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Saturday, 23 June 2012

2 minute suburb review: Wooolloomooloo

Woolloomooloo is a bit of an enigma, not least because of how difficult it is to spell.

Having been down there today, I thought I'd write a 2 minute suburb review. I'll keep these suburb reviews coming as I visit different places.

The good

No question about this: proximity to the city. A 5 minute walk across The Domain (though perhaps not on your own at night) to Macquarie Street at the top end of the city.

The bad

Woolloomooloo still seems to be a slightly uncomfortable mixture of new and old, a suburb of 'three halves' if you like.

On the wharf, there is the premium apartment dwelling, behind the Woolloomooloo Bay Wharf Hotel there is the established housing commission property, and then there is 'party central' at the back of the Holiday Inn, Potts Point (also known as Kings Cross, though officially there is no such suburb in Sydney).

At times, it can be noisy, with the naval base and Thales located in the bay too.

2 minute summary

Woolloomooloo is a very exciting little suburb and potentially a very interesting place to live. The problem for property investors is the lack of appropriate property types.

The wharf might be an excellent place to live and rent, but an investor would be expected to pay some very hefty strata fees for maintenance of what is, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the world's largest wooden structure. The restaurant set on the wharf can be a noisy lot too.

Might be some great capital growth in the suburb over the long-term as demographics change and proximity to the city becomes paramount, but over the shorter-term, I'm not so sure.