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Nightingale Marrickville

Fresh Hope Communities has been providing care and accommodation since 1936, catering for people on the margins. As the housing affordability crisis deepens across NSW but in particular in Sydney, this is a need that Fresh Hope Communities is compelled to assist in addressing.
Governments worldwide are searching for solutions to this critical issue, and we are pleased to begin playing a part in striving to address housing affordability with our first built-to-rent affordable housing community, Nightingale Marrickville.

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Property Overview

Nightingale Marrickville consists of 54 teilhaus micro apartments that are a long term built-to-rent housing typology. From the design of the apartment interiors, through to the community living spaces, everything has been thoughtfully constructed with environmental sustainability, liveability and community in mind.


Nightingale Marrickville is situated at 387 Illawarra Road, in the heart of the bustling centre of Marrickville which is rapidly becoming known for its thriving art and music culture, and as an exciting dining destination. It’s also a short distance from Marrickville train station, Woolworths and specialist grocers.

Services and facilities

Tenants will enjoy access to a café and community art and recreation spaces on the ground floor, communal spaces such as outdoor terrace spaces and garden, laundry, recreation areas and off-street parking for cars, bicycles and motorcycles.

Nightingale Housing

Nightingale Housing is a not-for-profit organisation, committed to building homes that are socially, financially and environmentally sustainable. They believe that homes should be built for people, not profit — homes that foster social connection and are kind to the planet.


The land on which the project “Nightingale Marrickville by Fresh Hope Communities” has been built is located at 387-389 Illawarra Road, Marrickville. The title to this property is held by the Churches of Christ Property Trust as trustee for churches of Christ in NSW and ACT. The land was first purchased in 1891 by Marrickville Church of Christ, with the first permanent church building constructed in 1912. It was built to accommodate the growing congregation and to provide a venue for the church’s community welfare activities.

In 2016 the faith community meeting at the Marrickville church had declined significantly. The building required substantial maintenance to meet modern day building and compliance standards. As the stewards of the property, churches of Christ in NSW and ACT discerned that the land would best be used in a way in which it could be repurposed to serve the local community of Marrickville once more.

To achieve this goal, churches of Christ in NSW and ACT provided a ground lease of the land to their welfare and charitable works arm, known today as Fresh Hope Communities. The stated purpose for this site was affordable build-to-rent accommodation for the local community to be constructed with the purpose of assisting in providing a solution to the growing housing affordability crisis in Sydney, while also addressing the societal impact of social isolation, particularly post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support our affordable housing initiative

Fresh Hope Communities has already invested significantly into our Affordable Housing initiative, Nightingale Marrickville. But we can’t do it alone.

Join us as we continue to cultivate spaces of belonging and places that feel like home. Your support will go towards promoting and creating community belonging and alleviating social isolation and loneliness.

Because a home is more than somewhere to sleep.

Donations of $2 or more within Australia are tax deductible and you can donate securely online.