Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Life in lockdown - Making your home more important than ever

One thing is certain during these strange covid times – home is of the most paramount importance. Many of us have now been staring at our own four walls for so many months that the cracks are both literally and metaphorically starting to show. I believe that the increasingly urgent desire to upgrade our home and location is largely what is fuelling the property market at present. More and more of us are wanting to find a home that works for us on many different levels – as a beautiful, well-designed, flexible, conveniently located place to be. A place where we can engage with our community even given the current restrictions. A place where we feel safe and sound and happy to spend the days/weeks/months inside that these lockdowns dictate.

It is incredible how the aesthetically beautiful and architecturally sublime can lift the spirit. Perhaps it is this reason why luxurious, beautifully finished properties are in high demand at present. Increasingly, buyers are choosing properties that are a pleasure to inhabit, that feature intelligently designed spaces that allow us to thrive now work is increasingly becoming the office and school room. 

Purchasers are increasingly seeking out new, state-of-the-art homes that are a pleasure to inhabit. Light, natural tones with bursts of colour create harmony while lifting our mood. Things around the home that function well make life easier and give us more time to focus on what’s important. Where only a few years ago, homes we could renovate proved all the rage, now the prospect of renovating a home seems overwhelming to many. Many are now looking for streamlined, beautifully crafted and flexible properties, driving off-the-plan property sales. Another added benefit of off-the-plan is these properties allow us to plan, prepare and save more while only requiring a 10% deposit. And anything that helps us to stress less is of benefit at the moment.

Properties that offer everything we need all in one place are also proving incredibly popular at present. Properties that are close to public transport and in burgeoning, exciting and popular locations attract buyers who are yearning for a sense of community and looking to the future when lockdowns will be a thing of the past. Masterplanned precincts in coveted or burgeoning locations are proving incredibly popular, as residents have an instant village with excellent restaurants, cafes, boutique shopping, gymnasiums, and common work and landscaped spaces at their immediate disposal.  

So, if you are looking for a newer, better way of living - a gorgeously designed home where you can have all the amenity of urban life while enjoying a village atmosphere - check out our superb properties below. Surry Hills Village offers a full dining precinct, exquisitely landscaped residential park and commercial precinct featuring gym, yoga, work spaces, art and cultural hub.

Monday, 30 August 2021

The apartment precinct - The future of apartment living

Apartment Living Chronicles Part 3

It is expected that Australia’s population will expand to more than 35 million citizens by 2050, with a large percentage of its inhabitants living in urban centers. The existing infrastructure and public utilities that were set up to accommodate an urban density model of 8 to 15 detached dwellings per hectare are now largely unsustainable. 

However, the advent of the apartment to replace detached houses has tended to bring with it certain setbacks of their own. They have tended to eat into public space, been heavy consumers of energy and offered lonely, characterless corridors as the only common areas.  And this is not to mention their aesthetic value or lack thereof on our urban landscape. So, what does the future of apartment living look like, and will we remedy the errors of the past?

Progressive architects are looking to design spaces that not only provide dwellings, but also create community infrastructure in sustainable, medium density developments that embrace and nurture the social aspect of community. Rather than limiting their design to purely residential, many cutting edge architects are developing vibrant precincts within apartment complexes for both residents and the public to enjoy. This type of urban development has long been seen in Europe, where communities seem to have the social and leisure aspects of life down pat. So, it is almost inevitable that Australia’s largest cities adopt this successful urban design for the future.

Never has the home and its relationship to community been more important than in the current climate. The best upcoming developments not only provide homes, but also contribute positively to our cities in a sustainable way. Private foyers are becoming public spaces and provide infrastructure and services often lacking in the local community. This not only serves the community at large, but also residents. Additionally, it creates a sense of vibrancy and a buzz of activity for the people living in the apartments connected to these precincts. This supports residents’ wellbeing and creates spaces where neighbours can connect with each other. 

Precincts allow residents a village way of life that reduces carbon emissions and means they are able to live small and shop local. The on-hand convenience of having a trendy restaurant, café or boutique shop a lift ride away, means residents have more time up their sleeve. And the best apartment precincts are close to transport corridors, shops and services. Ideally, precincts have their own green space that not only beautifies the immediate area, but also offers a readily accessible space for leisure and recreation. 

