Victoria Street, Beaconsfield

June 14th, 2019 - by Brad Gillespie

Victoria Street is a tranquil pocket of period architecture in the nucleus of the thriving, city-fringe suburb of Beaconsfield.

While Beaconsfield may not be as famous as its neighbour Alexandria, it’s walking distance to a bundle of inner-city landmarks and transport hubs including Green Square Station as well as a smorgasbord of top-notch eateries. It’s simply lesser known because it’s quite compact in size - and locals like it that way.

Suburb History

Beaconsfield belonged to a 1400-acre parcel of land granted to William Hutchinson in 1823. The land was sold on to Daniel Cooper and Solomon Levey just two years later, and under their ownership, it became known as the Beaconsfield Waterloo Estate.

In 1884, the suburb of Beaconsfield emerged as “the working man’s model township.” It was named after former British Prime Minister, conservative politician Benjamin Disraeli, who was the first Earl of Beaconsfield.

Much of the housing was worker-style terraces designed to house those labouring in the nearby industries.

Location

The tiny suburb of Beaconsfield is sandwiched between two arterial roads Botany Street and O’Riordan Street and is a quiet oasis in the centre of an industrial district, filled with low-rise character housing. Victoria Street is right in the heart of this small community.

As of the 2016 census there were less than 1,000 people living here, the average age of a Beaconsfield resident was 34 – proving that the area is indeed a magnet for young families and professionals.

Nearby Landmarks

Beaconsfield Park

This area was designated as a park by the city of Sydney council in 1937. Today the playground is modern and shady, perfect for barbeques and kids’ birthday parties and it’s less than a five-minute walk away from Victoria Street.

Green Square Station

Those working in the city are just a ten-minute stroll away from Green Square Station. The train here connects passengers to the city and to the airport, which means that Victoria Street residents have great access to pretty much anywhere.

Green Square Library

Next to the train station is a brand new state-of-the-art library, a perfect respite from the nearby hustle and bustle. Designed by Stewart Hollenstein, it features a striking glass pyramid entry, which transports you into a cutting-edge main library space. This is infused with light coming from the large circular skylights, subterranean garden.

The building contains an open-air amphitheatre, six-storey glass tower, a music room with a view, and more than enough space kids to play in. There are, of course, books for loan, as well as retro video games, robotic kits and movies.

Food

Grounds of Alexandria

Waiting in line at the Grounds of Alexandria is almost a right-of-passage for a Sydneysider, but the queue is not so bad when this local treasure is a mere 10 minutes away. The Grounds serve their own blend of coffee and in-house baked goods, among other culinary treats, in a hip, heritage space which used to be a Four’N Twenty Pie factory.

COOH

This restaurant originated in Curl Curl, and the Alexandria version serves modern Australian fare with a wholefood twist – think home-cured fish and kombucha on tap. For those who are slightly less virtuous, there’s coffee which has been roasted in-house and a selection of local beers and Aussie wines, all served in a light, open space.

East Village

This sparkling new shopping centre is just a 20-minute walk away. Groceries aside, this is also a fantastic place to get a meal. Lucio’s Pizzeria, which serves one of the best pizzas in Sydney, is found here; as is Salmon and Bear, Ribs and Burgers and East Phoenix Chinese Restaurant – among many, many others.

The Cannery

A short walk over Botany Road in nearby Rosebery is The Cannery - an old soup canning warehouse that is now a foodie destination. This food mecca specialises in artisan produce and is located right near Koskela, Three Blue Ducks and Black Star Pastry.

In fact, when living in Beaconsfield, cooking at home is optional.

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