8.6 out of 10

Guildford

Ranked 163rd best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8575177399189 150.973174299815
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
Nov 05, 2016

"Not recommended"

I lived in Guildford for more than 10 years, saw few gang fights, people are not so nice (not sure why), no one smiles in the area..... My dad was robbed while he was in his car in a parking lot. I would never go back to live in Guildford.
Cons
  • Can feel a little anonymous and lacking in community feel
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 15, 2015

"Community spirit somewhat lacking, but it still has a great deal to offer"

I've lived in Guildford 35+ years. I've stayed here because the amenities are very good. In the last 15 years, however, the cohesive community spirit that was once strong has waned bit, by bit, by bit most likely due to the dichotomy of religious vs. secular and perceptions of lowering community safety (though the stats don'r reflect that at all). The community has largely become a culturally and socially divided one and apart from a few exceptions street by street, different groups prefer not to associate. As a result there is a little bit of palpable tension in the air at times but nothing to worry about if you keep your head down and are polite, but not too friendly with just anyone. It is sad to notice that Guildford isn't as cheery and easy-going as it used to be, but what it has gained is a bold multicultural "urban buzz" that gives the place great energy. The ethnic food options, fresh food shopping, two dollar shops, car mechanics and medical services are FIERCE, of course.

There are indeed bored and antagonistic teens (they like to shoulder charge depending on the season) and groups of 20-something single men that hang about, make lots of noise (there's plenty of loud music, speeding, revving and burnouts) but they're not formally "gangs" (so nineties...) and always on the move so most of the time you'd be mistaken for thinking that Guildford is as sleepy as it ever was. I notice all the noise because I'm studying at the moment so am spending more time at home when not at work rather than going out with friends, etc. I'm seriously considering some soundproofing measures!

The proximity to all essential amenities including shopping is fantastic, and I've been waiting for Guildford to be discovered by young families who can't afford housing in the inner West, but I guess having to travel an extra 20-30min on a train or in a car to inner-City workplaces is a stretch too far. Maybe they see the reports of shootings and terror raids which makes them think "no way!"? To be honest, it's all pretty minor. The media always make one or a few incidents seem like dozens and dozens. In a suburb of around 20k population, probably only hundreds of people would be actively involved in crime and far less are into religious zealotry (but it's still a shame and a worry). Many of those arrested for criminal activity are either from other suburbs or have only just moved into the area anyway and aren't long term residents at all. Everyone else just gets on with life. It's the same story in almost every other suburb in Sydney.

I am however considering moving in a few years, particularly if the sporadic noise becomes almost constant and if the multicultural mix gives way to majority religious-conservative groups and a minority of everyone else (which could be on the cards). As I get older I appreciate peace and quiet more than I used to and I don't appreciate others' religious adherence (whatever faith) being up in my face. I also like the idea of living in a community where I can say hello to anyone in the street or initiate a conversation about the weather without being treated with suspicion or like it's a threat to their very honour and soul. Nearly everywhere in Sydney is becoming more populous. It's a fact of life. Communities change, cultures change. Everything hybridises. That's both good and bad. You roll with whatever makes you happy and content.

Guildford's good. The undulating to hilly geography, its streetscapes and its amenities hold it up and carry it, but overall it's not amazing because its people aren't particularly amazing in their attitude towards the place (me included - I lost the magic feeling about 6 or 7 years ago, I guess). It's a great place to start and to simply get along, though. Even as a kid, I knew of people who were moving through Guildford (living here for 1-2 years) on the way to somewhere else, and it's in this capacity that Guildford has been good to a great many people. It's also been good to people who've lived here a very long time, like me. I appreciate this place and what it has to offer. It's a terrible place for those who want to hit the ground whingeing and complaining, and who want to take rather than nurture and give back (and are the main reason why Guildford isn't better). It's such a Sydney place in that regard as it is what it is and so far has had a great capacity to accommodate difference without too great a detriment to the whole. So ultimately I have a healthy respect for Guildford and its folk, whatever it is and for whomever choose to call it home.
Pros
  • Comprehensive transport options
  • Lower cost of living compared to other suburbs
  • A growing urban "buzz"
  • Close to Parramatta CBD.
  • Great for families.
Cons
  • House prices have broken $1m and rents increasing
  • Can feel a little anonymous and lacking in community feel
  • Noise a little excessive at times (weddings/parties/hoons/bikies)
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
deeptim2
deeptim2 Hi, As you have been living in guildford for a longtimehow is the indian community in guildford ? are there any indians living there? i have seen the property prices are quite low here.
Sep 14, 2016
bubbles12
bubbles12 You"re a wonderful writer>
Oct 26, 2016
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4/5
Aug 05, 2015

