Moving in Sydney – Why you should be moving to Bondi

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Why should you be moving to Bondi? Did you know that Bondi, was originally pronounced “Boondi” and is thought to be aboriginal for water breaking over rocks? If you’ve ever dipped your toes into the cool blue bay or enjoyed dinner and drinks at Icebergs overlooking the crashing waves, you’ll know the translation is spot on.

There are about 11,000 lucky locals who call Bondi home all year round, and they share the hot summer months with thousands more holidaymakers, backpackers and visitors from around the world. On a sun-drenched weekend, this authentic little beach town swells to accommodate up to 40,000! So, why is Bondi Beach so famous and what’s it really like to live there as a local?

What Bondi Beach means to the world

Bondi is one of the most popular beaches in Australia and across the globe, but what gives it iconic status? Well, how many beaches do you know 7 km’s from one of the most liveable cities in the world? Hop on a bus which takes you from these golden sands to the city of Sydney in just over half an hour! The surf is renowned in Bondi, you only have to look out to spot the local surfers jostling for waves alongside novices having a go. It’s no wonder Bondi was the first in the world to have started a surf lifesaving club, establishing the crescent-shaped slice of ocean at the core of its community.

Why you should be moving to Bondi

Morning surf at Bondi

North Bondi is comprised of rolling lawns, a youthful beacon referred to as the beach’s ‘grassy knoll’, resting above the sands and the frequented watering hole for mums and bubs in the splash pool below. There’s a plethora of cafes, boutiques and stores to fulfil any whim while catching up with yourself away from the water. South Bondi is where the waves roll in over emerald green rocks and surfers sprint into the swell. It is also the gateway to the famous coastal Bondi to Bronte walk.

What’s Bondi life like for locals?

When the tourists have gone, Bondi becomes itself again. It’s a common misconception that Bondi is full of socialites, and beautiful people partying until dawn. Sure, there is the ‘Bondi set’ but, in reality, Bondi is a family friendly beach town.  Its demographic of people moving to bondi is mainly made up of young, hard-working families in their thirties and those who love the beach on weekends and commute to the city for work. They just may choose to have a green smoothie in the morning instead of a McMuffin and choose to live a ‘greener life’ by recycling, reusing and buying organic and free range, rather than processed foods. Rather than partying until dawn, locals enjoy fantastic food at some of Sydney’s best restaurants and enjoy cocktails as the sun goes down and head home when all the bars close at midnight.

why you should be moving to Bondi

Sure, there are some cool kids, but the suburb is mainly young families

Who are the Bondi locals?

Made up of mainly apartment owners and renters, Bondi locals love to be out in the community, enjoying the parks, open spaces and of course the reason why everyone lives there, the beach! You’ll find cafes brimming with locals and their dogs, reading, working on their laptops or enjoying time spent with family and other locals. There is an active community feel, and this is the undercurrent which flows through this beachside town all year round.

why you should be moving to Bondi

Bondi residents predominantly live in apartments

Summer can get busy, jammed in fact where numbers can swell up to 40,000 on a hot summer weekend. This can get a bit stressful when it comes to parking if you don’t have your own allocated parking spot, but the frequent public transport makes it incredibly easy to get out of town. Tourists tend to stick to the Campbell parade area, but locals will drift a little way back from the main drag and hunt out cool local eateries, cafes and bars.

Locals do tend to take care of themselves, and why not if you live right next to one of the world’s most iconic beaches? You’ll spot locals dotted along the rocks and promenade at dawn taking in the sunrise with some yoga, stretching and meditation and as the sun begins to rise, you’ll see people out walking the dog or going for a beach run before work. Rent here does come at a premium, so residents really embrace how lucky they are to live and work in Bondi and get out there to start the day right before grabbing a single-origin coffee from their favourite barista.

What is there to do in Bondi other than the beach?

Not all residents are mad beach fanatics and living in Bondi doesn’t mean a life of beach, swim, beach. Bondi has gone through a renaissance of late and is emerging as a town with a passion and focus for art, food and design. The Bondi Pavillion is the heart of Bondi Beach and the central hub for all things culture and the arts. Here you can see a theatre production or a movie screening, take a gym class or help other locals take care of shared green spaces. You can take all sorts of classes from gym to poetry, learn how to start your memoirs, or even take a tour of the local cemetery to learn about the people who made Bondi what it is today. There are also regular art gallery showings and festivals to wander around on a cloudy weekend.

Sculptures By The Sea

The art highlight of the year is the ever-popular Sculptures By The Sea exhibition which draws enormous crowds and offers spectacular sculptures which look jaw-dropping in the early morning sun. Be warned, peak lunchtime crowds can be crushing, but locals can head out early morning or at dusk when crowds are more manageable, and the backdrop is breathtaking.

why you should be moving to Bondi

Mu Boyan, Horizon – Photo by Gareth Carr

There are also plenty of shopping opportunities with Westfield Bondi Jct a short bus ride or drive away and regular markets to get your fresh produce or pick up a locally made, ethical product. Concerts are held at local venues and on the beach, and you can enjoy a long lunch or relaxing dinner and drinks at one of the many quality restaurants and bars, and there’s always an opportunity for a bit of celebrity spotting!

why you should be moving to Bondi

Bondi local street art

Which part of Bondi should I move to?

Bondi Beach may be a relatively small beach town, but there are distinct enclaves and areas to choose from. Ask yourself. Do you want to be away from the main tourist drag of Campbell Parade, or do you love the buzz of a busy nightlife? Do you need a garage or a courtyard for your dog to play in? Which area should I be in for the best schools?

The best way to find the right home for you to move into in Bondi is by taking a walk around the town itself and drop into Hall Street where Bondi realtors huddle together. Head to a boutique branch such as Little Real Estate, or  Express and Rudder who are family owned, or you might want to check out the more prominent players such as Raine & Horne or LJ Hooker. These guys not only know Bondi inside out, they live it every day and can find you your own little slice of authentic, contemporary Australian beach life!

Suburb Stats about moving to Bondi by Homely 

Great for:-

  • Parks & recreation, eating out, gym & fitness, shopping

Who lives here?

  • Singles, professionals, families with kids, retirees, social set

Sale vs Rent:-

  • Median list price homes for sale is $1.3M
  • Median list price homes for rent is $750pw

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