Redfern to Sydney CBD
Bringing life to Sydney
Few suburbs in Sydney have been as completely transformed as Redfern in the Inner East. Located 3km from Sydney CBD, Redfern is a true hidden gem, with easy access to the city and well supported by the city’s rail network. Real estate agents and property management companies report that Redfern is fast becoming the suburb of choice for young professionals and small families looking to rent or buy close to the city.
Redfern has been completely rejuvenated and was a focus suburb for the City of Sydney’s “City of Villages” project. The end result is an eclectic and cosmopolitan suburb that is now home to a broad mix of residents.Homes to buy and rent in the area consist mainly of terrace houses and unit blocks while commercial businesses are run out of heritage buildings.The streets have been landscaped with a conscious effort to increase green space in the area, improving Redfern’s livability.
Along the main streets of Redfern you can find a number of restaurants and trendy cafes. Highlights include the outstanding Doytao Thai restaurant and arguably the best fish and chips in the inner city at Peters Seafood. Coffee lovers can’t go past First Drop or Chapter Five Espresso for their caffeine fix and brunch. The laneways of Redfern are littered with hidden restaurants and eateries, given residents plenty of dining options. Bar Cleveland, a popular heritage listed bar, is also nearby but many locals prefer the small, intimate bars scattered throughout the suburb.
Redfern has a strong arts culture with galleries throughout, including large industrial spaces. Redfern is also home to the Carriageworks, a multi-purpose venue that hosts theatre, music and dance productions as well supporting and showcasing contemporary art. The Carriageworks also holds regular Farmer’s Markets that are popular with locals and visitors alike. For those who enjoy an active lifestyle, Redfern has plenty to offer including the popular Redfern Park, training ground for the local football team, the Rabbitohs. In 2014 Redfern Park won the prestigious international Green Flag Award, recognising it as one of the best parks in the world.
For many the appeal of Redfern is it’s proximity to the city and ease of access. Professionals in the area enjoy the simple commute into the city. Redfern is an easy drive or walk to Broadway Shopping Centre, University of Sydney and Chinatown, opening up almost endless possibilities for things to see and do. Redfern’s connectivity means that whether residents prefer to relax at the beach or get some retail therapy in the city’s shopping precincts, nothing is too far away. Redfern is also a simple walk to the trendy pubs, restaurants and retail shops of Surry Hills. Sydney City has worked to increase the safety of the area and many residents report feeling safe enough to walk home from the city during the day or night, thanks to the well lit and well maintained streets.
Gentrification has raised Redfern’s profile and it has become a highly desirable suburb to rent or buy in near Sydney. Those looking to invest in the area can talk with their real estate agent or property management company about purchasing property in this increasingly popular area.