Many of the mansions of its early days remain, and are beautifully renovated. The same can be said of the plentiful terrace houses and semis that have changed from family homes to highly sought after inner city residences. Amidst these, you'll also find examples of modern apartments and old industrial buildings converted into fashionable lofts.
Stanmore and its neighbours Petersham and Leichhardt are home to all manner of interesting restaurants including inexpensive Indian and Asian, family run trattorias and the fine bistros of Norton Street and Annandale. Stanmore is home to the wonderful 2 hatted degustation restaurant Sixpenny which serves home grown produce. It is also home to the famous Newington College and within a short drive or walk there are plentiful state and church operated schools. On the Parramatta Road border and in the shopping centre near the station you will finds shops, cafes and services to look after basic needs. In nearby Leichhardt there are great specialty shops, supermarkets, cafes, wine bars, cinemas and a number of renowned restaurants. For the sports minded there are gyms and pools of Newtown, Victoria Park and Leichhardt Aquatic and Fitness Centre.