8.9 out of 10

Harris Park

Ranked 126th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8255330691995 151.021383932184
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Nov 24, 2016

"pretty decent"

I haven't lived here very long, its pretty easy to get around. I have found that if you are a young full Australian female walking about on your own in day or night it can be quite intense when it comes to people with different nationalities, i have been followed to and from my home by groups of males and men on their own by foot and when they are in cars quite a few times. I like to be home by 5.30 to avoid the groups of men that are either from Pakistan/India or are middle eastern as that is when they seem to be out harassing girls, other then that its not too bad for rent and its very close to Parramatta.
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  • Education - Close to Schools/University
Cons
  • groups of foreign men harassing girls
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jackp4
jackp4 Hi I am looking to purchase a property in Harris Park and was wondering if you could tell me where the best and worst locations within the area are? Additionally, are there any other downfalls other than the foreign males?
Thanks
Nov 24, 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 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Long time resident & Lover!!!"

I've lived in Harris Park for as long as i can remember, i grew up in Brisbane st and have recently purchased my first apartment in Good st. its a great suburb and wouldnt live anywhere else!

One thing ive noticed over the years is how fast the suburb has changed, their are new apartments being built every day but thats a good thing especially for property growth.
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  • Education - Close to Schools/University
  • Rental Value - good returns
  • Lots of History
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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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • 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+

"Great option for inner westies wanting an affordable house in great area"

Harris is 5 minutes walk to Parramatta train station, Westfields, shops, facilities, etc. It has loads of lovely heritage houses that are really affordable. We moved from the Inner West (Marrickville) as we wanted to be able to afford a nice house, but still wanted to be close to the train stations. We found a really cute Victorian workers cottage 5 minutes to both Harris Park & Parramatta Stations. I work at Central and it takes me 25minutes from Parramatta station to Central station on the Blue Mountains Express line (quiet carriages too). It takes my colleague who lives in Rozelle longer to get to work!

Its a safe neighbourhood, we have lived here for 5 years with no problems at all.
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  • Education - Close to Schools/University
  • Rental Value - good returns
  • Lots of History
Cons
  • Parramatta council need to provide better roads and need to work on more parking
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"One of the best and ever growing suburb"

Harris park has gone through massi
Pros
  • Eating out and Community feeling
  • Public Transport...
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  • Education - Close to Schools/University
  • Rental Value - good returns
  • Lots of History
Cons
  • Parramatta council need to provide better roads and need to work on more parking
  • Create more medium density zonings allowing more dwellings within same available land
  • More infrastucture development is needed by council like lift to railway station
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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 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Small neighbourhood that’s Safe & Friendly"

Nice people with plenty of positive culture.
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  • Education - Close to Schools/University
  • Rental Value - good returns
  • Lots of History
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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
  • 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+

"Pleasant People"

Easier for me to detail my comments in point form.

- Lovely people
- Multicultural
- Wide selection of exotic food
- Chemist, Doctors, Dentist, Lawyers at your door step
- Many schools (primary/secondary)
- Great transport
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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
  • 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+

"Invest Invest Invest"

I have been investigating in property for the better part of 10 years now, throughout this period I have closely monitored market statistics for the Parramatta CBD region, I have personally owned 3 investment apartments within Harris Park and still currently have 1.
Over the past 3 years Harris Park has made a steady incline in market value and from all information available still looks to be continuing this trend.
This is great news for the residents/investors of Harris Park.
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  • Steady/strong market growth
  • Rental Value - good returns
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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
  • 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+

"Harris Park"

Friendly location, steady market growth.

As of recent findings I have heard that Parramatta city council are in the process of re-evaluating the boarder lines between the CBD and surrounding suburb.

This may mean that Harris Park is soon to be Parramatta which is a positive sign for the local real estate.

Overall this change would substantially improve the suburbs median value however I’m not sure how this would affect the heritage listed properties title.
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  • Rental Value - good returns
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  • Lots of History
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"Friendly Harris Park"

I’ve lived in Harris Park for a number of years and have always felt at home.

A lot of People are unaware of the History that Harris Park holds dating back to early settlement periods in the late 1700’s.

