Academics, artists, and creatives have flocked to Glebe over the years, making it one of the most diverse and colourful neighbourhoods in the Inner West. Glebe also has a proud working class heritage with pubs, punting (at Harold Park) and public housing making up a big part of its local character and identity. Nowadays, though, a much broader spectrum of Sydneysiders lives here, drawn in by the fascinating melting pot of architecture, cuisine and lifestyles.
Glebe Point Road runs through the heart of the suburb and is the centre of the suburb’s restaurant and cafe scene, with eateries serving up global cuisines from Africa to Asia and everywhere in between.
Tramsheds, at the Forest Lodge end of Glebe, occupies an old tramway depot and is now home to a thriving gastronomic precinct with cutting edge restaurants, cafes, culinary retailers and community events.
A busy Saturday market is held at Glebe Public School every week. An institution of the Sydney market scene, it has stalls selling an amazing array of vintage wares, retro knick-knacks, handmade fashion, jewellery and art.
Glebe locals shop for everyday necessities at mini-markets and grocers on and around Glebe Point Road, and also at the nearby Broadway Sydney shopping centre for a fuller range of supermarket and big brand items.
For fresh air and exercise, families head with kids and canine companions to the beautiful Glebe foreshore parks overlooking Blackwattle Bay, as well as open spaces around Sydney University or the new Central Park development and Chippendale Green.
Glebe has long been a front runner in Sydney’s inner city gentrification boom over the decades, resulting in the restoration of some of the city’s most stunning Victorian and Federation-era houses and terraces.
As far as housing styles go, terraces dominate with smaller workers’ cottages and some newer townhouses and units making up the remainder of the property profile.
Current average rents in Glebe are $850 pw for a three-bedroom house and $660 pw for a two-bedroom unit.
Heading to the CBD? A short 15 minute bus ride or (if you’re feeling energetic) a 30 minute walk will get you there.
Bus services operate along Glebe Point Road and through Broadway into the city.
The Inner West Light Rail also provides services to the city from parts of Glebe via the Jubilee Park and Glebe stops.
Professionals and city workers love Glebe’s close proximity to the centre of town and have been moving to the suburb in droves for decades. As Glebe is on Sydney University’s doorstep, it’s also a favourite neighbourhood for academics and students.
For families seeking an inner city lifestyle with access to top schools, Glebe is certainly a leading contender. The suburb is in the public school’s catchment area for Glebe and Forest Lodge Public Schools, and Sydney Secondary College Balmain and Blackwattle Bay campuses. Independent schools include St James Catholic Primary School, Australian Performing Arts Grammar School and St Scholastica’s College.