Alexandria has changed dramatically over the last 20 years.
The suburb, with its great lifestyle appeal, will continue to see further regeneration over the coming year. We take a look at what is in store for locals in 2021.
NOW OPEN: Alexandria’s aquatic and recreation centre
The highly-anticipated Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre finally opened its doors on 1 February 2021 to the delight of locals. This new, state-of-the-art aquatic and recreation centre includes a 50m outdoor pool with a ‘beach’ leisure area, a 25m indoor pool, a hydrotherapy pool and an ultra-modern fitness centre and multi-purpose sports field. Located in the heart of nearby Green Square, the development is a boom for all its neighbouring suburbs – a quick drive or walk away.
Alexandria continues to grow as a foodie destination
One of the biggest changes the inner-city Sydney suburb of Alexandria has seen in recent years is the way in which it’s become a beloved foodie destination, with exciting venues like The Grounds of Alexandria. Most of Sydney’s best bakeries and cafes now have outlets here, including Mecca Coffee, Sonoma, Allpress Espresso and Bourke Street Bakery. Then along came the craft breweries, with Rocks Brewing and Yulli’s Brews now bubbling up great brews here.
Already 2021 has seen one of Sydney’s original and best-known food trucks take up a permanent home in the suburb. The Nighthawk’s new diner features the food truck’s much-loved American diner-inspired fare but with a new, expanded menu including seasonal salads and more vegetarian and vegan fare. What started as a pop-up pandemic stop-gap has evolved into a great, permanent addition to the neighbourhood.
The shift from industrial to residential continues
Alexandria’s metamorphosis from a once industrial suburb to a vibrant residential hub has gone from strength-to-strength and isn’t slowing yet. The massive redevelopment of nearby Green Square is attracting new residents and office workers to the area, as will the construction of the Sydney Metro, now well underway, with the nearby Waterloo Metro Quarter set to open in 2024.
A growing commercial hub
Recent years have seen a huge growth in interest in commercial developments in the area. Combined with the new South Eveleigh by Mirvac precinct, more businesses will continue to be drawn to the area, particularly once the threat of Covid has eased.
Late-night trading and cultural precinct
The City of Sydney’s plan to revive Sydney’s nightlife with more late-night trading, which was approved in 2018, is moving ahead. With the pandemic having played havoc on the hospitality sector it is hoped that Sydney’s new late-night economy will help turbo-charge the industry. A new 24-hour trading area with an arts, cultural and entertainment focus has been proposed for the heritage warehouse precinct in north Alexandria, between McEvoy Street to the north and Alexandra Canal to the south.
Property values remain strong
House and apartment prices have boomed in Alexandria over the last decade and thus far the pandemic doesn’t appear to have dimmed the suburb’s bright light. According to realestate.com.au, median property prices over the last year range from $1,750,000 for houses to $787,000 for units.
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