Alexandria was named after Princess Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII. It was once known as the ‘Birmingham of Australia’, with everything from bricks to airplanes manufactured in 550 factories in just 100 acres.
The area’s terraced housing was largely populated by lower income families who made a living on one of the many industrial sites. Light industry thrived due to the close proximity to the city and, by 1943, Alexandria was the largest industrial district in Australia. It was the close proximity to the city that soon made the area a desirable setting for home owners and the process began to reverse. Apartment buildings were erected, warehouses converted and small enclaves of terraces were renewed.
Today, part of the area is known as ‘The Golden Triangle’ and is popular with young professionals who are drawn by (relatively) affordable housing and the many lifestyle advantages that can be found in neighbouring Newtown and Erskineville.
Several enclaves of terraced housing display a wide range of interior layouts from untouched 1800s workers cottages in original condition to stunning renovated homes that showcase the latest in contemporary design. There are many warehouse conversions as well as large apartment developments that offer resort-style living with facilities including tennis courts, swimming pools and a host of other luxuries.
The vast expanse of Sydney Park can be found on the western border of Alexandria, identifiable by the landmark smokestacks of the now defunct St Peters Brickworks. This is a great place to cycle, walk the dog or take a relaxing picnic amongst rolling parklands.
Tourists are drawn by the busload to pick up a bargain at the numerous discount factory outlets dotted around the area. You can acquire anything from fashion, furniture or home renovation supplies at discounted prices.
Schools & Education
There are several kindergartens, primary and secondary schools within walking distance. The Newtown Performing Arts School is close by, as is Sydney University.
Located just 4km from the CBD, Alexandria is serviced by several bus routes, Green Square railway station at the northern fringe, and is within walking distance of Erskineville railway station in the west, and St Peters railway station in the south.