Cramer have an exciting collection of apartments for sale by developers TOGA, who have really embraced the precinct concept for living and incorporated it into their outstanding apartments, retail and green spaces. Here is a selection of our fantastic listings in Surry Hills Village and Wicks Place on the Park in Marrickville, two of Sydney’s most creative, cool and cosmopolitan suburbs.

Thursday, 19 August 2021

Post Lockdown Must See – One of the world’s top ten coolest neighbourhoods, Marrickville

The locals know it, and now it’s gone international with Marrickville having been voted by Time Out magazine as one of the world’s top ten coolest neighbourhoods. While we are all stuck in lockdown, use the internet to go sightseeing while your feet cannot, and get to know why Marrickville is fast becoming the most popular Sydney suburb. I’ve popped a few links below for your armchair travels until happy, post lockdown days will allow you to visit the real thing!

The best cuisines of the world are showcased here in Marrickville’s restaurants - try Peruvian at Pepito’s, Mediterranean at Barzaari, Kurumac for Japanese, Pizza Madre for Vegetarian Italian. Some of Australia’s most authentic Vietnamese and Filipino cuisine is there to enjoy and eating out doesn’t cost have to cost an arm and a leg. 

The pub culture in Marrickville is becoming world-renowned and its craft beer halls arguably the best in the country. And for those who love their coffee, the café culture and quality of brew is exceptional in this thriving suburb. Meet with a mate (once the lockdown ends – and it will end thank God) and take your pick from Ona, Matinee or Stix and while you’re there, try the food as it is as good as it gets. And Two Chaps has a vegetarian based menu and is also open at night for pasta and Italian style desserts.

Then for a mean breakfast and bargains galore, explore the Marrickville Organic Markets at the Addison Road Community Centre. These markets are dog-friendly in Marrickville’s typical inclusive style and offer everything from bespoke artisan wares to organic produce and vintage clothing. 

It’s easy to get out and about in this fantastic suburb’s many great parks – take a book and a picnic to your choice of Marrickville, Henson or Enmore Parks. Or to get a great cardio and enjoy water views, try the Cooks River Foreshore walking and bike track. Also check out the brand new, award-winning, architecturally superior Marrickville Library and Pavillion. If you have little ones, the library has a great Rhyme Time, then after take the tiny tots for an excellent adventure at the playground in Marrickville Park. 

A huge factor that contributes to Marrickville’s liveability and lovability is its multi-cultural population that creates a melting pot of all that is great about the individual cultures and shows Australia functioning socially at its best with everyone getting on with everyone. 

Marrickville’s Inner West centrality is greatly assisted by the neighbourhood’s two train stations – Marrickville and Sydnenham – taking you direct to the CBD and the buses connect easily to other popular Inner West suburbs such as Newtown and Enmore. And just before I sign off, let’s look forward to the Marrickville Annual Street Festival - once things open up again and we can all happily return to live as we somewhat know it. 

For more on Marrickville, check out Concrete Playground’s neighbourhood guide.

If you're considering a move to Marrickville, then look no further than Wick's Place. 
View Cramer Property's available residences, including this beautiful two bedroom apartment.

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Why the Sydney property market remains strong

On the surface, it seems to defy logic that the Sydney property market is remaining so strong during one of the major global crises in living memory. However, you don’t have to go digging too deeply to see why property still stacks up as being your best bet, whether this involves investing in or owning your own property.

With money in the bank earning negligible interest, and the share markets being unpredictable and usually only beneficial in the long term, property is becoming the place that so many of us are choosing to park our cash. In Sydney, property has been steadily going up in value for well over a decade now, and the capital gains to be had in property have far exceeded those to be found in any bank. Placing our dollars in hard assets not only fights inflation, it also gives us the reassurance of something tangible during these changing times and most importantly, provides us with a place to live. And when purchased as an investment, return on investment through rent is generally far more attractive than other forms.

Another major driver of the hot property market, also involving interest rates, is the historically low cost of borrowing money. We are able to borrow more now than ever, largely due to the fact that our interest rate will vary somewhere between 1% and 3%, which was previously unheard of. The fact that interest rates have remained low or even further decreased over the last decade stems from the global financial crisis of 2008. And the RBA and banks all indicate rates will remain low in the foreseeable future. All this gives us confidence that rates will remain at all-time lows for the foreseeable future, increasing our buying power which in turn generates property market activity. 

