Housing commission, disadvantage, crime.
Those are just a few words that have been used to describe Claymore in the past.
Rightly or wrongly, the suburb has never had a glowing reputation since it was built in the 1970s. Until now.
In fact, Claymore is on the verge of becoming a $1 million suburb.
First National Macarthur and Macarthur based-builders Fairmont Homes (NSW) have each put a six-bedroom, three bathroom property – consisting of a four-bedroom main house and a double-room granny flat – on the market.
Fairmont Homes (NSW) have listed a home one Arkley Avenue for $879,900 while First National Macarthur’s 8 Hester Avenue house is on the market for $870,000-$920,000.
Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said he couldn’t have imagined five years ago that house and land packages would be selling for such a price.
Though given the success of the Minto’s transformation, coupled with a rapid rise in property prices, he wasn’t too surprised by the prices of the listings.
“Five years ago there wasn’t a (property price) boom but since then I thought it would hit around the $850,000 mark. The market is crazy,” he said.
The transformation is part of a state government plan to create a 70 per cent private housing and 30 per cent public housing mix in the suburb.
Cr Brticevic said he couldn’t wait to see Claymore’s full makeover. “Give it another five or 10 years when the whole area is transformed – I’m really looking forward to that,” he said.
First National Macarthur director Huss Alsalemi has sold houses in the area for eight years.
He said it would have been a difficult prospect to sell a house in Claymore in 2010 when the suburb was predominantly made up of public housing. “Looking at what Claymore was compared to what it is now, you couldn’t have imagined it (back then),” he said.
Fairmont Homes (NSW) general manager Daniel Logue went to school at St Gregory’s College Campbelltown, a stone’s throw away from Claymore.
He was also blown away by the change and said blocks of land in the new Hillcroft Estate were in high demand.
“As soon as we get one, we sell it,” he said.
The proximity to the train station, Hume Highway and shopping centres Macarthur Square and Narellan Town Centre were also a major selling point Mr Logue said.