Things you might not know about Potts Point

Close up of an Iconic Potts Point building
Mcleay Street, Potts Point

Potts Point. This suburb will always hold a special place in our hearts. We’ve seen it grow into such a vibrant area – Sydney’s very own ode to Paris. The community spirit is alive here, brimming with small businesses who support and care for each other. It’s special to be part of it. Whether you’re living in Potts Point or not, you can still feel it when you walk through the streets.

Do we know everything about it? Probably not. So we thought we’d look into some interesting facts about Potts Point you might not know. Perhaps you are living in Potts Point, or are just thinking about it? Maybe you’re just a budding historian/fact collector. Whatever your reasons here are some things we’ve found out…

  • Potts Point nearly became an Asylum under Governor Brisbane’s command. Fortunately, he moved on and the plan never eventuated.
  • Potts Point was probably named after Joseph Potts – an accountant for the bank of NSW.
  • Kings Cross was originally named Queen’s Cross to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
  • Macleay Street is named after the original owner of Potts Point – Alexander Macleay.
  • It was once known as Woolloomoloo Hill.
  • There are over 200 restaurants in the area.
  • It was named in the top 50 liveable cities by The domain Liveable Sydney 2016 study. It’s neighbour (who recently took over some of Potts Point), Elizabeth Bay, was in the top 10.

Laing Real Estate are a Sydney Real Estate Agency, based in Potts Point.