SUMMER HILL At A Glance
Though it’s fifteen minutes from the city, Summer Hill seems to be a world away. An inner-west gem, it’s a small suburb with a charming village feel – think tree-lined streets, heritage homes, and warm, welcoming neighbours. Locals love the amenities and easy access to just about anywhere, and the new energy that comes with gentrification.
The walkability of the area and the village-like feel.
For lovers of cheese, Romeo’s IGA has a dedicated cheese room. Summer Hill has a small bar scene and the area is bike-friendly.
The land Summer Hill now sits on was once known as Kangaroo Ground.
Tucked away in the inner west, Summer Hill offers a laid-back, local-centric lifestyle seven kilometres from the city. It’s a small suburb by Sydney standards, and that’s part of its charm. Community comes first, and it’s seen in the local schools and the town square, Summer Hill Village, where many of the shops and businesses are run by locals.
Lackey and Smith Streets are the beating heart of the suburb, home to a string of cafés, restaurants, supermarkets, salons, boutiques and bars. The foodie scene is thriving, and points to Summer Hill’s multicultural makeup – you can dine on authentic Italian one day, Asian the next and round out the week with Modern Australian. To branch out, locals go to dining and entertainment spots in nearby hubs like Leichhardt, Dulwich Hill and Annandale, most of which are a five or ten-minute drive away.
For families, Summer Hill has excellent schools in its competitive catchment, as well as a number of parks and playgrounds. The suburb is beautiful and homely, with tree-lined streets and hundreds of heritage-listed properties.
As for transport, locals love to walk wherever they can, or take the train from Summer Hill Railway Station if they’re travelling to the CBD. Buses run regularly through the suburb, and there is plenty of street parking.
Thanks to its location just a hop, skip and a jump to the city (or 15 minutes on the train), Summer Hill attracts a lot of young professionals who love coming home to a peaceful, picturesque suburb that’s not only convenient, but boasts a strong community spirit. That same spirit draws in families with children, most of whom attend the local primary and high schools and can be spotted soaking up the sunshine at the parks, playgrounds and reserves. With its excellent transport links and amenities, Summer Hill is ideal for those looking to lay down roots in the inner west, and strike the perfect balance between being close to the action without being in the thick of it.
Explore SUMMER HILL
If it’s a little too far to walk, cycle! Summer Hill is incredibly bike-friendly, and locals love taking advantage of the Inner West Council’s network of bike paths, which connects the suburb to its neighbours and stretches all the way to the Bay Run.
The inner-west is famous for its ever-evolving foodie scene, and Summer Hill has some of its stars. Start your day at Heritage Coffee Brewers or One Penny Red (sitting pretty in a converted 1900s post office) before moving on to Da Vinci’s and then Gelatony for dessert.
When wine time rolls around, residents relax at their pick of great small bars. There’s Rio’s Bar (formerly Rio’s Milk Bar, an institution any Summer Hill kid would remember), as well as newer neighbourhood haunts like Vernon’s Bar and The Temperance Society.
If there’s one thing that stands out about Summer Hill, it’s the abundance of large homes and blocks – unusual in many inner-city and inner-west suburbs. There’s a mix of Federation-era homes and workers’ cottages and terraces. Closer to the train station, you’ll find medium-density apartment blocks that are perfect for professionals and young couples who commute to the city. Rosemount Avenue and Seaview Street are magnets for families looking for bigger properties, while Carrington Street and Kensington Road are lined with beautiful smaller homes.