8.3 out of 10

Burwood

Ranked 229th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8800560867422 151.104048926437
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  • Public Transport
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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
Mar 28, 2016

"Is Burwood one of the best places to live in?"

Living and working in Burwood for over 30 years I have seen the incredible growth Burwood has had and the significant plans for development committed by Burwood Council over the next 25 years which will only continue to improve Burwood’s infrastructure and position in the market.

Burwood offers diverse architecture, from heritage-listed Federation-style homes to new state of the art apartment blocks.
If you drive or walk down Burwood Rd any time of the day you would see an exciting and vibrant place to live, work and visit. There has been an influx of cafes and restaurants on either side of Burwood Rd which has become a vibrant hot spot with trend-spotters coming from all around Sydney to enjoy.

So is Burwood one of the best places to live in? Yes! Don’t think I’ll ever move.
Pros
  • public transport
  • shopping
  • food
  • schools
  • parks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Just plain handy..."

Burwood isn't a bad place to live at all! The rental prices are decent and the location is unbeatable. Considering the amount of amenities, we live within a minute of Westfield, near the station (Fast train 12 mins to central) I can drive everywhere easily (The bay run, The blue mountains, countryside, beaches, airport) There is plenty of restaurants, we have a nice park and gyms, I have never felt unsafe at all. It is noisy but if you choose an apartment in the right place, you don't really hear that. I personally think its ideal for someone working in the CBD or Parramatta.
Pros
  • Location
  • public transport
  • shopping
  • food
Cons
  • Busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Used to be a nice place, not anymore!"

Burwood is convenient as it has lots of good shopping options, and a good train line, but it will soon become another crowded place with high crime rate, an expensive Parramatta indeed. Quick to get anywhere but not safe if you want to buy a house, start a family and bring up your kids. Last weekend, we went to Westfield Burwood to watch a movie. A man with his kid refused to move while they occupied our seats, and we finally had to ask a security guard to ask them to move in the most polite way possible. However, our date was ruined as we were sitting next to another man who we thought did not take a bath for 10 days, kept eating, scratching and snoring at times. Maybe there are only a few but my good impression for Burwood has lost forever and I will not come back as it is not as good as it used to be, even though this was a favourite place. In the last few years, suburbs like Burwood and Strathfield have changed dramatically, in a bad way. Places like Burwood and Strathfield are good for eating out and having fun, but when it comes to bring up a family, I will definitely say no at such high property prices, unfriendly & unsafe environment, but the quality and the community sense is no better than other cheaper places further in the west, as 50% of the properties are rented! Like Parramatta, Burwood has lots of shops and restaurants, but noisy, overcrowded and overpriced. Too many people renting in Burwood makes this place a place to rent/transit and not to live. But if you are coming from overseas and start afresh, this maybe a good temporary choice before you can find somewhere else to live. Very multicultural place with a lot of Indian / Lebanese / Mainland Chinese community which is a good thing about Burwood.
Pros
  • public transport
  • shopping
  • food
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Students
5/5
2yrs+

"Nice place"

Excellent schools both public and private... westfield burwood is fairly good and the suburb is well serviced by public transport
Pros
  • public transport
  • shopping
  • schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The History Of Burwood"

A grant of 260 acres was made to Captain Thomas Rowley of the New South Wales Corp in 1799. He called his property Burwood Farm, probably after Burwood in Cornwall, England, where he had lived as a young man. Part of the grant is now Burwood Park. Later grants increased his holdings to 750 acres, which extended from Parramatta Road almost to Nicholson Street and from The Boulevarde to Croydon Station. Rowley’s farm gave the suburb its name.

On Rowley’s death in 1806, his will stipulated that the property was not to be sold by the trustees. After the original trustees left for England, Governor Macquarie nominated Thomas Moore as trustee, and in 1812 the property was sold to Alexander Riley for $520. His son, W.R Riley, inherited in the 1833, but by that time Rowley’s children had come of age and found that the property had been disposed of contrary to the will. They won the subsequent court action and the estate was divided among them. From 1834 the land was gradually subdivided and sold.

The Bath Arms, established in 1834 on the corner of Parramatta and Burwood Roads, is the most famous of the inns established on Parramatta Road. It became a staging place between Sydney and Parramatta. It was built in 1930. Two other well-known inns in those days were the Red Lion and the Railway Hotel.

