Our History

Dougherty Apartments was constructed as a joint venture between Willoughby City Council, and the NSW Department of Housing and each of these bodies has equal representation on the Dougherty Apartments Board of Directors.

Willoughby Council owned and donated the land upon which Dougherty now stands, and the Department of Housing constructed the building in 1989 on the proviso that public housing accommodation would always be provided.

Dougherty Apartments commenced operation as an aged care facility in 1989 and was a joint venture of Willoughby City Council, Uniting and the Department of Housing. It is located on the fringe of the CBD of Chatswood, across the road from beautiful Chatswood Oval and surrounding parkland, and close to the Chatswood bus / rail interchange, Westfield and Chatswood Chase shopping centres, social clubs and cinemas.

Dougherty Apartments is an 8-storey high rise building providing a mixture of accommodation and services. Our residential care service consists of 70 rooms, provided on levels 1 and 2, which includes a 14-bed secure dementia wing, commonly known as the “Palmer Wing”. Our Retirement Living and Public Housing units are located on the ground floor and levels 3 to 8, with 44 Retirement Living units and 37 public housing units.

The building has swipe card access and CCTV security with visual display intercoms in every unit and each unit is equipped with a 24 hour emergency nurse call system.

Dougherty Apartments comprises 70 residential care rooms and 81 independent living units housed in a modern eight (8) story building and including:

  • 15 x Retirement Living 1 bedroom Units

  • 28 x Retirement Living 2 bedroom Units

  • 1 x Retirement Living 3 bedroom Unit
  • 37 x Public Housing 1 bedroom Units
  • 70 x Residential Care rooms