Welcome to Richmond

3 Jul

Welcome to Richmond, Victoria.  This inner city suburb, about 3 kilometers from Melbourne’s city center is my new home and by no coincidence.

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Just a swift jaunt off populated Swan Street sits my humble abode – a 3-story townhouse with city views that are hard to beat. No longer is tanning in the park necessary, my rooftop balcony will do the trick in the heated months so far gone. In the meantime, I’m shacked up under electric blankets keeping warm in this frigid winter.

Luckily I have new housemates Adam and Chris to get to know and their love for AFL (football) hasn’t gone unnoticed. I think I can finally say I now understand the major difference between Rugby Union, Rugby League and Aussie rules. I’m sure it’s also no coincidence to them that we live down the street from the MCG (AFL stadium).

While living just off Swan Street I’m discovering boutique eateries like the Swan Street Social and Cheeky Money amongst Greek and Asian takeaway joints, shoe stores, nail salons, pubs and more. Even the Melbourne music institution, Corner Hotel, may be my new live gig haven. A 7-minute walk later and I’m at the doorsteps of my office. I’m still unsure if working and living in the same neighborhood will be a good thing or a mistake I’ll regret at a later date.

Lucky for me 10 minutes further and I have one of the most famous shopping streets in all of Melbourne, Chapel Street, at my disposal. This could potentially be dangerous for my wallet though. And in the other direction I have Bridge Road for excellent brunch spots, more shopping, and closeness to Victoria Street known for great dumpling and Vietnamese spots.

Being just a hop-skip-jump to the city center, I have trains within immediacy and better yet, a few different tramlines to choose from. Apparently, Melbourne is the largest urban tramway in the world! Read about it here.  Old trams, new trams, fast trams, slow trams – they’re everywhere in this city and a fun way to get around. Now, I just need to remember to look the right way before getting off so I don’t accidently get taken out by a car!

Nevertheless it’s early days and there are still friends being missed, new ones to be made, eateries and boutique beers to be discovered (Mountain Goat Brewery is just down the street), and plenty more in store. In the meantime, I’m off for the next 3 weeks to Sydney -> Perth -> Brisbane -> Hilton Head (USA) -> Brisbane and finally back to Melbourne to truly begin it all.

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7 Responses to “Welcome to Richmond”

  1. Chapel Street (@chapelprecinct) July 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Welcome to town! Richmond is such a great location if you like to explore (as it seems you do) and you’re not too far away from me either!

  2. Geraldine July 4, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Wow, your new place looks amazing, and just so I am clear your roomies were already living there or did you all move in together? Don’t worry about living where you work, doesn’t half of 111 River St live in Hoboken? Also call it American ignorance but for some reason cold weather, electric blankets and Austraila just does not compute for me.

    • thesetwoeyes July 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      Thanks G! They just moved in too and are new to the area but new eachother prior.

  3. shakob711 July 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    Your new home looks beautiful! I doubt my next place of residence will be so pretty 😛
    Hope you’re having fun xx

    • thesetwoeyes July 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      Thanks Jake! Hope you’re having fun in Europe! May be your next place will be with me again someday 😉

  4. courtney July 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    My boyfriend is the coach of (and player for) the USAFL team, the NC Tigers, named after the Richmond Tigers. Congrats on the move and new digs! Sounds like a great neighborhood!

    • thesetwoeyes July 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      How funny! I used to play touch footy, but AFL is a bit different. Hope NC is good!

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