Tony Hopkins, 74, has lived in Carrington his entire life. He knew it had a rough reputation. He knows the line, "Oh Carrington, I wouldn't go there". He remembers fist fights in and outside of the pubs, and lots of games of darts.
But times have changed.
The gentrification of the suburb has been fuelled by outsiders who love its seaside charm and friendly local vibe. "The gentrification was started outside the city and local Newcastle people caught on," real estate agent Brett Bailey says. Newcomers likened it to Balmain in Sydney, or Port Melbourne.
Publican Luke Tilse, who opened the Young Street Hotel last year, says the ever-increasing choice hospitality venues - like Earp Bros gin bar, The Criterion, Cafe Inu, Frankys Noodles, Ground Up cafe - make it a destination. "These are all really cool venues," Tilse says. "If you were to throw one in each suburb, it would be an institution."
Read how Carrington became so cool by Alex Morris in Weekender in your Newcastle Herald on Saturday.
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