One of the chief reasons the RBA are reluctant to raise interest rates is because owning your own property gives us a sense of wealth, which generates spending both elsewhere in the economy and within our own home. We tend to purchase more things when we own our own place compared to when we rent, and we are prone to want to upgrade our property with far more regularity than in previous generations, and spending more the next time round as we move up the property ladder. The flow on effects of all this include increases in property values, a decline in unemployment, a steadier rate of inflation and more discretionary spending - all good for the economy. 

Now 18 months into this pandemic, our homes have increasingly become our places of work as well. This change of use has a number of ramifications. We are becoming more insular in our way of life, and home is often now where we work, exercise and periodically home-school our children. These extra purposes ideally require extra space, and many of our homes just aren’t user friendly enough. This has created incredible demand and is fuelling the property market as we seek more multi-purpose properties.

With so many of us now working remotely from home, it is imperative that we have a work-dedicated area. This change of use repercussion is that we are now able to write off a percentage of expenses associated with our home as work-related. When paying off a mortgage, every little saving counts, and every dollar saved in income tax when working from home contributes to greater mortgage serviceability potential and can allow us to upgrade to a more suitable home. 

There has also been a big drive towards off-the-plan property that is brand new, intelligently designed and move in ready. Not having to contend with a fixer-upper and having a beautifully designed new property that is move-in ready is proving highly attractive. And off-the-plan has the added benefit of allowing us to plan, prepare and save more while only requiring a 10% deposit. So if you are looking to either purchase your first home, move up the property ladder or invest in a rental property, here are some of the great properties Cramer currently has available.

Friday, 30 July 2021

Smarter home spaces – How to organise and use your space intelligently

Apartment Living Chronicles Part 2

To optimise space in our apartment, we need to first create order out of what can range from organised chaos to utter mayhem! We need to seek ways to use our space in the most intelligent manner possible as this will translate into a greater sense of space and home harmony. And there is no time like the present – thanks to covid and our current enforced homebound state when we are spending almost every hour of our life in our own home.

The less stuff you have, the bigger your space will feel. The greatest way towards a well-ordered and above all beautiful home is to start with a pre-spring clean. Keep an eye out for things we rarely use that are simply just taking up space. A good rule of thumb for the exercise of culling our excess, is if you haven’t used it in a year, toss it out. To make the task less daunting, start by going through a couple or drawers, a cupboard or a wardrobe each day. Set the intention to be realistic – will you really ever wear that bridesmaid’s dress again? Do you really need eight vases and two sets of cutlery? You will be surprised at how you hardly use or wear, and anything that is in good order can usually be donated to your local church, St Vinnies or Smith Family. 

Once you have removed the excess (and I know how hard this can be as sentimental value can have great power over us), we need to find space saving and storage solutions to allow our homes to shine in all their clutter-free glory. A smart place to start is when looking at furniture, opt for dual purpose or adaptable size pieces. When looking for an ottoman or even a bed, if you are short on storage then get one with storage drawers underneath. Need side tables – try nesting tables as you can pull them out as needed. A daybed can be a chillout couch for you or a bed for guests. 

If you like to entertain, extendable dining tables are the way to go as they don’t take up as much space for the everyday but come to the party when you need them. And beware of oversized pieces of furniture as they will dwarf your space, however where you cannot go wide you can go high. A tall armoire looks gorgeous, has a small floorplate and holds a lot. If you are in a studio, a Murphy bed is the way to go. It slots up in its cupboard against the wall by day, giving you loads more room to move, and pulls down by night.

Final tips for organising your space, create spaces to put things away once they have been used. If your memory is not the best, write an alphabetical list outlining where you have stored things, such as Medical files: Second shelf in the armoire; Winter tights: Bottom drawer of the guest bedroom; Wrapping paper: Top shelf of linen cupboard. As the seasons change, review you wardrobe and pass on anything you no longer wish to keep, then swap out winter clothes for summer by putting heavy clothing in the spare bedroom wardrobe. Swap winter tights out for bikinis/speedos. Remember that a clean house is a happier, lighter, far more pleasant place to live so keep on top of housework and you will find even your mind feels less cluttered. And most importantly, only buy things you absolutely love and always think quality over quantity.

