Collingwood – A Boutique Neighbourhood

We are very excited to introduce our newest project, Oxley Apartments, located at 46 Stanley Street, in one of our favourite Melbourne suburbs, Collingwood. There’s a lot to love about Collingwood. As one of Melbourne’s oldest and fastest growing inner city suburbs, Collingwood is steeped in history and has a rich heritage. Yet, it embodies a hip and modern way of life which makes it an exciting place to live and invest.  Even more exciting for those investing, is knowing that Collingwood has the lowest rental vacancy rate in the entire state! (0.4% as of Feb ’13 – SQM Research)

With a rich tapestry of fashion, retail and manufacturing heritage that dates back to the mid 1800’s, Collingwood has established itself as one of Melbourne’s cultural inner city precincts. Today its alluring charm, café culture, luxury homewares and boutique fashion stores can be seen by strolling down the leafy streets surrounding Oxley including Cambridge Street, Oxford Street, Smith Street, Gertrude Street and Victoria Parade. You’ll soon discover why Melbournians who know their fashion, food, wine and art flock to Collingwood. Bordered by the Carlton Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens, Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne, Richmond and Clifton Hill – Collingwood is one of Melbourne’s blue chip (intrinsic Northern quarter) suburbs, where many aspire to reside.

A shopper’s paradise

When it comes to fashion, individual style is highly encouraged. Local boutiques including Alpha60, Assin and Et Al are widely known for showcasing a variety of unique looks for all seasons. Bargain hunters also love Collingwood for its range of factory outlets and op shops.

Collingwood is also a premium emporium for rare designer luxury homewares and vintage furniture. You will be spoilt for choice with shops such as Duo Viva, CIBI and 84 Smith Street stocking Japanese, Moroccan, Scandinavian or Manhattan inspired pieces.

Image source: Timeout Melbourne

A foodie’s dreamland

There’s no shortage of cafes and restaurants in Collingwood. You can choose from popular cheap eats such as Huxtaburger and Proud Mary (which also happens to be just across the road from Oxley!) to proper fine dining restaurants like Moon Under Water

Broadsheet has a great list of Collingwood’s best cheap eats which can be viewed here. For a little bit different dining experience, try Friends of the Earth Food Co-op. The food co-op is an ethical trader of biodynamic products of fresh organic food grown by locals in the area that has been going on for more than 30 years. The co-op is run by the charity Friends of the Earth Melbourne and it’s one of the non-profit’s many vehicles for advocating social and environmental justice. For a small plate for $10 or large plate for $12.50, you get what the kitchen has prepared on the day so you can guarantee that the food is fresh and different every time you come and visit.

Image source: Weekend Notes

A bar hopper’s playground

Relax and unwind after a long day at one of Collingwood’s well known establishments. Our favourite would have to be Cavallero. Renowned for its no-fuss approach, Cavallero has you covered from coffee to cocktail. Cavallero also has a great wine list which labels lean towards Europe. With the kitchen pumping out decent snacks and meals, it seems like a good excuse to order more than one bottle.

If you’re after a slightly different kind of cocktail, head down to Teriyaki Anarchy Sake. Try drinks like the ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ (Campari and gin built over ice and topped with a slug of Pocari Sweat, an ominously named Japanese soft drink), or the ‘Rainbow Highball’ (a thick-handled pot glass filled with fine Japanese whiskey and soda) and have ball.

Image source: Broadsheet

An art enthusiast’s heaven

Collingwood has long led the way when it comes to supporting artist initiatives and small galleries. Make sure you visit some of the best galleries in the area, including Lamington Drive, Fehily Contemporary, 69 Street and The Compound Interest. Serious art aficionados must also visit Australian Galleries, Ochre and Catherine Asquith Gallery. If you’re lucky, you can also catch a performance or exhibition at Collingwood Underground Theatre, set in an abandoned underground carpark. The site is also known to host events such as the Fringe Festival.

Collingwood is also home to an extensive “collection” of street art. While most of us are oblivious to the beauty of street art, Kevin Anslow -a Melbourne local, took the chance and recorded it all on his website, Melbourne Street Art 86. Much of the street art in Collingwood is located in the lanes and alleyways leading off Smith Street.  However, there are also a few pieces in the main street itself and other locations around Smith Street. Download the walking guide and enjoy the beauty and diversity of Collingwood’s street art.

Image source: Melbourne Street Art 86

To register for more information and to view the Oxley display suite, click here or call us on 1300 850 730

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