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
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.