Dulwich Hill is a residential suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Dulwich Hill is located 9 kilometers south-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Marrickville Council. Dulwich Hill stretches south to the shore of the Cooks River.
Dulwich Hill is one of the ‘outer’ inner west suburbs experiencing the ripple effect in Sydney. More affordable than its northern neighbours, the suburb appeals to a mix of residents – particularly students and young professionals. Household incomes are higher than the NSW average at $1,553pw.
The suburb features two shopping areas: a small precinct in Wardell Road and a main shopping area around the northern end of Marrickville Road – at its intersection with New Canterbury Road. Dulwich Hill is also well placed to access other inner west lifestyle suburbs such as Newtown, Leichardt and Glebe, with all their amenities, as well as larger shopping centres such as the Westfield in Burwood.
At present, access to the city is is provided by a number of buses and the Bankstown railway line, with Dulwich Hill rail station located in the south of the suburb. However, a new light rail service is currently being extended to Dulwich Hill, and there will be four new stations located in the suburb.
While access to the city will still be quicker by the Bankstown line, the light rail service will provide better access to the suburbs north of Parramatta Road as well as Darling Harbour. The project also includes a shared walking and cycling path with bushcare sites, a ‘greenway’ from the Cooks River to Iron Cove, and is scheduled to be completed in 2012.
The addition of light rail is likely to increase demand from both renters and buyers, seeing pressure on rents – and values – increase further. Streets near Wardell Road are likely to offer a good mix of lifestyle and transport options. The Boulevarde is also a popular street to the north of the suburb.
As a suburb which went through substantial development in the early 20th century, it now is hugely popular with young professional couples looking to reside in inner city living, closer to all amenities. With a vibrant village feel, Dulwich Hill is applauded for its multicultural community. A New York Times article explores the variety of international food shops on the shopping strips along Marrickville and New Canterbury Rd.
A new light rail is also under construction due for completion in 2014 that will connect many other of the outer suburbs to Dulwich Hill and the CBD.
Most sought-after properties:
One & two bedroom apartments are always popular, especially with district views in smaller boutique blocks. Comprising of a mix of both home buyers and investors they love the central location which appeals to many young professional couple tenants, particularly in the quieter tree-lined streets.
Most common properties:
From art deco apartments, to 1960s and ‘70s apartments, through to modern units. The suburb has an array of popular federation housing architecture such as Californian Bungalows and large land blocks making Dulwich Hill more recently become popular with families and young people. It also features examples of Edwardian, Gothic and Italianate architecture.
Dulwich Hill features two shopping areas, a small number of shops on Wardell Road near Dulwich Hill railway station and the main shopping area around the northern end of Marrickville Road and its intersection with New Canterbury Road.
Local industry and business:
The main local industries and businesses are retail trade having over 7,000 local businesses.
The best areas to buy in are from the train line north to New Canterbury Road. These are the most sought after locations because of the close proximity to the train station. Hot streets include Cobar, Keith, The Boulevard, Myra & Riverview. All are popular because they are a short walk to the coffee, cake, and park attractions.
Modern public transport to the area consist of Cityrail railway services and several routes serviced by government buses which provide practical and frequent serviced to the Sydney CBD and south –western suburbs. A light rail route is also under construction due for completion in 2014. The current light rail service that runs from Central Start to Lilyfield is now being extended to Dulwich Hill. The service will also interchange with Lewisham railway station on the Inner West Line.
Marrickville Rd, New Canterbury Rd and Wardell Rd all lead into the main thoroughfare.