Sydney nightlife … the icons of Sydney Harbour, fringing the Eastern Suburbs. Photograph: Brad Malyon, Frothers Gallery
Hook, line and sinker … surf fishing is one of the lures of Sydney beach lifestyle. Photograph: Danielle Smith, Bay Tribe Photography
Motion in the ocean … Sydney’s tidal pools are accessible to all, as is Relocate East. Photograph: Danielle Smith, Bay Tribe Photography
See the light … an early surf at Maroubra Beach. Photograph: Brad Malyon, Frothers Gallery


World famous for its glorious beaches, sensational harbour views, stunning sandstone coastal scenery, leafy villages, laidback cosmopolitan lifestyles, world-class coffee … just some of the reasons the East is Sydney’s It place to live. Join Relocate East, as specialist property finding agents working exclusively in the Eastern Suburbs, on a short journey around the jewel in Sydney’s real estate crown:

Pacific Ocean for a playground: the Eastern Suburbs sit on the southern shore of Sydney’s extraordinary harbour. The position is ideal for people who work in the city – all the Eastern Suburbs lie within a 10km radius to the east and southeast of Sydney’s central business district (CBD). The Pacific Ocean provides the Eastern Suburbs’ sparking eastern boundary and all of its iconic beaches  – including Bondi and Bronte. A lazy afternoon surfing is only 15 minutes from your office in the CBD.

Bound for Botany Bay: The Eastern Suburbs extends from Watsons Bay (once a fishing village; now home to the rich and famous) on the southern headland of Sydney Harbour’s entrance, as far south as Botany Bay (initially named Stingray Bay by Captain James Cook who landed there with botanist Sir Joseph Banks during their famous voyage in 1770). The bay is fringed by the suburbs of Botany (whose history now spans three centuries) and La Perouse, named after the French explorer who landed days after the arrival of the British First Fleet in 1788 ­- which began European settlement in the colony.

Mix with movie stars and media moguls: The northern quarter of the Eastern Suburbs, fronting the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, houses the East’s most expensive property. The suburbs on offer – many featuring sensational harbour views – include Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Double Bay, Darling Point, Point Piper, Woollahra, Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay, Potts Point, Bellevue Hill and Dover Heights. They are home to leafy villages, world-class schools and the homes of movie stars, media moguls and the captains of industry and finance. Rest easy – it’s not all millionaires’ mansions. There are many homes with much more modest price tags.

Life’s a beach … and much more: To the southeast are the highly prized beachside suburbs of Bondi, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee, the retail hub of Bondi Junction, and leafy Queens Park. Here, life truly is a beach. Or a walk in the park … Centennial Park­ – designed in the grand Victorian tradition featuring formal gardens, ponds, grand avenues, statues, historic buildings and sporting fields. Its 189 hectares of delight also boast towering century-old trees, bike paths (for adults and children), walking tracks, horse riding, and a cafe and restaurant.

Famous faces: Nearby are Randwick (famous for its thoroughbred racecourse) and Kensington, both home to the world-class University of NSW, whose alumni include the internationally renowned architect Glenn Murcutt, comedian Pamela Stephenson and cricketer Mark Taylor. Across Anzac Parade is the star-factory, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), where the likes of Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson and Baz Luhrmann learned their craft.

The Arts end of Sydney: On the CBD’s eastern fringes are the hip, higher-density inner-city suburbs of Paddington, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and the vibrant Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo. The look is renovated Victorian terrace houses, sandstone ledges, towering eucalypts, edgy eateries; the vibe is fashion-house chic, art gallery gravitas and late-night liveliness.

Industrial chic: Further southeast are the emerging beach suburbs of Maroubra, Malabar, Little Bay and La Perouse and the gentrifying industrial suburbs of Matraville, Dacyville, Botany, Banksmeadow, Kingsford and Alexandria. The pace is more laidback and the prices more affordable.

In the know: Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Botany and City of Sydney are the five councils responsible for the local government areas that cover the Eastern Suburbs. Their websites contain a wealth of information about the region and its diverse history. The 2011 Census put the population of the five council areas at just over 450,000.

Relocate East would be delighted to show you around any area of interest in the Eastern Suburbs, or advise on which suburbs might best suit you and your family. Please feel free to Contact Us.