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Once a thriving hub for Sydney’s Bohemia, Potts Point has evolved to be an enclave of juxtapositions that is slightly offbeat and funky. From the quiet residential streets of gorgeous Art Deco and Victorian homes to the busy, noisy and neon-lit streets of Kings Cross, Potts Point has it all, including an incredible café and dining culture with tantalising flavours from across the world.
Whether by day or night, this neighbourhood loves to entertain.
Foodies gravitate to Potts Point for the cafés and restaurants which boast tantalising flavours from around the world – many incorporating fine wines and cocktails. There is an eclectic mix of quirky little hole-in-the-wall places to restaurants offering boutique dining and featuring award-winning chefs. Locals hang out in Llankelly Place, a pedestrian alleyway off Darlinghurst Road to indulge in one of the many mouth-watering eateries.
Kings Cross, aka The Strip (once notorious for its underbelly vibe) has in recent times cleaned up its act. A place that thrives under the glow of the neon lights, Kings Cross is a locality within Potts Point that stretches from the oversized Coca-Cola billboard to the iconic El Alamein Memorial Fountain – a busy, noisy and crazy 24/7 locale that embraces characters from all over the world.
Potts Point is also home to The Garden Island facility of the Royal Australian Navy. This means that navy personnel from the large navy vessels docked in neighbouring Woolloomooloo Bay regularly frequent Potts Point.
Step away from The Strip and you will find a much calmer, slightly off-beat Potts Point which artists, poets, and musicians continue to haunt, inspired by the fluid bohemian lifestyle that has shaped this neighbourhood. There are cafés, restaurants and a variety of accommodation options ranging from budget backpackers to high-end boutique hotels amidst beautifully restored Art Deco apartments and Victorian houses.
Beautifully restored Art Deco, Victorian and Mediterranean-style apartments and homes sit alongside contemporary, cutting-edge high-rise apartments – many boasting views spanning Elizabeth Bay and Woolloomooloo Bay towards the Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney’s CBD.
Along Wylde Street, apartments reign supreme. Low-rise apartments and multi-level Victorian terrace houses dominate this leafy stretch of Victoria Street.
Mixed dwellings, with boutique and older-style apartments that sit atop cafés and small businesses can be found along Macleay Street. Beautiful examples of restored terrace houses and Mediterranean-style dwellings line Challis Street.
This is an area to watch closely because people hold on to their real estate and when a property becomes available, the competition is fierce.
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