Saturday, August 02, 2008

Hmm, where to live in Sydney...

It's been a week in Sydney and I've spent most of that time working. Yea, yea, yea, what are you gonna do? My new team did take me out to Dinner at another awesome sushi place Sushi E (this one much more upscale than the last). This big thing though is that I was able to spend some time this weekend checking out various neighborhoods to see where I'd like to live. The relocation folks took me around the city and the front-runners seem to be:
  • Newtown/Chippendale - It's a bit grungy but it's got great food, bars, and clubs. I could probably get a bigger place for me money and it is close to the climbing gyms in town! The downside is that it would be a bit further from work, so I'd likely have to take a train rather than walking.
  • Kings Cross - You'll find all sorts of euphemisms about this but it is basically an assortment of strip clubs, junkies, high end restaurants, and bars. It seems like an interesting area. Close enough to walk to work but also has a train station for when I'm feeling lazy.
  • Pyrmont - This area is a bit more upscale. It is right next to work, so it would be a quick walk. The apartments seem a bit nicer and there are awesome water views and parks. There is a fresh fish market daily. Downside is that it is a bit touristy and doesn't have as much character as some of the other places I saw.
  • Surry Hills - This is the bohemian-ish area. Lots of small cafes, bars, etc. Lots of shops. A somewhat popular area so its a little more expensive. Its definitely close enough to walk to work, which would be a little bit of awesome.
So, those are the top of the list right now. Anyone want to chime in their thoughts?

7 comments:

Kathy said...

I think I've actually heard of King's Cross before. Considering the people that would've mentioned it, I'm sure it's a little seedy. They all sound okay, though. I'd live closer to work since you never know when the transportation people could strike. (That happens a lot in Europe, but not sure if it's as applicable in Australia.)

Anne-Elise said...

From your teeny description, my vote's with Surry Hills.

Feral said...

King's Cross! King's Cross!

Do it.

David said...

Given that your interests dictate you'd be spending most of your time in Kings Cross anyway, might as well just get something local.

JanetD said...

Check out the crime stats; if seedy doesn't translate into crime, don't worry. On the other hand...

Ming said...

Do any of these venues involve a shorter-term commitment until you have further experience of your Sidney-style life ?

Leda said...

Well said.