The relatively secret suburb of the East is Malabar and the locals like it that way. Units and homes are still relatively affordable for the east and it has a strong community feel to it. It is home to a stunning and normally placid, beach which features a rock pool at the southern end and a boat ramp to the northern end. Great for young families trying to enter the Eastern Suburbs market, but willing to live on the edge a little!
The size of Malabar is approximately 4 square kilometres. It has 9 parks covering nearly 41% of total area. Low lying bush a leads onto Cromwell Park, located behind the beach. Here you will find are BBQ and toilet facilities including change rooms and shower facilities. To meet the needs of young families there is also a fabulous, fenced playground which is great for children’s parties and picnics.
The beach is popular with families due to the normally calm conditions although it is not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers. Walking, jogging, sunbathing, rock fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking are all popular activities. Join the locals on a Saturday mornings to swim from ramp to ramp across the bay.
Malabar is slowly attracting new young blood into the area. With great facilities, and a choice of schools being Chifley and Malabar Public or the local St Andrew’s Catholic School and Matraville Sports High School, it is an affordable option with all the benefits of the eastern suburbs. The predominant age group living in Malabar is 35-44 years.
Be sure to check out Malabar Beach Café for your morning latte or head to the 2015 winner of the Randwick City Business Excellence award the Heritage Kitchen Garden bringing the benefits of country living to the city.
The Malabar RSL considers itself the friendliest RSL in Sydney and offers indoor bowling and snooker to rock fishing and surfing. Alternatively go for some fun Sunday drinks at the Randwick Golf Club whose public course encapsulates some of the most stunning views – the 13 hole is a stunner!
Over the last couple of years demand has increased in Malabar. With most of the suburb taken up with park-lands the supply of accommodation is relatively low. The median sales price has increased from $1.14M (2012) to $1,810,000 (Apr 2016).
Malabar may not be hipster like Bondi or photogenic like Bronte. It doesn’t have the surf of Maroubra or the glamour of Tamarama but it does have that local lay back feel of a coastal suburb still within the Eastern Suburbs.
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