Delivering a high distinction on the location test, there’s a lot going on in this over-achieving neighbourhood.
Kensington is best known as the home of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA); but this little postcode’s appeal doesn’t begin and end with hitting the books. Bordering Centennial Park, minutes from the city centre and a brisk thirty-minute walk from Sydney’s prized coastline and beaches, it’s a place that really delivers on lifestyle – for families, students and single professionals.
In the past, Kensington was a real a university-town, with a young, mobile population. But its unbeatable location has started to attract young families and professionals to the area. It’s a place with a vibrant, dynamic and ever-changing community who affectionately refer to the postcode as “Kenso”.
School may be in for many of the residents of this university suburb, but there’s more than a degree at UNSW or NIDA on offer. Anzac Parade, Kensington’s main thoroughfare, is the place to go in search of well-priced and authentic Asian flavours, including Malaysian, Thai, Chinese and Indonesian feasts. The shop-filled, bustling high street also connects the residents to the city on a brief 20-minute bus ride.
Bordering the Royal Randwick Racecourse, Moore Park and Centennial Park, Kensington offers plenty of wide, open spaces, but keen golfers will devote their weekend mornings perfecting a hole-in-one on the Australian Golf Club’s expertly manicured green.
Running off the main drag, Kensington’s charming, tree-lined streets boast wide footpaths and green spaces – in fact, the suburb was modelled on the London suburb from which it takes its name. And despite the proliferation of high- and medium-density dwellings, there’s a real sense light and space in the area.
Further from Anzac Parade, you’ll find larger double-storey Federation style homes, while the area’s most historic structure, the Sacred Heart Monastery, is a beautiful example of 1895 Gothic style.
Kensington is the little suburb that could. The well-planned streets, huge swathes of green parklands and countless configurations of housing means its vibrant streets offer something for every house hunter. Universities, colleges, schools and an up-and-coming high street clustered with Asian eateries and stores create a happy hum throughout the community.