An urban village lifestyle, rich in colour, culture and a smorgasboard of wonderful cuisines, Sydney’s Inner West is for many, the cultural heart of Sydney where trend and tradition share a fruity glass of red, or a boutique beer with a wedge of woodfired pizza. If the Harbour beckons, wander over to the Balmain peninsula where you will find the villages of Rozelle, Birchgrove, Balmain and Balmain East nestled in a world of sandstone and slate. The meandering streets and lanes will lead you to the water’s edge. Catch a ferry to the city to start your working day. Across the water in nearby Drummoyne, stately Federation homes and generous parklands watch the boats go by on Iron Cove Bay. Kayak in the early morning, ride your bike along the foreshore, or take the Bay Run in your stride.
In this piece licensed buyer’s agent and expert in Sydney real estate, Nick Viner of Buyers Domain discusses the many excellent qualities of the Inner West and some important considerations when buying a property in the area.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
You can’t live in the Inner West without sampling its culinary riches, and there are plenty of those. But the whole experience is bigger than the sum of its parts. The streets are alive, buzzing without being bustling, and wherever you go, you feel connected to the urban village.
For a variety of tastes and exciting cuisines, head to the Tramsheds at the edge of the Harold Park development. An amazing transformation of the once derelict tram depot and an historic site where the old meets the new. Fittingly, you can even get there by light rail; alight at Jubilee Park.
Here are a few of my other favourite eateries:
Bar Italia on Norton Street, Leichhardt. You won’t find gelato to compare anywhere in Sydney. Conveniently, the Buyers Domain’s office is just down the road.
Petersham Charcoal Chicken – definitely not haute cuisine, but who cares? The perfect take-home dinner for when you can’t be bothered cooking. Good price, great taste. Beware, it’s addictive.
Grappa Ristorante E Bar strikes the perfect balance between sophisticated Italian food, a fabulous wine list, flawless service and an ambient warmth that transports you somewhere between Naples and Palermo. Or, for a simpler affair, head to Moretti Ristorante, also in Leichhardt.
The Inner West thrives on its proximity to the CBD, great eating, good shopping, parks, walks and bike tracks, bars, old-time cinema and some of the country’s leading schools, universities and hospitals.
When you live in the Inner West, you’re never far from where you need to be. So even if you commute to work – to Silverwater or Parramatta, Bella Vista or North Ryde, North Sydney or Macquarie Park – it’s shorter and more direct than from most other places around Sydney.
The choice of residential properties covers a wide array of styles and eras, though the common theme is undoubtedly one of timeless character. They say that the history and culture of a suburb is written in bricks and mortar. The Inner West certainly tells a lively tale of terraces, semis, warehouse conversions, Californian bungalows, weatherboard workers’ cottages, Gothic-inspired mansions, Victorian, Edwardian, Italianate and Art Deco. And like the menu at a good restaurant, there is a lot to choose from.
You need a buyer’s agent in the Inner West
As much as I love the Inner West, you can go wrong, even horribly wrong, if you don’t know what you’re doing – and I wouldn’t rely on the local real estate agent for advice. A few of the local realities you’d rather know BEFORE you buy include: the flight path that might be directly above you; a number of definite no-go arterial roads that you don’t want to be anywhere near and new infrastructure projects such as WestConnex. These are all factors likely to affect capital growth and impact upon the investment choice.
Here’s what our clients Ben and Catherine, of the Inner West, had to say about us:
‘We had been looking at purchasing an investment property in Sydney, particularly the Inner West for two years. Having been losing bidder a number of times and becoming quite disheartened with the process we engaged Nick Viner from Buyers Domain.
‘We met with Nick, gave him our brief and he began looking for properties immediately. Nick showed us four properties and had secured one within weeks of our first meeting. We believe it was Nick’s negotiating skills and knowledge of true values in a “hot” Sydney market that ensured our success.
‘Nick was then able to introduce us to solicitors in Sydney and tradesmen to assist after settlement. Nick’s honesty, integrity and communication to us were second to none. We would highly recommend Buyers Domain to anyone seeking property especially in the Inner West.’
A close study
When I weigh up value for money against the values that money can’t buy, the Inner West still comes out considerably ahead of its pricier competition on the North Shore and Eastern Suburbs. But I have to stress the importance of knowing where to buy, when to buy, what to look for, what you can afford to overlook, and what you absolutely can’t.
Buyers Domain, your buyer’s agent, Inner West asset and ally
With extensive local knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of the Inner West real estate market, Buyers Domain offers the very real advantage of being able to buy the best properties at the best price. As your Inner West property buyer, we set out to be your best asset and ally in an ever-changing real estate market.
If you are interested in buying a property in the Inner West, call us today on 02 9568 6330.
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