Suburb Profile: Summer Hill
The first thing that will strike you about this popular inner-west suburb is the fact that it’s served by both light rail and CityRail networks. Both stations are a little over a kilometre apart along Smith Street, with West Lewisham light rail station serving the very innovative Flour Mill development and the CityRail station sitting at the head of Lackey Street which is the area’s attractive local village centre.
A Little Bit of History
Summer Hill is a small suburb of only 110 hectares, originally settled in 1794 and gaining in popularity when the heavy-rail arrived with a growth spurt between 1870-1879 and much more growth after the Second World War. Home to a population of around 7700 people, recent growth has been super-charged by a big increase in quality and diverse medium density development.
Located just 7km from the Sydney CBD, the area is in the midst of an impressive surge of development and today an estimated 80.5% of local housing is medium density living. This development exhibits a range of architectural merit and design and sits comfortably in the local environment. With a blend of new open parks and private spaces giving the suburb its own unique mix of modern and traditional.
Something to Eat
The Lackey Street precinct is a lively local shopping area full of eclectic architecture and a small town-square complete with an ornate fountain. The area is home to a mix of casual eating places covering varied cuisines; Indian to Vietnamese plus a good choice of friendly local cafes, so a good coffee is easy to find.
Summer Hill is literally bursting with an endless array of eateries, bars, restaurants, cafes, delicatessens and bakeries, a reliable endorsement is the fact that the SMH Good Food Guide lists around a dozen cafes in the area.
Back to Nature
The GreenWay project runs right through Summer Hill from the Cooks River to Iron Cove. The GreenWay is a 5km north-south green corridor with regenerate bush sites and open space. The GreenWay vision with a re-vegetated, sustainable transport corridor that includes light rail and a shared pathway for walking and cycling will also link to the popular Bay Walk. With loads of energy and time, a walk or bike ride into the City from Summer Hill will soon be a reality.
A Spot of Shopping
With the local shopping in and around Lackey Street there’s access to homewares, fashion, cafes, fresh flowers, plus supermarkets and everything in between. A big feature of the village is the lack of through-traffic, so the area has instant appeal. There are bigger centres nearby in Ashfield or Marrickville or go by light rail to the Tramsheds Harold Park at Glebe, Sydney Fish Markets, City or Chinatown shops.
Across the inner-west there’s a varied community based arts program. Summer Hill hosts the Feast of Flavours and also takes part in the Wall to Wall large scale mural arts project which has been running since 2007. From Jazz, to film, crafts and bush care there’s no shortage of events for the mind, body and soul.
You’d Be Surprised
Summer Hill once boasted one of the largest theatres in Sydney – the Summer Hill Theatre (1930-1971), at one time in its history had a 2043 seat auditorium. Today there’s a mural in the village centre depicting the now demolished theatre. Summer Hill is also home to Trinity Grammar School which was originally founded in 1913 and since the mid 1970’s the school has set an impressive academic record, while it’s architecture is an impressive landmark in the area.
Live Here - The Flour Mill
The old industrial site of The Flour Mill has towered over the suburb’s leafy streets for almost 100 years, and is now being transformed into a beautifully planned place to live, work and play. The Flour Mill’s remarkable heritage and the original Mungo Scott Mill building will be retained alongside brand new buildings standing alongside the historic silo structures, which will be transformed into homes.
The final release is a rare collection of 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments in both circular silo and traditional apartment configurations over 4 boutique buildings - Live in The Durum Silos, The Granary, The Wheatstore or The Malthouse.
For more information on this historic site within the Summer Hill village click here.