There are some people who believe that a second line on a pregnancy test is an instant catalyst for leaving inner-city urban life behind.

And while the house and yard may still appear as part of the great Australian dream, the dream is evolving.

Last census, families with children comprised almost 44% of families living in apartments. Many may indeed be waiting for house prices to fall in order to erect their white-picket fence. But from my observations families in the 2011 postcode are living there by choice, because a small space in Sydney’s greatest urban hub is a fantastic option when little people enter the mix.

1. Community

Any new parent will know the unique isolation that arises at 5am when your baby is up and ready to go for the day. While everyone in the ‘burbs are still asleep, there is something pleasant about being in an area where coffee shops are about to open, busy professionals are having their morning jogs and locals are out walking their dogs.

You’ll never feel isolated in Potts Point – no matter the time of day. Some restaurants like Café Hernandez are open 24 hours a day so if you need a hit of caffeine and a conversation with someone other than your screaming infant – which you will – you are in completely the right place.

2. Convenience

Before you had children, running out of something probably just required a quick and easy car trip to the supermarket. However, picture a crying infant with an emotional allergy to car seats who needs to be fed, burped and changed pre-departure and post-arrival to the supermarket and you can understand how traumatic running a quick errand with kids can be.

Now imagine strolling to Woolworths on Macleay Street, your child staring at the leaf-dappled sky as you walk with the pram. If they become unsettled you can comfort them without causing a collision, and you can do groceries daily rather than a weekly hours-long shouting event at your local supermarket.

If you’re so sleep deprived that you don’t feel safe operating the kitchen stove, you can buy great food from one of the many eateries. Lacking the energy to tidy up? Grab an early dinner at a top-notch restaurant and have the staff serve you. The real icing on the cake is that if you are desperate for that extra glass of wine with dinner, you won’t need to worry about driving home.

3. Transport

Speaking of driving, the good news is that you won’t need to. Potts Point is one of Sydney’s most walkable suburbs. Living without a car is so embedded into the psyche of the suburb that almost 43% of households do not have one, according to the last census – and the census before that.

Living in Potts Point guarantees that you’re a walk away from the city and have excellent schools – like St Vincent’s, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, Ascham or Sydney Grammar for instance are at your doorstep.

If you feel the need to leave Potts Point you are very well connected to the rest of Sydney by public transport. So much so that less than 15% of the suburb’s residents use a car to get to work. Trains and buses are mostly pram-friendly and your little one will love the view from a moving vehicle.

4. Bustle

There are so many reasons why the dense population of Potts Point is a positive contribution to your family’s quality of life. The people who live, work and play in the suburb come from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. The most popular languages spoken at home, other than English, recorded in the last census, were Spanish, Italian, French, Thai and Mandarin. This provides your children with great exposure to a mix of people that they wouldn’t necessarily get elsewhere.

The sheer number of people – locals and ‘tourists’ – give the suburb its audible buzz. The cafés (some of the best in Sydney) are almost always full. So if your child is screaming because their babycino did not arrive with a marshmallow, you can be comforted in knowing that their cries will probably be drowned out by the chatter of other customers.

5. Entertainment

There’s always something going on in Potts Point. Parents who long to escape for hour can find some stress relief in one of the many gyms or the outdoor workout groups in the district. And there’s also the bustle of the weekend markets, or the Friday morning story time for kids at the local bookstore and school holiday events at Elizabeth Bay House.

There are art galleries that you can wheel your pram to and the 2011 postcode also has some grassy patches with bright playgrounds where the whole family can get out and about. These include Beare Park and Fitzroy Gardens, Elizabeth Bay. For larger options, parents can stroll down to Rushcutters Bay, Cook + Phillip Park and even wander via Woolloomooloo to the Botanic Gardens.

The easy access to these spaces from the 2011 postcode mean that you are unlikely to miss having a large backyard (and you definitely won’t miss mowing one).

And ultimately when you reside in Potts Point, it doesn’t really matter how big your interior is because the facilities at your doorstep beat those inside any suburban mansion.

Article by Jason Boon

In a real estate market that is the focus of Australian, and indeed worldwide attention, Jason Boon's results in the Sydney scene make him a highly significant figure within the industry. A long-term specialist in the Potts Point and inner eastern suburbs area, he is uniquely placed to leverage his skills and local knowledge as the area undergoes significant change and diversification. Jason ha…