The suburbs of Turramurra, Warrawee, Wahroonga, Pymble and St Ives all lie within the boundary of Ku-ring-gai Council on Sydney's Upper North Shore. Renown for its tree lined streets, larger blocks of land, delightful architecture and excellent public and private schools, the area is popular with both families and older residents alike.
The first settlers were timber-getters attracted to the area in the 1820s by the large stands of tall, straight trees. After the timber was cleared many settlers developed orchards, particularly in the St Ives area. However, the area really rose to prominence when the railway came through in 1890. The area became much more accessible to the city of Sydney and it was promoted as offering healthy mountain living, well away from the grime, disease and crime of the city. Business owners and professional people began to move into the area building elegant homes on large blocks of land and establishing the reputation of the area as one of the better parts of Sydney to live in - a reputation which still stands today.