Forestville offers easy access to Chatswood & the CBD via Roseville Bridge. If you are looking for great value family dining, visit Forestville RSL.
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Forestville was originally a thick wooded forest until James French settled here and began felling timber in 1856 and eventually built a small wharf on Bantry Bay to ship timber to Sydney. French later acquired more land in the adjacent suburb which bears his name, Frenchs Forest. The area was used for so called "soldier settlement" farms after the Second World War. Much of the land, particularly toward Killarney Heights was totally unsuitable for any type of farming and was developed as housing land in the early 1960s.
The New Roseville Bridge being built with the old bridge below c.1965
The median sales price for four bedroom houses in Forestville, NSW in the last year was $1,710,000. Compared to the same period five years ago, the median house sales price for four bedroom houses increased 92.0% which equates to a compound annual growth rate of 13.9%.
Apart from the great investment potential, there is a lot to love about Forestville. This suburb is home to Tony Abbott – the 28th Prime Minister of Australia. Perfectly situated between the beaches which are only a 15 minute drive away, Chatswood – only 10 minutes and the City is just 25 minutes. If you don’t want to drive, public transport is quite good with both government buses & Forest Coachlines. The beauty about this location is that it is more affordable than suburbs on the other side of the Roseville Bridge.
Community spirit is high. The annual Forestville Fun Run and Fair is hosted by Forestville Public School Parents & Citizens Association. Approximately 800 runners participate in the 5km and 10km run and marathon.
There are three primary schools in Forestville - Our Lady Of Good Council, Forestville Montessori School and Forestville Public School. The nearest high school is Killarney Heights High School and other high schools nearby are The Forest High School in Frenchs Forest and Davidson High School in Davidson. There is also the Aspect Vern Barnett School for children with autism spectrum disorder.
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Cafes & Restaurants
Grounded Cafe – Darley Street, Forestville.
A suburban gem. This is a lovely little cafe, very friendly staff and most of the cakes, pastries and pies are homemade. The muffins are delicious & they even do homemade marmalade. Fresh seasonal produce done properly. Did we mention the great coffee?
Cocco Rocco Deli - 51 The Centre, Forestville
Cocco Rocco Deli’s range includes quality cheeses, small goods, olives, antipasto, spices, oils and a wide range of other delicacies including specialty ingredients and treats. The cafe menu offers delicious breakfast and lunch meals, sandwiches, tarts, daily specials and cakes, all with served great coffee! Meals are prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients for you to enjoy in the warm, rustic atmosphere of the store.
Forestville RSL – 22 Melwood Avenue, Forestville
A great place for fast, family friendly meals. Try carvery night on Monday for $14.90, steak night on Wednesday also $14.90 or schnitzel night on Thursday for $13.90 – great prices & includes a glass of wine or soft drink.
Things to do in Forestville
Davidson Park – under the Roseville Bridge
Davidson Park offers a great picnic area on the expansive Middle Harbour Creek. There are large open grassy areas with free barbecues and plenty of large shade trees.
The south-eastern end of the park has boat launching facilities with access to Middle Harbour & Sydney Harbour. There are also two dedicated ramps for canoes & kayaks.