20 Sep 2023 | 1 mins

Longueville: Why property is so tightly held in this peninsula enclave - Domain

Longueville: Why property is so tightly held in this peninsula enclave - Domain

On any given day in Longueville, the scene is one of pure serenity. Residents relax in expansive foreshore parks, children dash about wide, tree-lined streets, and city commuters choose a serene ferry ride over the city’s frenzied trains.

While there’s no shortage of green pockets in Sydney, Longueville embraces its leafy nature wholeheartedly, being nestled on the Lane Cove River’s shores and cushioned by native bushland.

Laid-back in Longueville

In a city kissed by watery wonders, Belle Property Lane Cove principal Simon Harrison distinguishes Longueville as a peninsula enclave purely residential in character, home to only around 700 residences, many with sprawling gardens and tranquil harbour views.

“On one side, we’re greeted by the mesmerising harbour, and on the other, by the lively Lane Cove village,” he says. “It’s a balance that’s hard to find elsewhere, so families here rarely move away; instead, they transform their homes to fit their evolving needs.”

Harrison paints a vivid picture of life in and around Longueville, involving families splashing about Greenwich Baths during the warmer months, cherishing gatherings at the local rowing and sailing clubs, and seeing kids off to nearby reputable schools.

“The suburb’s market resilience is largely due to its unique charm and the unwavering demand for quality homes in this area,” he says.

“The waters surrounding Longueville not only offer recreational opportunities but also provide unparalleled views – of the city’s skyline, the iconic Harbour Bridge and beyond.”


Streets are lined with big beautiful homes. Photo: Vaida Savickaite

A canvas of creativity

Such splendid sights kindled the creativity of iconic artist Brett Whiteley.

His formative years were anchored in his family’s Longueville residence, last on the market in July 2018. This 1920s gem undoubtedly played a role in moulding the artist’s illustrious career.

Brett’s sister, Frannie Hopkirk, sheds light on their childhood days in her book, Brett: A Portrait of Brett Whiteley. She recalls their father, Clem, crafting a spacious workbench for a young Whiteley.

“Clem built him a long workbench at the window, where he would sit for hours drawing the bay with its collection of boats, and Northwood opposite,” Hopkirk writes.

“For almost 20 years, it was the background for our childhood myths and the arena of our growing up.”

The grandeur of Longueville’s landscapes, reminiscent of Whiteley’s masterpieces like The Balcony 2, is mirrored in many of its luxurious residences.

A prime example is the home blessed with splendid vistas at 10 Poole Street, a prestige property listed with a price guide of around $50 million.

“Few homes on Sydney’s shores could rival its scale and magnificence,” says listing agent Ken Jacobs of Forbes Global Properties. “Here, the endless stretch of the harbour and the shimmering city skyline are laid out in all its glory.”

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10 Poole Street Longueville NSW 2066

Commanding a picturesque stretch of harbourfront, this magnificent estate melds a historic homestead with a modern marvel designed by acclaimed architect Ian Gross. Bridged by a glass walkway, both worlds unite amid enchanting Japanese-inspired gardens and glorious vistas.