Harris Park today still has a lot of old real estate much of this is heritage listed and still in beautiful condition.

My daughter attends the Australian International Performing Arts School in Allen Street which is formally known as the Kenilworth estate, an excellent institution.

Aside from the busy crowds that Rosehill race course attract I find the suburb to be very relaxed and peaceful.
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  • Education - Close to Schools/University
  • Rental Value - good returns
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Clairecares Me too!
2yrs+
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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
  • 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+

"Why I chose Harris Park!"

Let me start off by saying - I love Harris Park!

The suburb (although small) has a lot to give, well priced property with a perfectly positioned locality, plenty of shops to choose from with all the basics that often get overlooked like medical centres, Chemists & dentists.

As I work in the city (Sydney CBD) travel time to and from work is one of the most important aspects of real estate. I currently leave home at 8:30am and the train takes me 35 mins to get to work.

I highly recommend the area to any professionals that work in the Sydney CBD or Parramatta CBD which is basically walking distance.

My 2 cents worth :)
Carl.
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2yrs+

"Not a very pleasant place"

Harris Park is located right next to Parramatta. This proximity makes it very attractive to many migrants who want to access the convenience of Parramatta but do not wish to pay its exorbitant rent. Harris Park is a relatively cheaper place to rent and live. There is a train station that services this suburb but the trains are not as frequent as those in Parramatta. In recent years, more developers are building units around the area to cater to the population expansion of Parramatta.

There are many Indian restaurants and small service businesses located in this area and many of these businesses are based in the heritage houses that are scattered around Harris Park. When you walk along the main street - Wigram Street, you are greeted by the smells of Indian food. If you like that smell, that is great but if you do not, then I recommend that you avoid this place. It is a cost effective suburb to live in but in recent months, according to media reports, there has been an increase in crime rate around this area.
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Benski
Benski While I agree that the cooking smells on Wigram street can be quite strong, there's nothing wrong with them - and its really only that main street at about 6-8pm when all the restaurants are in full swing. That and those same restaurants produce some of the best Indian foods I've tasted.

With regards to trains, they're not as frequent because its a minor stop (thus you'll need an all-station train to get in). However, I used to go to Merrylands (basically otherside of Parra) and the trains were as frequent there - and that was the Limited Stops train. You're waiting about 15 mins per train, which is pretty standard across the City Rail network anyway. Add in that every man and his dog takes the Parra train, and I've found I've always gotten a seat even in peak hour for the Harris Park trains. And you're still within walking distance of Parra station (just add on 10 mins for the walk) if you really can't wait.

And with crime - I saw those reports, but it was mainly linked to the racial tensions felt at the time anyway between Australia and India. The media jumped on the story because it was to do with Indians. Certainly the place feels a lot more community minded (i.e. where people will actually say g'day to one another) than a lot of other suburbs surrounding Parra - and women/families can be seen walking around up until about 8pm most nights, which is usually a pretty good sign of the crime rate. I haven't had any problems - though living in Sydney you always take precautions anyway.
2yrs+
Kelly18813
Kelly18813 I agree with Benski, I’ve never had any issues living in Harris Park and i regularly walk to the shops and jog 3 times a week.

My neighbours are very pleasant.

In saying that the suburb has been on a steady incline of improvement which is great. I love it!
2yrs+
LisiP
LisiP Would you recommend walking around rose hill at night, say near the waldorf apartments?
2yrs+
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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 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Prime location on the outskirts of the CBD"

I've lived in Harris Park for close to 3 years now.

The area is very peaceful with leafy streets; people always say hello to you with a smile which I feel is important (moving from Telopea/Dundas I always felt a little uneasy)

The area in general is outstanding. It is close to many schools both public and private, not to mention a 2 minute drive from the University of Western Sydney.

Parramatta Westfield’s Shopping centre/CBD and restaurants are a short 10 minute walk or 2-3 minute drive.
We are also located very close to Victoria road, the M4 and James Ruse Drive.
Train stations are also close with Rosehill and Parramatta being in walking distance for those that work in the city, and there are also regular buses running through the area.

