6.6 out of 10

Granville

Ranked 402nd best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8392125875952 151.009612209925
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

4/5
Jan 07, 2017

"Great potential area"

I have been living in Granville for 10yrs, and I can tell you granville has improved a lot from past. I strongly recommend for first home buyer, but it may be hard to find good quality house. You might need to some extra money to renovation. People who living in the good quality house, they love to stay in Granville so it's hard to find good quality house.
Pros
  • Affordable house price
  • Convenience
  • Close to Parramatta
  • Convienience
  • Location
  • Relatively close to Sydney
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
Dec 17, 2016

"South Granville"

Unfriendly people. Bad customer service. Inconsiderate people. Bad vibes. I feel unsafe. Dirty looking. Expensive rent. Poor parking. The only good thing is the train. I will be moving ASAP. I feel like I'm not in Australia when I'm here.
Pros
  • Close to Parramatta
Cons
  • Rude people
  • Bad child care centres
  • Crime
  • Parking
  • Presentation
  • Sometime Traffic
5/5
Nov 02, 2016

"Great Value - Affordable Land in Expensive Sydney!"

I bought a house in Granville 2 years ago (end of 2014), and moved in earlier this year. During my years of living in Sydney, I have lived in the Pyrmont and Balmain areas- so this was a big move. I, like most Sydneysiders care about where I live and Granville hadn't exactly been my first pick. Why did I buy here? I took the emotion out of it. Granville is a no brainer from a practicality point of view. It has a great train station with rides into the city taking less than 30minutes. It has good food and is also close to Parramatta (next suburb), the M4 (now being widened), University of Western Sydney (new building in Parramatta) and Westmead Hospital (Major Tertiary Hospital). Land is really cheap compared to the rest of Sydney because of perceptions about the suburb. My neighbours are lovely and I chose a good quiet street. Sure, it isn't in one of the desirable northshore, eastern or inner west suburbs, BUT I actually have a decent house with a significantly lower mortgage and good transport to the city, where I work everyday as a Doctor. Redfern, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Chippendale all have far more unsavoury characters than this suburb and yet are much more expensive. Additionally, the cost of living is significantly less (groceries and services). My property value has grown by 20% (I bought after there had been 30% growth) and I genuinely feel that there is great potential for further growth as people continue to knock down and rebuild their houses. If you recall, the inner west and inner eastern suburbs were all considered as undesirable because of their demographic, but in the end "location, location, location" always wins out. There are reviews with gross stereotyping of the suburb which isn't really a fair representation of the place. I'd encourage all young professionals to consider Granville - because this is your break into the Sydney market in a practical location, particularly for land - it was for me!
Pros
  • Convienience
  • Close to Parramatta
  • Location
  • Great Facilities
  • Relatively close to Sydney
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
MatLu
MatLu Just saw your post rayr3. Good on you for taking the time to write it up.
Mar 19, 2017
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Worst Place I have lived"

Drug dealer next door. Had things stolen from me. Had threats made against me. Heard domestic violence. Hard to sleep due to noise of trains and crazy car drivers. Heard one drive by shooting. Very dirty.

Loved the bbq chicked, train station is on a fantastic line, easy to get into city or other places via train.
Pros
  • Convienience
  • Close to Parramatta
  • Location
Cons
  • Not Safe
  • Crime
  • Parking
  • Presentation
  • Sometime Traffic
Recommended for
  • Students
Harold Cheung
Harold Cheung MichaelS3, whereabout do you live in Granville area (if I may know)?
2yrs+
MatLu
MatLu I gather there are not so good people anywhere you live. Train noise would be a problem if you live near the train station? The more 'good people' who move to the area the better it would become. Then we can all enjoy the convenience and benefits of living near everything in Sydney.
2yrs+
InaraM
InaraM It's been really great reading everyone's comments on Granville the good, the bad and the ugly. You might like to know, and let your fellow residents know, that the Granville Residents' Action Network is being established. This is a not-for-profit community action group with the aim of ensuring that Granville is a great place to live, work and socialise. Its first project is trying to tackle the ongoing issue of street litter through a Community Litter Grant. We are looking for residents to get involved and provide input on positive solutions for this isse and many more that affect Granville residents. If you are interested, please contact granvillenetwork2142@gmail.com
2yrs+
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Its a shame what this suburb has become..."

