A weekend in… Marrickville

by Urbane Property

Just 7km from the CBD, Marrickville has transitioned from an affordable consolation prize for priced-out inner west buyers, to an appealing destination in itself. The past decade has sped up its evolution from working-class neighbourhood and multicultural melting pot into a haven for young families, professionals and creatives. Whether you crave a good coffee and craft beer, live entertainment and liberal-minded neighbours, or simply a fast commute, there’s something for everyone in this character-rich suburb.

Morning

Enjoy a roving breakfast and stock up on groceries in leisurely style at the Marrickville Markets. A local institution, the market brings the Addison Road Community Center to life from 9am to 3pm every Sunday, with organic produce, food stalls, vintage finds and free entertainment. If you have a DIY project planned for the weekend, stop by Reverse Garbage, a warehouse of craft materials and industrial odd and ends awaiting fresh purpose.

Mid-morning

Hitting the Marrickville property trail on a Saturday, you’re likely to encounter lots of other hopefuls doing the same. Marrickville’s days as a bridesmaid suburb to neighbouring Newtown and Enmore are well and truly over, and with a median house price of $1.382 million, it’s now only slightly more affordable than its neighbours. But while the days of bargain basement prices are gone, Marrickville’s appeal continues to grow. The proliferation of small bars, cafes and restaurants has made it a hit with first home buyers, and seen apartment prices almost double over the past five years, outstripping the average in Newtown and Enmore. Whether you’re in the market for a period cottage, red-brick apartment or riverside mansion, Marrickville’s considerable footprint equates to a diverse portfolio of housing stock. If you’re after a big backyard, it may be easier to find here than in neighbourhoods closer to the CBD, particularly in pockets closer to the southern and western borders.

Midday

Any lunch choice is a treat in Marrickville. Once described as the Athens of the west, it later welcomed a large Vietnamese community and, more recently, an ever-growing clutch of hipsters. These three groups have shaped the local culinary scene, making it the place to go for authentic pho (try Pho PHD), Banh Mi worth lining up for at Marrickville Pork Roll, and juicy lamb at Corinthian Rotisserie. Cornersmith bears the stamp of the area’s latest demographic, pleasing the progressive palate with ethical produce and house-made pickles.

Afternoon

Cycling is a viable form of transportation for Marrickville locals, with bike paths providing a link to the city, Botany Bay, and the broader inner west. For a leisurely afternoon ride, push your pedals to Marrickville’s southern border, where a leafy path hugs the banks of the Cooks River. Junior riders are sure to enjoy a stop at Steel Park, with its water playground and giant flying fox. A pint at a local brewery may be in order after all that thirsty work. The Grifter, Batch Brewing Co and Sauce Brewing Co are among the venues putting Marrickville on the beer connoisseur’s radar.

If you’re a homeowner in Marrickville you might want to spend some time improving your street appeal! The council runs a program that works with residents to convert grass nature strips outside their homes to garden, helping with removing grass and preparing the soil free of charge. There’s also advice and practical help available if you can get the whole street involved under the Sustainable Streets program.

Evening

Look beyond the industrial location, gritty exterior and passing trains for a top-notch evening of live music at Camelot Lounge. The mix of artists is as unexpected as this venue’s location, with world music through to blues and cabaret. If you prefer live drama to live music, check out the Factory Theatre or Depot Theatre. No babysitter? Head to The Henson. A refurbishment of the formerly abandoned corner pub has seen families replace bar flies. Enjoy some pub grub and craft beer while the kids run riot in the play area.

 

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