Balmain East is a small suburb in Sydney’s Inner West region, located 4 kilometres west of the Sydney Central Business District. Balmain East is a small peninsula located at the eastern end of the main Balmain peninsula in Sydney Harbour. It runs along Darling Street (the main artery road) to the Darling Street ferry wharf where ferries regularly service the Sydney CBD. Known to locals for decades as “East Balmain”, it was originally a natural swamp that was reclaimed in the early 1800s. Balmain was first settled in 1836 by Dr William Balmain and by 1861 had been divided into the well populated eastern areas of Balmain and the sparsely populated western area. The Balmain peninsula has undergone a huge surge in popularity amongst buyers over the past decade. Balmain East is one of the most highly prized sections of the peninsula and is known for its amazing views of the city and waterways. Its quiet, secluded, narrow streets are filled with terraces and workers cottages, alongside modern townhouses and apartment buildings, all designed to take advantage of the enviable harbourside position. Balmain East continues to build its reputation as one of Sydney’s more exclusive harbourside suburbs and is popular with both young professionals and families, due to its safe atmosphere and variety of parklands (including Illoura Reserve, Simmons Point Reserve, Origlass Park and Thornton Park). All homes are within an easy walk of the ferry wharf which puts commuters within a comfortable ten minute commute of the city. Balmain East has several cafes and restaurants of its own, but its close proximity to nearby Balmain makes it an even more appealing place to live.