wide streets, century old mansions, heritage homes and shopkeepers who greet
you by name; Annandale is a highly sought-after enclave that has an old school
charm to it. Despite its quiet nature,
Annandale has had its time in the spotlight – once the epicentre of Sydney’s indie
rock scene, Annandale has retreated back into its charming village atmosphere.
Much quieter than neighbouring Glebe and Leichhardt,
Annandale has a nostalgic feel, with quiet leafy streets lined with century old
mansions, heritage and family homes.
Johnston Street, the main thoroughfare, is lined with
historic buildings dating back to the 1800s. Boutique cafés and restaurants
with a distinct European flavour form part of Annandale village, which flows
down Booth Street.
Further north along Johnston street towards the Witches’
Houses, is the iconic grand home, The Abbey. Perched on the hillside, the
privately-owned gothic revival house has an eerie presence and features gables,
arches, gargoyles, chimney turrets and a tower. At one stage, the house was
reconfigured into flats for working-class families and boarders, but it has now
been restored as a family home.
Annandale was also home to a recording studio
that has since closed its doors, Trafalgar Studios, which recorded some of
Australia’s greats; Cold Chisel, INXS, Midnight Oil and Paul Kelly. Although
musicians still haunt this neighbourhood Annandale has reverted to a charming
village atmosphere in recent times.
Wander down any street and you’ll see aging and restored
homes. Although at times it feels like Annandale is lingering in a bygone era,
you can catch glimpses of contemporary architectural upgrades along Nelson,
Young and Trafalgar Streets.
is a real sense of space with wide leafy streets, family homes, century old
mansions, and heritage homes. The Witches’ Houses at the northern end of
Johnston Street, named for their towers that resembles a row of witches’ hats,
soak up the views of the city skyline.