Three Homes for Inner City Families

Erskineville, 33 Eve –  Family Starter pack


Tucked in behind Sydney Park, is this  3 bed cottage set on one and a half levels.  Already set up for a family life it would be great for the first child but move out by the second.  The area is teaming with shiny prams, dogs and excellent childcare.

Darlinghurst, 172 Bourke –  Magic door of calm


Behind this micro looking terrace set on the lower end of Bourke St is delightful surprise of a family home.    All the colours are calm, the bookshelves are plentiful and the light is coming in the right places.   It seems amazing to find so many rooms in what appears to be a small home.  There are three levels, so send the kids upstairs and you can relax with a book in the front parlour.

The sunlit back area and open kitchen has a cute playroom tucked around the corner.   The only improvement would be a mural or chalkboard wall outside the kitchen as its too plain.

Family factor.  Already set up for a family.  There is an excellent preschool nearby,  you could join both the Australian Museum and Cook & Phillip pool.    For last minute meals, reasonable Italian eats are in Stanley Street.

Newtown, 49 Gowrie – Formidable


I never thought to seek out a french industrial inspired terrace but here it is. The level of detail is like a fabulous film set from walkways, copper plumbing, internal trees, moroccan tiles to an actual swing.    It’s a great life for a creative childhood.  I would ask how many of the fittings are included. You would want the kitchen table as the tiles are featured throughout the house.    Excellent for parents who still like a night out at the Enmore.

All images courtesy of Domain.  All opinions and conclusions are my own.  Any experiences or extra information on any of these houses would be welcomed. 

Turella – Where ? Think Ikea Land


8 Goddard St, Turella.   so, yeah, where is Turella?  Well it has a train station, is 10 kms from the CBD,  5 minutes from Ikea Tempe and 10 minutes to the airport.  This house is priced at $1.4M which is on the high side for Turella.  Average price is about $1.1M.    The last house that made an impact was this one for just under $1M.

For those priced out of Marrickville and Tempe (insane but yes) Turella is across the Cooks River and with surprisingly better access to roads and much less airport noise due to flight paths.  Rave over – lets just take in this glory box of a house.


I’m fascinated by the current owners art collection.  This is the best natural styling I have seen and strangely closely resembles the artistic clutter of a family home but with more plastic.


Kitchen is perfect for families.  You can gather here and do homework and all sit around on screens.



This has parent’s retreat all over it.


Everything old except new bathroom.  Big Tick.


Happy family verandah.  Notice the canoes stored?  Down the road is the Cooks River with its own canoe club.   I vote to lie on the day bed and supervise the kids playing.

Family Factor.  Single level always works for small children.  A large open kitchen/ lounge and access to safe outdoor space is also perfect.  Three well sized bedrooms and north facing backyard, large trees and this house is rambling childhood perfection.


Turella map

All images courtesy of Domain.  All opinions and conclusions are my own.  Any experiences or extra information on any of these houses would be welcomed.