We get a local’s insight into the inner-city leafy suburb of Erskineville to see what it’s like to live in this small pocket that is only 6km from Sydney’s centre. Jessica is a typical resident of Erskineville, belonging to the largest age cohort in the suburb (19-40 years), working as a professional, renting and living with a partner. Renters account for just under 50 per cent of those living in Erskineville, while the median sale price of houses in the area has increased 6.5 per cent in the past year.
Hello! What’s your name?
Jessica (find me on twitter @onlineprpixie )
How old are you?
Where do you live?
The inner-city Sydney suburb of Erskineville.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a marketing professional.
What’s your work schedule like?
I work full time.
What is your house structure?
A de facto relationship.
How many incomes do you rely upon?
Do you own your home?
No, we are currently renting.
How long have you lived at your home?
What makes Erskineville a great place to live?
The streets are lined with beautiful trees and the village is full of character. From Art Deco buildings to bars that play great music and offer tasty food, Erskineville offers something quite unique. Local green grocers, coffee shops and three train stations (all in walking distance from each other) make it a convenient and happy place to live. The wonderful Sydney Park is on our doorstep too!
What are the hidden gems of Erskineville?
Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery, which is part of Erko Apartments, is a little gem. They serve delicious breakfast and a range of damnnnnn fine cakes. There is a cute little florist in the village that sells stunning arrangements of flowers and a green grocer that stocks organic and fresh produce. Oh! And Cafe Shenkin, situated in the heart of the village, is the best for avocado falafels!
What’s one thing people assume about Erskineville that is in fact false?
People assume Erskineville is full of Newtown hipsters. Wrong! Many families live here too and it has a great community spirit.
What three words best summarize the Erskineville community?
Friendly, vibrant and happy
Do you have any thoughts on what could be done to improve the area?
Perhaps add a hairdresser into the mix!
What are some of the best things to do in the morning, day, night and weekends in Erskineville?
Go for a coffee at Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery in the morning, as well as Cafe Shenkin or Fleetwood Macchiato. You won’t be disappointed.
At night you can enjoy a few drinks at the Erko pub or try some of their famous meats from the smoker or a chicken schnitzel. Rose of Australia is also a great pub which offers outdoor seating for the sunny days or there’s The Hive Bar, which plays some great genres of music and often has a DJ playing on the weekends.If you also fancy a BYO thai meal, there are two in the village. For those into theatre, there is one here too.
What are your views on pricing – are there cheaper pockets, entertainment spots etc. within your neighbourhood?
If you catch a train to Marrickville or head down to Marrickville metro, (20 minute walk) then grocery shopping is probably a bit cheaper. It’s also worth a 10 minute walk to Newtown, for a larger array of eateries and cheaper plates of food.
Why do you think Erskineville is better than any other suburb?
Erskineville has a village/community feel but is still super close to the city.
Do you know of your council’s plans for the area?
They are adding on more trains as the area is becoming busier.
Do you plan to still live here in 5 years time?
I hope so!
Any area folklore or funny stories you’re keen to share?
Foodcraft Cafe originally came up with the ‘tella shake’ and it became so famous that it was featured in global press. The line of people outside Foodcraft on a Saturday was insane!
Is there anything else you would like to share about your family, home, suburb or neighbours?
If you like dogs, this is the place for you. There are a LOT of dog lovers around this area!