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Forestville, northern beaches | Suburb guide

LOVE MY SUBURB: The COVID-19 pandemic might have its challenges but Forestville resident Neil Cranmer says it's brought his community closer together. Picture: Simon Bennett
LOVE MY SUBURB: The COVID-19 pandemic might have its challenges but Forestville resident Neil Cranmer says it's brought his community closer together. Picture: Simon Bennett

THE coronavirus pandemic might have made for a very tough 12 months for many people, but it's brought the Forestville community even closer together, resident Neil Cranmer says.

When it comes to long term residents in this leafy part of the northern beaches, Mr Cranmer is among them having lived for 10 years in Forestville and 20 years before that in Frenchs Forest.

"It's the place where I'm most comfortable and I love the area for the quiet," he said. "There are all sorts of different people and it's fairly friendly and we're all getting to know each other more because of COVID."

Accessibility is a must for Mr Cranmer and while Forestville is good, he said it could be better.

"As a disabled person the big test is whether you can ask people for help and here they always help," he said.

"If there is one complaint it's the slopping greenery, but it was probably designed before disability was more recognised. It's about a 20 degree angle and it tore up my tyres on my chair."

Mr Cranmer is among 19 per cent of people who rent their home in the suburb, with another 36.9 per cent of people paying off a mortgage, while 39.3 per cent own their home outright.

The suburb's population is 8329 people with a median age of 42 years, and while 65.9 per cent were born in Australia, six per cent are from England, 2.5 per cent from China and 2.1 per cent from New Zealand.

When it comes to the best coffee in Forestville, Mr Cranmer can't go past Michel's Patisserie, while for a meal out he loves Forest Brunch Bar.

The part time radio presenter with community station Northside Radio FM99.3 said he loves being on air and it helps keep his finger on the pulse. "It's made a big difference to the feeling of the area," he said.


Just sold - 59 Brown Street, Forestville

Sunlight cascading through palm fronds, a shimmering pool and swathes of blonde timber framed by pristine white play a part in creating the tranquil allure of this beautiful four bedroom home.

All this is accentuated by inspired design plus an array of stylish finishes and luxury appointments that shape a sophisticated yet relaxed living environment.

There's multiple indoor and outdoor living areas, and a broad deck and spa under automated pergola overlooks pool and tropical gardens.

This home at 59 Brown Street was sold by Belle Property Frenchs Forest on December 14 for $1.972 million.

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