Local Landmark: Sydney Park Village

July 22nd, 2022 - by Brad Gillespie

Offering resort-style living in a central inner west location, residents of Sydney Park Village love its extensive amenities and strong sense of community.

A resort-style village in the heart of the city

Sydney Park Village at 177-219 Mitchell Road, Erskineville, is quite literally a modern village. The complex, one of the largest community plans in NSW, is home to 810 apartments spread across 17 buildings. Its landscaped grounds with plenty of open space and extensive recreational facilities have earned it a reputation for providing a resort-like lifestyle. Residents enjoy access to an outdoor pool with a covered children’s wading area and timber decked sun lounge zone, a heated 25m indoor lap pool, two tennis courts, a basketball court and a fully equipped gym offering fitness classes. The village also features shops and other commercial premises.

The development, renowned for its friendly and safe atmosphere, is managed from an onsite office staffed by building managers and customer service representatives five and a half days a week. They take care of everything from maintenance of common property to cataloguing building defects and supervision and observance of the village’s by-laws and rules. There’s also CCTV surveillance and security staff present every weeknight and 24 hours on weekends and public holidays.

The history of Sydney Park Village

Mitchell Road, Erskineville, home to Sydney Park Village, has a long and colourful history. It was named for Joseph Mitchell, a steel manufacturer, ship owner, and politician who represented Newtown in the NSW Legislative Assembly between 1881 and 1888. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was a hub of industry and manufacturing, home to iconic historic Australian companies like the Metters stove and oven factory.

Before European settlement, Sydney Park, a stone’s throw from the village that bears its name, would have been a forest of ironbark and turpentine trees. In 1796 it was given to ex-convict Elizabeth Needham as part of a 40-acre grant. Brickmakers leased parts of Needham’s grant from the 1880s and maybe even earlier. Many brickmakers lived in Newtown and St Peters in the 19th century, and the Sydney Park site was used as a brickwork until 1970.

From 1948, the deep clay brick pits were used as a major rubbish dump. Other parts of Sydney Park were occupied by manufacturing, warehousing and gas storage businesses. When the tip closed, a layer of building rubble and soil was placed over the brick pits, and Sydney Park was formed in 1991.

In 2003 Alan Davidson Oval was opened on the corner of Sydney Park Road and Euston Road, diagonally opposite Sydney Park Village. Named after the all-rounder who played 44 cricket tests for Australia, it offers grounds for cricket and Aussie Rules football.

The construction of Sydney Park Village, which took place in six stages, commenced 25 years ago. The first stage, completed in 1998, consisted of four buildings with 156 apartments. The final buildings were finished in the early 2000s.

What residents love about living in Sydney Park Village

Sydney Park Village is held in high esteem by its residents, and that’s why people choose to live there for the long term. We recently sold an apartment in Sydney Park Village for an owner who had lived in it for 20 years. The reason they were selling? To upgrade to another apartment in the same complex. Data from Domain shows that the average Sydney Park Village owner occupier has been living there for six years and ten months. In fact, 50 per cent of owners have lived there for more than six years, and a quarter of owners have lived in the village for more than a decade.

Residents love Sydney Park Village’s central location. Everything you need is within easy reach. Erskineville train station is a 15-minute walk away, while St Peters station is only 12 minutes walk. Direct buses to the CBD stop out the front on Mitchell Street. Erskineville Public School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School are a 15-minute walk, and Sydney Park Village is in the catchment area for the sought-after Alexandria Park Community School for high school. For younger children, a bilingual German Speaking daycare centre, Froebel Alexandria Early Learning Centre and Preschool is situated within the complex.

The vibrant bars, cafes and restaurants of Erskineville and Newtown are a mere stone’s throw away from Sydney Park Village, but if you don’t want to go even that far, you’ll find Blackbird & Co café and Tuk Tuk Thai Street Food in the village. There’s also a convenience store, bottle shop, and children’s bookshop on site, as well as dental, acupuncture and psychology services.

With Sydney Park across the road, residents have the skate park, picnic areas, children’s playground and bike track, wetlands and plenty of green open space at their doorstep. And that’s in addition to the immaculately kept gardens, outdoor seating and green spaces within the village complex itself.

The recreational facilities at Sydney Park Village, including the pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and gym, make living there feel like being on holiday. Other amenities like excellent visitor parking and car wash bays make living there feel supremely easy.

Recent listings

Apartment 12403 is on the market for $900,000. This oversized two-bedroom apartment offers 107sqm and two bathrooms and parking, with a tranquil outlook over Sydney Park.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling in Sydney Park Village or elsewhere in Sydney’s inner west or inner city, get in touch with my team today.