6.0 out of 10

Earlwood

Ranked 411st best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.9259447010768 151.129756935525
Great for
  • Schools
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

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 4/5
  • 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
1 day ago

"Serene and friendly"

Low density suburb with countless range of cafe's on the rise. Many streets are wide and tree-lined, parks and recreational facilities are abundant. Earlwood is undergoing gentrification, both in terms of newly rebuilt houses, more shops with a wave of new people transforming Earlwood for the better.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Clean
  • Quiet and friendly
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
Mar 11, 2017

"Too many reasons not to live here"

With the moving of a flight part over earlwood (light planes) earlwood is fastly becoming run down and crowded.

This area is generally a low income area with loads of blue collar workers. It has not changed in the last 40 years or so even with the million dollar house prices, it's still the same.

Typically renters live here because of the low rental prices and move out after the lease is finished because the suburb lacks amenities like a proper shopping precinct.

There are big parks and water ways (cooks river) which are actually swamps in parts.

As an investor I was disappointed of the low renter yields because the suburb can only afford a certain rental price.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Clean
Cons
  • Noisy Cars
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
Mar 01, 2017

"Big blocks but poor amenities - lack of infrastructure"

Big house blocks, poorly maintained roads, closet police station is Ashfield (10 mins away). Shootings from the gang figures (see barboro shooting) lots of bike gang activity.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
2/5
Feb 28, 2017

"Low Rental Yields - Dissapointed"

Bought 3 houses in Earlwood as an investment in October 2016, rented them out in the same month, there is a mixture of 2/3 bedroom houses that I am renting out at the moment.

I own similar properties in Marrickville (albeit smaller blocks) that fetch rent in original condition from 850-910 a week.

In Earlwood these properties that have bigger blocks also in original condition rent out at east 650-690 and no higher than that, I had a rental on the market for 2 weeks at 690 and the tenant negotiated to 640.

The agent when they sold me the property told me the rental yields would be around 700-750 at least, well sorry that did not happen. He then conceded to me (a slick agent from the area, most probably greek) that Earlwood is a low income area and not many people want to move to Earlwood and pay that money for a house rental.

The rent does not cover my mortgage repayments and I am always in arrears, although to be fair my property value is now worth $250k more than what I bought it for a couple months ago, so ill be selling them on to another sucker.

Dont believe the hype, its not a fantastic area, I read that someone called it a "hidden gem", i think there is a reason why it was hidden, its a pretty shoddy suburb with no amenities and the recent developments of caffes in the area (thanks to inner west culture) probably wont last long as I dont think the residents can afford a $5 coffee.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 28, 2017

"Didn't take long to realise this wasnt the suburb for me - Moved from Newtown"

bought a house here for the bigger block, paid 1.1 mil in November 16, average price now 1.3+. Loud streets at night (cars and bikers) raging through the night up until 3am.

small shopping precinct, was told by the agent that upgrades are commencing (they are not).

I am currently looking to move away from this are as its too close to campsie and bankstown so the safety is not great, especially for a woman at night.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 27, 2017

"Outdated and noisy - too close to Bankstown"

10 mins from Bankstown creates havoc with road noise from the custom cars with loud exhausts, wish it was more quiet
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Students
1/5
Feb 27, 2017

"Noisy, Too many hoons"

typical area for hoon drivers, many bankstown, auburn types here, moving out soon
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 26, 2017

"Old and run down"

old and run down suburb, who would pay 1.3 mil for a dump out here!

there is no train station!

its not the inner west as they will lead u to believe, its south west and it shows, the people are a low grade and there are alot of low income people here
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Feb 26, 2017

"No trains or busses"

Hi all,

I moved from Marrickville to Earlwood a few months ago - bought a two bedroom house.

We have 2 kids and they are quite young being 4 and 9 and there are a few gripes about this suburb!

yes the block is relatively larger than our block in Marrickville but there is no train station and a lack of regular bus services in Earlwood, they have just recently culled several bus stops to make it more efficient but its really put the area behind.

there are people who do speeding in the back streets and donuts in their cars in the quiet areas and it makes it hard to have a quiet suburb, recently we had two people do burn outs in our street, wellington street and caused black marks near the end of the cul-de - sac.

there is alot of road noise from homer street and alot of transient individuals from bankstown and campsie which is quite unpleasant and lowers the areas nice suburb feel.

dont walk along homer street after 8 if you want to be whistled at or yelled at by people in passing cars
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Feb 26, 2017

"Earlwood is not the Inner West"

Earlwood is incorrectly marketed as the "Inner West" by real estate agents, they even market Auburn as "Inner West"!!!

Earlwood is south west as the Cooks River is a natural barrier to Separate south west from Inner West.

I moved to Earlwood from Marrickville a little over a year ago, this is what the suburb offers.

