Why live in Erskineville?

Erskineville can trace its history back to one of the earliest grants in the colony of New South Wales. The grant was to the Superintendent of Convicts, Nicholas Devine. When he died at the venerable age of 104 in 1830, Devine left his property to his careers, the Rochford family. The Rochfords subdivided the estate, and a portion was sold to Reverend George Erskine, who built Erskine Villa on the site.

In 1893, the area became the brand new suburb of Erskineville. The suburb was very much the home of the city’s working men, and had a mix of both residential and industrial buildings. Local pursuits were brickmaking, hat manufacturing and boot making.

Erskineville has undergone a resurgence in recent decades, with its old houses being renovated, and industrial buildings being converted for residential use in recent times.

Famous Landmarks
Until the arrival of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Erskineville was a little short on landmarks. Thanks to the film’s opening sequence, the classic art deco Imperial Hotel is now firmly in the world’s mind.

Real Estate & Design
The bulk of Erskineville’s residential properties are the classic Sydney terrace and semi detached houses that were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Thelast decade, many of these houses have been renovated, some in the traditional style, and others into sleek contemporary homes.

Much of the industrial architecture has been pulled down to make way for apartments and town houses, or converted into desirable inner city lofts.

Restaurants & Cafes
You’ll find good pub food and few cafes here, for more adventurous eating, west to King Street, one of Sydney’s first “eat streets”. Fabulous inexpensive restaurants, with food from around the world line the street, together with great pub food, and stylish modern Sydney bistros.

You’ll find the basics in the small shopping center nearby but for more interesting shopping, take the quick walk up to King Street Newtown.

Schools, Education & Institutions
Erskineville Public and St Mary's Catholic School are the only schools in the suburb, however nearby you’ll find Sydney University, Newington College, Trinity College and state high schools.

Distance from the CBD & Transportation
Erskineville is 5.5km south west of the CBD. The fastest transport to the city is by rail, and there are also plenty of buses along King Street.