About the Eastern Suburbs
The Eastern Suburbs is an amazing stretch of Sydney that starts at the city’s eastern side with urban Surry Hill, Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay and Woolloomooloo where you’ll find all the cool people and quirky bars. It then travels up Oxford Street to gentrified Paddington and Woollahra, down to the Eastern Beaches of Bondi and Coogee where life is a constant holiday of ocean, sand and sun. Or travel up the harbour to the glitzy village of Double Bay and the wide leafy streets of Rose Bay and Vaucluse. To the south it stretches as far as Maroubra and La Perouse. If you want a life where your day can twist from refined sophistication to edgy free-thinking, then this is the place for you.
What To Do Where
Eating and Drinking: There are all kinds of cafes, restaurants and bars to choose from here. You can enjoy fine dining, hipster whisky bars or even a pie, mash potato and gravy in the famous Harry’s Café de Wheels.
Whatever you do on your day out, be sure to top it off with sundowner drinks in the surf beaches of Bondi and Tamarama or Clovelly and Coogee.
The Eastern Suburbs is known for the shopping, and people come from far and wide to explore the smorgasbord of choices. Westfield Bondi Junction is huge and you can find almost any label and department store there.
Or scour vintage shops and flea markets in the trendy inner city suburbs such as Surry Hills and Darlinghurst or Elizabeth Bay and Potts Point.
The Great Outdoors / Exercise
Whatever you like to do, you’ll find it here. As well as eat and drink outside, the Eastern Suburbs is home to the Royal Randwick Racecourse, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Centennial Park where you can watch outdoor movies in the summer, picnic, play sport, cycle and even horse ride. Then there are beautiful harbourside parks and pools such as Murray Rose Redleaf Pool in Double Bay and of course, there are the world famous beaches.
For public or lap swimming pools try Prince Alfred Park heated outdoor pool in Surry Hills, Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton with stunning views over Woolloomooloo Bay or Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre on the edge of the CBD near Hyde Park.
You could indulge in all that and enjoy some pretty amazing real estate with stunning views.
Apart from all the above, another factor that keeps the prices of the Eastern Suburbs strong is their array of prestige schools. These include Kincoppal, Cranbrook, Reddam House, Scots College, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney Boys, Sydney Girls, Moriah College, Ascham, Kambala and SCEGGS.
The University of New South Wales is also located in Kensington and was recently ranked in the top 5 Australian universities by the Australian Research Council.
Train: The Eastern Suburbs train line runs from the city to Bondi Junction
Ferries: From the city there are stops at many of the Harbour suburbs including Darling Point, Double Bay, Rose Bay and Watsons Bay.
Buses: Have good, often express, services from the city servicing most corners of the Eastern Suburbs. From the train in Bondi Junction, you can catch a bus down to Bondi Beach and surrounding areas.
Light rail: By the end of 2017 a light rail will connect Kingsford and Randwick to Circular Quay and Central Station via Surry Hills.
Driving: The cross-city tunnel and the M1 freeway links the Eastern Suburbs to the north via the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the west via the Cross City Tunnel.
Eastern Suburbs Property Market
Even though Eastern Suburbs real estate is probably the most expensive in Sydney, it’s still very tightly held. Each suburb has its own personality and is famous for its own reason. Paddington and Woollarah are applauded for their wide leafy streets, filled with terrace houses of all widths and levels of grandeur. Further out Bellevue Hill, Dover Heights and Vaucluse offer freestanding houses that range from trophy heritage listed houses to sparkling glass modernist builds. Woolloomooloo has its 1800s wharf of converted warehouses. All suburbs have apartments but some more than others. There are a glut of them around the waterfront – harbour and ocean side - some are beautiful but many of them are red, yellow or white “walk-ups” that were built in the 50s, 60s and 70s – not architectures proudest periods!
Last Word On The Eastern Suburbs:
As the Eastern Suburbs moves from urban Surry Hills up to quaint Watson’s Bay and around to the surfing beaches, if you’re thinking of living in the Eastern Suburbs take your time to explore. Make sure your needs and wants match the suburbs you’re looking at.
If you would like to get our professional opinion on the Eastern Suburbs and what suburbs would best suit your lifestyle and pocket, please feel free to contact us.
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