IT was work that brought Rozelle local Roxanne Costello to the Balmain peninsula from Adelaide about 25 years ago and the community is why she stayed.
"I moved over to Sydney and I lived in East Balmain. And then one of my friends bought this house as an investment and asked if I wanted to rent it - so I lived in it and I rented it before I bought it," she said.
"I've put in a new kitchen and bathroom and done lots of gardening. I've got a double-sized block so I put in a three-level tropical garden, it's like heaven."
Rozelle is just four kilometres west of - or "one traffic light away" from - the Sydney CBD. It's nestled between Balmain to the north-east and Lilyfield to the south-west and originally formed part of the "half-a-thousand acres" that Governor John Hunter granted to the colony's principal surgeon, William Balmain, in 1800.
Ms Costello is one of about 8700 residents, median age 38. who call the suburb home. She is among the minority who live in a freestanding house which make up only 14 per cent of dwellings, compared with nearly 49 per cent sem-detached or row houses, and 35 per cent flats.
"It's a perfect little hub, I think that's why it's become so popular over the years. It used to be a very old, established area when I first moved in, but now there are a lot more younger people with families."
Just over 41 per cent of Rozelle families are couples with children, and 26.5 per cent of all households are people living alone. Ms Costello says being close to Callan Park is a "big drawcard" for living in Rozelle and a "spectacular" place to walk dogs. Other iconic places in the suburb include the heritage-listed White Bay Power Station and the Bay Run also passes by.
"I love Rozelle, it has a really strong community atmosphere. In the streets around me we all know each other, we all keep a good look out for each other."
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