Transcending its industrial and working-class heritage, Pyrmont has become an affluent waterfront locale that Sydneysiders and tourists alike gravitate to, as much for its dining and entertainment as for its parklands. In the heart of Pyrmont’s heritage precinct is a vibrant village with boutique dining and shopping – worlds away from the towers of nearby CBD.
Once a slum area during the 19th century, Pyrmont has been transformed into a vibrant hub of world-class entertainment, business and affluent living. Pyrmont, purchased by John Macarthur for a gallon of rum in 1799, is home to award-winning waterfront parks, cutting-edge architecture and A-list venues.
Designed to be explored on foot, Pyrmont has a network of cliff top walks and stairways connecting a maze of winding streets and apartment complexes, which can be serenely quiet considering the number of people who live in the area.
At the heart of Pyrmont is Union Square, a heritage precinct with romantic sandstone exteriors that has trendy cafés, boutique dining and shopping. During rush hour, residents have to look twice before crossing the street as cyclists commute through Union Square to and from the neighbouring CBD.
The wharves surrounding Jones Bay have been redeveloped into a business precinct that is home to leading brands such as Google, Fairfax Media, Viocorp, Thomson Reuters, Network 10, and Channel Seven. Servicing residents and workers are buses, light rail and ferries which connect Pyrmont to the inner west, Central Station and Circular Quay.
Throughout Pyrmont there are reminders of bygone eras, including public art and converted industrial buildings which highlight the area’s maritime and industrial beginnings.
It’s no surprise that Pyrmont is Australia’s most densely populated suburb since it has undergone major redevelopment in recent years, exemplified by the high-density contemporary apartments on the waterfront at Johnstons Bay.
It’s also no surprise that over 90 percent of residential dwellings in Pyrmont are apartments, with a scattering of free-standing homes. Former warehouses and a wool store have been converted into apartments and office buildings – harmoniously linking the past to the present.
Heritage-listed sandstone cottages sit alongside cutting-edge architecture. The line of Victorian terrace houses along Bowman Street offer incredible vistas of Sydney Harbour, whilst Harris Street and grungy back streets have a mix of newly-renovated and worn Federation terrace houses.
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