Crows Nest is surrounded by Lower North Shore suburbs Cammeray, St Leonards, Wollstonecraft and Narremburn but has a character all of its own. For many it’s the perfect mix of city and suburban life and although it sits between the Warringah Freeway and Pacific Highway, Crows Nest is surprisingly peaceful in many parts.
Dense and highly built-up on mainly small blocks, the suburb consists of a network of commercial roads mixed with narrower village-like streets dotted with restaurants, bars and cafes.
Concentrated along Willoughby Road are the many Asian restaurants Crows Nest has become famous for, drawing eager foodies from all over Sydney. There’s also plenty of supermarket shopping (with the convenience of free parking) courtesy of the Woolworths, Coles and Aldi stores.
St Thomas Rest Park on West Street has historical landmarks and is a popular oasis where families with kids and pet owners gather for fresh air and exercise. North Sydney Oval is just around the corner and is a central hub for sports fans in the area.
Renters (particularly young professionals) are drawn to Crows Nest for its diverse property options and its super-quick and easy connections to the CBD. It has the additional benefit of having convenient access to other commercial hubs at North Sydney, St Leonards and Chatswood. Plus, a quick bus or car trip will get you to Neutral Bay, Cremorne and Mosman, with all the shopping and lifestyle those suburbs have to offer.
Crows Nest has some tree-lined streets with a handful of smaller houses and terraces. Mostly, though, it’s multi-storey homes and unit blocks which dominate the area, ranging from Art Deco and mid-century to modern.
Current average rents in Crows Nest are $1100 pw for a three-bedroom house and $650 pw for a two-bedroom unit.
Crows Nest is connected to the CBD and surrounding suburbs by both Sydney Buses and trains from nearby St Leonards Railway Station.
Travel time (traffic and timetables allowing) is around 10-15 minutes, making it one of Sydney’s quickest commutes.
For motorists, the highway and arterial roads provide ways of easily accessing all areas of Sydney.
Crows Nest is home predominantly to a mix of singles, young couples and professionals in their twenties and thirties who are attracted by proximity to the CBD and North Sydney.
The large number of medical professionals working at Royal North Shore Hospital, a little further along the Pacific Highway, also make up a significant proportion of the suburb’s rental population.
Despite the family demographic being much smaller here, there are some excellent schools to choose from. Crows Nest is in the Public Schools catchment area for Anzac Park Public School and Cammeraygal High School. There are also selective North Sydney Boys and Girls High Schools and Shore, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College and Wenona close by.