Neighbourhood Business

Collingwood— Melbourne


Creative industries and individuals from near and far are flocking to the renovated factories and warehouses of Collingwood.

CIBI, Creatives industries, Lamington Drive, Penny drop, renovated warehouses

Collingwood in Melbourne’s northern suburbs is just 20 minutes from the airport. It is an area that has become a hub for designers in recent years, with studios and galleries moving into former factories and warehouses. The neighbourhood is reachable using the city’s efficient tram network, cyclists have a flat ride to the CBD and it’s only a 25-minute walk through the bordering suburb of Fitzroy to the city centre.

The Jacky Winter Group, an agency that matches illustrators with clients such as The New Yorker, Saatchi & Saatchi and Warner Brothers…

Property guide

International buyers require an eligible visa and approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board to purchase new or commercial property (the purchase of second-hand property is not permitted unless for redevelopment: foreign investment is channelled towards increasing housing stock). The buyer pays a 10 per cent deposit; there is a three-day cooling-off period in the state of Victoria, during which the contract can be withdrawn. Stamp duty is charged on all properties and calculated on a sliding scale, starting at 2 per cent of the purchase price. Buyers should also factor in the cost of a local conveyancing solicitor, generally around 5 per cent of the purchase price.

1-bedroom flat, AU$350,000 (€270,000)
2-bedroom flat, AU$550,000 (€425,000)
3-bedroom flat, AU$700,000 (€540,000)

Estate agent
Nelson Alexander Smyth Real Estate specialises in warehouses and commercial properties ripe for renovation.
nelsonalexandersmyth.com.au; +61 (0)3 9419 5511


If main thoroughfare Smith Street is too full-on for your tastes, search in the quieter and leafier surrounding pockets. There are a number of styles of residence to choose from, including early-1900s workers’ cottages made out of weatherboard, some with small gardens, as well as new multi-level contemporary apartments or warehouse refurbishments. More than half of the suburb’s dwellings are apartments.

Stay, Eat & Drink, Shops, Galleries and Live Music


Ovolo Hotel Melbourne
19 Litte Bourke Street, +61 (0)3 8692 0777
A short taxi ride to Collingwood. Two-bed serviced apartments include kitchens.

Eat & Drink

Mina-no-ie at Épatant
33 Peel Street, +61 (0)3 9417 7739
This popular breakfast and lunch place is always packed with locals.

South of Johnston
46 Oxford St, +61 (0)3 9417 2741
southofjohnston.com.au Complete with a central fireplace and soft couches to lounge on.

Mr Juice
194 Smith Street, +61 (0)3 9419 2317
An institution. Take-away juices, smoothies and Vietnamese rice-paper rolls.


33 Peel Street, +61 (0)3 9417 7739
This concept shop by Dennis Paphitis, the founder of skincare brand Aesop, and business partner Lachlan Smeeton, stocks menswear and accessories.

45 Keele St, +61 (0)3 9077 3941
Zenta and Meg Tanaka stock Japanese kitchenware and ceramics, plus a range of furniture.

Tokyo Bike
5 Peel Street, +61 (0)3 9417 2845
A success story from Yanaka, Japan, the group opened its first shop outside its homeland in Sydney in 2010. This outlet followed, stocking everything the wannabe cyclist could wish for, starting with four signature-model bikes.

The Social Studio
128 Smith St, +61 (0)3 9417 2143
In 2009, Grace McQuilten opened this fashion studio to offer training and experience to refugees and recently arrived migrants. Sells clothing and accessories.


Lamington Drive: The Jacky Winter Group
15-25 Keele Street, +61 (0)3 8060 9745
This gallery exhibits and sells the work of The Jacky Winter Group’s illustrators. Exhibition launches always include a plate of lamingtons.

Live Music

Penny Drop
Representing and touring independent artists including Architecture in Helsinki, Yeasayer and Jens Lekman, this Collingwood-based agency sells gig tickets online.

The local

Adriane Strampp, Artist

“I moved with my daughter Lucy into a former coat-hanger factory. I’ve renovated it slowly, keen to ensure it remains true to its heritage. Back then the area was quieter but now Smith Street is a frenetic mix of retail and cafés.”


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