Nightingale Marrickville

Nightingale Housing delivers innovative buildings ‘built to rent’. For their Nightingale Marrickville development, Nightingale partnered with not-for-profit organisation Fresh Hope Communities to deliver affordable housing to those in need.



Located on Illawarra Road, Nightingale Marrickville is positioned in an extremely walkable, wheelable and public transport-accessible suburb of the inner west. It showcases a future city development blueprint that emphasises community and sustainability through thoughtful and efficient design.


Designed by Sydney-based architecture firm SJB, the project includes 54 teilhaus (a German word meaning part of a house) apartments, resulting in a series of space-efficent, small-footprint homes. The development includes generous shared spaces for laundry, gardening, dining and socialising.

Each home has been made available for people to rent at rates 20 percent lower than market value and like all Nightingale projects, community is at the heart of the project. A 99-year fround lease was made available by Churches of Christ NSW to Fresh Hope Communities to ensure the building can stay committed to its ethos.

Community and affordability are not just buzzwords at Nightingale Marrickville but are deeply ingrained in the ethos and operational framework of the project. A simple ballot process is employed for home allocations, with 50 percent reserved for priority groups such as First Nations Australians, single women over 55, individuals with disabilities and key community contributors. This inclusive approach ensures a diverse mix of residents, fostering a robust community spirit.

“This project embodies our collective vision of creating affordable communities that lower barriers so that people doing it tough can find ‘home’ and a sense of belonging,” Fresh Hope Communities chief executive Dan Dwyer said.

Design Features

  • Fossil fuel-free
  • 99kW photovoltaic array
  • 100% GreenPower
  • Low embodied energy materials
  • Rainwater collected for reuse in irrigation and common area toilets
  • Ample secure bicycle parking
  • Close to public transport and car share options

Images courtesy of Nightingale Housing

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