7.5 out of 10

Breakfast Point

-33.8422391401747 151.111583995772
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pest Free
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  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Nov 17, 2016

"Beauty is only skin deep"

As the old saying goes, beauty is only skin deep. This is so appropriate for Breakfast Point.

On the outside, Breakfast Point is truly a beautiful place to live. Manicured lawns, meticulous landscaping and seemingly perfectly maintained buildings will impress the most fussiest of residents. Even the retirees look energetic on their strolls. The foreshore area is great for a morning run or evening walk. Picture perfect, it seems.

Dive deeper and you'll find many, many issues with the place. I have lived in one of the newly constructed buildings for a few months now and here are my thoughts:

1. Parking is a nightmare - if you are expecting guests past 5pm on day, forget about them finding a spot close to your building. On a weekend? Don't even think about it. Add to that, illegal parking is the norm here. Where else in Sydney will you find a Bentley or Jaguar parked illegally in a disabled spot? Or how about rows of cars parked under a 'no stopping' sign?

2. Bad driving - stop signs mean nothing in Breakfast Point. Wannabe eurotrash hooning their Mercedes C63 AMGs. The main entry/exit stop signs on Tennyson Road is notorious - I almost get cleaned up here on a daily basis.

3. Impersonal - maybe it's apartment living, or just the type of people Breakfast Point attracts. I have found that people here are not really friendly compared to other places that I have lived.

4. Rules and regulations - this one is self explanatory. Can't do this, can't do that. Everything has to be white and so on and so forth.

On a whole, Breakfast Point feels to me like a community that is 'manicured' to present well to would-be property owners prepared to pay big money to live here. Like many transient residents of this suburb, I will be out of here in due course. However, I would not consider spending my hard earned retirement money on a $1.5m apartment in Breakfast Point.
Pros
  • Looks beautiful
  • Foreshore area
  • Exclusivity
Cons
  • Parking and bad driving
  • Feels 'fake'
  • Too many rules
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Breakfast Point"

According to historical records, the suburb name is derived from the first contact between Europeans and the traditional owners of the land, the Wangal Clan. The encounter took place on 5 February 1788 during Captain John Hunter's exploration of the Parramatta River, while Hunter was having breakfast. William Bradley, First Lieutenant on board HMS Sirius, recorded the following entry in the log:

We landed to cook breakfast on the opposite shore to them Breakfast Pt. We made signs to them to come over and waved green boughs. Soon after which 7 of them came over in 2 canoes and landed near our boats. They left their spears in the canoes and came to us. We tied beads etc. about them and left them our fire to dress their muscles which they went about as soon as our boats put off.

Hunter, who was later to become Governor of New South Wales, is also remembered in the name of the nearby suburb of Hunters Hill.

Much of the area at Breakfast Point was occupied by the Mortlake Gas Works of the Australian Gaslight Company (AGL). AGL began developing the site from 1883. The Mortlake Gasworks site offered river access for colliers to bring coal and virtually unlimited space for expansion. The gas works remained in operation until the 1990s when in 1998 AGL, after a selected tender process, selected Rosecorp Pty. Ltd. to progressively acquire and develop the Mortlake site. Redevelopment has proceeded since then.

Breakfast Point also has a little town centre with IGA supermarket, The Olive Kitchen restaurant, Il Punto Pizzeria, two clothing shops, a hairdressers, day spa, dentist and optometrist. Further developments are planned. These developments are located opposite the historic Palace Hotel in Tennyson Road.

Breakfast Point is the location of one of the largest urban renewal projects in Sydney on a site formerly belonging to AGL. The New South Wales State Government took control of the approval process for the development from Canada Bay Council in August 2005, citing lengthy delays. Issues that arose between the council and the developer, Rosecorp, included the provision of public transport, public access to the area and its landscaping. There are several streets with architecturally designed modern houses and many modern apartment blocks in the suburb, such as Hunter's Wharf on the Parramatta River.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish