Glenhaven, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Population||6,101 (2011 census)|
|Location||32 km (20 mi) NW of Sydney CBD|
|State electorate(s)||Castle Hill|
Glenhaven is a semi-rural suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 32 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area's of The Hills Shire and Hornsby Shire, part of the Hills District region.
The area was originally called Sandhurst, which remains Glenhaven's most prominent and highest street, Sandhurst Crescent. There was some confusion with mail because of a suburb in Melbourne with the same name. A public meeting was held to have the name changed  to reflect its valley location. The upper portion of the valley was known as "The Glen", and the lower portion as "The Haven", hence the choice Glenhaven.
Glenhaven is on the route of the Great North Road that linked Parramatta with the Hunter Valley. John Evans, one of the first settlers in the area, used a bullock team to drag timber, and the route he used became known as Evans Road. The area had many wild flowers, including waratahs, Christmas bush, boronias, native roses, and a variety of orchids which thrived there.
Sandhurst Post Office opened on 11 July 1892 and was renamed Glenhaven on 1 January 1893. It closed in 1972.
Glenhaven has three schools:
- Glenhaven Public School located in Glenhaven Rd and founded in 1889
- Lorien Novalis School for Rudolf Steiner Education
- Samuel Gilbert Public School
- Route 603 from Rouse Hill Town Centre to Parramatta via Castle Hill services most of the suburb.
- The 637 and 638 service to Castle Hill services the eastern portion of the suburb.
- The 652X service to the Sydney CBD via West Pennant Hills and the M2 runs during peak hour.
- A train line from Epping to Castle Hill is under construction and is due for completion in 2019.
Glenhaven is a leafy upper-middle class suburb, with large grand homes on 1000+sqm blocks of land. On the east side of Old Northern Road semi-rural acreages are present, as well as a retirement village and the Flower Power Garden Centre. Since half the suburb is located on a ridge 180-200m high, some of the higher terrain homes have picturesque panoramas of the Blue Mountains.
According to the 2011 census, the suburb of Glenhaven had a population of 6,101 people. Of these:
- Sex distribution: 49.1% were male and 50.7% were female.
- Age distribution: The median age was 42 years, compared to the national median of 37 years.
- Ethnic diversity : 76.3% of residents were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 5.7%, South Africa 2.0%, New Zealand 1.8%, Italy 1.0%, and China 0.9%.
- Finances: The median household weekly income was $2,293, compared to the national median of $1,234. The median mortgage payment in Glenhaven is $2,639 per month, compared to the national median of $1,800.
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Glenhaven (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- Irene Nix, Glimpses of Glenhaven, Glenhaven Progress Association, Glenhaven NSW, November 1992
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 111
- Joan Rowland 2008 http://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/glenhaven
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 01-06-2012. Check date values in: