8.3 out of 10

Chatswood

Ranked 226th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.7949223435392 151.186773376052
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  • Public Transport
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4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Nov 24, 2016

"great"

I love chatswoods. i am a lover of asian culture, the shopping is great and transport is great. downsides: it is over priced for housing and traffic is crazy, the locals can be quite rude and not very considerate and the chase is more for the rich
Pros
  • Great Transport
  • Lots of shopping
  • Convienent for public transport, banks, health and motor insurance offices, motor registry, tax office customer service
  • Lots of eating out options
  • Near the City
Cons
  • Renting and shopping is expensive
  • Cost
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • 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
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 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 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
Aug 22, 2016

"Loud, dirty, over priced discusting suburb"

If you like dirty, expensive and overcrowded places filled with rude people, this is the place for you. Literally the most horrible suburb I've lived in. If you're a family newly arriving in Australia, look elsewhere. This place is not as advertised and local schools aren't what they used to be. 35 kids in a class and piled up on the asphalt during recess. Avoid!!!!
Cons
  • Dirty
  • Rude people
  • Cockroaches
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jul 05, 2016

"More to Chatswood than meets the eye"

Chatswood is in effect a double-barrelled name, in honour of Chat (Charlotte) Hartnett, the wife of district pioneer and former Mayor of Willoughby, Richard Hartnett, and the original wooded nature of the area.

Chatswood is located approximately 9 kms from the Sydney CBD and continues to be a very popular residential area as well as an expanding commercial hub, producing a consistently growing population of 13,513 (according to the 2006 census). Spread over 2.9 km sq the Chatswood CBD is one of the North Shores major commercial and retail districts. In the suburb of Chatswood, you will find everything from studio apartments to stately homes, all within a short distance of shopping amenities, parks, a golf course, schools, child care centres and a major regional transport hub. Significant bushland areas are located along the Lane Cove River and the foreshore of Middle Harbour.

The Concourse was completed in 2011, and contains the Chatswood library as well as a 1,000 seat concert hall, a 500 seat theatre and a multi-purpose hall. There is a public art space, a rehearsal studio for the performing arts, and a mix of retail, cafe and commercial tenants, serviced by over 400 car spaces. The main building resides among a landscaped open space for the public to enjoy, including a huge outdoor television/screen. Recent performances at the Concourse have included the English Ballet & X factor, as well as a wide range of other live shows.
Pros
  • Great Transport
  • Lots of shopping
  • Convienent for public transport, banks, health and motor insurance offices, motor registry, tax office customer service
  • Lots of eating out options
  • Near the City
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jun 22, 2016

"It's the CBD of the Lower North Shore - everything you need is at your fingertips!"

Chatswood gives you endless possibilities in terms of entertainment, lifestyle, education and convenience. With a world class transport system, including a major train station and Sydney Buses, it allows for easy access to every amenity you could need and is a well-located business hub. With both the Westfield and Chatswood Chase shopping centres, shopping and entertainment options are never hard to find! What I love most about Chatswood though is the community. The people you find working and living in Chatswood are some of the friendliest in the world, which is really what makes this suburb a great choice for your next property purchase.
Pros
  • Great Transport
  • Lots of shopping
  • Convienent for public transport, banks, health and motor insurance offices, motor registry, tax office customer service
  • Lots of eating out options
  • Near the City
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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
Aug 29, 2015

"a city that not close tothe city"

chatswood is a great place for a family great schools
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"World Class Suburb in Northem Sydney!"

Chatswood is a very World Class Suburb in Sydney! This has lots of Nice Shops, Restaurants, Cafes as well as Public Transport. This place has heaps of Parks & is also very fashionable with 2 Options at Westfield (Myer) & Chase (David Jones)!

Chatswood is my 3rd Preference for living in Sydney!
Pros
  • Great Transport
  • Lots of shopping
  • Lots of eating out options
  • Near the City
Cons
  • Renting and shopping is expensive
  • Cost
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great little organic market on Saturdays"

Having been a devotee of shopping at Chatswood for over 20 years and watching it grow and expand, it was a lovely surprise to be an "accidental tourist" and stumble across a little organic market held in Chatswood Public School on Saturdays. For once I decided NOT to race from point to point and though I would grab a coffee, have a chat with the stallholder there (who is seriously nice) and talked about the difference between organic and other fruit & veg. It was a decision I have never regretted. Sure it may be a tad more expensive, but it is chemical and pesticide free produce and it lasted me for at least 2 weeks. You can definitely taste the difference and since finding this little Saturday "nook", I try to get back there as often as possible if nothing else than to take time out of an otherwise frantic world.

Thoroughly recommend it, don't be put off by the size cause it just means you don't have to compete with everyone for the same things.

Chatswood Public School
Saturdays 8am - 1pm
Pros
  • great little organic market on Saturdays at Chatswood Public School
  • Convienent for public transport, banks, health and motor insurance offices, motor registry, tax office customer service
  • Great Transport
  • Lots of shopping
  • Lots of eating out options
Cons
  • Renting and shopping is expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
3/5
2yrs+

"Clearly"

Great area but over priced compared to the upcoming Hornsby Region
Pros
  • Convienent for public transport, banks, health and motor insurance offices, motor registry, tax office customer service
  • Great Transport
  • Lots of shopping
Cons
  • Cost
  • Noisey and a lots of traffic.
  • Renting and shopping is expensive
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Bit of a dogs breakfast"

