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Bohemian and funky by nature, Glebe’s rich architectural makeup is the backbone of this historic neighbourhood. Stories of hardship, love, endurance and vitality have made this inner-west suburb into an alluring village that has a thriving arts and culture scene, and a line-up of cafés and restaurants that demand attention.
Loved for its bohemian oddities, alluring flavours, and its melting pot of social classes, Glebe celebrates in its diversity and its ability to be inclusive.
The main thoroughfare that runs through the heart of Glebe is pulsing Glebe Point Road, which has clusters of cafés, restaurants, boutique galleries and bars amidst grand Victorian buildings. Adding to the character of a bygone era is St John Anglican Church which consumes an entire block, amidst other historic buildings which have been beautifully preserved.
Step away from the main streets and you’re met with architecturally restored and aging Victorian terrace houses and humble cottages with grungy service lanes and street art that gives Glebe a certain grittiness.
Renowned for being one of Sydney’s first multicultural dining hotspots, Glebe Point Road continues to live up to its reputation with restaurants serving up tantalising flavours from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
With one of Australia’s most prestigious academic institutions – the University of Sydney – at its doorstep, Glebe is a natural stomping ground for students and academics who share ideas whilst lingering over a cool beer or whiling away time between classes browsing through independent bookstores.
Glebe encompasses Blackwattle Bay and Rozelle Bay. Blackwattle, Federal, Jubilee and Wentworth parks make up the foreshore parklands that boast sweeping vistas to Anzac Bridge and Pyrmont – a much loved space that locals fought hard to keep from redevelopment.
On the outskirts of Sydney’s CBD, Glebe has over 20 heritage-listed houses that are dotted throughout the wide and narrow streets, including grandiose sandstone architecture that consumes prime real estate to small colonial workers’ cottages in narrow lanes. This neighbourhood oozes history.
Italianate villas and cottages line leafy Glebe Point, Toxteth, Arcadia and Avenue Roads. Colonial-era cottages – some in disrepair, others architecturally renovated and restored – line Derwent, Westmoreland and Mount Vernon Streets.
Terrace houses dominate Hereford Street, some three storeys high, whilst Wigram, Ferry, Glebe Point Roads and Sherry Street are populated with two-storey Victorian terraces on narrow lots.
Modern architecture is also apparent in Glebe, particularly in the redevelopments at Wentworth Park, Ross Street and at the western end of Wigram Road and Minogue Crescent.
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