CROY­DON

THIS ADE­LAIDE SUB­URB IN THE CITY’S IN­NER WEST IS NOW GIV­ING THE COUN­TRY’S HIPPEST HAUNTS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY… AND BEAT­ING THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME

Real Living (Australia) - - LOVING -

MEET RACHAEL WILL

a stylist and vin­tage store owner, who lives and breathes the kind of com­mu­nity-minded life­style many cap­i­tal city res­i­dents can only dream of.

“Be­ing a coun­try girl, I know it’s the safety and fa­mil­iar­ity of small towns that makes them great – you help out your neigh­bours and sup­port lo­cal. I thought I’d lose all of that by mov­ing into the city… but I’ve been proven wrong.”

OPEN­ING UP SHOP IN THE MORN­ING, chow­ing down on a hand­made sausage roll for lunch and swap­ping home­laid eggs for ve­g­ies – this is just ev­ery­day life in Croy­don for Rachael Will, 35, part­ner Josh Sharley, 41, and their three chooks, Sally, Liz and Tina. Rachael owns and op­er­ates Vin­tage Carousel in nearby Bow­den, the kind of store movie stylists’ dreams are made of – all in­dus­trial wooden chairs and quirky cu­rios – while Josh makes a crust from event con­struc­tion. They moved into their home a year ago – the full stop that punc­tu­ated a long line of smaller moves down from the Ade­laide Hills into Ade­laide proper. “We’ve done our fair share of mov­ing,” Rachael says. “I never wanted to live in the city as I’m pas­sion­ate about com­mu­nity and open space, but I moved to be closer to my shop and I haven’t looked back. The com­mute to the hills was a chore – now it’s a five-minute drive to work and we love the In­ner West. It’s grungy and cool with a friendly neigh­bour­hood vibe.” And she means friendly neigh­bour­hood vibe in the most mag­nan­i­mous sense. “Ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity ei­ther has a thriv­ing vegie patch or con­tacts with the goods! We trade eggs and cake for honey and home-grown fruit and veg­eta­bles. It’s a nur­tur­ing, in­clu­sive at­mos­phere.” The jux­ta­po­si­tion of the cen­tral lo­ca­tion with com­mu­nal fer­vour has done more than bring eyes down from the hills – it’s start­ing to en­tice peep­ers from fur­ther afield too. “Lots of cre­ative and young fam­i­lies and in fact Mel­bour­ni­ans and Syd­neysiders are mak­ing the move,” Rachael says . “And why wouldn’t they? It’s ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able and hip.”

(1) 1 Croy­don is close to the CBD but re­tains a quiet com­mu­nity vibe. 2 Rachael’s quirky vin­tage finds give her liv­ing room a re­laxed feel. 3 Wood and wicker fur­nish­ings keep the din­ing area light and bright.

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