Alexandria

Alexandria's once-largest industrial district looks different than it did just five years ago.

Not every formerly industrial location transforms into urban lofts. Warehouses, factories, and rubbish yards still comprise Alexandria's metal and mortar landscape, but this inner-Sydney suburb is becoming increasingly domesticated. Its creative population forges on as their utilitarian leanings slant toward a laissez-faire cafe culture that reviews filmstrips through magnifying glasses. A few miles south of Sydney’s central business district, Alexandria keeps its pulse on the city while fostering its own DIY future.

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On the Map

Alexandria is bordered by Beaconsfield, Erskineville, Zetland, Redfern, St Peters, Waterloo, Rosebery, Newtown/Enmore, and Mascot

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

International Airport: 10 minutes by car without traffic or 25 minutes by train
Central Station: 10 minutes by car or 25 minutes by train
Opera House / Circular Quay: 15 minutes by car or 30 minutes by train
Bondi Beach: 20 minutes by car or 55 minutes by train and bus

Alexandria: Urban Life In An Industrial Setting

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More work boots than business suits and less than three miles from Sydney's CBD, Alexandria's business model looks different from the clean cut towers of the city's core.

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This inner-Sydney suburb's landscape features warehouses and industrial spaces in place of skyscrapers.

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Enterprising spirits see the neighborhood's vast open lots as room to grow.

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The contrast between heavy industry and contemporary inclinations compels gallery owners, culture connoisseurs, and hotspot forecasters to its remodeling spaces and repurposed places.

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Mechanics and clothing merchants share its concrete streets and contemporary buildings.

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Businesses and residences still live side by side in Alexandria.

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Modest streets squeeze between its industrial thoroughfares.

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It's easy to get around the rest of Sydney.

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Alexandria has its own railway stations.

Getting Down To Business In Alexandria

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Big companies, sprawling design warehouses, and little residences share this inner-Sydney suburb.

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Especially notable for its homeware design centers, Alexandria remains a hub for au courant interior decorators.

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Antique emporiums, design complexes, and decor showrooms thrive off one another's creative use of space.

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Color stands out against the neighborhood's greyscape.

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There are plenty of options for public transport. There are many buses that service the area and beyond. The closest train stations are Erskineville, Redfern, and Green Square which are in easy walking distance."

Alexandria's Emerging Culinary Reputation

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What once was mainly characterized by utilitarian lunch stalls is gradually growing into a destination for those enamored with Sydney's cafe culture.

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Croissants, cakes, and cappuccinos take their place next to everyday sandwich shops.

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In Alexandria, the food is designed as carefully as the furniture.

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Having lunch in the neighborhood has quickly transformed into a stylish affair.

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It's hard not to feel sleek when surrounded by purposefully repurposed brick and floating plants that hang above your head.

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Weekend mornings and sunny days seem to attract everyone to Alexandria's earthy spaces.

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The cliente ranges from kids in strollers to senior citizens in sun caps.

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Cheese mongers, butchers, and curers cultivate their neighborhood's ever-increasing culinary reputation.

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The area has a lot of animals so you can see dog walkers in Sydney Park and cats sitting on nearby walls on the street, which make the place feel friendly and homey."

Sydney Park: A Green Oasis Amid Industrial Spaces

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Alexandria trades its expansive lots for green expanses at Sydney Park, a vast oasis on the neighborhood's western edge.

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Sydney Park's ponds, wetlands, trails, and fields grew out of a former brickworks and waste disposal site.

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It's another example of Alexandria's picture-worthy repurposing.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Carly Earl grew up in the bush before moving to Sydney to pursue photography. She is a photojournalist for News Ltd, shooting features and front covers for publications, but still finds time for a range of freelance projects. Carly has developed a natural style to her imagery that captures the essence of the subject in a unique way. She loved discovering a new side of Sydney while exploring her suburbs for Airbnb.

Carly Earl

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