4.0 out of 10

Earlwood

Ranked 422nd 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
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Retirees

Reviews

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 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jun 14, 2017

"Noisey suburb with congested roads"

Under developed suburb, too much traffic and noisey from all the loud modified cars, yuck
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
May 29, 2017

"Earlwood is beyond saving, the suburb has gotten worse over time"

Earlwood use to be fairly congestion free and safe to be in, however recent council approvals for new high rise units and the building up of the area have caused major issues for us.

Homer street is more congested than ever! it is unfathomable that the council has decided to be very corrupt and approve developments without knowing the full impacts it makes on the community and to the local precinct.

Earlwood is typically low-rise but not for long, when the council has its way (it will say yes if they can get more residents to pay council levys of course) Earlwood will be officially ruined.

Thanks
Pros
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
May 23, 2017

"Small Coles and that's it"

Title says it all
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 15, 2017

"it was great... then..."

earlwood was a great suburb until there was a great exodus from newtown and marrickville weirdos infesting the local atmosphere. there are alot of weird looking people with strange coloured hair, dirty clothing and just overall messy appearance roaming around acting as if they are the best thing in town. the only thing good about earlwood now is the house prices !
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Tourists
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 15, 2017

"Limited Options!!"

We moved to Earlwood about 3 months ago from Ashfield due to overcrowding in the suburb. One of the first things we noticed was that Earlwood has larger blocks in the area compared to other placed like Marrickville, Tempe, Sydenham etc.

Unfortunately because Earlwood lies on the back-end of the Canterbury council area, many things are often neglected by the council.
1. Traffic congestion is quite high in Earlwood, especially peaking around 4pm til 8pm along the major arteries (classic indicator of a working class suburb).
2. Road maintenance is poor, many pot holes and poorly maintained road surfaces.

While the NBN has just arrived in Earlwood, which is great for internet speeds and now the servicing of other amenities like UberEats etc (finally), its just too little too late, the reason for this is that while Earlwood continues to grow in house prices 1.3 Mil ++ , the local services are failing to catch up. Sure there are a few trendy cafes and F45 in the area, but the local shops are just run down and old, the suburb is like a time capsule!

My main gripe is sharing the road with people who drive unsafely (mainly younger people who drive fast and dangerously in the suburbs and along the major roads like homer street for racing).

Amongst other things, we had to call the police a couple of weeks ago due to an incident across the street at the public housing estate in which there was a fight between younger males chucking beer bottles at cars and at other peoples houses, it took the police 30 minutes to arrived (from Ashfield). My neighbours said there used to be a Police station in Earlwood but it closed down a while ago.

Disappointing!!!
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • 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 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 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 11, 2017

"Earlwood - a forgotten suburb"

closest police station is Ashfield - 15-20 minutes away
local shopping precinct is old and run down, it looks gross
lack of appropriate shops, have to travel to wolli creek for selection
lack of infrastructure, busses are the only way in and out of the suburb as the train stations dont service earlwood and are far away (30-40 minute walks from the centre of earlwood).
low income people in earlwood ruin the "vibe"
not the inner west as many ppl like to advertise, this is SOUTH WEST.
fake reviews on this website claiming 5 stars but actually local real estate agents trying to boost reviews, beware of that!
Pros
  • Clean
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Singles
alfiep
alfiep Absolutely ironic. BEWARE of con artists rating every category as 1/5.
May 11, 2017
tomt10
tomt10 Closest train station is Bardwell Park and it is only a 5 minute walk down the hill from centre of Earlwood. The reviewer timm9 either has no idea what they are talking about or writing lies to say that the nearest railway station is 30-40 minutes walk. Give people the facts mate not lies!
May 20, 2017
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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 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 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 11, 2017

"Disappointing."

The vagrants from Campsie and Canterbury use Earlwood to street race, drug deal and conduct shootings. A lot of rude people on the streets and many can be seen spitting openly, dumping rubbish and intimidating people on the streets when driving by.

I am planning to move out soon
Pros
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
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 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 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 11, 2017

"Run down suburb with residents to match"

Moved to Earlwood in 2016 not much to say other than alot of properties are quite run down, rubbish left on the street and noisy roads with a lot of backstreets used for car racing and other anti-social activities.

At night there is a lot of gang activity on Homer Street near the oporto's, many hanging outside cars yelling at people.
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
Apr 29, 2017

"Gentrification underway - serious money moving in"

Earlwood is unique because of its large blocks, there is some serious money coming in to build big houses, 8kms from the city, recently there have been sales 3mil +, this will only continue to grow. Gentrification of the shopping strip is occuring with trendy cafes, pizza bars, desserts and restaurants popping up.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Quiet and friendly
  • Clean
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
Apr 28, 2017

"The positive reviews are from real estate agents, beware!"

Watch out for factually incorrect reviews from realestate agents giving 5 stars !!
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 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 11, 2017

"Shopping precinct - not too big or too small, the right size."

