St Peters, 2044
St Peters was described in the 1840s as one of the most fashionable and aristocratic suburbs of Sydney. The area was named because of its association with St Peters Anglican Church, which was consecrated in 1838. A wealthy merchant named Alexander Sparke (who also named the suburb of Tempe) called for tenders to replace the precinct’s deteriorating chapel and the result was St Peters; the third oldest Anglican church in Sydney and claimed to be the first church built in Australia using non-convict labour.
In the 1870s it was an important brick making centre due to the large deposits of clay that lined the ground. The landmark smokestacks of St Peters Brickworks still stand although the last brick fell off the production line many years ago.
Once a centre of industry, St Peters is now fast becoming a desirable destination for renovators taking advantage of the opportunity to create unique warehouse conversions or snap up designer inner city apartments. There is still a lot of light industrial sites in St Peters as well as an array of residential homes. Semi-detached residences from the early 20th century are mixed with the odd Victorian style homes and terrace house. You can also find budget apartments and designer warehouse conversions and, of course, unconverted warehouses awaiting some creative flair.
Places to eat
A bunch of trendy cafes have popped up in the area to service the new wave of gentrification. There’s the Velvet Garage on Applebee Street, the ASLAN cafe on council Street and lots more. If this isn’t enough, you could continue up the Princes Highway to King Street where there’s no shortage of fashionable diners and cafes. Marrickville is also close by and offers its eclectic mix of exotic foods and good coffee.
Head towards the smokestacks and you’ll come across Sydney Park; a huge open space parkland that features cycle tracks, playing fields and wide open spaces – plus an onsite cafe.
Schools & Education
There are plenty of state and church operated schools around St Peters. Private Schools like Trinity and Newington are only a short drive away and Newtown School of the Performing Arts is just up the road.
St Peters is located 7km south of the CBD and has its own train station at the intersection of King Street and the Princes Highway. City-bound trains arrive approximately every 15 minutes in peak hour, and take about seven minutes to reach Central station. Sydney Buses service St Peters with the Tempe-bound 422 from Circular Quay and the Coogee-bound 370 from Leichhardt.