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Summer Hill
Summer Hill 
A groovy low key suburb with a small but creative village hub.  

Summer Hill, Sydney (inner west)

Once upon a time there were small, basic shops that catered for the working and lower middle classes. A place where mums and dads, kids, and some oldies lived, in a suburb not really considered cool. Then, new people started moving: singles, couples, gays and young families, refugees from the overpriced eastern suburbs. And so the face of Summer Hill began changing. It became kinda funky. (More info below and to your left <<<)
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Rent $$$:

apartment rents are in the lower to mid range, house rental prices are higher


Cool spot: Summer Hill Wine Shop - Lackey St

Location:

5-10km from city centre


Victorian and Federation cottages, art deco apartments

Would Suit:

Singles, Professionals, Families, Gay/lesbian


Usually good

Vibe:

Village feel with a bit of edge


If this suburb were a shoe, it would be a pair of Campers

 

Summer Hill also began attracting people who wanted to live in a place with an unpretentious village atmosphere. New funky cafes and homewares shops opened up to cater for the newcomers. Old shops were taken over and given a new lease on life.

And prices in the windows of the real estate agents began rising. Residents held their breath. Would this be a windfall? How would it change the community? But the essence of a village remained. And so did a really really good wine shop that specialises in boutique drops from small Australian wineries.

The houses appealed to the newcomers - Victorian and Federation architecture in tree lined streets. Of course there were a few ugly orange brick 1970’s apartment blocks, but that was OK. The new arrivals had found a great place to spend time, to drink coffee, and live happily ever after.

Parking: usually fine, but can be tricky around the village. The vibe: village feel with a bit of edge. Shoe equivalent: Campers. Would suit: ages 30+, people who are slightly unconventional and don’t follow trends, singles, professionals, families, gays. Location: 5 – 10km from city. Postcode: 2130. Distance: 7.5km from the  city centre. Direction: West.


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