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Herald Sun - Property - - SUBURB PROFILE -

WIL­LIAMSTOWN is like a jewel of the in­ner west, with its Hob­sons Bay wa­ter­front shin­ing across Nel­son Place to the sub­urb’s his­toric heart.

The sub­urb was at the fore­front of the gen­tri­fi­ca­tion along the west of the Yarra River, with Wil­liamstown hold­ing the area’s big­gest white col­lar pop­u­la­tions and an av­er­age weekly in­come of $1792.

Yet the sub­urb’s big­gest in­dus­try, the Wil­liamstown Dock­yards, re­mains ef­fec­tively in limbo, with op­er­a­tor BAE Sys­tems cut­ting 200 jobs be­fore Christ­mas as its naval ship­build­ing work winds down. The ship­yard is un­der a cloud over whether any fu­ture naval con­tracts would sus­tain the work­force.

The heart of Wil­liamstown is Nel­son Place, where cafe um­brel­las and al­fresco din­ing now line the his­toric streetscape, how­ever Fer­gu­son St is home to the sub­urb’s re­tail strip.

Be­yond the tourist and re­tail strips, a great num­ber of Vic­to­rian, Fed­er­a­tion and Ed­war­dian homes were ren­o­vated as Wil­liamstown led the gen­tri­fi­ca­tion of the area.

Other prop­er­ties have made way for strik­ing con­tem­po­rary homes that face the wa­ter, es­pe­cially along the mouth of the Yarra River on The Strand.

Fer­gu­son St and Dou­glas Pde ser­vice the day-to-day needs of Wil­liamstown res­i­dents with a large col­lec­tion of spe­cialty stores, in­clud­ing butch­ers, bak­ers, cloth­ing re­tail­ers and the like, along with banks and su­per­mar­kets.

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