the south: sydney south through to alexandria
The inner South encompasses some of Sydney’s most culturally, ethnically and economically diverse communities. As fabulous new apartments replace industrial spaces, the inner south is attracting a growing number of new residents, particularly professionals with young families.
Always alive with colourful characters and community activity, Redfern is a vibrant residential neighbourhood which has retained much of its historic architecture while gaining many new contemporary apartment buildings. Redfern is a thriving urban centre for Aboriginal culture and life, showcasing contemporary indigenous art in the local galleries. Neighbouring Waterloo is one of Sydney’s most vibrant villages with the fabulous Danks Street arts and cafe precinct flourishing as an arts hub and foodie’s haven packed with hip art galleries, furniture showrooms, gourmet cafes and ethical food stores.
Featuring pretty tree lined streets dotted with neat rows of charming terraces and cottages, Alexandria offers easy access to both the CBD and the airport. Once Australia’s largest industrial area, Alexandria continues to transform itself with innovative housing developments that have attracted a diverse mix of inner-city residents into this up-and-coming village. While some of the factories and warehouses have made way for new residential developments, the industrial history of the area continues to influence its character. Alexandra Park and the open expanse of Sydney Park provide residents with ample green space for recreation.
Rosebery features distinctive rows of Californian bungalows and detached suburban homes, many set on quarter acre blocks. With flocks of rainbow lorikeets swirling through their backyards, Rosebery residents value their suburban-like lifestyle in close proximity to vibrant inner City suburbs and the CBD. Rosebery has a mix of residential, commercial and industrial developments with an urban renewal project underway that is seeing construction of some fabulous modern retail, business and residential developments. The Greek community has long had strong links in the area.
A decade ago, Waterloo was nothing but commercial and industrial warehouses. Today it is a buzzy arts district in the midst of swift gentrification with a rising business district that has attracted many technology-oriented firms. Waterloo’s recent growth spurt has also seen the construction of hundreds of apartments that are now surrounded by trendy loft-style art galleries housing an impressive mix of international and local art. An urban renewal program has seen many industrial buildings redeveloped or replaced by new residential and commercial developments including many high rise apartment buildings with stylish retail space at ground level.
Best known as Sydney’s university precinct, educational institutions located in and around Broadway including the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the University of Notre Dame, the University of Sydney and the TAFE NSW Sydney Institute. As of 2012, construction is under way on a new tower called One Central Park. Located opposite the UTS Tower, One Central Park is an apartment complex with a shopping centre on the lower levels. The Central Park development will also include a new public park approximately 6,500 square metres in size.
suburb profile guide
Living in the inner city offers a fabulous lifestyle with so much variety. Aside from fantastic shopping, you can eat out at award-winning restaurants, catch a show at one of the many grand theatres, visit an art gallery or enjoy some of the many lush green spaces with leafy avenues, manicured lawns, serene gardens and spectacular views.
The choice is yours – and it’s all on your doorstep.