The multicultural suburb attracts new inhabitants

You can still find a killer kebab in Arncliffe, but the population is growing as new shoppers discover this south-central suburb, located 11 kilometers south of the CBD.

Stone Real Estate Rockdale director Sam Abbas said Arncliffe had grown from a magnet for new migrants, particularly those from Lebanon, China, Macedonia and Greece, to a value-for-money option for buyers leaving the interior west and east. suburb.

“I would say about 80% of our buyers are from the mid-west, 15% from the eastern suburbs and the remaining 5% are locals,” he says.

Arncliffe Station is a heritage listed station on the Illawarra Line. Photo: Vaida Savickaite

“It was driven by affordability. [In Arncliffe] they can buy a three-bedroom house on a 450 square meter block with a side driveway on a quiet street for a price similar to a mid-west house on a narrow side street with no parking.

Shoppers like Lee Mangion and his partner Ruby Steele are finding more space for the kids and for working from home.

Mangion spent around a year house hunting in the Mid West before moving from Sydenham to Arncliffe last year and was pleasantly surprised.

“It just wasn’t possible to have a house with a decent yard at all [in the inner west],” he says.

Arncliffe Neighborhood
The suburb’s parks and protected wetlands have added to its family appeal. Photo: Vaida Savickaite

“The houses were cramped, they overlooked a neighbour’s brick wall a meter away. Here we have a nice view and nearly 400 square meters of land.

“We really appreciate it. We have good access to parks, very good access to public transport and have made many friends in the immediate vicinity.

“It’s very multicultural, which for me is a real plus.”

Arncliffe is home to a good mix of specialty grocery stores and restaurants, with the cluster of shops next to the station housing Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Lebanese cuisine.

Locals also travel to Brighton Le Sands and Rockdale to eat out.

Arncliffe Neighborhood
The shopping village of Arncliffe is full of restaurants and specialty grocery stores. Photo: Vaida Savickaite

Mangion says he enjoyed exploring the hilly suburban terrain on foot, discovering lookouts, parks and protected wetlands.

For a dose of culture, he says it’s easy to get to Marrickville to visit creative spaces and bars, and Arncliffe is just a five-minute drive from the beaches of Botany Bay.

Although there has been good uptake of new apartment developments in the suburbs, Abbas says it is the pockets of streets without high density that attract the most interest and the highest prices.

“The pocket around Mount, Withers, Waratah and Bayview streets is doing well,” he says.

“There’s no high density there, you’re close to Banksia station and you get views of Botany Bay and the airport.”

Arncliffe Neighborhood
An entry-level unit in Arncliffe starts at around $600,000 while homes in low-density pockets command higher prices. Photo: Vaida Savickaite

The entry-level price for a unit is around $600,000 and for a detached house around $1.5 million.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of buyers and they love it here,” Abbas says.

“They tell their friends they have to move here.

“We have the station, the shops and the airport. The town and beaches aren’t too far, the streets are nice and wide, and it’s affordable.

The first two

16 Walters Street

Located one block from Arncliffe Park and within walking distance of the train station, this solid brick home features a combined living-dining room, gas kitchen and separate self-contained studio.

Sam Abbas of Stone Real Estate Rockdale is selling the house with a guide for $1.95 million.

16 Walters Street, Arncliffe NSW 2205

16 Walters Street, Arncliffe NSW 2205

106, highway of the Princes

This new apartment features open plan living areas, a gas kitchen with stone worktops and Smeg appliances and plenty of built in storage.

It’s a three minute walk from the train station.

Jerry Yan of Lyncorp is selling the house with a guide for $750,000 to $830,000.

106 Princess Highway, Arncliffe NSW 2205

106 Princess Highway, Arncliffe NSW 2205

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