6.0 out of 10

Rhodes

Ranked 387th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8289959739934 151.089571524723
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Retirees

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 04, 2012
Editors Choice

"Rhodes - A place like no other!"

Rhodes is one of those suburbs that tend to draw very polarised views - obvious from the various reviews here on this site. Having read through other reviews and having now lived in Rhodes for over 1 year (bought a waterfront apartment) I can understand both sides of opinions.

For myself - moving to Rhodes has been one of the best decisions and I do love living here. There are very few places that are literally 5 minutes to public transport (train station, public buses), 5 minutes from a major (yet not too big!) shopping complex, waterviews with gorgeous scenes of sunsets (if facing the west), amazing walking pathways and walking distance to several parklands - all of this 20 minutes from the Sydney city. For myself - a young professional (who often struggles finding more hours in a day) - it is the convenience of Rhodes that is its greatest asset!

The crowd you find in Rhodes is very much professionals; older retirees and young couples. I do have to agree with most that it is overly priced - both in buying and renting. However in being so it does filter the type of people that reside here - the majority are very conscious in keeping the place clean. I've never had issues with safety or hoons - I often go for jogs late evening on the west facing walking track. There is always a vibrant feel at this time with others going for runs / cycles, walking their dogs, playing with their kids in the park - a great community and family sense about the place.

Although I live in an apartment I find Rhodes extremely quiet! In fact in the first few months when I first moved to Rhodes I found it eerily quiet .. too quiet! I had to always put on the tv just to have some sense of activity.

So why such contrasting views about Rhodes?

The comments by some about Rhodes being dirty and smelly: The council does a great job in keeping Rhodes clean, but yes trolleys being left in the streets is a problem. This is because local residents live walking distance to the Mirvac shopping centre and simply bring trolleys of their shopping home - usually from Coles or Ikea (and I have to admit to doing this too!) But it isn't so bad as there is a nightly trolley pick-up to get these stray trolleys.

Comments about the smell of Rhodes - when I first came to Rhodes at times I couldn't help but notice a distinct smell about the place at certain times. This 'smell' comes at low tide - the smell from the Mangroves and swamplands nearby. It isn't at all that bad and is only evident at low tide. It's the smell of nature! I'd prefer this any day to the smell from polluted congested traffic.

Comments about polluted water - yes Rhodes was built on commercial factories and it has been well documented the toxic levels of the water. This is well on the improve. The half yearly reports which come out show the water has improved considerably and is now at the same pollution level as water in the Darling Harbour. (At one stage I had heard it was twice as bad). It is now not uncommon to see pelicans, crabs and exotic sea birds on the Rhodes water while walking along the waterside path! On weekends there are even the local dragon boat crew training on the waters.

Some apartment blocks are better managed and are more cleanly than others. I can only comment on my own and state I've never had issues with untidy neighbours. Within my own complex the neighbours very much keep to themselves. The strata fees are around $1K per quarter which isn't too bad. (I was considering buying at Breakfast Point previously and was told the average strata was up to $2K).

Street parking is an issue in Rhodes. All streets have a 2 hr parking limit till 7pm. The shopping centre offers 3 hr free parking as an alternative.

I must admit I have questions over the new apartment complexes coming up on the north side of Rhodes. I have doubts how well the planning has been managed in this area as some complexes are boasting 25 stories high. This is much different from the apartments closer to the shopping side which are on average about 6 stories high.

Another problem with Rhodes is the internet options. Telstra has a monopoly on the suburb (with resale options available via TPG and other smaller ISPs) and only DSL is available (don't even consider wireless broadband!). Being located 4k from the Concord exchange the speeds are quite average (think ~200-400kpbs. Compare this to the avg 1Mbps I was getting while living in Parramatta.) Once NBN is rolled out however this will no longer be a problem.

