Our stories | 17 December 2019

How to become a local in your new neighbourhood


With a little bit of effort and investigation, it doesn’t take long to discover the places to be and the things to do in your new neighbourhood.

 Feeling at home is about more than adding some personal touches to your property. It takes more than moving in your furniture, arranging photographs on the mantelpiece and putting your name on your mailbox.

To truly be part of a new neighbourhood you need to know what is happening and to uncover the ‘go to’ destinations. Where’s the best kids’ playground? Which café brews the best coffee? And where do you walk your dog?

This is the kind of knowledge that makes where you live, feel like where you belong.

Ruksanah Shooshi Sagvand, 26, has just bought her first home. She’s opted for a one-bedroom apartment inEd.Square, an upcoming Frasers Property community in Edmondson Park in south west Sydney. Here she shares some of her tips on becoming a local in no time...

Get on your bike –or your feet

Walkability brings a neighbourhood together and creates a healthy community.When you move somewhere new the first thing you should do is explore parks, walkways and cycle paths so you can really get your bearings –this is also the best way to discover your suburb’s hidden secrets.

And if you have a fur friend? Meet your new neighbours and widen your social circle by taking your pooch to a localpark. There’s no easier way to start a conversation than through your shared love of dogs.

Make a local café your own...

Everyone needs a place where they can grab their caffeine fix on the way to work or after the school run –but make sure you try out all the cafés close to home before you make that important decision.

For Ruksanah, who is a foodie, Ed.Square’s very own Eat Street will be the perfect destination for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

... and shop locally

There’s nothing quite like your local farmer’s market, milk bar or grocers where you can stock up on all the essentials.Shopping locally also creates opportunities to bump into neighbours –who knows who you’ll meet in the fruit and veg aisle?

Find out about events in the area

From movie nights at the local cinema to a Pilates class at the gym and a mix of organised events, there is often something to do and somewhere to be at the most connected neighbourhoods.

Ed.Square has a state-of-the-art cinema that’s perfect for date nights and family outings, a brewery for catching up with mates, and local events to connect residents.“Ed.Square has a very urban vibe and everything is close by –it has that inner city vibe in the suburbs,” says Ruksanah.“I like finding out about new things to do –it’s always good to meet new people.”

This article was originally published on realestate.com.au as How to become a local in your new neighbourhood.