Posts belonging to Category Development

who needs tennis courts? let’s build some more apartments!

I’ve been told by some elderly members in the community that once upon a time, not all that long ago, (in the 1950s), there were many tennis courts in Bondi. The notion that there was an abundance of such open recreational space in this now highly built-up environment fascinates me. Admittedly, I am not quite […]

The new Hall Street

About 18 months have passed since I last wrote about the development of the old Hakoah Club site (and neighbouring properties) in Hall Street. The new site now houses some interesting restaurants and eateries including A Tavola Pasticceria Papa, Da Orazio and Ribs & Burgers. There is also Gelato Messina (where there are always queues) […]

$21million for Bondi apartment

So The Swiss Grand Hotel on Campbell Parade just closed it’s doors. Not that it was something close to my heart. It was not a part of Bondi that I was particularly fond of, but many people have been asking why this hotel is now going to be turned into residential and rentable apartments. Well […]

Beachfront affront

Several months have passed by since my last post . The seasons have changed, and while there have been many days and nights I had planned or at least hoped to write another post on my blog, I simply could not find the time. The truth is, that work and family commitments (and Life) can […]

The big blue thing in the middle of Hall Street

In April last year I wrote a post about some of the developments that were going on in Bondi, and the end of a few iconic Bondi buildings. The development of the Hakoah Club site in Hall Street, has been one of the big changes on the Bondi landscape. Here are a couple of photos […]

The hole in the ground at North Bondi

Now you see it, Now you don’t. In May this year the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) voted to replace the existing Clubhouse with a new building. The word got around and signage went up… Then a few weeks ago, the iconic building, that has stood on the promenade for 77 years (where […]

The Bondi Aquarium & Wonderland City

Yesterday I did the Bondi to Tamarama cliff walk. Sometimes when I do this walk, I think about the history of this area and what has been lost and what has been recorded or retained. It was 120 years ago today that the original Bondi Aquarium was destroyed by a fire. The Bondi Aquarium was […]

The Beach House

On one of my recent Bondi walks, I decided to check out the new development between Gould St and Campbell Parade where the old bottle shop used to be. There is this kind of arcade now between Gould and Campbell, which also houses the entrance to the key aspect of this development, an apartment complex […]

Pre-Winter Blues

Inspiration to blog hasn’t been forthcoming of late. Winter chills and rainy days don’t generally inspire me much. Over the last few months I snapped some pics of the development of the old police station in Wairoa Avenue. Here’s one of the images showing the development of the site. A block of 1920s-30s art deco […]

End of an Era

The days are noticeably getting shorter and cooler. Summertime is now over. Autumn is here and as the onslaught of tourists in Bondi is beginning to fade, so too are many iconic Bondi landmarks and institutions. Many visible changes have been happening in Bondi of late, and this month sees the beginning of the end […]