So in all - yes there are aspects of Rhodes which are on the down, but overall in my opinion the advantages of Rhodes greatly outway its down sides making it a great, vibrant, family friendly, convenient place to live!
Pros
  • Parks and walking tracks
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • Railway line
  • Private- everyone keeps to themselves
  • facilities for walking pets
Cons
  • Slow internet
  • overpriced
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
av0ca
av0ca The price reflect demand and supply. They are still building at Rhodes but all development will end over the next 3-5 years.
That is, there will be not further increase in supply. But because of all the positives listed in the reviews and despite the negitives, demand will continue to increase.
In fact, I think demand will sky rocket, that is why I bought there.

Let me declare that I am not a real estate agent
If you think prices are expensive now, just wait 3-5 years. My advice? BUY NOW

A quick comment on it being dirty. Yes and this could be due to the largw number of construction workers who do not care about the area.
In 3-5 yeats, the construction workers will be gone.
Apr 02, 2012
fonkii
fonkii OMG! That is terrible advice. Prices are over inflated & will go down
Jun 07, 2012
fonkalei
fonkalei just on the pollution - an old article http://www.smh.com.au/environment/toxic-scrubup-a-success-20100612-y4js.html
Jun 10, 2012
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jan 30, 2014

"Surprisingly quiet"

I have been living in Rhodes for over a year now and am enjoying it more than I expected. Considering the density of the area is surprisingly quiet, especially on weekends. Nice walking tracks which are safe at any time, day or night. It is always nice to go for a run, walk or bike ride along the foreshore and on to Homebush and the Olympic site. Very convenient to the city both by rail and road. Proximity to local shopping centre also very convenient. Parking is becoming less of an issue as construction work slows down (construction workers taking parking during the week). Many options for eating out with new restaurants in the recently opened town centre. Close to Concord, Burwood and Leichardt for even more restaurant options.

Council needs to do more in regards to preserving parks and open areas from further construction. Council also needs to do more in regards to furniture dumping. This can be an issue due to many international students living in the area who simply dump their furniture on the street when they leave.

Am surprised by the property prices and rents being achieved but suppose it is a matter of supply and demand.

Rhodes has great potential if Council act responsibly and in the interests of the residents.
Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • New (modern) developments
  • Railway line
  • Private- everyone keeps to themselves
  • facilities for walking pets
Cons
  • Furniture dumping by students
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jan 24, 2014

"Rhodes is improving everyday"

I moved into Rhodes in Oct 2011, and Rhodes is a lot different now than it was 2 years ago. There are new asian supermarkets and restaurants (asian and western) opened recently and i can see there will be more shops opening soon. These definitely makes Rhodes a more liveable city. I always see Rhodes as the centre of Sydney, so if you are young and likely to switch jobs every couple of years, Rhodes is the way to go because it's relatively easy to travel to almost anyway in Sydney than those living in the far east or north.

I feel quite safe walking in Rhodes because most people here are young people who love pets or retirees. The pavement by the waterfront is complete now, so you can walk a lot further than 2 years ago. Parking during the day can be tricky, but if you are a local, then you know where to look.

I live in a secure apartment (Sienna by the Bay) with 128 camera installed, and there is rarely a blind spot that is not within the camera view.

There are a few apartments are still getting built but in a couple of years time, Rhodes should be free from the noises coming from the construction, not that i can hear it but some people may. Rhodes' housing value will continue to rise and this may not be good news to people who want to move into Rhodes. As long as we can keep Rhodes a safe place, it remains a great place to live.
Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • New (modern) developments
  • Railway line
  • Private- everyone keeps to themselves
  • facilities for walking pets
Cons
  • parking during the day
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
Feb 01, 2013

"Toxic chemicals"

I used to work here over 10 years ago. At that time there were no apartments. There was an old paint factory and the site of the old Union Carbide factory. The site at that time required you to wear a hazmat suit to enter that land. Now people live there and I just can't believe it.

The bay is one of the most toxic waterways in Australia. How could apartments and shops be built here??