If you need some more inspiration and information on organising your home, get one of The Home Edit’s fantastic books 

Friday, 23 July 2021

Beat the blues with green and surround yourself with plants

Apartment Living Chronicles Part 1

If you are feeling a bit blue this winter, with the short days and covid wreaking havoc in our lives, then you are certainly not alone. Never before has our home environment been so critical to our mental health, so here are some sure-fire ways to beat the blues with nature’s most healing and regenerative organism - plants.

Constantly seeing and being around plants has been proven in a multitude of studies to help people feel calmer and more relaxed, thus decreasing levels of anxiety. Having plants in our lives also helps improve memory and attention span by 20 percent and can increase concentration. Other benefits include reducing depression and increasing creativity, self-esteem and overall quality of life, so there is every reason to invest in some plants for your home. And on top of this that they produce oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, which is all the more important in winter and lockdown when we are spending so much time indoors.

Specifically, researchers have found that people who surround themselves with plant life and other forms of natural beauty, both indoors and out, experience emotional and mental health benefits that have a positive impact on their social, psychological, physical, cognitive, environmental, and spiritual well-being.
Balconies are the more obvious places to introduce plants into our apartment, but don’t neglect to have them indoors also. There are so many varieties that thrive inside and many that are far easier to keep happy than even the least green thumbed of us might think. Mother-in-law’s Tongue and Devil’s Ivy are great plants to start with, as are Zanzibar Gem, Dragon Tree, Maidenhair Fern, Zebra Plant, Lucky Bamboo, Boston Fern, Long-leaf Fig and indoor varieties of Succulent.

Gorgeous indoor flowering plants include Orchid, Cyclamen, Flamingo Lily, African Violet and Peace Lily. Larger plants can serve as dramatic sculptural statements. Banana trees, Fiddle-leaf Fig, Rubber Plant, Lady Palm, Monstera Deliciosa, Olive Tree, Chinese Fan Palm, Cornstalk Dracaena, Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Date Palm and Weeping Fig are all striking varieties to have inside our homes.

And simply buying yourself fresh flowers – not just for family and friends - brings seasonal joy and colour into your home and supports your local florist.  Many bunches of flowers will last for a week, so ask your florist which varieties will last the longest and spoil yourself. If the florist doesn’t provide a little sachet of flower food, you can easily make your own by adding a good squeeze of lemon juice, a teaspoon of sugar and half a teaspoon of bleach to the water in your vase. 

But don’t just limit your plant interactions when only at home, find your nearest park and set up a walking regime there and back each day, whenever possible. Not only will this help clear your head and give you a healthy dose of Vitamin D from the sunlight, being around trees boosts our wellbeing, encourages socialisation and even makes us kinder! And exciting new research suggests that trees can boost our immunity due to the oxygen and aromatic compounds they release. So don’t delay, lift your mood and improve your health and wellbeing by making plants and trees your new best friends.

Friday, 16 July 2021

BREAKING NEWS: Federal government releases 30,000 new grants for First Home Buyers

If you’ve been dreaming of buying your first home, the latest Australian Federal Government incentives may be the help you need to make it a reality. As of the 1st of July, 2021, the government has introduced 30,000 new places for its First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, New Home Guarantee and Family Home Guarantee. 

Some 10,000 additional places have been released under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme for the 2021-2022 financial year. The scheme supports eligible first home buyers purchase an established home or a new home sooner with a deposit of as little as 5 per cent. The price cap for Sydney properties eligible for this scheme is now $800,000, up from last financial year’s cap of $700,000. 

The Family Home Guarantee is a new grant announced in the 2021-2022 Federal Budget to support eligible single parents with at least one dependent child. There will be 10,000 Family Home Guarantees made available over four financial years from 1 July 2021 to buy a new or existing home with a deposit of as little as 2 per cent. The Sydney price cap for this grant is $800,000.

The New Home Guarantee, announced in October 2020, is specifically for eligible first home buyers building or buying a new home with a deposit of as little as 5 per cent. This scheme has been extended under the 2021-2022 Federal Budget with 10,000 new places available from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022. The price cap for the New Home Guarantee is $950,000. 

Applications for the three schemes can be made through participating lenders or mortgage providers so speak to your bank to see if you are eligible and start to make your first home dream a reality.

