A leafy residential oasis in the inner-west, Earlwood is an up-and-coming suburb that’s been a hidden gem for years. With tree-lined streets, large blocks of land, and a village feel, it’s the perfect place to raise a family. Young professionals soak up the culture, city links and eclectic dining scene.
Earlwood has been moving into the spotlight, thanks to its diverse community and family-friendly feel. Locals enjoy a laid-back, cultured lifestyle – all while being just nine kilometres from the CBD. The suburb is known for its wide, tree-lined streets and huge blocks, so they also have space to move.
As for amenities, Earlwood has plenty of lush parks, many of which have playgrounds and off-leash dog areas. The Cooks River is a hive of activity, with locals running, walking and riding their bikes along its bike paths every day. The Homer Street strip is a shopping precinct made up of supermarkets, produce stores, delis, banks and pharmacies, as well as cafés, restaurants and dessert bars. While new dining and entertainment spots are popping up all the time, there are many more options in nearby hubs like Marrickville, Dulwich Hill and Newtown.
Held annually since 2001, the Earlwood Village Festival brings the community together for a day of eating and entertainment. The line-up changes every year, but you can expect live music, dance performances, amusement rides and stalls serving up international cuisine.
While gentrification is breathing new life and energy into the area, Earlwood is as friendly and welcoming as ever – the kind of place where neighbours stop to chat.
Strolling down the tree-lined streets of Earlwood you’ll most likely spot a mix of Californian bungalows, Art Deco homes, terrace houses and the odd apartment block. A low-density area, the suburb is mostly made up of freestanding houses, and many sit on large blocks of land with backyards for the kids to run around. Birrellea, Kitchener and Airedale Avenues and Wellington Road are among the best streets in Earlwood – they’re wide, leafy and quiet, and big blocks are common. Homer Street is great if you don’t mind a bit of bustle, as is Woolcott Street.
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