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Suburb Profile: Carrington

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Postcode: 2294

LGA: Newcastle

Ask a Carrington local to describe their suburb in a handful of words and you’ll no doubt find a recurring theme – “community”.

Other words you’ll hear sprinkled in the mix are “gentrification”, “relaxed”, “safe”, “charming” and “growing”. And, of course, you’ll note their self-anointed nickname Carrodise.

Colloquially referred to as “The Island”, the people of Carrington have created such an identity for themselves that it has become its own self-sufficient township, complete with services, but adrift from the hustling vibe of the city.

Boasting a unique blend of old and new, industrial and modern, Carrington is an eclectic gathering of families, transient workers and new arrivals.

In 2021 Carrington was named in the top 25 Australian suburbs for its property value growth, jumping from $74,080 in 1991, to $943,167 a decade later.  

Carrington’s residential area echoes its past port heritage, with weatherboard cottages set on quiet laneways seemingly hidden behind more grandiose Victorian terraces, homes divided amongst the workers and the gentlemen’s families.

More recently the suburb has welcomed rebuilds and renovations, apartments and detached dwellings, all to the backdrop of a large industrial port and picturesque waterways.

Located just 3km from the Newcastle CBD, Carrington is the postcode where old meets new and each celebrates the other.

HISTORY:

The Awabakal people named this area ‘Wung-r tee’ meaning place of the mud crab. It was the part of Newcastle in which they caught fish, oysters and crabs, before it became the address of affordable housing for public servants.

The suburb is a mix of industrial, residential, community and heritage, and boasts significant landmarks including: The Carrington Pump House, the Connolly Park War Memorial Gate, Council Chambers, and Everyone’s Theatre.

Once considered a working-class suburb, there’s a new wave of locals that are leading the charge to reinvent the suburb into a cool, hip place-to-be.

Ground Up Espresso

FOOD & DRINK:

In the 1800s Carrington was famous for having 39 pubs – all located within walking distance of one another. With a population that consisted mainly of harbour workers, these watering holes were well frequented.

Today it is home to cafes, restaurants, a gin distillery, bowling club and family-friendly pubs all serving quality food and meals.

The Grateful Boutique

SHOPPING:

A grocery store and post office now share the main street with a clothing store and gift shop.

The Grateful Boutique, the township’s central clothing store, is born of a unique commitment to only stock local goods and return a percentage of profits back into the community.

There are several hints in the main streets of Carrington that indicate retail could soon be expanding.

SCHOOLS:

For the first time in its 149-year history, Carrington Public School closed enrolments to families that dwell outside the postcode – such is migration numbers in the popular township. And, for the younger demographic there’s childcare.

Young Street Carrington

REAL ESTATE:

Ray White real estate agent Brett Bailey describes Carrington as “a safe place to put your money”.

The median house is $885,000, up 13.5% in the past 12 months. Notably the median price for a unit is $847,500.

There are currently nine homes for sale in Carrington, 43 sold in the past 12 months.

In 2021 Carrington made national news being named the entry level suburb with the largest increase in rank across the suburbs analysed in the Aussie Progress Report, with home valuations jumping from $74,080 in 1991, to $943,167 a decade later.

FOR SALE

30 Victoria Street, Carrington 2294

4 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Car

Guide $1.1 to 1.2 million

On-site auction 18 November 6pm

Patrick Skinner, Spillane Property

By retaining it’s original charm this quaint terrace home in the heart of Carrington has managed to give itself a timeless appeal.

High ceilings, an arched hallway, and ornate fireplaces add to its character, while an updated kitchen, two new bathrooms and a fresh coast of paint inside and out, make it move-in ready.

At the rear of the home is a freshly-installed Jarrah deck that flows straight from the open plan kitchen/dining space indoors.

All this overlooking a fully fenced yard bursting with an established vegie garden.

And its off-street parking is an added bonus.

SOLD

10/92A Young Street Carrington NSW 2294 – Everyone’s Theatre

2 bed 1 bath 2 car

$900,000

Sold on 7 Oct 2022

Brett Bailey, Ray White.

SOLD

57 Denison Street Carrington NSW 2294

3 bed 1 bath 2 car 508m2

$1,600,000

Sold on 02 Sep 2022

Joel Soldado, Harcourts

SOLD

3 Scott Street, Carrington, NSW 2294

2 bed 1 bath

$725,000

Sold on 27 Oct 2022

Brett Bailey, Ray White

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