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Jendi and I live in Birchgrove, which is a part of Balmain, a suburb of Sydney. It is an inner city suburb and used to be a working class area with originally mining, and then shipping, being the main employers in the district.
In the late 1960's and early 1970's, many of the lecturers and tutors from Sydney University found that Balmain was very convenient, was on the harbour and had harbour and city views and good public transport. Thus began the "gentrification" of the area.
Accommodation in the area is much sought after, with the shopping centre having a real village atmosphere. People speak of the "Balmain bolshies" and "Balmain basket weavers" because of the many residents who espouse left-wing politics and alternative lifestyles.
We just like the Balmain parks that are close by, have great views, and let us run free!
We have some maps for you to look at too!