Nice location but traffic sucks and who knows what will happen to your health!
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jul 23, 2012

"Overprice suburb"

Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • New (modern) developments
Cons
  • no car parking
  • low quality buildings
  • Slow internet
  • overpriced
  • Possible contamination & pollution
  • Dirty
  • Smelly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jun 01, 2012

"Rhodes west side it's a nice suburb but it's getting noisy and busy"

I lived in Rhodes for 1 and 1/2 years, at the beginning was great and the only issue that I had was the noise of the cargo trains which I learned to embrace, the problem was when the constructions began, the prices went abruptly raised every 6 months and I realised that I was paying the same price as living next to the city.. I won't lie the suburb looks really nice and some of the apartments at least mine was beautiful (I was the first tenant) but the materials used were so cheap plus the humidity.... you can imagine the mold during winter evrything in the apartment looked old by the time I moved even though I'm a crazy cleaning person and tried to keep it as perfect as I could.

The other problem that I noticed was that a lot of students started to move I'm not against it but I couldn't stand the noise of the constructions during the day and the students at night.

What made move was that one day I waited 20 min for a construction truck to move from the garage and when I finally arrived to the unit I found a letter from the real state with an increasing of 20% it was enough for me.
Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • New (modern) developments
Cons
  • overpriced
Recommended for
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 02, 2012

"Prices at Rhodes"

The price reflect demand and supply. They are still building at Rhodes but all development will end over the next 3-5 years.
That is, there will be not further increase in supply. But because of all the positives listed in the reviews and despite the negitives, demand will continue to increase.
In fact, I think demand will sky rocket, that is why I bought there.

Let me declare that I am not a real estate agent
If you think prices are expensive now, just wait 3-5 years. My advice? BUY NOW

A quick comment on it being dirty. Yes and this could be due to the large number of construction workers who do not care about the area.
In 3-5 yeats, the construction workers will be gone.
Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • Railway line
  • New (modern) developments
  • Private- everyone keeps to themselves
  • facilities for walking pets
Cons
  • Slow internet
  • Dirty
fonkii
fonkii Again terrible advice
Jun 07, 2012
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 08, 2012

"Rhodes East Vs Rhodes West"

All previous reviews were talking about the new appartments in Rhodes West and I think I am the first reviewer on Rhodes East.
Properties in Rhodes East are mainly houses with very few townhouses or very small block of units. You should not live on Concord Rd as it is a main road with hundreds of cars pass through every minutes. The Blaxland Rd has train noisy and Averill Street is a bit busy too. However, if you live on other streets of Rhodes east side, you will find it is one of the best place in Sydney.
Transport is great, most houses are within 3 mins to water front, 10 mins easy walk to the station, plenty buses to take you to north or south suburbs. Almost everyone on my street are owners and we do talk to each other. Many houses have beautiful front yard garden and the streets are very clean. Internet speed is same as any other areas and there are lots more open spaces and big parks in Rhodes East than most suburbs in Sydney.
The parking is also a problem on east side. Each weekday morning, I see many people park their car whole day on our street and then catch the train to the city. However, most houses have double garage and if you have visiters on weekends, they should find street parking easily.
The house prices on east side differs depands on which street you live in. For example, the average house price on Llewelyn St is 5 times more than the average house price on Concord Rd. The house price is not overpriced at all. A four bedroom near new house in east side is less expensive than two 2-bedroom near new units on the west side, but you save the strate fee and own a big land.
Overall, Rhodes East is a very good place to live in and we don't need new development on this side.
Pros
  • big waterfront parks on east side
  • peaceful streets
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • Railway line
Cons
  • parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 26, 2012

"The IT SUBURB - modern, convenient, water front, parklands, marina, shopping centre, public transport, centrally located, where else?"