Having moved to Earlwood recently, I noted that the shopping area is actually pretty large, with a diverse range of food and services. Although many reviews suggest that the shopping precinct is small, this is what brings peace and seclusion in Earlwood. Unlike Marrickville which is more congested, lively, busier, fewer parking spots; Earlwood is a quiet, low density, leafy residential oasis hidden away on a mountain. The neighbours are friendly and there's a strong sense of community. Public transport is at ease with access to 2 railway lines + Tempe station, otherwise frequent city bus route through Homer and William Streets.
Pros
  • Great access to public transport
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Quiet and friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Mar 26, 2017

"Earlwood is great in parts"

1. nice houses - bigger blocks
2. now over the 1.3 mil median house price (more expensive than Marrickville now)
3. new apartments are available but are over 700k (expensive for the area)
4. Local shopping precinct is quite simply, crap.
5. locals are either greek or old so not very friendly or sociable to other Australians.
6. traffic is more of an issue closer to kingsgrove (william st etc)
7. loud traffic from dangerous drivers in their loud vehicles at night is a serious problem
8. no local police station (Ashfield is closest so patrols are very few and far between)
9. lots of people with low income in the area (unappealing)
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students
joshm14
joshm14 1. I have no problems with Greeks, Anglo-celtic or any communities in Earlwood.
2. Local shopping precinct is the right size; not too big (which leads to severe traffic and parking congestion) nor too small. Traffic is not really an issue here compared to the rest of Sydney. The good thing about Earlwood is that it has no major arteries within it, meaning quieter streets and less pollution.
3. You should report to police if you feel unsafe
4. Median household income compares similarly to Marrickville, which is also higher than Greater Sydney's median.
Apr 11, 2017
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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 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
Mar 23, 2017

"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
joshm14
joshm14 The flight path does not go over Earlwood, if you look at government/Kingsford Smith Airport maps, the flight path mainly goes over Tempe, Sydenham, parts of North Eastern Marrickville, St Peters, Petersham/Stanmore and to a lesser extent, Leichhardt. Wolli Creek and Earlwood are not under the flight path and as a resident if there's aircraft noises then its barely noticeable and much quieter than the above suburbs.
Apr 11, 2017
joshm14
joshm14 Low rental yields with houses are happening all across Sydney at the moment, unless you are lucky enough to snap up a real bargain.
Apr 11, 2017
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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
joshm14
joshm14 There has only been one shooting incident in the last 5 years..., according to media, this was a planned attack and not random.
Apr 11, 2017
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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
joshm14
joshm14 Yes, low rental yields for houses are common all over Sydney right now.
Apr 11, 2017
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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
joshm14
joshm14 Newtown and Earlwood offer drastically different lifestyles. Newtown is vibrant, busy, full of shops and bars and congested whereas Earlwood is a leafy, quiet, low-density mainly residential area with views and the river. Also for the same price you could get a house in Earlwood up to 4 times bigger than Newtown (more value for your money).
Apr 11, 2017
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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
joshm14
joshm14 This is factually incorrect...Bankstown is 9km away and takes around 30-40 minutes to get there. Strathfield is much closer to Bankstown than Earlwood is to Bankstown.
Apr 11, 2017
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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
joshm14
joshm14 Earlwood, like many parts of Sydney have a rich history. It actually offers more value for money compared to Marrickville because of the family-sized blocks. Earlwood is a mix of Californian bungalows, some Federation homes and contemporary houses. Earlwood is attracting large private home rebuilding investment, according to council sources. Dumps are transforming into contemporary style homes. There is no train inside Earlwood, but access to 2 lines and Tempe Station right outside of the suburb's boundaries, with walking distance access to multiple stations on the T3 and T2 lines. Otherwise in the centre of Earlwood, the 423/L23 runs every 3-5 minutes during peak hour whilst 412 runs every 15 minutes.

Census statistics show that Earlwood and Marrickville share similar total household incomes and both are above Greater Sydney's median income.
Apr 11, 2017
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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
joshm14
joshm14 First of all, Earlwood is unique due to its locality within reach of 2 railway lines and Tempe Station. It's low-density and leafiness is all because of its indirect access to the train station. You have walking access to Canterbury, Hurlstone Park, Dulwich Hill and Marrickville (short 3 minute car ride) stations on the T3 Line, walking distance to Bexley North, Bardwell Park and Turrella stations on the T2 Line and on the easternmost side you have access to Tempe Station. Secondly, there are frequent buses throughout Earlwood. 423 and L23 come in 3-5 minute frequencies in the morning and afternoon peak hours + 412 come every 15 minutes, both taking you into Sydney CBD. There are also many other routes taking you North, South, East and West.
Apr 11, 2017
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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
joshm14
joshm14 Earlwood's demographics are more closely linked with the Inner West and possibly the St George regions, and has been widely considered part of the Inner West for a very long time now. Your assumptions that Earlwood is close to Bankstown is wrong as they are 9km apart, in fact Strathfield is much closer to Bankstown than Earlwood. Earlwood is a low-density and peaceful suburb compared to Marrickville's bustle. The different lifestyles make Earlwood unique and different. Earlwood's average size is significantly larger than Marrickville's land sizes, therefore offering more value for money. Earlwood has walking distance access to 2 railway lines and Tempe station, otherwise a rapid bus route/suburban route, namely 423/L23 running along Homer St and William St frequently service the community. Due to timetable changes a while ago, Bardwell Park station have trains every 15 minutes off-peak on weekdays.
Apr 11, 2017
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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 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
2yrs+

"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
tww tww
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