Overall I really like being close to a growing CBD and public transport however still being out of the busy rush.
An awesome location to buy in.
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Carltonb
Carltonb Couldn’t agree more!
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Up and Coming Village"

This place is a quiet little nest just off of Parramatta, with great transport and good schools. The train station gives quick easy access to the city (approx 30 min train ride in) and the M4/James Ruse Drive are easily accessible from the streets. In fact, the roads directly around this part heading towards the city (James Ruse -> M4) are very quick with minimal traffic.

Walking around here is refreshing with tree-lined streets and a friendly atmosphere. There's plenty of parks, historic places to visit and some houses which just look fantastic.

Late at night, the little town centre up the road still has enough people to keep the businesses open to fairly late. The Indian take-away and restaurants are awesome - and there's even Greek (award winning no less, its always packed!), Lebanese and Japanese food within strolling distance. If you're up for a 10-15 minute stumble though, all of Parramatta's clubs and pubs are just up the road.

Its close to Parramatta Station and Westfields (about 10 mins walk) which is great because you don't have to try and fight for a park. Rosehill Racecourse is just down the road if you're into that sorta thing -- though with a car you can realistically get anywhere you could from Parramatta without having to drive through the busy streets of Parra.

I lived in Holroyd Gardens before this, and I have to say I just love the peace and quiet that this place has given me. No more sounds of police cars roaring up and down the road, no more M4 noise (I live relatively far from the M4 itself, up around Alice St way) and no sound of trains.

Overall, I rate the place 8/10 -- its a fine place that will probably maintain its quiet lifestyle and old-fashioned looks as Parramatta takes off.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"`GREAT value for Money and the next BOOM suburb`"

Harris Park is an excellent entry point into real estate; it’s a nice little village which is literally a few hundred meters away from Parramatta Westfield and all the trendy Cafes and River without the hefty price tag to live IN Parramatta!
I'm very pleased with my investment in Harris Park and considered buying in Parramatta but didn’t feel I was getting value for money and could see it was inevitable that Harris Park being so close to Parramatta CBD that it would boom, and so it has started to now!
I love the fact I can walk a few mins into Parramatta, but not live amongst the towering high-rises and packed in units.
I love that I have Rosella Park right out the back which regularly hosts Markets and Fairs, and Christmas Carols.
People from all over Sydney travel to Harris Park to eat at the Indian Restraunts as they are some of the best, not to mention the Japanese restaurants and The Olive Greek restraunt which is packed on Friday and Saturday nights!
The Cafe on the corner is always full and adds a great atmosphere to the area, and they have great sweets and coffee!
Yes there was a time when we had a few riots here, with all the Indian students who live here, but that has been resolved and the riots were harmless, nothing or no-one was hurt...except my sleep for a night ;)
I believe if you want everything Parramatta has, but you want your space and NOT the higher price tag, then Harris Park `The Village` is the place to live + invest (hardly any vacancy rates here)
Rosehill Racecourse is just up the road and Rosehill shopping centre with Woolworths, so you dont have to go all the way into westfields and fight for parking to do your grocery shopping!
I rate Harris Park very highly, as its very convenient, without being too `city like` it has a `village feel` :)
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice + Leafy suburb with plenty of History"

Rosehill is right next to Harris Park, Parramatta and near Granville.
Its location is good depending how close you live to the Parramatta/ Harris Park, as Rosehill’s train station you need to change at Clyde to get a City train.
Its has its own entry onto the M4 either way, city or west, and James Ruse drive leads you right into Parramatta and onto Pennant Hills Rd/ windsor Rd to get into Hornsby + up to the Cental Coast!
The streets are very leafy and there are plenty of Historical homes, including Elizabeth Farm.
It has its own shopping centre with Woolworths, Mc Donalds, KFC, Hooters, Rosehill Bowling Club, Subway, Sopranos (best pizza around!).
There is Rosehill Race Course which not only holds races but also expos!
It has 3 Daycares, and a Clown Town (kids play centre, very popular)
I have read recently that its more expensive to rent in Rosehill then to pay a mortgage, I guess they'd be basing that on the houses and new large units (restricted to 3/4 story), as the houses are more expensive in Rosehill then Parramatta i find, they have HUGE blocks too.
Rosehill is a nice suburb especially if you appreciate tree lined streets and period style homes + a backyard!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Excellent for families with everything available at your footstep"