I have been a residence of Rhodes for 7 years now, I have seen the transformation that Rhodes has gone through and I must say, I couldn't be more happier living in Rhodes than anywhere else in Sydney, I have lived in 3 other suburbs of Sydney before that and Rhodes is by far a winner!
There is no suburb like it! I challenge anyone to find other suburb that has: Waterfront lifestyle, Shopping Centre of it's own, Bus and Train station of it's own, surrounded by 3 Huge parkland, Schools and Childcare centres of it's own, an employment hub of it's own! Rhodes has over 200 Corporate companies and local businesses, centrally located: 20 mins to northern suburbs, 20 mins to Southern suburbs, 20 mins to Western suburbs, 30 mins to Eastern suburbs and soon to be Marina! Where else??
Yes, the parking in Rhodes shopping centre can be little hard to find sometimes, this is a result of people from other suburbs continuously coming to Rhodes because they love Rhodes lifestyle, the local residents should take a walk there anyway..
Yes, it was an industrial land, but so was Pyrmont, Little Bay, Breakfast Point and other NOW Great Suburbs which are becoming unaffordable for some.. and that is just part of our great developing nation that always ever growing and changing things for the better.
The demand from people wanting to live in Rhodes is so high, hence the property value has increased amazingly and developers building high rises to keep up with the demand.
Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • New (modern) developments
  • Railway line
  • Private- everyone keeps to themselves
  • facilities for walking pets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Dec 20, 2011

"Elegant Rhodes"

For many people, particulalry young families (recently old people as well) Rhodes is one of the best area to live. A modern suburb which ticks all the boxes. Public transport, big shopping centre and water view. housing, food and lifestyle in Rhodes is not very very expensive compare to some of the area in eastern or northern suburbs. Good public transport, just 20 minutes to the city is a major plus. An absolutely fantastic place to bring up children. Safe, beautiful, new area and clean. convenience to shops, and other facilities - mostly walking distance. Rhodes certainly does attract singles and young couples.
Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • New (modern) developments
  • Railway line
  • Private- everyone keeps to themselves
Cons
  • Not many Restaurants except shopping centre
  • No Library
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Dec 05, 2011

"Overcrowded, dirty, smelly and over priced"

Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • Railway line
Cons
  • Possible contamination & pollution
  • Slow internet
  • overpriced
  • Dirty
  • Smelly
Recommended for
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
Nov 18, 2011

"Horrible place to live in"

We moved from other city to sydney, and chose rhodes to move in is because of the ikea and shopping centre and train. however, during weekend, you can not even find a parking space in rhode shopping centre. plus, now due to the over developing of the area, a lot of home owners moved out and rent out their properties. More students are sharing one property, if you want to go out for dinner at night by the time you go back home, there is no car park at all around the building... This is definitely the worst place for those people who want to have a 'life' as the pollution is so severe...
do not reccomend to anyone who wants to enjoy some and green and fresh air.
forgot to mention, the internet is sooooooooooo slow. sometimes, it's connected but no access!!!
Pros
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • Railway line
Cons
  • no car parking if you have 2 cars
  • Possible contamination & pollution
  • Slow internet
  • overpriced
  • Dirty
  • Smelly
4/5
Oct 26, 2011

"Its a nice area"

I have been in the area for about 3 years. For me it's a very nice and peaceful little town. Very handy with only 25 mins by train to city. big shopping centre just cross the road. Streets are wide and clean, it's modern and comfortable.
Pros
  • New (modern) developments
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • Railway line
  • Private- everyone keeps to themselves
Cons
  • overpriced
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Oct 22, 2011

"Mouldy and polluted"

Very humid and mouldy area, apartments lack ventilation causing lots of mould! The only reason people live here is because of public transport and shopping centre. This suburd is OVERLY PRICED for what you get.
Pros
  • New (modern) developments
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
  • Railway line
Cons
  • Humid & Mouldy
  • Lack of ventilation in apartments
  • Possible contamination & pollution
  • Slow internet
  • overpriced
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Aug 22, 2011

"Seriously - this is the worst place I have ever lived"

