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11 of the best things about living in Cremorne

By Kyrenia Blanshard
1. Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

Undoubtedly the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is the jewel at the centre of the Cremorne community. Full of history and character, the six screen cinema was designed by George Newton Kentworthy and built to Art Deco architectural perfection with 1935 and heritage listed in 2013. A luscious dress-circle auditorium, piano bar and restaurant XYZ, you’ll find locals and Sydney siders from further afield attending the cinema on busy Military Road for themed movie nights, cult classic celebrations and even live Wurlitzer organ concerts.

2. Bewitching Sydney Harbour views

From glorious weddings to sensational evenings watching Sydney’s New Years Eve fireworks, Cremorne Point is an enviable world class locale right in our backyard. There are spectacular panoramic views of Sydney Harbour in virtually all directions. The Point is surrounded by the Cremorne Reserve, three kilometres of natural bushland that provide some of the best picnic sites in Sydney.

3. Feels a million miles from the CBD

Even though Cremorne is only six kilometres North East of Sydney’s Central Business District, it feels a million miles away. After a short bus ride you’ll be in the centre of Mosman, or jump on the Ferry at Cremorne Point Wharf and be in the bright lights of the city in less than 10 minutes. It’s a safe haven for young families, downsizers and retirees, all of whom are drawn to its upmarket and convenient lifestyle.

4. Maccallum’s salty seawater pool

Surrounded by a plush wooden deck overlooking panoramic views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House is Maccallum’s Seawater Pool. Basking in its early 20th century charm, this 30 metre little gem of a pool has a unique heritage character and feel. It’s free, accessible and perfect for a weekend swim with the family or perhaps a sneaky lunchtime dip.

5. Luscious walks along the foreshore

If you’re looking for your early morning walk or relaxing sunset stroll with picture perfect scenes, you’ve found it. The Cremorne Point Circuit Walk is one of the most beautiful walks in Sydney and is an easy three kilometres. Starting at the Cremorne Point ferry you’ll discover hidden coves, the Robertson Point Lighthouse and even the secret Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens. Impressively the garden grew from just one elephant’s ear bulb that was found in the ocean by Lex Graham in 1959.

6. The home of Californian Bungalows

Exploring the suburb, you’ll discover that Cremorne is rich in architectural history. It’s the unofficial home of the Californian Bungalow in Sydney. Originating in India, in the province of Bengal, the bungalow emerged in the US in the early 1900’s. Australians quickly followed suit in its attempt to break away from British architectural aesthetics and adapt the ‘American Dream’. Low pitched roofs, dark stained timber beams, generous porches and local lived-colour brick started appearing in new homes in Sydney. They were set far back from the street and were encircled by a prominent verandah. Homes such as ‘Belvedere’ and ‘Egglemont’ on Cranbrook Avenue were even heritage listed in 2007 for their eloquent sculptural statements.

7. Divine eateries and bars

Even though we are only a hop, skip and a jump from the city, Military Road is packed with divine eateries, cafes and restaurants for any type of occasion. You can visit Barrell Bar and Dining, a sexy European marble-clad wine bar, after a film at Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, drop in for a spot of Karaoke at the famous Pickled Possum or as Timeout says, Grab your Stetson and head to Town and Country for original drinks and southwestern American style snacks.

8. Trophy Homes on Wonga Road

If you’re looking for spectacular luxury living with panoramic views, you’ve come to the right place. Immersed in tranquillity, trophy homes on Wonga road are set looking out over the sparkling Willoughby Bay, and leafy Primrose Park. It’s palatial living at its finest, and worth taking a look at.

9. Style never goes out of fashion

Vintage clothing. Check. Fashion labels. Check. Local and international brands. Check. Check. Check. Lower North Shore local Dianna Sage opened the quirky UssedAbbussed Vintage Department Store in Cremorne over 17 years ago. Visiting the store you’ll find yourself immersed in over 2,000 fashion brands, browsing alongside famous and unique clientele including international actors, models and music theatre companies. It’s easy to get lost amidst the wigs, zebra rugs and antique furniture. It’s an undeniable gem in our community

10. Quality education opportunities

Young and growing families are drawn to Cremorne as it is a nexus of prestigious and quality schools. Nestled in between Mosman and Neutral Bay is the Redlands Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School (SCECGS Redlands), one of the most prestigious schools in New South Wales. With notable alumni including Olympic Medalists, Authors, TV presenters and Chief Justices’, this school is a major drawing card for the community. Properties within the catchment for K-6 Middle Harbour Public School are in high demand from growing families as well.

11. Family friendly parks

From shady picnic tables to tennis courts, Cremorne is full of lush green settings for families, locals and visitors to enjoy. A favourite among young families is Brightmore Reserve, which has an educational Tricycle track complete with roundabouts, pedestrian crossings and road signs. Set around the track is a themed play village with a service station, row of shops, fire engine and fire station. Take a quick stroll and you’ll find yourself at Primrose Park. Adorned with tennis courts, an Arts and Crafts centre and the ever so popular dog park, it’s the perfect space to spend a Sunday afternoon relaxing

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