Governor Lachlan Macquarie very sensibly changed the suburb’s name from Vinegar Hill to Bellevue in 1820. Even from its earlier days, the magnificent views to Bondi in the east and the full sweep of Sydney harbour to the north have attracted canny investors with an eye on the perfect Sydney location.
Bellevue Hill has been one of the most affluent suburbs in Australia since its inception. Here, you’ll find elegant apartments with exquisite views, and magnificent estates from periods dating from the Edwardian and Art Deco through to contemporary designs by brilliant architects.
Daily staples, including good wine and patisserie are all available in the local shopping centre, along with some chic little boutiques. More serious shopping is simply down the hill at Double Bay.
Sports & Fitness
If you can drag yourself away from the ocean and harbour views from the terrace, then perhaps tennis, a jog or brisk walk around the 38 hectares of natural bush that is Cooper Park. There is plenty of room for cricket practise, football, safe play areas for the kids, BBQ’s and all the usual civilised facilities.
If that’s not enough, well, the harbour and Bondi beach are a couple of minutes by car.
A quick 4km drive via expressway, or the more scenic harbour route will get you into the CBD. The 366 bus to Edgecliff Station or the 321 to Bondi Junction takes to bus and rail interchanges for a swift journey into the city.
In Bellevue Hill, the sheer opulence of its properties are the landmarks. Scots College sets the standard with its commanding position on the north-east face of the hill. Other notables are Aspinal House, old Fairfax homes “McIntyre”, “Fairfax House”, “Caeleron” (Australia’s finest example of Queen Anne architecture), and “Barford”.
There’s very little difference between Sydney’s rich list and the list of Bellevue Hill residents. Amongst the more notable is Lady Sonia McMahon.
Bellevue Road has a couple of cafes and some interesting food stores, and Double Bay is close by. But in Bellevue Hill, why not just invite a few friends around, call the caterers, and enjoy the best view in town.
The only State operated school is Bellevue Hill Primary. Dominating the hill is the exclusive Scots College. Within a couple of minutes drive, or a short bus ride are equally exclusive Cranbrook, Sydney Boys & Girls High, Ascham, Kambala, Waverley College and Sydney Grammar.