"Perfect for future property investment"

Great potential for property investment. Guildford had similar reputation as Redferm before 10 years. Nobody wanted to live in Redfern before 10 years, however, property prices boomed, good people moved in and now Redfern is good suburb to live in. Similarly, Guildford will be booming in future. It is near Parramatta CBD, good facilities, good parks and rapidly changing demographics.
Pros
  • Close to Parramatta CBD.
  • Great for families.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
SamH2
SamH2 Are you a real estate agent, by any chance?
Sep 15, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Newrose"

Guildford: Great place for family., many Child parks ,transport , and close to Westfield , Stockland shopping centre and multicultural society with helpful neighbours.Except Train station , everything is good.
Pros
  • Close to Parramatta CBD.
  • Great for families.
  • Nice mix of nationalities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
SamH2
SamH2 I can't see how the train station is an issue. It is clean, conveniently and centrally located and the rail service is excellent. Do you use public transport at all?
Sep 15, 2015
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Ok suburb but has it's problems"

Safe and sound = did not feel it. Abusive youth at times and loiterers are present along the trainline
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
Thirtysomething
Thirtysomething Doesn't every suburb have it's problems - unless of course you live on the North Shore where the problems are a little more up market!
2yrs+
PhilS
PhilS thirtysomething people on the north shore just happen to be people who work hard, look after themselves and their nieghbours!! Dont diss or stereotype people or areas just because they have it better off!!!! People who live in areas like guildford have chosen the life they live and noone from affluent suburbs put them their!!!
2yrs+
SamH2
SamH2 Grow up, Phil.
Sep 15, 2015
bubbles12
bubbles12 PhilS....clearly education put them "there", but many of us in Postcode No-go areas are educated TOO. We just don't enjoy postcode snobbery.
Oct 26, 2016
Alan McCormick
Alan McCormick I agree its got a lot to do with the very very large middle eastern population
Dec 13, 2016
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5/5
2yrs+

"Great for families"

I have lived here for over 20 years now and I am very happy with Guildford. The train station has regular trains running to the city and down towards the Liverpool direction. It is also a very close drive to Parramatta CBD and Merrylands Stocklands Shopping Mall. A very convenient place that is great for families as there are really quiet streets with good quality homes. The facilities are great as well, with a good range of local shops, a library, swimming pool and Guildford Leagues Club. Definitely a great place.
Pros
  • Close to Parramatta CBD.
  • Great for families.
  • Nice mix of nationalities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
SamH2
SamH2 Great review Wallis! I'm glad you only see the sunny side of living in Guildford, although much has changed in the last few years. How do you feel about Guildford now?
Sep 15, 2015
JodyDoyleJ
JodyDoyleJ Is the Guildford leagues club the RSL? If it is I'm moving very close to it what are the streets like around that area?
Feb 21, 2016
SamHodgkinson
SamHodgkinson Nope. It's the Leagues Club, silly. If you want an R-y, the nearest is Merrylands near the station (seen from the train).
You'll find on your side of the line it's quieter and more culturally diverse than the mid-Eastern pow-wow that is central Guildford. A little leafier too. You should enjoy it. Welcome.
Feb 22, 2016
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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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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 mix of Apartments, Modern and Period Homes"