Friday, 25 June 2021

The Revitalisation of the City of Sydney: Part 3

The Ultimate Harbour City Staycation 

With covid confining us to our own shores, more and more of us are discovering the wealth of attractions in our own backyard. And few backyards are more accessible than the Sydney CBD. Fast becoming a recreation destination, there is much to discover in our largest city center. With the decentralization of the workplace that has been brought about by the pandemic, Sydney’s heart is transforming as so many 9 to 5 CBD workers relocate their workplace and resign their suit in favour of the home office, at least for part of the working week. 

This shift in purpose from a Central Business District means that the City of Sydney is opening up as a recreation destination and, increasingly, as a fantastic place to reside. If you have never considered the City of Sydney in your google property search, then planning a staycation in this vibrant and highly cultured center may just sway you in its favour. Some of the country’s best and most lavish hotels are located in our city’s heart. There is also a myriad of 5-star properties to suit any budget – Choose from QT Sydney, The Darling, Shangri-La, Sofitel and the InterContinental - or really splash out at Crown Towers Sydney or Park Hyatt. Then take your pick from the finest dining restaurants our city offers – for some ideas see Part 2 of this series

To make the most of your weekend away in our state’s capital, be sure to enjoy some of Sydney’s multitude of cultural pursuits during your stay. Sydney’s world-renowned theatres and dance companies are opening their doors with renewed energy. Check out the latest shows at the Opera House , Sydney Dance Company or Bangarra  and book a fun night out with a play at Roslyn Packer, Sydney Lyric, or Sydney Theatre. And with Vivid coming up from the 6th to the 28th of August, there’s never been a better time to book your weekend away.

And a weekend away is just the start. Living in the CBD ensures there will never be a dull moment. Like all the world’s great cities, the energy and vibrancy of the CBD will be fully reactivated once international travel starts up again and happy tourists return to our shores. The Sydney CBD is generally Australia’s first tourist stop for a reason. Not only is it beautiful, but the ever-expanding abundance of cultural and recreational diversions are virtually unparalleled in the Southern Hemisphere. So don’t delay, book a long weekend away and try before you buy. And why not book an inspection at one of these extraordinary apartments while you’re at it!

Learn more about available CBD properties here

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

The Revitalisation of the City of Sydney: Part 2

Australia’s new mecca for wining and dining

Over the years, our harbour city has been the home of some of the country’s most high-end restaurants and bars. Culinary institutions Tetsuya, Bennelong, Bentley, Machiavelli, Rockpool, Quay and Aria remain some of the finest hatted restaurants in the world. But hot on the tails of these renowned eateries are a bevy of fantastic new restaurants created to cater for the swing back to our city center as the place to wine and dine.

Woodcut, from the duo behind The Bridge Room, is a dazzling new restaurant with a revolutionary drawcard. It consists of four separate kitchens that each harness a different element – steam, fire, smoke and ice. Try everything from the finest caviar to raw kingfish to 270-day aged Black Market T-bone – you won’t be disappointed!

A' Mare impresses, offering the theatre of a Michelin-starred meal with divine harbour views across to Balmain. Your pesto is pounded tableside, a gelato cart and sommelier roam the room.  With lavish décor inspired by Italy’s finest palazzos, this is Sydney’s answer to a glamourous Italian food experience.

Situated in Australia’s first bank, Seta is an ambitious, opulent, hatted Italian restaurant featuring Venetian-style bite sized snacks, 30 varieties of raw fish and a 3m high wine fridge. Choose from the main dining room, crudo bar or chef’s table, and with an executive chef who ran a Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, Seta has to be at the top of your restaurant hitlist.

Other extraordinary newcomers to the Sydney city dining scene include Nobu (the much-anticipated Sydney partner for this Japanese institution), the stunning reinvention of Alpha (beloved Greek cuisine), Monopole (with its extraordinary wine list), Restaurant Leo (where everything is made in-house), Esteban (with recipes inspired from Mayan, Aztec, Spanish, Portuguese and Afro-Caribbean cuisines), Merrivale’s reopened Uccello and Nobu & Yoshii’s Omakase. 

And if you are after an aperitif to kick off the night, or a fine drop to round it off, check out The Baxter Inn for a whisky revolution, PS40 (embracing cocktail experimentation with a vengeance), Old Mate’s Place (its rooftop location soars amid the CBD skyline), the intimate Bulletin Place, 1970s inspired Double Deuce Lounge and Sammy Junior with its espresso and cocktail bars.

