The first land grant of the suburb that was to become Haberfield was in 1803 to a former officer in the New South Wales Corps, Nicholas Bayly. He called the grant 'Sunning Hill Farm'. In 1826, Simeon Lord bought this property and renamed it 'Dobroyde Farm' after his birthplace in Yorkshire. This rogue turned businessman gave the property to his daughter Sarah as part of her dowry when she married Dr David Ramsay in 1825. The Ramsay's had 10 children and in their spare time developed a profitable nursery on the site. They contributed heavily to local development and were pillars ofthe Presbyterian Church. Subdivision began in the late part of the 19th century, but progress steamrolled in the early part of the 20th centry when Richard Stanton bought much of the estate. He decided to create a garden suburb and engaged an architect to design 10,000 original houses, which were sold on low deposit and long term mortgages. He called the estate Haberfield after his forebearws in England. He also ensured the peace and beauty of the suburb by placing covenants on each property to ensure they were only one storey. His foresight has left Sydney with a suburb of fine Federation architecture and glorious gardens.
Apart from a couple of home unit buildings that crept into Haberfield in recent times, the architecture is still a perfectly preserved example of fine Federation period housing. Haberfield and its surrounding suburbs have an excellent array of private and public schools both denominational and non-denominational. Great cooks and passionate foodies head to Ramsay Road for exceptional Italian produce, meat, pastry and gelato. Over the past couple of years the village shopping centre has grown and whilst all of the essentials are readily available, large shopping centres are available in nearby Leichhardt and Ashfield. For those who enjoy being out and about there is easy access to the Bay run and it is just a short drie to the Leichhardt Aquatic and Fitness centre. Just 9 kms from the CBD, Haberfield is well served by buses and a fast train from Ashfield.