Granville was once a quaint blue collar working class suburb stepped in history however this changed in the mid to late 80's when many of the surrounding factories closed down - allot of the workers left and a undesirable element slowly crept in snapping up housing stock at bargain prices.

My grandparents grew up in Granville and i lived there from 2008 to 2010 so i have been able to witness the slow decline of the suburb. I have lost count of the number of stabbings, bashing's, street level robberies and shootings that have occurred in the area over the last couple of years. Most seem to be gang related and i don't believe an honest person has anything to fear - that being said, if someone took my car space at the shops, i think i would be keeping my mouth shut. That's essentially the caliber of some of the people who live in Granville.

Granville is predominately populated by people from Middle Eastern Backgrounds with the bulk of the adult population being born overseas. Most of the stores / businesses in the area have their signage in Arabic - expect a lower level of service and sometimes outright rudeness if you don't speak the language. You could be mistaken for being in a different country - Granville is not multicultural, one culture is extremely dominant.

Drive down the main drag - South St and Good St and you will see garbage lining the streets and graffiti sprayed over the walls. Dubious looking teenagers and men congregate out the front of the many Kebab stores. There are two pubs and not much else, nothing that could be considered fine or even decent dining

Drive into the residential streets and they too are littered with garbage along the lines of old mattresses and couches. Many of the houses are run down, the front yards that haven't been concreted are over grown and ugly - you get the overwhelming impression that no one cares, their home is merely a place to sleep.

On the plus side, there are some nice pockets in Granville, namely the area bordered by Railway Pde, Woodville Rd, William St and The Avenue. This area contains many lovely old Victorian and Federation homes, many of which date back to the 1800's and are heritage listed. Nice inner city style terraces and semi's start from 400k - that's why i bought into the area but there were ultimately too many compromises to stay on. Being so close to Parramatta (20 min walk) and Sydney (30 min train ride), Granville is sure to boom one day and it might be an ok place for a cash strapped couple to start out - so long as you keep your blinkers on and ignore what is around you.
Pros
  • Close to Parramatta
  • Relatively close to Sydney
  • Cheap Housing
  • Convienience
Cons
  • Crime
  • Presentation
  • Heritage Housing
orsam1
orsam1 I have lived in the area for 27 years and i think granville has become a better place. The shopping centre is a hype of activity with restaurants and cafes.You paint a picture of this scummy place which it is not.i drive around the streets and the time i see rubbish on the streets is when the council clean up are dueI love the place and it is central to eveything
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Good place for young families"

Pros
  • Convienience
  • Close to Parramatta
  • Location
  • Central to Sydney Suburban Rim
  • Great Facilities
  • Growth Area
  • Relatively close to Sydney
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I still think it's a Great Place to Live and will continue to Improve"

I wrote my review back in March 2010, when I was looking to move to the area.
I am writing an updated review now after having lived in Granville for the past year.

My wife and I are both Tertiary Educated working Professionals who travel to Sydney CBD each day, using the excellent transport facilities that are available to us from living in Granville, because of it's junction location within the Western Sydney transport network. Our door-to-door travel time to work is approx. 45 mins (that's similar and at times better than the travel time our friends who live in the lower north shore, eastern suburbs and inner west circle take to get from door-to-door).

We like to think we have a loving and caring family with good values, raising 2 young children who go to Childcare centres local to the area with the eldest child currently attending pre-school at a local public school and hopefully next year will be attending a local catholic school within walking distance to our home.

