Only 3km south east of Sydney CBD is Paddington – one of Sydney’s best known suburbs. Famous for the ornate Victorian terrace which line the leafy meandering streets, the area was predominantly working class until the 1980s when its rapid gentrification saw the homes renovated and improved sending demand – and price tags – soaring. Today it is a classy, family friendly suburb with a distinct cosmopolitan vibe and affluent ambience.
Paddington is the place to spot the latest trends in fashion, cuisine and design. Some of the most well-known Australian designers have their retail stores along the high-end boutique shopping strip of William Street and the main drag of Oxford Street. At the cusp of Glenmore Road, Five Ways is a hub of activity with grocers, delis, cafes, restaurants and the popular Royal Hotel. Paddo is also a renowned arts precinct with numerous galleries dotted around the leafy streets. It’s also famed for its pub culture and is home to a number of traditional hotels offering great pub grub. Paddington is popular with inner city types, executive families and the expat crowd. Every Saturday, locals and tourists flock to the Paddington Markets in droves to check out local designers, art, jewellery and food stalls which is held in the grounds of the Paddington Public School.
Many young families reside in Paddington and can easily walk to Glenmore Road Public, Paddington Public and Sydney Grammar Junior Schools. It’s also just a short trip to well-regarded eastern suburb schools such as Sydney Girls and Boys High, Ascham, Kambala, SCEGS, Scotts, Waverley College and Sydney Grammar.
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