Mcmahons Point

Situated three kiometres north of Sydney’s central business district, McMahons Point covers a small area of just 0.3 km².

With transport available for routes through and around the peninsula via ferry and the reliable railway network, residents of McMahon’s Point enjoy easy access to the neighbouring suburbs of Waverton, North Sydney and Milsons Point. Additional transportation support is also available at North Sydney station, with bus networks running to and from the area.

Known primarily for its boatbuilding resources and thriving repair industry in the latter years of the 1880s, McMahons Point now flaunts an array of luxury residential destinations and boutique shops with a quant, eclectic touch. Backed by the superb views of the harbour and Sydney’s CBD, there’s no shortage of impressive landscapes for both visitors and residents.

Honouring Michael McMahon – a local politician and recognised businessman – the expansive area of the peninsula was titled McMahons Point to pay tribute to his work. This included advocating infrastructure, water supply ferry networks and tram systems that are still in place today.

As the need for residential development began to become a prominent demand, the 1900s saw early remnants of the ferry network and boat builders disappear. By the late 1950s, McMahons Point moved into its new forte industrial waterfront projects, but the likes of North Sydney Council members, residents and local architects argued for residential work to be a priority. Assumed that existing gas works and oil depots would be extended with positive reception from the community, North Sydney Council claimed the need for these projects to be granted approval, but this was later overturned to keep residential demands as the primary focus.

Despite a proposed building of 29 apartments amongst the suburb’s beautiful gardens, this redevelopment was later argued against by a new council and supportive residents. In the end, two towers were built (the Blues Point Tower) on the site of an iconic mansion owned by the former Harbour Master. Meant to form part of an aspirational vision fit for the entire McMahons Point peninsula, only the first stage of the proposed development made it through approval.

McMahons Point’s historical cottages scattered around the regions provide an insight in to the lives of workers occupying the area during the 19th century. Built as Victorian terrace houses, some have managed to withstand time and weather conditions, and have been granted the support of a gentrification upgrade from council bodies. McMahon’s Point previously made the perfect choice for those looking to buy, restore or preserve one of these early properties. The area now remains a part of the conservation project, imposed by North Sydney Council as part of the Local Environment Plan 2001.

Stroll alongside the gorgeous beach settings and foreshores, enjoy the vast array of parks and recreational destinations and engage with McMahons Point’s many intriguing landscapes—contact the Urban Living team today for more information on this Sydney favourite.
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