I have lived in 9 places in Australia over the last 15 years. This is by far the worst area that I have ever had the misfortune of ending up. Where do you start with what is wrong with this place? It must be one of the only places in Australia where there is a dedicated "discarded shopping trolley collection service". Dirty, smelly, rubbish everywhere, constant noise, maniac drivers, overdeveloped, no greenery etc. etc. I guess the way to sum it up is it simply has no "life".
Pros
  • New (modern) developments
Cons
  • Dirty
  • Smelly
  • Rubbish!
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 19, 2011

"Ok to rent almost impossible to buy"

Ive worked in Rhodes for about 5 years and lived here for about 6 months. In the beginning living here was great- it was peaceful, felt safe and had plenty of parking. These days we are woken up at 7am by construction workers who take up all available carspaces. People who live in the building often struggle to find space to park their car after work! Not to mention the students who live here do not seem to understand simple cleanliness and housekeeping etiquettes and leave their rubbish everywhere which stink up the whole floor! I agree with the other reviews, it is definitely unnecessarily overpriced even compared to inner city apartments! It is almost impossible to afford an apartment let alone afford to pay the ridiculous strata fees.
Pros
  • Private- everyone keeps to themselves
  • facilities for walking pets
  • New (modern) developments
Cons
  • overpriced
  • Possible contamination & pollution
  • Slow internet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 20, 2011

"Quiet suburb with good transport and close to shopping"

Quiet suburb with good transport and close to shopping. Neighbours mind their own business, which is fine for apartment living.
Pros
  • Railway line
  • New (modern) developments
  • Close to shopping centre and IKEA
Cons
  • Possible contamination & pollution
  • Slow internet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Mar 14, 2011

"Greedy developments with little or no planning"

Rhodes is the most over-priced suburb in Australia. Despite issues with pollution and contamination in the area, greedy developers have been building projects after projects with no little development or community facilities provided by the government and that's why Rhodes has the highest vacancy rates in Sydney. Issues with Rhodes are following:

1) 90% of the units are owned by foreign investor who have paid astronomical prices and have driven the local buyers out of the market.

2) Canada Bay council has little or no interest in the area except for collecting tax from greedy builders and issuing parking tickets. None of the tax collected from Rhodes has been re-invested hence complete lack of community facilities.

3) No schools nearby and no plans for building one. The nearest school is 15 minutes walk or 20 minutes drive in the traffic gridlock. Most areas in Rhodes have no school coverage at all. How can you build 5000 units and not build a school?

4) Unsafe at night - huge student population and petty crime is common at night time.

5) Just one Childcare center covering the whole suburb.

6) High strata rates ($1000 and over),

7) Very slow internet due to long distance from Concord Telstra Exchange.
Cons
  • Slow internet
  • Possible contamination & pollution
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 20, 2010

"Great public transport and shopping"

Rhodes has great public transport, with direct trains to the city it only takes around 20 minutes to reach the Sydney CBD.

The area is very safe and clean, with pretty views out over the Bay from much of the suburb.

There are lots of nice cafes and restaurants, and a big shopping centre with an IKEA, as well as a Reading cinema complex.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Mar 29, 2010

"Overpriced"

To me this place is just averaged.
It's has good public transport but besides that it's not very homely.
From time to time you can smell the pollution from the remediation plant.
Traffic is quite bad as well, but if you are taking train, that should not bother you.
It's quite convenient, but I would not pay the high rental or high priced apartments to stay there.
4/5
Aug 11, 2009

"Great new development by the water"

Rhodes is a great new development by the water. It is a suburb that is great for couples and very accessible by train and is about a twenty minutes drive to the city. Rhodes is home to the famous IKEA. This mall boasts cafes, restaurants, all types of home wares, bookstores, fashion stores, supermarkets, a cinema and even yum cha. There is plenty to do for everyone at Rhodes Shopping Centre.

The dwellings in Rhodes are mainly apartments that range between one to three bedrooms. The price of an average one-bedroom apartment is at least four hundred thousand dollars. Despite its proximity to the water, fishes caught from this area are inedible due to high levels of toxin contamination in the water. In all, Rhodes is a nice and peaceful suburb with plenty to offer.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids