Roseville Suburb Profile

A profile of the southern most suburb in Ku-ring-gai

Origin of Roseville

William Henry was one of Ku-ring-gai’s first European settlers, who used the area for farming. There were a number of fruit orchards and market gardens in the area.  Other significant settlers were David Mathew, who owned a property called Clanville, and Richard Archbold, who was granted an area of 600 acres (2.4 km2) adjacent to Clanville. Archbold later acquired Clanville and set up an orchard on the property. Archbold’s son-in-law had a stone cottage called Rose Villa, which was later demolished to make way for the northern railway line. The area eventually derived its name from Rose Villa.


Roseville AvenueRoseville is the southern-most suburb in the municipality of Ku-Ring-Gai. It lies between Findlay Avenue and Ashley Street to the south, and Bayswater Road, Abingdon Road, Chelmsford Avenue and Carnarvon Road to the north.

Roseville is a leafy, garden suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, located 12 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, and sitting across the local government areas of Ku-ring-gai Council and the City of Willoughby.

A narrow section of the southern most area of Roseville, between Ashley Street and Boundary Street, is in the Willoughby municipality. To the east, Roseville is bounded by the waterways of Middle Harbour and Moores Creek, and to the west it is bounded by the Lane Cove National Park. Roseville Chase is surrounded by Babbage Road, Middle Harbour and Moores Creek, and is bisected by Warringah Road, which Roseville Bridge carries over Middle Harbour.


The population of Roseville in 2006 was 8,929 people.  By 2011, the population was 9,173 showing a population growth of 2% during that time.  59% of households in Roseville are couples with children, with a predominant age group of 0-14 years. 46% of household occupancy is held by people who own their homes outright.

Type of Dwellings

Federation house. Typical of Roseville property. 35 Clanville Road, Roseville.
Federation house. Typical of Roseville property. 35 Clanville Road, Roseville.

Approximately 4 square kilometres, Roseville is a family-friendly residential suburb, with medium to low density housing, numerous parks, tennis courts, a marina & golf course, lush and leafy roadsides and gardens. Its relatively quiet and calm environment means that property prices are considerably high.  Housing styles include period homes such as Californian Bungalows & Federation houses, as well as modern contemporary homes & apartments. The outer areas of Roseville were developed in the 1940’s and 1950’s with less elaborate designs and since then it has been common for buyers to come in and give their home a modern overhaul. With that being said, you will still find a myriad of federation and 1950’s style homes adding to the character of Roseville.

The current median house price in Roseville is $1 700 000, with the median price for units coming in at $670 000.

If you are looking to rent, the average rental price on a house is around $950 per week, with the average rental price on apartments at around $550 per week.


Roseville railway station is on the Northern & North Shore lines of the CityRail network, running between Berowra & the City. At just 12km from the CBD, a train ride to the CBD will take you a bit less than 30 minutes.

Roseville is serviced by an Express City bus, as well as buses to Chatswood, North Sydney and the Northern Beaches.


Roseville CinemaIdeally located a 5 minute drive to Chatswood Westfield, Chatswood Chase & all of Chatswood’s lifestyle facilities, including extensive shopping, restaurants, leisure and entertainment facilities. You will also find a host of local shops opposite the Roseville train station. Including café’s, a newsagency and a grocery store just to name a few.

For those who prefer the big screen over shopping, or just like both, you will find the delightful Roseville Cinema. This historic 2 Cinema Picture Palace has been tastefully restored and is family owned and operated.


Roseville has an excellent local primary school, Roseville Public School, and is within the catchment for the highly regarded Killara High School. It also offers local pre-schools, Roseville Kids Care and Roseville College. All with excellent public transport access. Being close to the train line also easily enables students to reach other surrounding schools.

Local Parks

Roseville offers 10 parks covering nearly 14% of its total area, including Kimo Street Bush, Lower Blue Gum Creek Bush, Loyal Henry Park, Roseville Park, Roseville West Park and Muston Park. Some of the features of these parks include:

  • Electric BBQ’s
  • Picnic areas
  • Off leash areas for dogs
  • Netball courts
  • Cricket nets
  • Playgrounds

Article source: CENTURY 21 Australia

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