This week’s blog post is a walk through Killara (a ‘mini-post’, as I’ve come to call them). There are two key reasons for this. The first is that I haven’t had much time and I live in the suburb. The second is that I am most likely moving soon and would like to celebrate the place, since its housing stock is pretty amazing. Unfortunately, some of my favourite houses in the area aren’t here as I only walked along a few streets (which took longer than you’d imagine), but the one above is a place I’m totally in love with. It’s light pink, which suits it well … but I’m into the black and white vibe of the photos today.
If you don’t know much about Killara, it’s an upper north shore (or mid north shore, if you divide the north shore into three segments … I don’t, but see the reasoning) suburb about 14 kilometres from the CBD. I seem to recall mentioning this before on the blog (maybe I didn’t? Who’s to say?), but it’s one of the two upper north shore suburbs without a village (the other being Warrawee). Both of those suburbs, incidentally, command higher prices than their neighbours. From my recollection, a recent edition of Title Deeds in Domain (SMH… I can now only stomach its Saturday paper, as an aside) recorded Killara as having the highest sale price of any upper north shore suburb in 2012 (I believe it was around $5.5m, but I’m not confident).
People like Killara because it’s leafy, has nice, wide streets, has grand heritage housing (and gargantuan modern housing…), is close to good schools and has a train station. It is actually pretty central, from my experience, and it’s been a relaxing break from living in suburbs that are dominated by concrete.
If you’re ever in the mood to ogle some houses, Killara is a good suburb to do it in – head to the side east of the Pacific Highway (or the part near the golf course on the west side) and you’re sure to see some places you’ll be impressed by. You could make a day of it, if you really wanted to – there are a couple of good places to eat at nearby-ish Wahroonga and St Ives (they even have a bar now, with decent drinks, plus there’s Pattison’s – always a win), a gelato bar at Lindfield and the trusty Greengate Hotel … schnitzels and cheap drinks, not bad for a Sunday afternoon.