Willoughby Legion Ex-Services Club (trading as Club Willoughby) one of the most loved and longest established Ex-Services Clubs on Sydneys Lower North Shore, in partnership with Hyecorp has been given the green light for a transformation to include a new Club Willoughby, Hyegrove Willoughby – a luxury retirement living community as well as aged care living and 2,000m2 of open space with memorial gardens.

Since receiving development approval in late February 2021 for the transformation of Club Willoughby, Hyecorp have been working in collaboration with the Board of Club Willoughby to progress the detailed design of the overall Heart of Willoughby project as well as Hyegrove Willoughby, the luxury Retirement Living Community precinct within the Heart of Willoughby project.

The redevelopment of Club Willoughby has been unanimously approved by Sydney North Planning Panel and will be known as “Heart of Willoughby” and see the premises of the 52 year old current building demolished to make way for the new state-of-the-art mixed use project.

Sitting in the geographical heart of Willoughby, Heart of Willoughby promises to be the iconic focus point of a strong, connected and harmoniously integrated community with the young and not so young, new and old residents come together as one… becoming the heart of the Willoughby community.

The revamped Club Willoughby will be set over three levels with a range of dining, function and event experiences in addition to community engagement opportunities.

The residential component of The Heart of Willoughby will include 126 retirement living apartments in Hyegrove Willoughby, the luxury Retirement Living Community in The Heart of Willoughby. Apartment residents of Hyegrove Willoughby will enjoy a concierge service, on-site building manager, plethora of daily activities, dining facilities, indoor swimming pool, gym/pilates studio and care with Registered Nurses on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Expressions of interest for the apartments in Hyegrove Willoughby can be made through the “Contact” section of the website. Heart of Willoughby is expected to commence construction in early 2022.

Hyegrove Website

History of the Club

The Willoughby Sub-Branch of the Australian Legion of Ex-Servicemen and Women was formed in July 1945 and land was purchased in Crabbes Avenue, Willoughby around 1950. The Clubs first presence was a small single level club which opened on 30 April 1955 with the current 2 storey club opening 52 years ago in 1969.

The Willoughby Legion Ex-Services Club (trading as Club Willoughby) has been given the green light for the Heart of Willoughby with Club President Matt Vertzonis saying the end result will be a significant improvement to the amenity of the North Willoughby precinct given the Club’s long history in the area. The support of Willoughby City Council and now State Government approval means they can now can get on with job of delivering a great project for both our members and the local community.


The Willoughby Legion Ex-Services Club Limited was formed in 1945 and the current Club was opened in 1969.

The facilities were built a half-century ago, and the absence of any significant progressive upgrading has left the community with a Club that is dated and not in a position to satisfy the expectations of current and future membership.

A strategic plan was developed by the Club’s Board that proposed a development that utilises the club’s assets to add value to the local community while providing modern facilities to members and to preserve the heritage of the club.

After many years of planning and community consultation the Heart of Willoughby development has now been approved by the State Government and includes a combination of a new club, retail premises and luxury retirement living apartments with underground parking.

The Club has temporarily vacated its current premises, so construction can soon commence to allow for a much faster commencement and completion program so the Club can be opened sooner.

Hyecorp Property Group has been selected as the development partner of Club Willoughby. Hyecorp is a well-known and reputable property company with three decades experience on the lower North Shore. More information about the company and their recent projects can be found at hyecorp.com.au.

Hyegrove Website

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