NUTSHELL KNOWS: ENMORE

In this edition of Nutshell Knows, we profile Enmore, a vibrant suburb in Sydney’s Inner West with a rich history that continues to find itself at the forefront of modern Australian culture.

The Basics: Geography, Population and Demographics in Enmore

Located in the heart of the Inner West, Enmore shares borders with Newtown, Camperdown, Stanmore, Marrickville and St Peters – Sydenham, and sits roughly 5km from the CBD.

According to Census data, in 2011 there were 3,572 residents living in Enmore. The average age is 20-39 and 59.6% were born in Australia. Many of these residents are single and young professionals.

The area is primarily residential, with the most common type of dwelling being semi-detached, terrace houses and townhouses. It also features many light-medium commercial properties along its main roads, which include Enmore Road, Stanmore Road, Edgeware Road and Liberty Street.

Further, 47.2% of people are renting, considerably higher than the national average of 29.6%.

Enmore: Community Snapshot

Enmore is known for its culture; sharing much of the same values and venues as bordering suburb Newtown. One example of this is the Enmore Theatre, a renowned venue for live music and comedy, featuring any number of local and international acts during the week.

Further, as a hub for the creative arts, design students converge on Sydney TAFE’s Design Campus to master their crafts.

And if ice cream is your thing, then Cow and Moon on Enmore Road is your place. Having taken out the top honours ahead of the Italians at the Gelato World Title, this shop is loved by residents and visitors alike.

The Enmore of the Past

Traditionally home of the Cadigal people of the Eora nation, Enmore has experienced a turbulent past.

Enmore was named after Enmore House, built in 1935 by Captain Sylvester Browne, who was a mariner with the British East India Company. The property was large, with large grounds. Browne took this name from Enmore in Sommerset, England. Browne’s son, Thomas, later wrote the book Enemy Under Arms under the pseudonym Rolf Boldrewood.

Enmore House later became the home of the influential Josephson family 1842 until it was demolished in 1883. Joshua Frey Josephson was an Englishman had been convicted of possessing fake pound notes in his possession. He was given a fourteen-year sentence and transported to Australia. In 1820, he received a conditional pardon from Governor Macquarie, allowing his wife Emma and their sons Joshua and Lewis to sail out and meet them.

Josephson became a jeweller and was later sent to debtors’ prison in 1826, before being successfully defended by the young lawyer, William Charles Wentworth (the famous explorer, journalist, politician and author). Josephson had four sons and five daughters in three marriages. His son Joshua Percy Josephson later became the first Mayor of Marrickville in 1901. And five streets in Enmore are still named after his five daughters: Clara, Laura, Marian, Pearl and Sarah.

Enmore Tomorrow

Both residents and business owners in Enmore should be optimistic about the future of the suburb.

The current median house price sits at around $1.25 million, with units costing $633,000. And weekly rent for a house is $750 and $520 for a unit. However, don’t be surprised if this soon increases. This is because it’s a high demand market with strong projected growth, experiencing 3168 visits per property, where the average is 641 in NSW.

As an increasing number of creative businesses seek commercial properties further afield than the Sydney CBD, Enmore and surrounds is poised for enduring demand.

It’s important that owners enlist the services of an agent with a strong knowledge of the cultural heritage of the area to market the true value of Enmore’s properties.

To discuss your commercial property in Enmore, get in touch with us today.

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