PADDINGTON SUBURB SPOTLIGHT
Known affectionately as “Paddo” by the locals, Paddington is an inner-city, eastern suburb of Sydney. Paddington is located 3 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district and lies across the local government areas of the City of Sydney and the Municipality of Woollahra.
Named after the London suburb, Paddington is located primarily on the northern slope down from a ridgeline at the crest off which runs Oxford Street. Paddington is Sydney’s answer to Notting Hill; originally an over crowded working class suburb which has undergone a natural metamorphosis since the 1960s. With its colourful terraces homes, mostly dating from the 1800s, and land mark buildings like the Town Hall, Victoria Barracks and Juniper Hall (the oldest house in Paddington) the area is steeped in history.
A bustling, cosmopolitan suburb, straddling the arterial route of Oxford Street, this is one of the most historically rich, culturally vibrant and recognisable districts of Sydney. Paddington is famous for its plethora of boutique and chain fashion stores as well as many cafés, pubs and restaurants.
Five Ways is a multiple intersection located in the backstreets of Paddington which is popular with local residents and tourists because of its range of cafés and bars. Paddington has a popular open-air market held every Saturday in the grounds of the heritage-listed sandstone Paddington Uniting Church on Oxford Street. There are 250 stalls selling Australian contemporary art, craft and fashion, directly by the artists and craft makers.
The suburb is now an example of uncoordinated urban renewal and restoration, where desirable location and heritage charm have contributed to flourishing real-estate values.