Nutshell Knows: Leichhardt

Welcome back to Nutshell Knows. In this series, we dive deep into some of Sydney’s thriving Inner West communities. Today we’re featuring Leichhardt. Although Leichhardt is actually named after a Prussian explorer, today it’s best known as Sydney’s “Little Italy.”

The Basics: Geography, Population, and Demographics

Proclaimed a municipality back in 1871, Leichhardt’s borders have changed several times, merging with Annandale and Balmain in 1949 and incorporating Glebe and sections of Camperdown in 1967.

Located a mere 6 kms west of the Sydney CBD, Leichhardt is the administrative centre for the local government area (LGA). Many residents commute to the Sydney CBD by buses on Parramatta Road, or light rail.

Leichhardt’s population is estimated to be around 15,500. The median age is 36 years, and only 65% of the people living in the suburb were born in Australia. More than 6% of the residents speak Italian, and 39% are married. Most residents of Leichhardt are professionals and managers.

Leichhardt: Community Snapshot

The architecture in Leichhardt ranges from Victorian single family homes to modern new homes and apartment buildings. Landmarks include the old Leichhardt Fire Station on the corner of Balmain Road and Marion Street, the Leichhardt Hotel, the Palace Cinema, and the old Cyclops Toy Factory.

Residents enjoy the inventive mural art in the suburb. You can see great examples at the Hawthorne Canal Railway Underpass. Leichhardt is also known for its art galleries as well as the Italian Forum Cultural Centre. Every year, residents enjoy the Italian Festa on Norton Street. Traffic is shut down for the event, and the street turns into an enormous European-style outdoor cafe.

The Leichhardt of the Past

Way back in the 1840s, Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt searched for an overland route between southern Queensland and Port Essington, a British settlement on the northern coast. He disappeared without a trace in 1848 while attempting to cross the continent.

From its beginnings, Leichhardt attracted a largely Italian population. Many of these immigrants were skilled sculptors, musicians, singing instructors. By the middle of the 20th century, Leichhardt was clearly identified with Italian culture, and some even believe it was the first place in Australia to feature al fresco dining.

The Leichhardt of the Future

Having retained its unique heritage, Leichhardt will continue to capitalise on its richness. Today it’s a trendy suburb with luxury retailers, Italian restaurants, and extensive mural art and commercial galleries.

Residential and commercial properties have risen in value in recent years, and because of its proximity to Sydney, these properties will continue to experience high demand.

Commercial Property in Leichhardt

Populated by young, well-educated people, Leichhardt continues to attract high-tech and professional businesses. The development of commercial properties will enhance Leichhardt’s already blossoming local economy.

Property Management in Leichhardt

Owners of commercial property in Leichhardt need property management services they can count on. Commercial property owners are busy people, and they need management than can successfully handle leases, maintenance, vacancies, tenants, improvements, regulations, and finances.

If you need assistance with your Leichhardt commercial property, reach out to us at Nutshell. We’re happy to answer questions or provide any help that you need.

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