Next door to bigger, busier Flemington, Kensington is a quieter version that spins more of a village vibe with its period train station and sweet, L-shaped shopping strip.
Kensington may be just four kilometres from the city but it retains a calm, leafy energy with period homes and hilly streets and a small shopping hub next to the heritage station on Bellair St.
Kensington is home to many young singles who love its proximity to town, as well as more mature people still living the independent life. But Kensington’s vibe and its parks make it a pretty family-friendly area too, so you’ll find people happily raising kids in Kensington.
The heart of Kensington isn’t massive but it’s got quite a beat. Spend a breezy afternoon of music and drinks at White Rabbit Record Bar or brunch at The Premises. Get sporty at JJ Holland Park or hit the rec centre for a swim. Not so sporty? Revolt arts space stages edgy theatre, while Kensington Neighbourhood House hosts creative classes.
There are a couple of schools in the area, and public transport is well sorted with three train stations, buses and the nearby tram along Racecourse Road. Shopping is on a smaller scale here, but Newmarket Plaza is an easy walk if you need a major supermarket.
Kensington has an interesting mix of housing, although period homes do reign supreme. Along Bellair Street and its hilly off-shoots you’ll see some immaculate, primarily Victorian, homes and cosy terraces on the other side of the station.
Along Macaulay Road and its side streets, you’ll see impressive warehouses and factories converted into apartments while on Kensington Road, there’s Kensington Banks, a revamped estate of townhouses.
If you want to live in the inner-city without feeling jostled, think about Kensington. It sways from quaint period housing to industrial chic, from historic train stations to Third Wave coffee houses, from crunchy theatre to picnic parklands. With excellent transport, some schools, great community facilities and easy access to the city, it’s a pretty sweet choice.
Note: original content sourced from realestate.com.au