For this blog I will be doing a 2 hander as I don’t want to bore you all with 1 long chunky article.
I would like to take a look at where I had previously lived in Darlinghurst and where I live currently in Bondi Beach. Do I want to live in/near the city CBD or would I prefer to live by the beach. This is an ongoing battle I have with myself on a nearly daily basis 🙈. I will look at the pros and cons for each and maybe you the reader can offer me your thoughts also on this matter 🤷🏼♂️.
Darlinghurst – cityscape
Bondi – beachscape
I can honestly say that I really loved living in Darlinghurst and it offers many positive points. It is peaceful at night and provides a very warm and safe environment to live in. No rowdy backpackers or students nearby 🙊. There are many cultures found here and is an extremely gay friendly neighbourhood, with the infamous Oxford Street in the vicinity (home to the ever popular Mardis Gras 🏳️🌈)
There are numerous amounts of coffee shops and cafes, restaurants and bars. The location is great as you are only a short bus ride, train ride or even walk to the CBD and most popular tourist attractions. You are also extremely close to other popular suburbs, such as Kings Cross, Paddington, Surrey Hills, Edgecliff and my favourite suburb, albeit much smaller, Fiveways.
Fiveways as you can maybe guess, has 5 different roads leading into it. It has a very popular pub here (The Royal Hotel Paddington – with fantastic outdoor space on 2 levels), a supermarket, lovely restaurants, trendy coffee shops and a few boutique stores. If you are a lover of all things quaint, you should check out this neighbourhood.
You can also catch the bus easily to get to local and often less known beaches found in Vaucluse as well as being a stones throw away from Rushcutters Bay. These offer breathtaking views and less crowded locations if you are looking an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday Sydney life. Double Bay and Rose Bay are also on your doorstep.
Darlinghurst has many, many positives. However, there are a few drawbacks. Being so close to the city means there is a lot of traffic. As a pedestrian you may think this isn’t a problem. Yet, the traffic does create a lot of noise, especially first thing in the morning and rush hour traffic in the evening. It also creates huge amounts of dust and dirt, therefore, expect to be cleaning all the time, especially if you have your windows open, which for most people, is a necessity (I can’t even sleep with the windows closed). It also has the well known issue of having many hills. You are up and down very steep hills many times and on a daily basis. Yes this is great exercise but it doesn’t ever get any easier and creates such a sweat 😓. This is fine if you have nowhere to go but if you’re heading to work or out for dinner, expect to be needing a shower pretty soon thereafter.
As you can see there are a good few positives and 3 negatives that I mentioned. We will see what the pros and cons of Bondi are and see if they can conquer the city life. Please let me know what you’re thoughts are if you either live in one of these places or you have the same city/beach or even rural dilemma.
Thanks for reading.