It is very difficult to believe that Surry Hills (a prime area) was once a slum area. This suburb has emerged as a metropolitan community encompassing a broad socio-economic range. It epitomizes the melting pot culture that defines the entire country.
Surry Hills’s early history as an industrial area has resulted in the building of a number of pubs that exemplify Victorian, Federation, and Art Deco architectural styles. The suburb is a mix of commercial, light industrial and residential areas. Properties range from modestly priced apartments to the more expensive executive and resort-style houses and renovated Victorian terraced residences. The suburb has a good commercial area that includes the Surry Hills Shopping Village and Oxford Square.