As the city endures a relentless heatwave, Friday temperatures are set to soar even higher.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Western Sydney is expected to cop the brunt of it with the mercury forecast to hit 45C in Penrith – and residents will no doubt be looking for ways to cool off.
Surprisingly, there are a string of suburbs just a short drive away from there which not only benefit from cooler weather but have homes with features that make it easy to beat the heat.
Take a look at some of these latest listings in the lower Blue Mountains, perfectly suited for buyers wanting to escape scorching summers.
21 Mann St, Glenbrook
If you continue heading up the M4 motorway from Penrith, Glenbrook is one of the first stops in the lower Blue Mountains.
Despite being just over 10km away yet it tends to be about 2C cooler thanks to its elevated position and leafy setting.
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This charming house is set back from the street and nestled among established trees and gardens, helping to keep it family-friendly.
It features a large swimming pool with a water feature and spa surrounded by sandstone tiles.
There is also a private cubby house for the kids and, for parents, a raised entertainment deck is covered and has a fan.
The five-bedroom house on a 1000sqm parcel, near shops and parks, is on the market with a price guide of $1.58 million to $1.62 million.
2 Ridgeway Cres, Sun Valley
Unlike its name suggests, Sun Valley has many sought-after pockets that are shady and cool.
This property is a surprise package as it on a sprawling 2.22ha parcel of land which has its own bushwalking tracks.
Pet lovers can lead their furry friend to make a splash at the site’s private creek.
Priced from $1.199 million to $1.269 million, the renovated, single-storey house also comes with an in-ground pool, an undercover barbecue area and a wraparound front veranda.
386 Macquarie Rd, Springwood
Typically enjoying temperatures that sit 4C less than Penrith, Springwood is 62km from the CBD and about 22km further than the foot of the Blue Mountains.
This modern four-bedroom residence doesn’t come with a pool but it certainly has a handful of spots that are great for keeping out of the sun.
A sweeping rear balcony is covered and affords vast valley views. Parents are sure to love sitting out here with a cool drink in hand as a mountains breeze passes through.
For children, the tiered backyard has an impressive corner cubby house and play area that stays hidden from the hot rays.
The property, listed for sale without a guide, comes with ducted airconditioning. CoreLogic figures show the suburb’s median house price is $680,000, up 21 per cent over the past three years.
11 Chapman Parade, Faulconbridge
The next suburb up from Springwood, Faulconbridge is home to this resort-style residence on the market for $1.8 million.
The five-bedroom, split-level house has it all, with everything from high ceilings and a formal loungeroom with a fireplace to a number of outdoor deck areas.
Arguably the highlight, this hidden property features a full-size tennis court set among mature trees that offer protection from the sun.
There is also a pool that adjoins a pool house, complete with a kitchen and bathroom.
203 Hawkesbury Rd, Winmalee
Near shops, schools, parks and bus stops, this Winmalee home is set on a 9371sqm block and has nature views from every room.
With a $1.2 million to $1.3 million guide, it is set up to keep residents comfortable during hot weather thanks to a pool, spa and airconditioning.
The five-bedder with many living spaces also offers warmth throughout the chilly winters as it features a cosy fireplace.
The tranquil setting creates the perfect spot for the whole family to splash about, while taking in the sights of greenery. The deck is ideal for hosting guests.
1 Forbes Rd, Hazelbrook
For buyers who prefer to avoid the maintenance that comes with having a pool, this property that sits well into the Blue Mountains could be the answer.
Predicted to be at least 6C cooler than Penrith on Friday, Hazelbrook is home to this circa 1915 weatherboard house with 3m high ceilings.
It is nestled among expansive English-style gardens with many seats for sitting out of the sun and enjoying a good book. There are also a couple of covered verandas which attract the breeze.
Running through a heavily landscaped spot is a feature pond with plenty of fish swimming about.
68A Great Western Highway, Blaxland
This double-storey brick home makes it easy to beat the heat in any weather thanks to its indoor pool and spa.
Ticking all boxes for those who like to entertain, this enclosed room also has a built-in bar, modern lighting and a games area.
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The five-bedroom house, which has a $1.047 million price tag, features a covered outdoor area as well.
All of this is on a 1251sqm parcel of land that has a sought-after bush setting.