Suburb Spotlight: Bronte

Bronte may lack the world-wide brand recognition of nearby Bondi but for many eastern suburbs locals, this is Sydney’s premium beachside suburb.

Set around a large and attractive beachside park and surrounded by spectacular cliff line, Bronte is perhaps more family-focused than many of its neighbouring beach suburbs - although it also attracts young professionals, active retirees, celebrities and even the occasional billionaire.

Bronte gets its name from the heritage-listed Bronte House at 470 Bronte Road. One of the leading examples of Australian Gothic Style, it was built between 1873 and 1875 and named after Lord Nelson, who also happened to be the Duke of Bronte. At the time the House was built, Bronte Beach was known as Nelson Bay.

Today, it’s not just Bronte’s beautiful setting that brings people in. It also boasts a level of sophistication, the centre of which is a row of quality cafes and restaurants along the main drag. This is complemented by the vibrancy of picnickers and day-trippers who come to enjoy the beach and adjacent park.

Situated 7km from the CBD and with excellent transport links via bus to both the city and nearby Bondi Junction, Bronte is a beachside suburb in high demand.

Population snapshot: Who lives in Bronte

At the time of the 2016 Census, Bronte had 6,733 residents. Of these, 49.5% were male and 50.5% were female. The average age was 37.

Sales price snapshot:

Bronte’s property prices reflect the fact that it is one of Sydney’s premier beachside suburbs. As of February 2020, realestate.com.au data shows the median house price in Bronte was $3.44 million. The median unit price was $1.08 million. Houses in Bronte rent out for $1,500 a week with an annual rental yield of 2.3% and units rent for $690 a week with a rental yield of 3.3%. Based on five years of sales, Bronte saw a compound growth rate of 8.4% for houses and 9.1% for units.

Five reasons the locals love Bronte

1. The beach

Whether you want a full day at the beach or just want to dip the toes in the ocean after work, Bronte will deliver. A serious break attracts hardcore surfers, while an ocean pool provides for those looking for something more sedate. And there’s the Bogey Hole for the kids. Meanwhile, an active and popular surf club means the beach fills with nippers each Sunday morning.

2. Food and drink

Bronte’s eating and drinking scene are casual but quality. From long-running favourites such as The Bogey Hole Cafe to the Sicilian-inspired Favoloso and from the hole-in-the-wall Iggy’s Bread to the ‘it’ venue, Three Blue Ducks (which has a sister cafe in Byron Bay), you’ll never go hungry - or thirsty - in Bronte. Cafes and restaurants are found down at the beach, as well as up on the main road leading up the hill.

3. Active lifestyle

Bronte’s vibe may be relaxed but the lifestyle is active. The start of the famous Bronte-to-Bondi walk, there’s virtually never a time you won’t see someone exercising. There’s plenty to keep the active family happy too. Besides the beach and pool, there’s a cycling track and kids’ playground. There’s also mini-train rides in the park each weekend and school holidays.

4. Quality housing stock

Bronte’s housing stock primarily consists of attractive older-style residences, many of which have been updated to account for modern tastes and living. There’s also a range of decent apartments, many of which are art deco and some of which have a panoramic park or ocean views.

5. Proximity with peacefulness

Although Bronte is only seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney, life feels like it goes by at a very different pace. Greenspace, oceans views and proximity to the CBD are a real drawcard. There are some stylish boutiques dotted about in Bronte itself, and both Bondi Junction and Randwick Village are right nearby.

If Bronte is on your watch list, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.

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