In addition to these exciting new venues, outdoor dining is being trialed in the City of Sydney, in an effort to create an al fresco dining environment similar to that which exists in Europe. This will result in an increase in green space and public space, and a decrease in office density creating a far more attractive residential environment than in the past. In light of these burgeoning attractions and the de-commercialisation of the City of Sydney, livability is soaring exponentially. So, why not explore the idea of living in Australia’s most cosmopolitan heart, in one of its most glamourous apartments.

Learn more about available CBD properties here

Friday, 4 June 2021

Kurraba Residences – Sydney’s newest and grandest waterfront address

With a grandeur and refinement that harks back to the waterfront estates of yesteryear, Kurraba sits majestically on Sydney Harbour, an architectural masterpiece in one of Sydney’s most sought-after positions. Rarely do such magnificent waterfront properties come on the market, and with only a precious few of these world-class residences remaining, interested parties should act quickly to secure one of these outstanding properties.

Imagine enjoying front row seats of one of the world’s best loved harbours, every day of your life. Experience the kaleidoscopic brilliance of Sydney Harbour from this elevated vantage point. Take in the ever-changing waters dotted with a myriad of sails, and highlighted by divine sunsets and romantic moonlight, all topped off by the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House sails.

Each exquisite home has been designed with entertaining in mind, where spacious interiors flow seamlessly to alfresco terraces, all taking in the spectacular harbour views. And the grand design does not stop with the majestic building itself but extends across the lushly fashioned landscapes of Dangar Barin Smith, that blend beautifully with the foreshore gardens that embrace three sides of this highly exclusive property.

Developed by Thirdi Group, a company renowned for its top-tier luxury, high-quality design, the Kurraba Residences exude opulence and exclusivity from their splendid SJB-designed exteriors down to the finest detail of the Mathieson interiors.

To explore this once in a lifetime opportunity, please contact Emma Chappell of Cramer Property

Phone: (02) 8302 1500 | Mobile: 0404 769 509




Friday, 28 May 2021

Live the high life: Discover Sydney's most desirable apartments

Seeking to live a more cosmopolitan life in the cultural hub of one of the world's favourite city centres? Then don't miss out on this final opportunity to secure one of Sydney’s most luxurious and desirable apartments, in some of the city's most sought after buildings.

With our harbour city fast transforming from a Central Business District into more of a mecca for residences and recreation, due to the impact covid has had on where we work, Sydney City is becoming far more exciting and extremely liveable. Not only is there a vibrant world-class luxury shopping, café, restaurant and bar scene, most of Sydney’s cultural icons are located within easy walking distance of these glamorous apartments. 

The attractions of our prized city are as many and varied as there are days in a year, so you will never be short of ideas to stimulate, educate, socialize, shop and dine. Added to this, the recent announcement of the state government’s commitment to spend an additional $20million, to the already $200million CBD Revitalisation Strategy, there has never been a better time to buy.

If you're ready to live the cosmopolitan life and make the move into one of our harbour city's finest apartments, then don't hesitate to contact Emma and the Cramer team to find out more, you can also view all current listings on the Cramer Property website.

To learn more about these incredible city apartments contact:
Emma Chappell; | 0404 769 509
Christian Lush; | 0435 725 221

Thursday, 20 May 2021

The Revitalisation of the City of Sydney: Part 1

How our harbour city is being redefined

The City of Sydney has long been viewed as a place where people work, first and foremost. The Central Business District has been just that - the chief place where the city conducts its business. But with covid turning the world on its head, the workplace is fast becoming decentralized, with so many opting to work from home, at least for part of the week. So where does this leave our CBD in terms of its purpose? The answer is, somewhere better, more exciting and far more livable. Sydney is fast transforming into a mecca for recreation, leaving its tired work suit far behind. 

With international tourism on hold, Sydneysiders themselves are coming in increasing numbers to meet up, have fun, celebrate and rediscover their harbour city. Not only is there a vibrant luxury shopping, café, restaurant, bar and club scene, but many of Sydney’s most cultural icons are located within easy walking distance of each other. 