I lived in Chatswood for 12 months and wouldn't choose to live there again mainly because of the congestion. It can take 45 just to pick up a pizza if you drive on the weekend.
Housing is very over priced.
Public transport is good and I nearly always felt safe.
It may help to speak Mandarin which suited me as I love Asian culture but it grated on my wife occasionally.
Shopping is good although the Chase is a bit of a white elephant.
Pros
  • Convienent for public transport, banks, health and motor insurance offices, motor registry, tax office customer service
  • Great Transport
  • Lots of shopping
  • Near the City
Cons
  • Cost
  • Noisey and a lots of traffic.
  • Renting and shopping is expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • 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
  • 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+

"A great place to live"

Have lived in UK, Hong Kong for 15 years and Chatswood. Chatswood is a great cosmopolitan place. It has apartments around the pacific highway and railway station, and a surprisingly big range of houses in quiet and leafy streets off the Victoria avenue area. Some of the houses are very very good (modernised federation and Californian styles from the early 1900's) and and there are still some (relatively) lower priced smaller houses around. Artamon, Roseville and chatswood west are other options that seemed (when we were looking) to have more houses which were close by but a little cheaper (can be v. Hilly) but you will likely miss out on a large part of the convenience of being in close walkinging distance (mostly an easy level walk) shops and transport. It has a relaxed and comfortable feeling, but with a wide range of good shopping and restraunts including a range that are open late in the evening (try out the evening buffet at bulgogi in Victoria ave near the station). There a good schools and very short short train rides to the city and north Sydney. Driving a short distance on good road links gets you into the city and beaches. Everyone is different, but having come from living in relatively busy cities, don't underestimate the felling of areas being dead / isolation or the bad (on occasion horrendous) traffic if you live further out. It's a great mix of residential environment and city living. Hope this review helps.
Pros
  • Convienent for public transport, banks, health and motor insurance offices, motor registry, tax office customer service
  • Great Transport
  • Lots of eating out options
  • Lots of shopping
  • Near the City
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Chic Area"

Willoughby North or North Willoughby, is lovely Quite leafy area, with good Transport, to the city and Chatswood,and Bondi. The city is only 4 traffic lights away from the city which take around 15 to 20 min. Near Willoughby Park and great mix of Schools and Child Care. Medical Faclities are very good. Great Cafe's and places to eat with a great mix of foods... The Beaches are 20mins away. Also near middel harbour bush walks. Great shopping High street markets is a short walk from anywhere in North Willoughby, Chatswood is 5 mins away by car or take a bus or walk under 25mins... But with out all the noise and traffic. The houseing is mixed with old and modern, the people are also mixed, from young, mid and old families etc. With Houses starting from 1 million + to millions the area is starting to be chic and Exclusive.. This is also why there is not many houses on the market in the area... The area is friendly and easy going but Private and very safe. But the main thing is North Willou
Pros
  • Near the City
  • Great Transport
  • Safe and Friendly
Cons
  • Not much night life
  • Cost
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Living in the Chatswood retail area."

It is the retail/commercial center for the mid northshore area. I lived there for 9 months in a unit behind the Westfield carpark. If you live near the retail area it can be quite noisy. They were building the Chatswood rail upgrade when I was there, very noisy. If there is no major building going on you still have the traffic and early morning council cleaning/rubbish truck noise. On the plus side is the walking distance convienence of public transport, a lot of banks, insurance offices, doctors, dentists, a fair number of government department offices and a good selection of shops and restaurants. A reasonably safe area, but like all places where there are a lot of people coming and going, you need to be careful.
Pros
  • Lots of shopping
  • Lots of eating out options
  • Convienent for public transport, banks, health and motor insurance offices, motor registry, tax office customer service
Cons
  • Noisey and a lots of traffic.
  • Renting and shopping is expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • 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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to rent!"

I've lived in chatswood for about 7months and have loved it!! In terms of location, you can get to and from chatswood very easily on public transport, no matter where you are in sydney! It's quiet, safe, very green and a beautiful area to live in! Everything you need in terms of shopping and errands is close by !

i definitely reccommend chatswood to anyone looking to rent or buy!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"A great neighbourhood for shopping!"

Chatswood is located in the northern suburbs of Sydney. It is about a twenty minutes drive from the city to Chatswood. This suburb is connected by both trains and buses and there is almost no need for a car here. However, if you do commute by car to work or to get into Chatswood, do allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, as traffic along the Pacific Highway is notorious during peak hours.

There are many fantastic places to shop at in Chatswood. There is Chatswood Chase, Westfield and many independent shops in and around Chatswood. Dining in Chatswood is as exciting as shopping there. There are plenty of resturants, cafes and takeaway shops to choose from.

As city-like as Chatswood sounds, there are plenty of residential houses and units in this area. However, real estate tends to be expensive at this end of town.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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2yrs+
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Best Streets in Chatswood

1

Gordon Ave

4.5/5
"Good location off the pacific highway and close to the centre of chatswood"
-33.8022237118 151.1807594665
2

Alleyne St

4/5
"Nice street"
-33.791182711 151.1995971282

Unranked Streets in Chatswood

Nelson St

4/5
"Close to everything"
-33.8027428062 151.1820435421

Dowel St

4/5
"top address, a short walk to everything but whisper quiet "
-33.78914 151.18867
"The Oval Dominates"
-33.7901 151.18633

Crick St

4.5/5
"Great lower north shore family lifestyle with all the conveniences of the city"
-33.79044 151.19176

Daisy St

2.5/5
"One of the flower streets"
-33.7929448998 151.1841062592

Waratah St

3.5/5
"Relaxed living just 10 mins walk from Chatswood"
-33.7883959938 151.1846253536

Smith St

3.5/5
-33.7871665598 151.1966601469

Brown St

2.5/5
"Excellent urban location in the heart of Chatswood"
-33.7962985227 151.1803223344