There were a few small dairy farms in early Burwood, and some settler families established market gardens. Cattle grazed in pastures which today are the streets and roads lined with federations Houses. Although the soil in the area is yellowish clay suitable for brick making, and both sandstone and bluestone were available, there was no manufacturing of any kind at first. Burwood Brickworks opened in 1913.

Burwood remained a roadside village until the coming of the railway line front Sydney to Parramatta in 1855, when it became one of the original stations on the line. From the late 1850s, city businessmen began to build large houses in the suburb. Humberstone, for instance, was built in 1869 by John Dawson it is now St Anthony’s Home. The Priory was built in the 1870s by Mowbray Forrest. Some of the beautiful homes in the second half of the nineteenth century serve the community today. E.T Penfold’s home, Woodstock, built in 1873, became Woodstock Community Centre during the Second World War.

A public school opened in April 1858, and the post office followed in October 1861. St Paul’s Church of England, still standing in Burwood Road, was designed by Edmund Blacket and erected in 1871. At about this time Burwood began to develop as a model suburb, a far cry from its first farming days. The Hoskins family were notable builders who subdivided a large estate, which is thought to have been sold in 1904. Burwood has become a popular residential suburb with fast, convenient train services to the city, and a good selection of schools and shopping facilities. Westfield Shopping Town, opposite Burwood Park, and Burwood Plaza, near the railway station, and has sixty shops. Burwood now has a huge population, with a big migrant influence.
Pros
  • food
  • public transport
  • shopping
  • parks
  • schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • 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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live and invest"

It's a great area for families or singles. Close to some of the best schools in Sydney, beautiful parks, great for shopping and very multicultural. It's also very central to all parts of Sydney and has great access to public transport.
Pros
  • parks
  • schools
  • food
  • public transport
  • shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Close to city, but noisy and crowded"

The suburb is close to the city, only 15min train, and is a mayor train stop. Lots of places to eat, shop, a few parks around. Is Not Pet friendly, people seem to be scared about walking your dog, and all parks have the leash sign. The suburb has a Big asian, indian and lebanese comunity, and they seem to have a problem with dogs. Is a nice place to live, but because of the train and for being under a flying path, it can be very noisy. Also there are lots and lots of adolescents smoking trying to look cool, therefore sometimes walking on the footpath can be challenging. There are 6 building developments at the moment, so they are trying to make the area bigger, which means more population (one of the new buildings will have 20 floors!) but same streets. The flats and houses are very expensive, so you wont get any good return so I wont consider it for investment. Most of the new flats were sold to chinese that came as tourists. I would only buy if I can afford a house a few blocks from the train and not too close to Parramatta road. Any restaurant charges 25 bucks for a pizza or burger. The best thing of this suburb is the shopping mall and supermarkets open until late, and the proximity to the city, but is likely that it will become another overcrowded Waterloo.
Pros
  • Train
  • Shopping
  • Night life
Cons
  • Smokers
  • Crowded
  • Very noisy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • 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
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Don't want move again!"

I moved to Burwood about 6 months ago, I would say it is the best suburb I lived in Sydney in the past 9 years. I used to live in the city, and the eastern suburbs, cost of renting, noisy, and lack of fast pulic transport are always causing me to move. I moved to Burwood last year, my apartment is on 65 Shaftesbury road, it is so convinient that I can go to lots of places by bus and train. I also take the 400 bus to go the airport which saves me like $30 taxi fare every time. The train is the best thing, it takes about 12 minutes to reach Central station and less than half hour to Chatswood. The shopping is great as well. I can go to Coles and Woolworth, Kmart or Target in the Westfield at even 9pm and I feel I can find anything I need here. And the restaurants.. there are lots of great Chinese restaurants and I can grab a quick bite anytime I want, even late night. Go to the cinema is also a great night activity, I normally go to watch new movies on Tuesdays. The Burwood park is also a great spot for jogging, BBQ, and other recreational activities. Even Burwood has a variety of nationalities, people are nice and I feel safe all the time.
Pros
  • shopping
  • public transport
  • food
Cons
  • affordability
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Burwood has high quality residents living in.. I love this place"

Burwood has high quality residents living in.. I love this place.. Traffic is very convenient.. and people there are very nice
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5
2yrs+
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Convenient and lively"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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