The attractions of the City of Sydney are as many and varied as there are days in a year, so you will never be short of ideas to stimulate, educate, socialize, shop and dine. As we emerge from the radical changes brought about by the pandemic, we are all looking forward to getting out more, and with things certainly opening up, nowhere is this more evident than in the CBD. Sydney City’s cultural institutions - its iconic Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Lyric, Capitol, State, Metro and Roslyn Packer Theatres, Australian Museum and so many more - are opening their doors with great optimism towards a post-covid and lock-down law reality. 

This shift of focus is creating exciting new infrastructure, with the state government announcing $20million in additional funds for the $200million CBD Revitalisation Strategy. With the decentralization of traffic that has resulted from rerouting around and below the Sydney CBD, congestion is fast becoming a thing of the past. There are plans to redesign Circular Quay by removing the Cahill Expressway and relocating the rail line, thereby reconnecting our harbour city to its harbour.  There are also plans to create a Town Hall Square, a, east-west pedestrian boulevard that would reunite Hyde Park with the heart of the city. 

And Sydneysiders are not just coming to have fun, increasing numbers of us are choosing to live here. As is the case of many of the world’s greatest cities, the focus of our city center is shifting towards a more recreational and cultural direction, making it a highly attractive option for those seeking to live a more cosmopolitan, cultured life. And with some of the country’s most luxurious and desirable apartments located here, the pull of our harbour city is attracting new residents in rapidly increasing numbers.

Visit the Cramer website to see all of our current luxury CBD properties.

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Discover Marrickville : Part 2

The Tour-worthy Craft Beer Scene of one of the World’s Coolest Neighbourhoods

Not only one of the world’s top 10 coolest neighbourhoods as voted by TimeOut, Marrickville is also home to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s best craft beer scenes. So whether you’re a major fan of the golden ale or just enjoy the odd pint, you will be positively spoiled for choice in Marrickville. Home to a number NSW’s best craft breweries, Marrickville attracts locals and visitors alike, and if you are really keen, you can even make a day of it on The Legendary Marrickville Brewery Tour. So here’s the lowdown:

Willie the Boatman – Intriguingly named after the legend of a convict boatman, this is open Thursday to Sunday for a behind-the-scenes look at how beer is made. The proud owners of this Sydney institution name all of their beer after mates – Try Crazy Ivan IPA, Black Bunny, Albo American and Rachel for starters.

Batch Brewing Company – As their name suggests, this brewery makes their beers in the old-fashioned way, batch by batch. Most famous for their big, bold flavours, here they believe variety is the spice of life, changing their offer every two weeks. Go for gold with the 6 sample beer paddle or for the less daring try the India Pale Ale or current equivalent.

Wildflower Brewing and Blending – Made using wild NSW yeasts and bacteria with barrel ageing techniques, Wildflower creates one-of-a-kind Belgian-style sour ales, famous for their tart characteristics

Stockade Brew Co – Don’t despair if you are not a beer lover, as Stockade also serve cocktails. Serving their core five beers, they also serve up out-there seasonal releases. At this point, you are going to need some food to soak up all the alcohol, and to do just that, nothing beats a burger! Local food truck Baby Rey’s Burgers offers delectable burgers to choose from.

Sauce Brewing Co – Featuring the best beer garden in Sydney, and offering the best craft beers on the planet from twelve taps, you can’t go past Sauce. Add to this food trucks from Friday to Sunday and Thursday Night Pizzas, you’ll keep coming back for more at this comfy, laid-back watering hole.

The Grifter – One of the Inner West’s busiest breweries, The Grifter has achieved a cult-like status for its seasonable and limited release beers. It does nostalgically retain the first commercial beer the three owners ever made, the Edward Pale Ale. The pool room and rotating pop-up food stalls are great attractions, as is the fact that The Grifter is kid and pet friendly.

Whether you are a beer lover or teetotaller, at Wicks Place on the Park, you are ideally placed to enjoy the best Marrickville has to offer. With a great selection of architecturally designed, fantastically finished apartments to choose from, you’re sure to find the home that’s right for you in one of the world’s Top Ten Coolest Locations!

