Make village life your new normalEmerging from the two years of covid restrictions, lockdowns and isolation, so many of us are desperate to have a strong sense of community again. Given we are social creatures, this sense of belonging and engagement in our community is critical to our wellbeing. And the world over, village life promotes this sense of belonging and engagement.
Village life has multiple benefits. Living where everything you need is close to home allows you to live small, walk everywhere and shop local. This frees up time that would otherwise be spent driving and parking and it’s far lower impact on the environment. The close-knit sense of community that a group of people living small in a thriving village is highly uplifting. Village life creates a sense of safety, where you know your neighbours and the shopkeepers, offering a feeling of protection. And perhaps best of all, people in villages seem far friendlier and happier.
With so many of us living in large cities, we can be forgiven for thinking that this village life is unobtainable and feel rather anonymous and disengaged. However, within cities, there can be a strong sense of village life and connectedness – you just need to know where to look. And there are a few progressive developers who are creating purpose-built villages within our city in an effort to improve our quality of life and provide an instant sense of community.
Surry Hills Village by Toga
Innovative and highly respected developer, TOGA, have pioneered modern, architecturally superb urban villages that provide the best of all worlds for their residents. With artisan providores, restaurants, cafés, boutiques and workspaces, the village life is well and truly at your doorstep. Surry Hills Village offers a beautiful European-style retail arcade and a vibrant market-style laneway. For ultimate convenience, there is a brand-new Coles supermarket and a Vintage Cellars. And to top it all off, there are lush green spaces throughout where you can find a spot to chill out, read a book or sit with friends.
Wicks Place Marrickville by Toga
Another superior example of a strikingly hip village development is Wicks Place on the Park in the dynamic suburb of Marrickville. This urban village precinct is bursting with energy and vitality, offering an imaginative retail and dining experience that will greatly benefit its residents and locals alike. Wicks Place features cafés, restaurants, boutiques, reimagined warehouse spaces and lush landscaped gardens and lawns, all in a friendly walkable neighbourhood. And the pumping cafes, restaurants, craft beer houses and eclectic, creative culture of Marrickville is just around the corner.
TOGA has been mindful of selecting locations where there is already a fantastic sense of community and an incredible public transport system that enables its residents to easily access wherever they want to go in Sydney. Marrickville and Surry Hills have both been voted by TimeOut magazine as the coolest neighbourhoods in Australia. In fact, Marrickville made the top ten coolest neighbourhoods in the world! So, if you are looking for a cutting-edge property in the perfect village setting, look no further than Surry Hills Village and Wicks Place on the Park, where you will not only own an exquisitely crafted apartment, but you’ll be living your best village life.
Here are some of the architecturally extraordinary apartments available to purchase now: