Balmain is one of the oldest and most attractive parts of Sydney, filled with beautiful old buildings; magnificent views directly across to the city and the harbour; great markets at the weekend and fabulous parks and gardens and cycling and walking tracks directly into the city. There is a great neighbourhood feel to it and any resident will comment on this and how friendly and hospitable the locals are. Balmain is also renowned for its great array of bars, restaurants and cafes. With all these highly desirable attributes, Balmain’s real estate comes at a premium. There is also a diverse population including people with disabilities. Local resident and mobility scooter user Renee had this to say: “The roads are a bit hilly and the roads are mostly narrow but I don’t care! I wouldn’t live anywhere else and a big part is my neighbours and the community feel- we look after each other and people are just so friendly. I’m still walking following my hip operation but It’s a struggle over much more than 100 metres and that’s where I love my Luggie scooter. It gives me the freedom to handle longer distances with no fuss and that’s all the freedom I need.”