Paddington never goes out of fashion

Cohen Handler’s Buyer’s Agent Michelle Chanique looks at why Sydney’s Paddington remains one of the most sought after suburbs in Sydney and shares some of her favourite places.

I have always loved Paddington in Sydney’s inner city with its fashion, art and food. What’s not to love about this elegant and creative suburb? Whether you are a gallery hopper or passionate about eating out and shopping, Paddington has it all plus a unique charm and buzz that you just can’t resist.

For many Sydneysiders, it is a great destination to visit with its number of attractions including the famous Paddington Markets, stylish boutiques on Oxford and William streets, cutting-edge galleries and the beautifully restored heritage pubs. However for some 3,244 lucky people (Census ABS 2016) Paddington is the place they call home.

For residents it is more about the lifestyle the area offers not necessarily the space. The latest Census has 53% of Paddington residents living in terraces, which includes semi-detached and the rows of classic terrace houses so highly prized for their ornate lacework, verandas and street appeal. Gorgeous to look at on the outside, many have also been superbly renovated to suit the demands of modern living utilising available space and cleverly tapping in to natural light through skylights, bi-fold doors and oversized windows.

You may not necessarily get the big backyards of the outer suburbs but there is still plenty of green space between Centennial Park and Rushcutters Bay. While the traditional economical living and outdoor space of these terraces may once have been a deterrent to families with young children, we are finding that more are now willing to compromise, especially given the high standard of the local schools. A recent report placed Paddington at the top of the overall national list of being the most advantaged when it comes to education including boasting some of the highest average year 5 NAPLAN scores. There are three primary schools, gyms and everything else you could need. If you like to stay local you really do not have to leave the suburb as you can find most everything you need there.

The best thing about Paddington is its location! It is the 15-minute rule – 15 minutes to the CBD or to the beach with the option of walking, driving or taking a bus or train. It truly is a unique location and you are rarely stuck in traffic.

It’s no surprise then that Paddington is Sydney’s most competitive suburb for buying a house. While it is difficult, it is certainly not impossible to buy here. It all comes down to thorough research and having a great buyer’s agent on your side in order to have a distinctive advantage that other buyers simply will not have!

Michelle’s Top Paddington Picks:


  • Koket Café – Tucked away behind the funkis flagship design store, this cafe offers great Scandinavian cuisine
  • Jackies Café – Well known Paddington destination popular for its breakfasts and Japanese inspired food


  • Love Supreme – Organic ingredients and some creative twists on Italian classics


  • Tequila Mocking Bird – Latin American style sharing places and of course fabulous cocktails and tequilas
  • Fred’s – Ethically produced seasonal fare in beautiful surrounds



  • Acne Studios – Swedish fashion label and one-stop-shop for minimalist pieces
  • Incu – Fantastic range of women’s fashion



Cohen Handler can help you get the right property at the right place. If you are interested in buying property in Paddington, contact us today.

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