburb of Lake Macquarie.
Ten kilometres from Newcastle’s CBD, Charlestown is the largest town within the City of Lake Macquarie and the biggest business district of the region outside of Newcastle. It neighbours Adamstown Heights, Whitebridge, Hillsborough and Gateshead.
“Now the area’s largest shopping centre, Charlestown Square is a popular spot for shopping, dining and relaxing, with its entertainment precinct featuring restaurants, a bowling alley and a cinema.”
Like many other parts of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, Charlestown was a mining town, before later being converted into a residential area. Charlestown’s biggest drawcard came with the opening of Charlestown Square in 1979. Now the area’s largest shopping centre, Charlestown Square is a popular place for shopping as it features popular international stores. It also includes a variety of restaurants and cafés, play areas for young children and entertainment facilities including a bowling alley, laser tag and a large cinema complex.
Why rent in Charlestown?
Charlestown Park is located opposite Charlestown Square. The park underwent a massive redevelopment in the late 2000s, coinciding with the shopping centre’s initial expansion. The park now has a large sports field with first class amenities. The neighbouring bowling club was also redeveloped and has become a popular restaurant and function centre. To the east is Charlestown Swim Centre, which has two outdoor swimming pools, an Olympic-size pool and a smaller pool used for learn-to-swim classes.
Charlestown has four primary schools in the area: Charlestown Public School, Charlestown South Public School, Charlestown East Public School and St Joseph’s Convent Primary School. These schools feed into either Whitebridge High School or St Mary’s High School in the neighbouring suburb of Gateshead. Charlestown also has its own library on Library Lane, not far from the Pacific Highway.
Charlestown offers a lot of family homes, averaging around three or more bedrooms. Charlestown’s CBD features a few large, modern apartment buildings, some of which feature views over the city or to Redhead Beach.