North Sydney is located 3km north of Sydney’s CBD, only a short journey over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
North Sydney was first settled in the early 1800's, but didn’t begin to evolve into a city on its own until the Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932.
The township of St Leonards was laid out in 1836 in what is now North Sydney, bounded by Miller, Walker, Lavender and Berry Streets. By 1846 there were 106 houses there and by 1859, the commercial centre extended from Milsons Point to Miller Street.
North Sydney now has its own skyscraper skyline on the opposite site of the Harbour Bridge from the city. Its high-rise commercial includes the second largest concentration of office buildings in New South Wales with a large representation from the advertising and information technology industries.
There are two shopping complexes in North Sydney. The largest is Greenwood Plaza, which is connected to the Greenwood Hotel. The other complex, Berry Square is situated on Berry Street.
The three main streets of North Sydney are home to over 25 restaurants of all different cuisines, including Italian, Thai, Japanese and Indian.
Although the region is dominated by commercial infrastructure, nearly 13% of the total area is covered in parks, combining natural beauty with spectacular views.
The popular North Sydney Oval offers a variety of sport and recreation opportunities and is home to the North Sydney cricket, rugby league and rugby union clubs.
The Sydney CBD is easily accessible from North Sydney by road and rail, using the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Harbour Tunnel. North Sydney railway station is only an 11 minute journey from Central Station and is on the North Shore Line of the CityRail network.
There is also a direct bus route into the Sydney CBD, which is approximately a 15 - 20 minute drive. Buses offer regular stops on the Pacific Highway, which runs through the centre of town and directly links to freeways connecting suburbs on Sydney’s outskirts.
There is also a ferry stop at High Street, North Sydney for those after a more scenic and peaceful aquatic journey.
There are eight childcare centres located in North Sydney, to cater for the large demographic of parents, as well as five schools, including the prestigious North Sydney Boys and North Sydney Girls High Schools.
Primary schools include North Sydney Demonstration School and St Marys Primary School. High schools include the public North Sydney Boys High School and North Sydney Girls High School, the Catholic Marist College North Shore and Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College and independent schools Wenona School and Sydney Church of England Grammar School (known widely as Shore).
Luna Park, the famous and historic amusement park with the giant smiling face, is situated on Lavender Bay and offers great views and an opportunity for everyone to enjoy their inner child.
North Sydney attracts young, professional residents with the primary age group between 20-29 years. The largest demographic are renters, making up 60% of all residences. Only 19% of residents own their home outright, and 18% are purchasing their property.
The majority of residents in North Sydney earn salaries greater than $103K per annum.
Currently, the median sale price of houses in the area is about $1.75 million. The median sale price for a one to two bedroom, one bathroom unit with car parking facilities is $620,000.