Our boys attend soccer classes on the weekend at the local Parramatta Club. We regularly use the park facilities available to us and the Granville Pools have great facilities (although an indoor heated pool would have been the cream on top, but we go to the Guildford pools for that).

Auburn tennis courts are only a 5 min drive away and the Woodville Public Golf Course which I should try to go more often is also just a 5 minute drive from where we live (for the record I'm not an avid keen golfer although I use to play, but it's good to know my retirement sport is covered nearby)

El Jannah and Awafi Charcoal chickens - YUM!!!, Also the yummy sweets from 'El Sweetie' on South St and Abla's Pastries and don't forget good ol' SUBWAY, where all these wonderful businesses are within walking distance from the Granville Station. I can also get my hair cut at the Station, and buy coffee on the platform as I wait for my train. :)

Our family also get to enjoy great chinese dinners at the Golden Treasures Seafood Restaurant @ Granville RSL Club, which is within walking distance for us.

Most importantly for our family, we have been very blessed with great neighbours (you never know who you are going to get as neighbours!!!), who have lent me garden tools and offerred a hand when they have seen me working in the backyard. Our other neighbour kindly took down some trees that was encroaching on a shared fence causing it to bend. Most importantly we always warmly greet each other when-ever any members of our families meet.

I write these reviews only to provide perspective.

P.S. My family and I are not from Middle Eastern backgrounds, if that is important...
Pros
  • Great Facilities
  • Growth Area
  • Central to Sydney Suburban Rim
  • Convienience
  • Close to Parramatta
  • Location
Cons
  • Can benefit from a weekend culture focus
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Im Very Satisfied!!!"

I LOVE GRANVILLE! Been Living here for 23 years and im completly satisfied with everything... I would not move from here.. Its a place where you can call home. Its a very convienient LOCATION and is centre Sydney and basically next door to Parramatta.
Pros
  • Location
  • Convienience
Cons
  • Parking
  • Sometime Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Granville was the forgotten suburb - but change is coming.....loads of potential"

People need to see past suburban Stigma, and assess properties and areas based on important metrics and assess things based on where an area is headed as opposed to only where it came from.

Take note that Granville is the hub for Western Sydney, it has been identified as part of the regeneration plans for the Parramatta Regional centre, within the "City of Cities" and "Towards 2036" Metropolitan development plans. It is part of the Parramatta District, but the opportunity at the moment is that it doesn't carry the same price premium, which will likely change once all the developments and improvements are complete.

Lets look at some of the key metrics for Granville:

- Transport (Granville is centrally located within Sydney, an Express Train service to the city takes 26mins, Parramatta CBD is less than 5 mins Drive. Granville is a Train and bus hub offerring excellent Transport services, as part of the Western Express Transport proposal from NSW government, travel times will continue to come down)

- Health (Westmead Public and Private Hospitals (Arguably Sydney's premier medical district) and Auburn Hospital 10 mins away)

- Recreation (Parramatta Stadium 8mins, Sydney Olympic Park 10 mins, Bicentenial Park 10mins, Sydney Aquatic Centre 10mins and Granville Pools)

- Childcare and Schools (Plenty of Childcare services are offerred in the Granville area, and there are plenty of public and catholic schools also, plus the central location of the suburb opens parents up with choices for nearby suburbs school facilities also)

- Saftey (Crime occurs everywhere in Sydney, granted some more than others, but check out the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics website www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au and look for the crime stats and figures for Granville Area have dropped significantly in the past few years, and $15million has just been spent on a new Police Station in Granville to clean up the residual scum that has given the area a bad name)

- Employment (Due to it's central nature, growth areas for employment districts around Parramatta and Sydney Olympic park are all within a 10min radius, further due to the availability and proximity of transport services trips to the Sydney CBD is less than a half hour away).

