The changing face of Crows Nest

The Crows Nest area is changing, with the new rail, rezonings for high density living and subsequent growth in population calling for quality amenity, including roof top bars and restaurants. 

Joshua Bush and Taylor Gray from Colliers International recently leased 6-8 Falcon St to renowned restaurateur Kenny Lee, the owner of Jizakana Japanese Cammeray. The site neighbours The Crows Nest Hotel and Woolworths and is approved for a rooftop bar.

The Crows Nest The St Leonards Crows Nest 2036 draft plan, released earlier this year proposes 7500 new dwellings over the next 20 years, including a contentious proposal for thousands of new homes in St Leonards South. 

“The Crows Nest - St Leonard’s population is forecasted to increase by nearly 37% by 2036, an increase in residential growth which can be attributed to the lifting of development height restrictions from 16m to 205m in the area,” said Taylor Gray, Executive, Retail Leasing at Colliers International.

“As more people move to the area, venues and amenity will continue to thrive as they will be servicing the needs of a greater population and a more accessible destination due to the railway infrastructure”

Crows Nest already has a reputation as a community hub, where bars, pubs and clubs are unaffected by lock out laws. There is also potential for a pedestrian mall linking Crows Nest and St Leonards to be developed, which would further add to the local foodie scene.

“Willoughby Rd is home to a majority of Crows Nests famous eateries, restaurants, cafes and bars,” said Taylor Gray, Executive, Retail Leasing at Colliers International.

“The old favourites including Deli Noodle, Stuyvesant’s House and Xenos are still as popular as ever, and the new entrants to the market including Fratelli Fresh and Bo Thai are being embraced by the Crowie locals.”

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Joshua Bush

Associate Director | Retail Leasing

Sydney CBD

Joshua specialises in retail project leasing and has done for the past 5 years with Colliers International. Joshua's common projects include mixed use development and convenience shopping centres with a focus on the retail leasing strategy. Joshua is  passionate about negotiating the best deals for my clients and has pride in his work. Joshua is  tenacious and take on problems strategically and solve complex retail developments with creative ideas and solution. Joshua  adds value to by thinking creatively and utilising market intel of retail trends and changes to ensure his clients can accelerate their success

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Taylor Gray

Executive, Project Leasing | Retail

Sydney CBD

Taylor is a property professional who specialises in retail project leasing. Based in the Sydney CBD office, Taylor’s role involves shopping centre and precinct masterplanning; optimising tenancy mix; and  pre-commitment leasing. Taylor has had solid exposure and immense experience within the property industry.

Taylor joined Colliers in 2018 and spent twelve months in a marketing advisory role, specialising in Data Analysis and Marketing Strategy. During this time, Taylor was provided a role as the team’s canvassing assistant. This process significant bolstered his ability to engage retailer’s and build client relationships. Along with this, Taylor spent six months strengthening the businesses’ retailer database by conducting a complete audit of the CRM system. This provided Taylor with extensive exposure to all the key retailers that are active in todays market. 


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