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Discover Marrickville : Part 1

Sydney’s next leading creative arts and cultural hub

Centrally located in the heart of the Inner West, the Victoria Road Precinct is transforming Marrickville into a totally unique and excitingly vibrant high street and night time economy. Covering approximately 18 hectares in area, the precinct will create increased employment and diversity, new creative industries, new parklands and new community uses benefitting local residents and attracting visitors to the area.
The breadth of unique, small scale cultural and arts experiences already existing across Marrickville will be enhanced by the new development underway and have the potential to add a unique new face to the tourist economy. The $48million Rich Street Creative Arts Hub (Timberyards) is being built to accommodate 460 artists, creatives, designers and start-ups. It will include markets, a central courtyard, cafe outlets and an outdoor events space. It will provide 460 jobs in arts, cultural industries and various other start-ups. There will be 7,200m² of new public open space and an improved tree canopy with 50 new trees.

Cafés, restaurants, small bars and craft breweries, pop-ups, galleries and exhibition spaces will line the streets and activate open spaces, making the Victoria Road Precinct an incredibly desirable place for work and fun. Existing open spaces and parks within the precinct will be updated as green, active and attractive public places. New parks and public spaces will be developed, including an open air cinema and an extensive landscaped rooftop area with bar to enhance the public domain. There will be a rotating program of community events for all to enjoy.

At Wicks Place on the Park, you are ideally placed to enjoy the best Marrickville has to offer. Featuring a great selection of architecturally designed, fantastically finished apartments to choose from, you’re sure to find the home that’s right for you. And with all the new job opportunities that will come with Timber yards, you could just find the job of your dreams in this coolest of neighbourhoods.

Monday, 19 April 2021

Why Surry Hills endures as one of Sydney’s most popular and desirable suburbs

With its five-star restaurants, uber chic cafés, thriving bars, bespoke designer boutiques and abundant culture, Surry Hills endures as one of Sydney’s most vibrant, eclectic and desirable suburbs. Its cuisine spans the entire globe, showcasing out the best of Japanese, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, French, Mexican, Indian, Italian food in its multitude of restaurants. 

Ever-popular venues include Bills, Firedoor, Nour, The Dolphin Hotel, Poteno, Sang By Mabasa, Wyno x Bodega, Nomad Up The Road, The Clock Hotel, Gogyo, Osteria Emilia, Tokyo Bird, DOC Pizza and Mozzarella Bar, Poly, Nikkei, Bar Ume, Arthur, Bartolo, Yulli’s, Dead Ringer, Chin Chin, Maybe Frank, Medan Ciak, Izakaya Fujiyama, Bad Hombres, Spice I Am, Vacanza, Mark + Vinnies, Loluk Bistro, Toko, Mama’s Buoi and so many more. 

Its thriving café culture has also made Surry Hills one of the most popular weekend brunch destinations in Sydney, where many of the city's best baristas ply their trade at Four Ate Five, Single O, Reformatory Caffeine Lab, Sample Coffee and Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar. And don’t miss the Surry Hills Market, where you’ll find produce and products from some of the city's top artisans. Held on the first Saturday of each month at Shannon Reserve on the corner of Crown and Collins, it sells everything from vintage fashion and eco-minded beauty products to antique bric-a-brac and handmade ceramics.

Down the streets of this inner-city suburb, you'll find yourself spoilt for choice for sculptural homewares and funky, emerging labels sourced from Parisian ateliers and Scandinavian warehouses. Stop into the Standard, Collector and Provider stores and for a great read, Published Art and Title. Be charmed by the mounted police and their valiant stead’s, residing in the nearby Equestrian Centre on Baptist Street. 

As the oh-so-trendy heart of the Eastern Suburbs, Surry Hill’s location provides an effortless commute to the CBD and easy access to Sydney Harbour and some of Australia’s most famous beaches. The new L2 light rail provide an effortless connect to Circular Quay, QVB, Chinatown, The Entertainment Quarter, Randwick, the Royal Randwick Racecourse and UNSW. 

And if you are looking to live the Surry Hills life every day, you will be hard pressed to find a more desirable home than in the outstanding new development, Surry Hills Village. This fantastic development features architecturally superb apartments that have been finished to absolute perfection. Created by master developer and builder, Toga, Surry Hills Village offers all the amenity of urban life while enjoying a village atmosphere. Come and visit our display to see for yourself the new development that is taking the Inner East to new heights. 

Contact Emma Chappell of Cramer Property for more information.
Phone: (02) 8302 1500
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