6.7 out of 10

Cecil Hills

Ranked 400th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8886731361289 150.850280713113
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Singles

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Dec 15, 2016

"Great for family's very safe and clean"

I have Lived in Cecil hills for six years, and it has been a pleasure , it is very clean and very safe.
close to both public schools and childcare.
the local Woolworths and specialty shops and medical centre are also a big bonus.
highly recommended for the lake walk in the middle of Cecil hills.
heaps of clean green space, and beautiful manicured homes and gardens
Pros
  • low traffic
  • Close to shops, m5, m7, parks and other facilities
  • Manicured greens
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 16, 2015

"Great for family life"

I have lived in Cecil Hills for 20 years, meanwhile working in Sydney CBD, studied in the CBD and travel outside of AU as well. Coming from the perspective that someone would want a nice working balance life, yes Cecil Hills is far from the CBD (motorway is the best method into city) around 40-45min drive, it is honestly such a lovely suburb.

Very family-friendly and homey vibe from the area. It's nice and quiet, with the occasional party of someone's birthday here and there but nothing to fuss over. My neighbours across and beside my house, I know each person and their family but also when they hold BBQ they would invite us! We thoroughly enjoy the peace and quiet at my house, provides a nice getaway after a long day at work. I can just wake up abit earlier and go for a run/feed the ducks then head back into car and drive off to work.

There is the highschool and primary school there which are great for those with kids. Having gone school there, very multicultural area and school (alot of students from surrounding suburbs apply & end up on waiting list). You can say the suburb and school is probably one of the best in the bunch!

Obviously aware of the reputation the "south west"/'west" has in Sydney, I think that this view is very narrow minded as there are a lot of bright students that come out of the area. Whilst there are bad eggs, which place doesn't right? Media likes to portray it in such a way that negatively gears thoughts about the western Suburbs but if you truly go and explore there, there is more than what meets the eye.

About surrounding areas, about a 15-20 min drive you can easily access restaurants, places to eat, pubs, train stations and supermarkets. (i.e canley heights, bonnyrigg, cabramatta, liverpool).
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Looks can be deceiving"

My family and I have lived in Cecil Hills for over twelve years. When we first arrived the general atmosphere of the area was one of hope and excitement, with many new homes being built and the with that fresh new suburb appeal. As time has passed, we have noticed a negative shift in the overall charm of Cecil Hills. The community, fees, shops, and schools appear to have worsened over the years…could this simply be a social cycle?

Firstly, the community spirit or friendliness would seem less than pleasant. Spend a few hours at the local shops, or simply take a walk during the morning peak hour rush, or afternoon return from work and you will notice the arrogance of some individuals. They are keen on speeding through school zones, with some racing down the main streets, tail-gating slower cars, littering and adding ‘colourful’ graffiti to their own town. Although, not all people are like this, it saddens us to notice the obvious shift in people’s mentality of late. You may notice if you walk around the main shops or through the parks the broken glass bottles, and the less than imaginative use of language painted on the children’s playgrounds.

The rates, and general costs keep going up…as in most of country…but this is particularly stressful (I would imagine) for families that have just take on board a $600000+ mortgage. The repayments alone would put things on a tight budget, let alone the increase of groceries and local childcare facilities. However, it would appear that some are doing it better than others with lush purchases of dirt bike, quad bikes, and sports vehicles that are often used to disturb the peace.

Furthermore, the variety at the shopping centre is limited. These include; Woolworths, news agency, pharmacy, take away shop, real estate, medical centre, restaurant, and the latest addition a fruit and veg shop. The medical centre has several doctors on any given day, although some physicians are by appointments only. The take away shop does at times attract a lot of the youth in the area. The restaurant on the other hand, is more of an adult ambiance with beautiful food.

Also, there are two public schools in the area; primary and secondary. I am limited with my exposure to the primary school, so I cannot comment. However, the secondary school has,(in comparison to other public high schools in the region), a higher achieving academic record with the majority of year 12 achieving their HSC. The principal at the school has been there since 2005, but the school opened in 1998. The facilities are adequate, with the unfortunate recent event of the school’s library and science labs being flooded due to a burst water main. That said, the facilities provide students with access to computers, football grounds, indoor gym and a support unit for students with special needs.

Although Cecil Hills would appear to be an impressive suburb with the grand homes and expensive cars parked in the drive-ways, in our personal experience looks can be deceiving. Having recently re-entered the housing market, one can purchase a home that is much more affordable in a suburb that provides your family with peace and quiet, safety and a sense of belonging. In the end, Cecil Hills is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Pros
  • Close to shops, m5, m7, parks and other facilities
Cons
  • peace
  • quiet
jacjorjac
jacjorjac Thankyou so much for your honest opinion on this suburb. My young family are new to Sydney and looking for somewhere SAFE, with over-the-top news on shootings ec my family were out of their mind with worry. Using a real estate agents point of view on a house they want you to buy/rent is never going to be enough or quite frankly, truthful. The above description is exactly what I was trying to avoid, and immensely helpful for me and my family. Thank you once again.
2yrs+
MsLocal
MsLocal My pleasure. Please feel free to ask any further questions if you want.
2yrs+
DianaI
DianaI Are you kidding me!?!? You've clearly gone out of your way to tarnish the name of a beautiful suburb. Hmmmm I wonder why? Either Therese an alterior motive for the adverse remarks or you're a miserable person. I was raised in the eastern suburbs and moved out west and quite frankly wouldn't want to live anywhere else in southwest Sydney other than Cecil Hills. It is a beautiful suburb with good people. I go for runs often and always come across greeting and smiling faces. Perhaps it is you my dear and not the suburb itself. How dare you compare it to the likes of Miller...etc. If you truly dislike it to such a degree then perhaps you should leave!
Sincerely,
Long term and very happy & PROUD resident of Cecil Hills.
2yrs+
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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 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Good Place To Live"