Guildford Shopping Centre is very inner-Sydney cafe's, coffee and mixed business. If you want big department stores there is Merrylands Stockland Mall close by which is newly expanded to take in all the big retail stores with great parking.
The streets are tree-lined and clean with plenty of keep fit walkers. There is a bike path running through Guildford linking many suburbs. There are apartments new and old around the railway station also good bus routes.
The houses are a mix of large very modern and pretty period homes. Gardens are well kept and some are large which have been sub-divided so that there are now town houses and duplexes here and there. Real estate prices are still very reasonable.
Pros
  • Great for families.
  • Nice mix of nationalities.
  • Close to Parramatta CBD.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
SamH2
SamH2 Nope, the very inner-Sydney feeling isn't there, I'm afraid. It's kinda hard to hang around places where potty-mouthed high-vis labourers slobber all over their greasy lunches while hollering with their workmates and young unemployed single men sit around all day smoking and scowling at passers-by. Not really Newtown or Surry Hills, is it? I prefer the cafes in Parramatta, actually. Still very easy to get to from Guildford... but the cycleway is my preference.

Stockland is a bit of a bunfight. Lots of people buying and shoving their faces full of stuff they don't need and more. Parking? Stockland built it, and EVERYONE came. Forget about parking in Merrylands in 2015.

The residents of Guildford are competing for the world record in tree removal, but that's being won by residents of the North Shore and Eastern Suburbs, apparently. Less residents are tending to their gardens; down dome the trees and out come the flower beds and in go the shoddiest granny flats and those dodgy DIY concrete jobs to fit those extra few cars.

The apartments have come to town in a BIG way and real estate prices have punched through the $1m mark for houses and $600k for units.

Let's not sugar-coat reality.

You know I speak the truth.
Sep 15, 2015
AnaF
AnaF Thanks SamH2, you paint a pretty clear picture. Helpful!
May 18, 2016
bubbles12
bubbles12 I think given time and a good council (pity about the amalgamation) Guildford will become something like Wigram St, Harris Park, only Middle Eastern. Can't deny it is amazing food and if they keep things secular it'll be a destination spot like Crown and Elizabeth St in the city.
Oct 26, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice little town"

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

"Good Place!"

Good place to live... Centre Sydney.. Family place..
Recommended for
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  • 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 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great for first home buyers"

I have lived on the corner of Fowler & Guildford Rds for the last 4years & this end of Guildford Road is not busy at all. It is a very quiet area with lots of young friendly families & I would recommend it too any young first home buyer. I found this area a cheap & easy way to get into the property market.
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  • Families with kids
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SamH2
SamH2 Guildford has always been different depending on which side of the line you live on. I live on the "bad" side of the line. Now its just the "busy" side. Lol. I still remember the level crossing next to the station! That's how old I am and how long I've been here.
Sep 15, 2015
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • 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+
4/5
2yrs+

"Typical suburbia in Western Sydney"

Guildford is a suburb in the western suburbs. It is characteristic of urban sprawl with a lot of different nationalities living there. There are a fair few Lebanese pizza bakeries on the Guildford Road stretch of shops along with a library and supermarket. Guildford West seems to be actually quite a nice lower middle to mid middle-income area. Quite a few of the houses there have boats in the driveway so everybody seems to do quite well. Guildford sports club has a lot of entertainment going on so for a quiet suburb in the western suburbs of Sydney, there is everything available and it is quite convenient in that sense.
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SamH2
SamH2 Typical? Really? I wouldn't describe it as characteristic of urban sprawl anymore. It's decidedly urban. Boats in the driveway? hahaha.
You can't seriously think that those people are wealthy? Most have been sold by now. They hardly ever get used. They're a pipe dream, really.
My, my... So much has change since 2009.
Sep 15, 2015
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Best Streets in Guildford

1

O'Neill St

3.5/5
"Close to everything but not too busy"
-33.84839 150.98507

Unranked Streets in Guildford

"close to parra cbd"
-33.85228 150.98898
"Convenient street with properties backing onto water pipeline on one side, elevated with views"
-33.86233 150.99002

Phyllis Crs

4.5/5
"A lovely street to live in."
-33.8494 150.977048

Clyde St

3.5/5
"Very Pleasant and Quiet Street"
-33.8466096961 150.98302549