Aficionados of vintage homes will enjoy strolling around the inter-city suburb of Sandy Bay. Many were built during the Victorian era and have been lovingly maintained. A few date back to Colonial times while others were built in the early 1900s. Many are surrounded by walls and/or tall vegetation. These originated from the early 1820s when hawthorn hedges were imported and sold as a means for British settlers to mark their properties while securing privacy.