Don’t let its colourful past fool you! The once-gritty city suburb of Redfern is slowly becoming one of the hottest postcodes in Sydney.
The force of gentrification has swept through Redfern, transforming the area into what some describe as an extension of neighbouring Surry Hills, which is known for its hipster foodie scene, among other things.
Redfern is a highly walkable suburb, cyclist-friendly and as close to the city as you can get. So if it’s convenience you’re after, with a dash of quirk and dollops of character, say hello to your new home in Redfern.
Current average costs for renting in Redfern are $1000 pw for three-bedroom houses and $800pw for two-bedroom units.
With an eclectic art and food scene, Redfern residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to arts and entertainment. Regent Street hosts some of the hottest bars in the city, and the main strip of Redfern Street is a hub for students and professionals alike enjoying restaurants and retail.
Redfern is a melting pot for the eclectic. You’ll mainly find tightly-packed terrace houses showing all manner of history and upscale renovations. Beautifully restored homes sit alongside those with a little more grit, and with murals galore and leafy tree-lined streets, wandering around the suburb is a fascinating activity in itself.
And with Coles, Woolworths, independent grocers, historic pubs and cocktail bars… What more could you ask for in Redfern?
The great proximity to the city and Sydney University make Redfern an ideal place for professionals and students. It’s a short walk to campus, or a 10-minute train ride into Central.
Be warned – it’s not the quietest of suburbs! Redfern is bordered by the Eastern Distributor, as well as a number of other main roads. The closeness to the city means traffic is pretty heavy most times of day and parking might be tough to find, but the upside is it’s highly walkable and bikeable, with public transport at your doorstep.
Culture is king when it comes to Redfern, and local Indigenous artists showcase their pride for Country with some incredible street art in the iconic red, black and yellow as a nod to the cultural heritage and history in the area.
It’s a quick jaunt to Carriageworks, a multi-arts organisation housed in the historic 1800s Eveleigh Railway Workshops. As well as seasonal markets, Fashion Week, Sydney Festival, dance
productions, art showings and the Sydney Writers Festival, Eveleigh Farmers Market is held every Saturday at Carriageworks, specialising in local produce fuelling the already fiery food scene.
Neighbouring Moore Park in the Centennial Parklands is a short walk away, boasting open spaces, shady spots and playing fields across 115 acres. You’ll also find Kippax Lake, an equestrian centre, golf course and athletic training grounds. The park even has its own entertainment quarter, with cinema, restaurants, shops, services, galleries, dance studios and more. This is all conveniently located next to one of Sydney’s most famous entertainment venues, Hordern Pavilion, as well as the famous historical building Royal Hall of Industries and Fox Studios.
Redfern is certainly more family-friendly than ever before, with a few school options in the catchment area. You’ll often see young families in Redfern Park, which has just seen a $32 million facelift completed. There’s an array of play equipment, barbecues and picnic areas, as well as sporting
For character, diversity, culture and a city-living vibe, look no further than Redfern.