- Dense streets.
- Little Parking available for the only supermarket in the area "Coles".
- One Supermarket.
- Too many noisy cars that are "hotted up", i.e boy racers or street racers with big exhausts on their holdens or fords.
- a lot of people from Bankstown (10 Mins away) or Bexley (5 Mins away) seem to hang out at Frappe Bar and do burn outs in the streets.
- Now high pricing of houses from people moving from Marrickville to Earlwood (pushed past the 1.3 Mil mark now).
- Over priced real-estate offering little to no value.
- Unfriendly road manners from people who like to drive fast in the area due to the bendy streets.
- It is incorrectly marketed as being in easy access to 5 Train stations, when in reality you have to take a bus to Wolli Creek to get an express train because tempe or Bardwell are under services train stations with no "express" and regular train services dip off after 11:30-2:30 meaning that a train comes every 30 mins.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • 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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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
Dec 19, 2016

"Sydney's hidden gem - exclusive, cultured, green and contemporary"

Earlwood is set on a mountain with 360 degree views, whilst only being 10-11km from Sydney CBD. It is a cohesion of culture, food, community, modern setting and natural beauty. Recently, there has been gentrification of the shopping strip with trendy cafes, pizza bars, desserts and restaurants popping up. Earlwood is unique because of its large blocks with a mix of the old and the new. When compared to its neighbours of Marrickville and Dulwich Hill, Earlwood is a place of growth, exclusivity and peacefulness. Most streets are tree-lined and there are huge parks; easily making it very family friendly. You'll surprised at the huge blocks of land that it offers compared to much of the Inner West. (e.g. 600sqm compared to 200sqm)

More boutique style restaurants and shops are opening up as Earlwood absorbs the Inner West vibes!

Earlwood has 8 surrounding train stations within easy reach.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Quiet and friendly
  • Clean
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
May 16, 2015

"Better alternative to Marrickville/Ashbury"

The bigger blocks, many with views and not under the flight path, as well as clean streets with parking make Earlwood a much more pleasant place to live compared to Marrickville, Ashbury and Ashfield. It has a great primary school and transport infrastructure is good with many buses running through and close stations.
Pros
  • Clean
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Quiet and friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Its ok"

People are a little pushy not as friendly as marrickville
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live"

We bought in Earlwood after renting in Marrickville and having lived all over the inner west. Marrickville was dirty, noisy and overpriced. Earlwood is the opposite. Lots of parks, the neighbours are friendly and normal! The houses are big on larger blocks and it is quiet here yet it is five mins walk to the station.
Pros
  • Quiet and friendly
  • Loads of parks
  • Big houses on big blocks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"It is really good"

Best area for family life
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A fabulous family suburb"

It seems the secret suburb Earlwood has been discovered. For a long time overlooked in favour of dulwich hill & marrickville. Most of the original people to buy here were post war families, most of these wonderful people stayed in the area and many older residents have been there over 60years. Young professionals and other families are now buying into earlwood for the good size art deco /Californian bugalows on amazing blocks of land cheaper than surrounding suburbs and widely available renovators dreams and deceased estates Close to excellent schools and beautiful parks, Its still a very friendly suburb where your neighbours will chat with you and has a real village/community feel. More shops and cafes have recently opened and hopefully that will continue as this place has everything to ensure happy families.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Comfortable family suburb that's affordable and friendly"

I bought in Earlwood with my husband about a year ago.

We love Earlwood.

It's friendly, conveniently located, close to transport (plenty of buses and Bardwell Park station is 10 minutes away) and only takes 15-20 minutes by train on the airport line to the CBD. It's only a 10-15 minute bus ride to Newtown or 10 minutes to Marrickville - so you're close enough to the buzz when you need it.

It's quiet - generally speaking - with super wide streets and a good shopping precinct (think Coles, bottle shop, good butcher, great fish shop, delis, cafes etc). There are all the major banks, pharmacies, health centres, good schools, etc.

There are loads of parks for people of all ages to enjoy and there's a great bike track along the Cooks River. Running, walking, jogging or riding your bike along the Cooks River is fabulous as it's not overcrowded like many other popular routes closer to the city. Also, sections of the Cooks River are always being upgraded so it's looking cleaner and healthier all the time.

The population is a mix of families, young couples and the elderly. It's a great place for families to move to - for instance, if you can't afford a three bedroom house with a decent backyard in Newtown or Erskineville, Earlwood is an ideal choice you may wish to consider.

I wouldn't say it's a cafe district like Newtown or Enmore but you can certainly get a decent coffee and there are LOADS of great places where you can buy Greek pastries, yummy olives etc!

The people are friendly and locals generally stop to have a chat.

My only (very minor!) criticism of Earlwood is that the car (or actually more often than not, the 4WD) seems to be king. Therefore, walk with caution - because chances are there's a 4WD that is going too fast by you or there's a car that has ignored a speed limit or ignored a red light (through ignorance or poor driving ability).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Earlwood

1

Woolcott St

3/5
"Great"
-33.9207035882 151.1189462545
2

Bayview Ave

2/5
"The Best of Both Worlds"
-33.9249246451 151.1423464826

Unranked Streets in Earlwood

"Great street for families "
-33.92876 151.11448

Clemton Ave

3.5/5
"Great little street for family life style"
-33.9303136644 151.1095479142
"Quiet, and conspicuous"
-33.93337 151.11363
"Easily one of the best streets in Earlwood"
-33.9234424941 151.1284402175

Airedale Ave

4.5/5
"A great street"
-33.9306176078 151.118386179
"Quiet leafy pocket of Earlwood"
-33.9244021357 151.1350518406

Clarke St

3.5/5
"Close to everything"
-33.9264511924 151.1250797644

Homer St

4.5/5
"A welcoming and delightful community"
-33.9258023245 151.1321285196