The Balmain peninsula is a fabulous place to live. Just minutes from the city, surrounded by water, with fabulous shopping, excellent restaurants, stunning parklands and unique homes, Balmain and its adjoining suburbs offer an enviable lifestyle. Balmain is the perfect place for families and professionals. With its many parks, including beautiful Elkington Park with the Dawn Fraser swimming baths, Gladstone Park with the famous Gladstone Park bowling club (very popular with locals!), and easy access to the popular Bay Run around Iron Cove, there are multiple places for people to relax and unwind. Darling Street is not only the main road into and out of Balmain, but it is also a popular destination for folk who brunch on the weekend. There are many popular pubs, restaurants and fashion and gift shops, art galleries & the weekly Balmain markets together with more practical supermarkets and bakeries.
Live music is alive and well in Balmain and you can choose from several pub gigs. Wandering the streets of Balmain, you’ll see some fantastic architecture with the celebrated, recently refurbished town hall & library, the historic fire station (still used) & many beautiful homes, whether workers cottages, terraces & modern homes. Balmain has a very interesting history. One of Sydney’s oldest suburbs, it started life as a ship building town where many of Sydney’s iconic green and yellow ferries were built and was populated by these workers in the early 20th century.
Over the years, its proximity to the city ensured that it became popular with professionals, who want easy access via the very quick ferry to Circular Quay or bus into the city.
Not only are there excellent public transport connections to the city but also direct ferries to Cockatoo Island, Milsons Point and Woolwich and easy access via car to the City West link and motorways.
Balmain became very popular over the years and has remained so; many people never leave, as they love the community ‘village’ feel. Balmain is a colourful and artistic suburb, home to some of Australia’s best-known writers, actors, film directors, musicians and artists. It is also has many wonderful spots to watch the fireworks on New Years Eve!
Fitness and exercising (pooch optional!), is very popular with access to personal training, running groups, yoga and there are also many cycle and walking paths. With many off-leash areas in the local parks, Balmain is very dog-friendly. There are also a multitude of activities available for kids including many forms of dance (ballet, tap etc), art classes, martial arts & every type of sport (including tennis, cricket, & all football codes!) Balmain falls within the catchment of Leichhardt Council. In Balmain there are many wonderful schools, including Balmain Public, Birchgrove Public School, Montessori & Father John Terry. All schools have their annual fetes & events. There are also a number of excellent day care facilities, as well an early childhood centre, a beautifully restored library that holds a number of free events, the town hall & court house.
There are many services on offer including Balmain Hospital that offers a fantastic GP service, doctors & dentists. Balmain locals come out in support of the Easter Dog Bonnet parade and the Balmain Ball, which is an annual event used to raise money for St Vincent de Paul.
About Lynsey Kemp
Lynsey has lived on the peninsula & sold real estate in the inner west for nearly 20 years. Lynsey has an impeccable reputation for excellent results and outstanding service. Lynsey has been involved in fundraising for Oxfam for a number of years & also sponsors the local schools. She is also a keen athlete who participates regularly in marathons.