SUBURB SNAPSHOTEleebana is an Aboriginal word meaning quiet, peaceful and place of beauty.
The choice of namea century agofor this suburb on the eastern edge of Lake Macquarie could not be more fitting. The blue ribbon postcode is known forits parks, beautiful modernhomes and leafy streets.
A subdivision plan wasdrawn up by Henry Halloran in 1918, for an area to be known as‘Eleebana Point Estate’. Howeverit was not settledbecause the land was not suitable for agriculture.
The first real growth occurred in the 1930s, as the result of the construction of a road from Warners Bay through Eleebana to Valentine.
The expansion of the suburb acceleratedin the 1970s and 1980s as urban sprawl from Newcastle spurred a series of new subdivisions.
Eleebana is about 18 kilometres south west of Newcastle and a 10 minute drive from Charlestown.
LIFESTYLEEleebana benefits from a superb location, enveloped by large tracts of bushland and with some of the most stunning views on the lake.
The suburbs of Warners Bay and Mount Hutton immediatelyto the north offer thriving commercial precincts within a short drive, peppered with shops, cafes and eateries.
Thomas H. Halton park is a popular destination for walkers and lazy Sunday picnics.
LAVISH: ‘Woodside Villa’ on Woodside Drive is one of Eleebana’s grandest homes. The suburb consists of mostly modern, freestanding homes.
Eleebana’s population is older than the state average and it has a high proportion of professionals.
Eleebana consists nearly entirely of freestanding homes.Many of the original properties built 30 years ago are being knocked down or stylishly renovated by their owners.
FROM THE EXPERTS-From Anthony Di Nardo, Principal at McGrath Charlestown
Eleebana is an attractive suburb to families due to the range of activities it offers with easy access to Lake Macquarie’s walkways, parks, boating facilities and the buzzing Warners Bay Esplanade.
PRISTINE: Waterfront homes on the Eleebana shoreline have some on the best views across Lake Macquarie. Picture: Phil Hearne
The suburb over the last fiveyears has seen a steady annual growth rate of approximately 6.5 per cent. Itis extremely sought after for young families as the primary school is one of the best in the region.