Once something of an industrial wasteland, Alexandria is now a hip inner city suburb with a lot of appeals that’s fast become popular with families, singles, students and young professionals alike.
Long known for its industrial and commercial activity, Alexandria has undergone a massive transformation in recent years. Ongoing changes in zoning have allowed for more residential and mixed-used applications, changing the face of the suburb dramatically.
With new developments, better transport options, more family-friendly offerings and a vibrant late-night precinct all on the cards, Alexandria and its inner city surrounds are set to get even better.
Late night hours and a new buzzing cultural precinct
The City of Sydney has approved a plan to allow for 24-hour trading in the inner city with trading hours for small bars and restaurants extended until 2 am in areas including Redfern Street in Redfern. Late-night trading areas will also be created at Barangaroo, Green Square and Waterloo. The plans hope to revitalise Sydney’s nightlife and create more nightlife hubs throughout the city.
The establishment of a new late-night cultural precinct, featuring live performance, arts and entertainment, has been given the go-ahead in an industrial pocket of north Alexandria. Already, locals are loving new hot spots there, such as No. 5 Restaurant and Bar and the Archie Rose Distilling Company.
More transport connections
The inner city already has enviable transport links, with most of Alexandria being walkable to Redfern, Green Square and Erskineville stations with regular buses down Botany Road. The Sydney Metro rail line, with its new train station, now underway at Waterloo, will increase transport options further, making the area even more appealing to residents.
Westconnex is now well underway and is expected to have a positive impact on Alexandria and the inner city. Called the biggest infrastructure project in Australian history, the new motorway should ease congestion and provide better connections across the city. It will also create more green spaces and cycle and pedestrian pathways in neighbouring suburb St Peters.
NSW Government investment in schools has included the significant redevelopment of Alexandria Park Community School. As the area has grown increasingly residential, more family-friendly activities have found a home in the area, including Sky Zone Alexandria, ice-skating rink Ice Zoo Sydney and the Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, with its arcade games, laser tag, dodgems, bowling and diner.
A foodie mecca
For food lovers, Alexandria is already full of great options, including the ever-popular Grounds of Alexandria and the complex on Fountain Street that’s home to Campos Coffee, Bread and Circus Wholefoods Canteen, Pokeo Bowls, Nguyen and more. Fun new places are popping up all the time, including Went to See the Gypsy from espresso experts Gypsy Espresso. There are also many excellent markets in the inner city these days.
Green Square on the Rise
Nearby Green Square is also seeing huge changes to the tune of $13 billion in development. The urban renewal area under redevelopment covers 278 hectares and includes not only Green Square, but also Alexandria, Rosebery, Waterloo, Zetland and Beaconsfield. Modern new apartment developments are being built apace; the new Green Square library is surely one of Sydney’s finest; commercial and retail spaces are increasing; and new parks, playgrounds and creative spaces continue to emerge in and around the suburb. The Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre, the largest pool complex to be built in Sydney since the Olympics, is scheduled to open in early 2020, complete with a gym, skate bowl, fitness training circuit, multipurpose sports field, yoga deck, cafe and crèche.
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