Everyone is helpful and approachable!
Pros
  • Close to shops, m5, m7, parks and other facilities
  • Manicured greens
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • 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 5/5
2yrs+

"Wisteria Lane"

Small, cosy and friendly. Perfect for a family children of all ages!
Pros
  • Manicured greens
  • Quiet
  • Close to shops, m5, m7, parks and other facilities
Cons
  • Insects
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live"

Chosen western suburb to live is because my fiancee's families is around western suburb and he does not want to live too far away from his families. I had friends live in Cecil Hills for more than 10 years. Highly recommended. So when me and my fiancee looking for hourses to buy, Cecil Hills is the only suburb we looked for because I just wouldn't live anywhere elses in Western Suburb and this is our first home.
Quiet and peaceful enviroment, you feel like you live in reserve park. Great neigbour, always help out each other. Shopping area is small but contains Woolworth, bakery, florist, take away shop, nice Italian restaurant, bottle shop and medical centre. There are 2 childcare centre and few beauty shops. it also has primary school and high school.
There are some downsides about Cecil Hills. Far away from everything. Of course you can use M7 connect M5 to the city but it cost you fare a bit to use M7. There are not many options to eat out too. Internet access is not that great too.
After all, I really love this suburb and never regreted about our choice.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • 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 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Place for Families"

Schools are great, parks and enough green.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Rich and Reckless"

Cecil Hills is an established suburb on the outskirts of Liverpool. The homes are glamorous and highlight the wealth of the residents. Most families who build or buy in Cecil Hills are not first home owners. This means an influx of teenagers. With large mortgages to pay, parents are often at work for long hours, leaving their teens free to roam the shops, parks, and streets. Although the area has parklands and playgrounds to keep most individuals amused, most teenagers in Cecil Hills find dirt bikes and sporty cars more appealing. Peace and quiet are rare with noisy dirt bikes racing behind the homes in the parklands area; and with 3am burn-outs on most main roads. Additionally, the broken glass bottles and graffiti in the children’s playgrounds highlight the nocturnal activities of the area. That said, the local schools have an excellent reputation. The high school was established in 1996, and excels in HSC results. There are around 1200 students that attend Cecil Hills High, and is primarily made up of students of non-English speaking backgrounds.
Unfortunately, Cecil Hills only has two ways in and out. With the introduction of a thousand new homes, this may cause traffic issues in the future. Also, the tempting winding rounds act as a race-course for risky drivers. The lack of Police presence in the area only fuels reckless behaviour. Of late, there has been an increase in robberies and vandalism. Within the last 6-8 months the local high school has had its’ windows smashed, computers stolen and buildings vandalised.
The local shopping centre is pleasant when it is not a parking lot for ‘done-up’ cars and late night gatherings. There is a good restaurant that has been there for 8 years. The food is fantastic and the hospitality is brilliant. However, the bottle shop has had its’ windows smashed and alcohol stolen several times. There is a medical centre with some wonderful doctors, but the wait is usually 2- 3 hours with appointments. The Woolworths is small but has reasonable prices. There is a take-away shop which is the hot-spot for teenagers.
The residents are mostly European, Asian and from the Middle East. The cultural differences at times can make it difficult to communicate with your neighbours. That said, most are happy to help out when they can. There is the usual group that holds the weekly party, which is made up of noisy karaoke and plenty of alcohol. Depending on which side of Cecil Hills you live in, the maintenance of the properties varies. Towards the shopping complex and close to the parklands, most residents take pride in their gardens and the overall state of their homes. Closer to the High School and adjacent to Cowpasture Road the homes are noticeable smaller and are more likely investment properties.
Cecil Hills was once a prestigious suburb for western Sydney families. As the suburb ages, it is noticeable starting to resemble neighbouring suburbs like Miller, Busy and Bonnyrigg, (but with a significant difference in income and wealth). Inevitably, this means rich, reckless teenagers with busy hard working parents. What a combination!
Ms Cecil Hills.
Local resident for 15 + years.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The Hills in the western suburbs"

Cecil Hills or which I like to say, "The Hills in the Western Suburbs" !! is a fairly new estate. With the value of property rising off the roof, it really is a GREAT place for new families and growing families to live. With the median price range of $690,000 back in November 2010.....It has sky rocketed to a high median price range of $1,800,000 !!!!! A property got sold there for $2,000,000 a few months back !! Now of course every suburb has a side....Cecil Hills has a rich side and a normal average side. The normal average side is just a nice quite average homes in a average street. Where across the lake towards "The Hills" is where the rich side is. If you go for a drive to Cecil Hills you will straight away know the difference of the rich side and the normal average side. The houses on the rich side are just HUGE !!!! with blocks up to 2300SQUAREMETRES !!!! backing off to the reserve ! so pretty much, every land size on the rich side is 900sq.m to 2300sq.m and they are all backing on to large reserves !! I personally like Cecil Hills because it is a new estate and how there is actually a entrance to the suburb !! If you were to ever buy or build in Cecil Hills....I strongly recommend to spend that extra money you have to go on the rich side !!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish