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What the Locals Love about Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay

Fri Oct 1

The harbourside suburb of Elizabeth Bay has a multifaceted allure. To architecture buffs, it’s a delightful assortment of Regency-era grandeur, Hollywood Spanish mission pizzaz, curvaceous art deco designs and sharp-lined modernist buildings.

To city workers, it’s an ultra-convenient location, less than three kilometres east of the central business district between Potts Point and Rushcutters Bay.

And to lovers of European-style cafe culture, Elizabeth Bay – or Betty Bay, as it’s affectionately known – offers a seriously impressive range of cafe and dining options, from The Lookout at the marina to cult baked goods at Baked by Keiran and The Apollo’s celebrated Greek fare.

Add leafy parks, harbour views and Potts Point’s vibrant shops, cafes, restaurants and nightlife up the road, and it’s no wonder Elizabeth Bay turns heads in the inner-city real-estate market.

Construction is about to commence on a luxurious new residential project putting a contemporary spin on the neighbourhood’s famed interwar art deco apartment buildings.

Munro House by developer Top Spring Australia is a collection of 30 one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a six-storey building on Greenknowe Avenue, two doors down from Hayes Theatre Co.

PBD Architects’ design arranges the facade in a series of vertical bays, contrasting face brick with robust off-form concrete and blackened steel.

For the interiors, acclaimed Melbourne studio Mim Design has created sumptuous living spaces on a grand scale, with natural materials such as timber, marble, granite and wool featured throughout. Large kitchen islands and cosy work nooks make for ultra-liveable inner-city homes.

Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects have designed the communal terraces, including an intimate garden on the ground floor and a “Zen garden” with timber seating on level three. The rooftop will feature an expansive community garden, outdoor kitchen facilities, dining space and seating pods.

Laver Residential Projects director James Lampropoulos says fewer than 10 apartments are still available, ranging from one-bedroom units priced from $1.55 million to a lavish 301-square-metre penthouse with an expansive terrace and plunge pool.

“In Elizabeth Bay, very rarely does a new development go to market,” Lampropoulos says. “It has always been a very aspirational address, so we’re not surprised by the strong interest we’ve received from purchasers.”

Owner-occupiers make up the vast majority of the early buyers, the agent says. These include young families and downsizing executive couples.

“You’re surrounded by arguably the best harbour foreshore anywhere in the world, as well as beautiful parks and reserves. And you also have all the exciting cultural, dining, entertainment and nightlife options of nearby Potts Point on your doorstep.”

When Karen Day was looking for a new home three years ago, friends spoke highly of Elizabeth Bay. The Art of Breathing yoga and breath teacher, who’s about to start running classes in Rushcutters Bay Park, took their advice and moved into the neighbourhood.

“I get up in the morning, teach yoga on the rooftop to my friends, then go down to Beare Park with my little dog and have a swim,” Day says. “I never used to swim there before, but lockdown has made me appreciate the local area even more.”

Day’s favourite local haunts include Poppi’s Place, La Bomba and Arthur McElhone Reserve, a leafy park with koi ponds in front of Elizabeth Bay House. Built in the 1830s for high-ranking colonial official Alexander Macleay, Elizabeth Bay House was originally surrounded by 22 hectares of landscaped gardens. The house is now a museum and the gardens were subdivided over the years to form the suburb of Elizabeth Bay.

“All the parks are beautiful. I love all the plants, the trees and the art deco architecture,” Day says.

Another perk of the neighbourhood is the easy walkability. It takes less than half an hour to walk to Martin Place on a picturesque route that passes Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo, Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Domain.

“I do have a car, but when I moved to Elizabeth Bay, I gave it to my son because you can walk everywhere. It’s a really nice area.”


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