Suburb Spotlight: Clovelly

Set between Bronte and Coogee, secluded Clovelly can seem like a world away from either.

Here, locals tend to outnumber tourists and life runs at a much slower place. And yet, Clovelly is full of attractions of its own, including a popular snorkelling beach and the sprawling Clovelly Hotel, a landmark Sydney institution.

While other Eastern Suburbs beaches fight over which one is most popular, Clovelly tends to prefer to stay out of the limelight. Perhaps that’s because its small beach is one of the few ocean beaches in Sydney without waves. Or perhaps it’s because it can seem a little out of the way - the suburb is long and narrow, running all the way from Five Ways at Randwick down Clovelly Road to the ocean.

But appearances can be deceiving. Clovelly sits just eight kilometres south-east of the Sydney CBD and is well-serviced by public transport. It boasts its own supermarket and grocer and is just a stone’s throw from the conveniences of Randwick Village. It also has possibly the most picturesque cemeteries in the world - the cliff-top Waverley Cemetery.

Best of all Clovelly is geared around community. Its kid-friendly park and beach seem to attract a higher ratio of young families than any other beachside suburb (the plethora of child wear and homewares shops on Clovelly Road support this theory). It’s also popular with young professionals and a growing number of downsizers looking for a taste of beachside life.

Previously known as ‘Little Coogee’, Clovelly was re-named in 1913 after the town on Devon’s north coast.

Population snapshot: Who lives in Clovelly

At the time of the 2016 Census, Clovelly had 4,736 residents. Of these, 48.1% were male and 51.9% were female. The median age was 37.

Sales price snapshot:

As Clovelly’s popularity continues to grow, so too do property prices. As of February 2020, according to realestate.com.au, the median house price in Clovelly was $2.98 million. The median unit price was $1,321,250. Houses in Clovelly rent out for $1,395 a week with an annual rental yield of 2.3% and units rent for $680 a week with a rental yield of 2.4%. Based on five years of sales, Clovelly saw a compound growth rate of 8.3% for houses and 7.0% for units.

Five reasons the locals love Clovelly

1. The family focus

If you have young children, you’ll probably find a lot to love about Clovelly. The beach is safe, there’s a great park and play equipment, and there will be no shortage of people just like you. But even if you don’t have kids, Clovelly is known for its community. It’s a suburb where people start out renting, then buy their first home and eventually never want to leave.

2. The unusual beach

Clovelly beach isn’t like any other in Sydney. Like the suburb itself, it’s very long but narrow. Two rocky ledges extend 300m into the sea, creating a break that provides the perfect environment for still water swimming and snorkelling - and a great place to watch the ocean. But despite the lack of waves, there’s still a surf club. In fact, founded in 1906 as the Little Coogee Swimming & Life Saving Club, the Clovelly Life Saving Club is one of the world’s oldest.

3. The village vibe

Clovelly Road may be long but it’s scattered with groups of small cafes and restaurants, shops and everything else you need for a happy life. It’s also the kind of place where you’ll quickly start running into people you know.

4. The world beneath

If snorkelling is your thing, you may have found your paradise in Clovelly. Not only is Clovelly Beach itself a famous snorkelling destination, nearby Gordons Bay has a self-guided 600-metre long nature trail - the catch being that it’s all underwater.

5. Everything on your doorstep

It may seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life but it’s actually a short ride into town on the 339 bus route. The shops and services are just up the hill at Randwick Village, and Waverley is right nearby. And if you want a beach with bigger waves than Clovelly, you’ll have Coogee and Bronte either side of you along the coastal walking path that connects with Bondi.

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

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