Suburb Spotlight: Rose Bay

Rose Bay is popular with families due to its proximity to some of Sydney’s best schools and has a fabulous waterside location with a great village and excellent sporting options too.

Rose Bay is one of Sydney’s most appealing harbourside suburbs, thanks to its panoramic water views, village vibes, seaplane rides, and picturesque foreshore beach.

Population snapshot: Who lives in Rose Bay

As of the 2016 Census, there were 10,053 people in Rose Bay, of whom 46.5% were male and 53.5% were female. The median age was 38 with over 2,600 families living in the area. Rose Bay is popular with families due to its proximity to some of Sydney’s best schools and is also famous for its strong Jewish community. It attracts a high proportion of renters (31.8%), drawn to its great lifestyle appeal.

Market snapshot

According to realestate.com.au, median property prices in the 2029 postcode over the last year have ranged from $3,590,000 for houses to $1,300,000 for units. Based on five years of sales, Rose Bay has seen a compound growth rate of 3.0% for houses and 6.4% for units. In addition to some excellent family homes, Rose Bay has a variety of apartments, ranging from ultra-modern developments to art deco gems.

Five reasons locals love it

1. Waterside location

Many homes and apartments in Rose Bay are ideally positioned to take in views of the Sydney Harbour, from the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge to Shark Island to the north. At Rose Bay Aquatic Hire, on Tingira Memorial Beach, you can rent kayaks, paddle boards and fishing boats and take a scenic cruise around the bay. And Rose Bay and Point Piper Marinas offer access to some of the best cruising on Sydney Harbour.

2. Sporting facilities

Besides the many water sports opportunities afforded by living in a harbourside suburb, Rose Bay is heaven for golf lovers with both The Royal Sydney Golf Club and the Woollahra Golf Club, right on its doorstep. Located at the edge of the latter is the Rose Bay Cottage, a charming space designed for use by young children and their families. There’s also Lyne Park, which has a Tennis Centre and so much more.

3. Sought-after schools

Many families are drawn to the area to take advantage of the excellent schools in and around Rose Bay. These include Rose Bay Public School and Rose Bay Secondary College. It’s also home to some of Sydney’s most exclusive private girls’ schools, Kambala School and Kincoppal – Rose Bay, and Ascham School for girls is in nearby Edgecliff. Neighbouring Bellevue Hill is home to private boys’ schools, Cranbrook School and The Scots College.

4. History and transport

There are a few fun facts for history and transport buffs to appreciate about Rose Bay. In 1938, the golden age of aviation, Rose Bay became home to Sydney’s first international airport. The suburb is also home to the Rose Bay War Memorial and Fernleigh Castle, a two-storey mansion, a historic house completed in the Victorian architectural style. The Rose Bay Police Station was once the gatekeeper’s lodge in the estate of Woollahra House, now no longer, which was designed in the Victorian Classical Revival style, and the surviving building has been sympathetically restored.

5. Parks and beaches with a village vibe

You’ve got it all in Rose Bay. At its centre is a thriving village with great delis, a pub, shops and supermarkets. But you’re also about to enjoy the harbour and its parks and beaches.

Harbourside Lyne Park offers access to the Rose Bay boat ramp, a commercial seaplane base (see Seaplane Sydney Seaplanes and Sydney by Seaplanes), and commercial and public ferry services, tonnes of grassy space, picnic tables and a popular children’s playground. Dumaresq Reserve beach on the Rose Bay foreshore is particularly popular with local dog-lovers, being one of the only beaches in Sydney where pooches can happily frolic off-leash and even take a dip in the water.

Recent listing

1/746 New South Head Road

You’d truly be living the Sydney harbourside dream in this three-bedroom house-like property that steps out right onto lovely Rose Bay Park beach.

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

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