Other developments approved within Granville to develop the area into a family friendly social hub for Central Western Sydney are:

Granville Master Plan
http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/20150/Granville_Masterplan_Mar08.pdf

Granville Town Centre Plan
http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/30980/Granville_poster.pdf

Also look up "Greater Granville Regeneration Plan" for the plans and developments that are underway for the Suburb.

To live in or to invest, Granville should not be overlooked.

Do you own research and get the facts.
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
Connie13
Connie13 Great review Mat. Very informative. Thanks!
2yrs+
blacksooty
blacksooty Fantastic review
2yrs+
MatLu
MatLu amtik: you are misguided. But to answer your question directly "no I do not work for RayWhite or any other Realty".

Coming up to 7 years in the area now. Have the same sentiment as I did since my original post. Of course people should do their own research to inform themselves. Remarks like the one from amtik also doesn't really help anyone.
Mar 04, 2017
MatLu
MatLu @amtik: thanks for clarifying why you thought I worked for RayWhite (understandable), I wouldn't have known about their social website until you pointed it out. I guess they should get credit for trying to use social platforms to promote their agenda.

Also, apologies if my comments upset you in anyway, that wasn't intended as I just wanted to set the record straight.

To your point about biased views; yes you are right in that, I have tried to highlight the positive views with the aim to encourage good, honest, hard working individuals and families to not overlook a wonderfully located and central place such as Granville because of old-school stigma. There are also plenty of people around to balance my views and highlight the negative views in every aspect. I guess from my perspective it's not a case of just looking through rose coloured glasses, but if we all contributed in some way to make the place we live or work, positive and vibrant embracing culture and diversity, hopefully we'll all benefit. Doing the reverse I'm sure could result in the opposite self fullfilling outcomes.

In any case, good to have this dialogue, but I'll leave it there and just say that everyone is entitled to their own views and opinions. Enjoy...
Mar 19, 2017
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Assessment on Granville"

Granville is approximate 5 minutes south east of Parramatta and 40 minutes from the CBD.

The suburb is comprised predominently lower income working class families and young couples. With a few parks spotted around the suburb.

Transport is serviced mainly by trains on the Western line and the trains to the city are frequent and will reach the CBD in 30 minutes or so if you manage to get an express.

Other aspects of the suburb include relatively good child care services as well as having a Woolworths and other small convenience stores.

Safety in the area, particularly around the train station is average and light industry and retail stores surround the station. However, there are some excellent arabic restaurants including one of Sydney's best charcoal chicken take outs if you are looking for a night out.

It is an overall relatively safe area, but if you are looking for a trim leafy suburb, this wouldn't be your cup of tea.

In terms of capital growth, the suburb has remained very steady and is one of Sydney few that have remained relatively stagnant throughout the last 5 to 10 years. However this being so, there is a lot of potential for growth.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Almost average in every thing!"

Granville in just near Guildford, so same things are shared in these two areas-every thing is average and there are no especial things!
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Granville has been described as the best value suburb to live in"

Granville has been described by many as the best value suburb to live in within the Sydney metropolitan area. This does not come as a surprise at all. Granville has a very well connected train station that often boasts express trains. As such, you can easily get to work in the city within thirty minutes during peak hours. Driving however, is not such a good option during peak hours as the traffic on Parramatta Road can be a nightmare. It used to take me an hour and a half to get into the city from Granville during peak hour when the journey normally takes half that time.

Due to its affordable house pricee, TAFE, police station and schools around the area, many young families choose to reside in Granville. It is a very multi-cultural suburb with plenty of different cuisines on offer along its main street - South Street. However, it is the famous El-Jannah Charcoal Chicken and Abla's Pastry that have put Granville on the map. People from around Sydney will come to Granville and queue up for the famous charcoal chicken.

I have friends who live here and they have varying remarks about this place. Some feel that this is the best place to live in and others do not feel safe walking by themselves along South Street at night. Either way, it is still a convenient and affordable suburb to live in.