Potts Point is a chic suburban pocket of the Inner City with a colourful bohemian history which is sought after by renters who crave a great lifestyle and super-short commute to the CBD. Given its prime position on the eastern suburbs railway line, you can also take a short train and connecting bus trip and be by the sea at Bondi Beach within 30 minutes.
Despite the close presence of Kings Cross with its bars, clubs and neon lights, Potts Point’s elegant leafy streets are surprisingly low key and quiet.
The cafe and dining culture in Potts Point is second to none and some true super-stars of the Sydney restaurant scene have launched their businesses here as well as in neighbouring Darlinghurst and East Sydney.
It’s not all high-end dining though. Potts Point and its immediate environs boast lots of quirky hole-in-the wall cafes and bars together with iconic eateries like Tropicana Caffe (birthplace of the Tropfest film festival) and an all-hours purveyor of pies – Harry’s Café de Wheels – just down the hill in Woolloomooloo.
Most of Potts Point’s residential dwellings are terraces or apartments in older buildings, with some modern units and townhouses making up the balance.
The Victorian era terraces here are often grander than those found in other Inner City neighbourhoods and leafy Victoria Street, in particular, is characterised by large-scale, multi-level homes with wonderful back-facing views of the city skyline.
The terrace houses combine with elegant, curvy Art Deco apartments in the surrounding streets like Macleay Street, Rockwall Crescent and Challis Avenue to give Potts Point its distinctive look.
Current average rents in Potts Point are $1,500 pw for a three-bedroom house and $750 pw for a two-bedroom unit.
From Potts Point it’s a short bus ride to the CBD or you can simply hop on the train for what is surely one of Sydney’s quickest commutes. It’s just one stop to Martin Place and one more to Town Hall Station.
The city and harbour are also within walking distance. There are several sets of stairs from Potts Point down to the Woolloomooloo foreshore and on to the Domain, Hyde Park and Macquarie Street. You can also walk the main thoroughfare along William Street past Cook and Phillip Pool and the Australian Museum.
Lots of Potts Point residents do without a car because parking is at a premium and many of the older style apartments have no garage facilities. The suburb is so centrally located, though, you don’t really need a car. As well as the public transport options, taxis and Ubers are super affordable from here.
Potts Point is a suburb of single executives, professional couples and empty nesters in search of lifestyle and convenience. Rental properties are in high demand, making it especially important to have expert help during your property search.
Families with school children are in the minority but for those who do make Potts Point home, the area is in the public schools catchment for Plunkett Street Public School in Woolloomooloo and Inner Sydney High in Surry Hills. St Vincent’s High school is a sought after Catholic high school for Girls in Rockwall Crescent and other private schools like Sydney Grammar and SCEGGS, Darlinghurst are within easy distance.