What Attracts Families To The Eastern Suburbs
Sydney’s eastern suburbs boast some of the most family-friendly areas in the city, so it’s little surprise families of all types are some of our most regular property buyers.
From well-appointed apartments for young couples with their first child to huge family homes, everyone is catered for in this part of town.
One of the major drawcards to the east is the variety of different lifestyles you can choose from, and access. There’s no need to compromise on pretty much anything you want – other than a rural setting – with beaches, parklands, restaurants and cafes, retail, and the city itself just minutes from your front door.
While different areas have distinct flavours, for instance, the areas surrounding Centennial Park are known as the ‘parkside’ district of the east, it’s never far from some of the best beachside experiences anywhere in the world. Make sure to consider several different areas of the east to get a feel for what each has to offer.
This also means families have plenty of like-minded neighbours to socialise with. Eastern Suburbs Mums is an online group of local parents who love the area and share events and news with each other. This is one of many ways to connect with local families.
Another crucial reason the east should be on every family’s wish list is education. Whether your children are primary, high school or university aged, there are world class institutions for them consider.
Randwick, in particular, is a hub of tertiary education with both a TAFE and a University of New South Wales campus, all soon to be within easy distance of a light rail connection. Some of the best public and private schools in Sydney are also available in the east, which puts some school catchment areas in hot competition for a family home.
As well as being an education hotspot, Randwick is also a major health hub. With Royal Randwick Medical Centre, the Prince of Wales Hospital and the Sydney Children’s Hospital to name a few, the eastern suburbs is seen as a safety haven by many families who want the benefit of being near good healthcare.
Not only is institutional healthcare an interest for families, but the eastern suburbs also provides many options for a healthier lifestyle all round. It’s a mecca of health-food trendy restaurants, such as Dandylion and Earth To Table in Bondi, but it also has the best gyms, naturopaths, wellness clinics and other fitness centres available.
For instance, Centennial Health Club is a gym with a crèche in the Entertainment Quarter at Moore Park featuring yoga, pilates, top of the range equipment, classes and a climbing wall.
Make sure to ask your agent whether the home qualifies for a catchment area when you discuss moving to the east if it’s high on your wishlist.
The eastern suburbs is a day trip out for many Sydney locals, who come from all round to visit Bondi Beach or wander the café strips in town. But there’s a lot more to do for locals who want to make the most of their hometown.
While parents might love the Moore Park Entertainment Quarters’ (EQ) produce market every Saturday, your kids will love Monkey Mania, an inside play area with equipment for 1 to 12-year-olds. The EQ also has a HOYTS, a skate park, a bowling bar and laser skirmish, tennis, plaster painting and trampoline activities.
Adults nights out can involve going to a local cocktail or wine bar, or at a prestigious restaurant, including French fine dining option Paddington’s Guillaume, which was one of 24 eastern suburbs venues to win a Good Food 2016 award.