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Balmain is a delightful neighbourhood famous for its bohemian heritage. It’s also a home for some of the country’s actors, writers, musicians, and other artists who consider Sydney their home.

Buzzing with restaurants, wine bars and cafés. That’s why it’s pretty easy to spend the day with all the vibrancy and charm of a tightly-knit community.

Balmain residents are among an elite group of high earners in Sydney, and one suspects a good chunk of their income is spent on renovations.

Homes across the suburb have undergone architect-designed extensions and up-market remodeling, rendering Balmain’s working class roots to the pages of history. Victorian terraces and workers’ cottages still dominate the streets, but behind many of the restored facades you’ll find contemporary, open-plan living spaces opening to landscaped courtyards and gardens.

Free-standing homes, limited in number, tend to command the highest prices – higher still if they come with a harbour view or parkside locale. Units in 1970s walk-up blocks are generally the most affordable.

It’s so easy to get lost in time when you spend a day in Balmain. Although often a snarl of slow-moving traffic, the Darling Street shopping strip is popular. Buzzing with restaurants, wine bars, cafés, galleries and boutiques there are also weekly markets in the grounds of St Andrews church. For city commuters, choose between ferry and bus transport or it’s a four kilometre drive to the CBD.

The boutiques in Darling Street are such a sight to behold with all their trinkets and bargains that they can be pretty hard to resist. You can even visit the Dawn Fraser Baths and see what it’s like to spend your time at the oldest pool in Australia. It’s a classic tidal flow saltwater harbour pool that everyone can enjoy.

You can also drop by Goat Island, where you can see a whole different side of the harbour. There, your tourist guide will be with you to tell you more about the area’s indigenous culture and convict heritage.

But what’s excellent about Balmain is its food. You get to enjoy and visit the city’s oldest pubs and experience its people’s warmth and inviting nature. Feel free to visit the London Hotel made in 1870. You can also take a tour at the Bald Rock Hotel, the Royal Oak Hotel, and the Riverview Hotel, which are all excellent options for those who want to feel the city’s vibe.

Meanwhile, if you’re up for some jazz, the Unity Hall Hotel, Balmain Hotel, and Dick’s Hotel are the best places to go. They have an event every Sunday where all the jazz music fans get together and have some fun. But if you want to enjoy food more, then going to One Ford Street is highly recommendable. They’re famous for Turkish, Thai, and Italian food, which can surely cater to your palette.

Ray White Balmain keep you up to date with the latest market trends for houses and units. You can download a copy of the latest market report for Balmain by clicking below:

Market snapshot – Balmain May 2022