Life & Style

The Sydney suburb that has transformed itself into a foodie hub

How Rosebery went from ‘desert wasteland’ to thriving foodie and family hub in a decade.

Remember the nerdy kid with braces who came back from summer holidays a total babe? Rosebery is that kid.

The suburb, about six kilometres south of the city centre, has undergone a stunning transformation over the past decade, and there are even more changes on the way.

Sam Elbanna, managing director of CPM Realty, says the first big unit blocks were built during the 1990s.

Three Blue Ducks cafe is a local favourite in Rosebery

“It used to be like a desert wasteland, a real hodgepodge of light industrial,” Elbanna says.

“Now there’s a cafe on every corner. New developments have lifted the entire area up, activating the night life and the day life.”

Foodie highlights include Gelato Messina, Saporium, Archie Rose Distilling Co, The Fifth Earl and Three Blue Ducks, and a new park will be built near the corner of Crewe Place and Rosebery Avenue.

Adam Pierce, a sales agent at McGrath Maroubra, says there are also big changes in the traditionally tightly held residential areas on either side of Gardeners Road.

“We are seeing more and more deceased estates and people starting to downsize,” Pierce says.

Young families priced out of Surry Hills and Alexandria have set their sights on Rosebery, impressed by the green space, wide streets and relatively smoother traffic. Old-style California bungalows are being renovated and enlarged or knocked down to make way for ultra-modern homes.

Archie Rose Distilling Co adds to Rosebery’s foodie and nightlife culture

“They’ve identified Rosebery as a little bit more spread out. With the parks, restaurants and cafes, it’s now seen as a suburb that has matured and has a lot more to cater to the younger generation,” Pierce says.

Fast facts

  • Clearance rate: 88.8 per cent
  • Median price houses: $1.84 million
  • Median price units: $850,000
  • Top sales: Dalmeny Avenue for $3.35 million; Asquith Avenue for $2.355 million; Harcourt Parade for $2.351 million

This article was originally published by Elicia Murray for Domain. Read the original article here.