A prosperous saddler named John Jones purchased land in 1835 where Newington College now stands. He called it the Stanmore Estate after his birthplace of Stanmore, a north London suburb. Most of the area was used as farmland until the arrival of rail transport in 1878 saw the arrival of residential development. Grand Victorian manors were constructed with numerous smaller bungalows and terraces soon to follow.
After World War II, the area was populated largely with immigrant families who brought a rich cultural flavour to the area which still exists today. Stanmore is now a desirable inner west suburb and many of these original homes have been tastefully renovated to reflect a modern lifestyle. The suburb is also notable as the birthplace of former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt (1908-1967).
The grand Victorian manors are still here and many have been restored to their former glory. There are also chic terrace homes and detached cottages, many of which have been redesigned to take advantage of the in/outdoor living that inner city residents so desire. Apartment buildings and converted industrial sites offer an affordable entry into the suburb.
Places to eat
Along with a large immigrant population came a wealth of exotic eateries. There are several fashionable cafes surrounding the train station or on Stanmore Road plus there are fine dining options including Sixpenny on Percival Street.
If hanging out in one of the many cafes doesn’t suit, there are plenty of options close by. It’s a short stroll to Leichhardt’s famous Norton Street, there are vast parklands nearby plus gyms and fitness centres are easily accessible.
Schools & Education
Stanmore is home to the famous Newington College, Stanmore Public School and within a short drive or walk there are plentiful state and church operated schools.
Stanmore has its own train station and is 6km south west of the CBD. It’s also well serviced by buses along Parramatta Road and Stanmore Road.