Affluent, middle-class Balmain (a prime area) exudes a village atmosphere with its al fresco restaurants and cafés, traditional Aussie pubs, and markets and shops along Darling Street. It is one of Sydney’s trendiest suburbs, with a lively music scene and a who’s who of residents including famous actors, actresses, musicians and writers.

Apartments and houses here are certainly among the most expensive in the city, with many apartment units going for no lower than half a million dollars. The downside of living in the suburb, though, is that most of its rich residents own large 4WD SUVs which block the suburb’s very narrow streets.