Gladesville was originally named after John Glade, a convict who arrived in Australia in 1791. He came to own much of the local land where he established a prosperous farm which was subsequently subdivided in 1856.
A highly desirable family suburb 10km north-west of the Sydney CBD, Gladesville is bordered to the south by the Parramatta River, with houses on some of its more prestigious harbourside streets enjoying lovely water views. Banjo Paterson Park and Looking Glass Bay Park provide a lovely recreational retreat on the waterfront. A prominent landmark is Gladesville Hospital, with its historic 19th century sandstone buildings set amid lovely waterside grounds.
Architecturally, Gladesville contains predominantly freestanding family homes on generous blocks of land, dating from Federation through to pre-war buildings and beyond. While a number of examples of classic turn of the century architecture remain, the majority of these older homes have made way for more modern residences. Local village shops and cafes are located in a bustling village along the major artery of Victoria Road, where you’ll also find buses to the city.
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