I've owned a couple of properties in Harris Park and have known the area for the past 5 years. You name the facility or service and it is available in this suburb. It is only 5 minutes walk from Parramatta so you can get to everything within a few minutes. There are a couple of medical centers, chemist, post office, supermarkets, restaurants, parks, school within a very close proximity. It is perfect for families and singles. I lived there for several months and I found it very safe and quiet.
The best advantage of living in Harris Park is that you are living only 5-10 minutes from Parramatta however you can buy a property for a lot less (NOW), however I don't think that this will be the case in the near future if you analyse all the western suburbs that are close to Parramatta. It is great for the investors as the most tenants are families so they are peaceful and always look after the property. P'matta council have started a free shuttle bus service that runs between P'matta and Harris Park - a great facility to integrate the areas with P'matta.

Overall I would recommend Harris Park to anyone who wants to live near a big city like Parramatta
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"An overlooked suburb..."

Harris Park has grabbed media attention recently, and while I am sure some residents have some issues some of the time, I can honestly say I enjoy living in this suburb and have never myself seen any of the behaviour associated with those reports. The unfortunate thing is that the focus of attention has made what is otherwise a pleasant neighbourhood seem like a ghetto on the brink of racial-based warfare. This is just patently not true, anymore than it is true for other Sydney suburbs like Redfern, Cronulla, Cabramatta, etc.

This suburb is extremely ethnically diverse. Indians, Chinese, Lebanese and Anglos make up the major population groups. The Indian population is more visible due to the number of Indian restaurants and other stores that can be found in the town centre. I welcome it. It is like Norton Street for Italian restaurants. And like that area, Harris Park is slowly developing a community culture with good restaurants and a vibrant town centre feel to it.

Convenience-wise, I think you will be hard-pressed to find a better located suburb in the western suburbs. There is a train station for access to the city, Parramatta is a short walk away, and the major arterial roads between Parramatta and the city are all easily accessible - I have never yet seen the roads clogged up in this suburb.

The criticism I have of this suburb is that it is fast becoming a suburb of units. I live in a heritage house and am lucky enough that most of my street is also heritage protected, but other parts of the suburb seem to all be converting to units.

Finally, the cost of buying into this suburb is still extremely cheap. Given it is a stone's throw from Parramatta the price differential is quite remarkable. Undoubtedly this is related to the perception of the suburb. One can't help but think however that the differential will end at some point, as the suburb continues to evolve and as Parramatta grows in its role as an alternate CBD.
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"close enough to walk to parramatta, far enough to not be parramatta"

it's like living in a cosy suburb that just happen to have a race course and is within walking distance to major shops.

you would also be pleasantly surprised by the amount of greens and leaves.
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Value for money, yet all the conveniences."

The suburb is quite Historic, with everything from "Elizabeth House" ( MacArthurs Residence )
which is one of Sydney's first settlements.
The home of the Horse Racing fraternity, hence the Rose Hill Race Course and some stately homes of the "Sport of Kings".

The area has good business facilities in the Rydges and Waldorf Hotels ( great for functions without the parking hassles of the Parramatta CBD )

The area is transforming into a highly accesable and convenient Residential suburb at prices much less that it's neighbor Parramatta, a new 2 bedroom apartment can be as much as $100,000 less in purchase price, yet the rental yield is comparable, a great place to invest.

The shopping is all there, with Woolworths, Aldi, Subway, KFC and McDonalds all just a walk away.

The Railway Station is on James Ruse Drive next to the Race Course, trains run approx. every 10 minutes in peak times and it takes only 30+ minutes to reach Sydney's Central station.

All in all, a cosy up coming suburb that will soon become "Trendy"
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  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Mix of commercial and residential"

Rosehill is located in the western suburbs of Sydney and you can easily get to the city in thirty minutes' by the M4 motorway. This suburb is close enough to Harris Park, Parramatta and Granville. In recent years, there has been plenty of development going around Rosehill. As such, many townhouses and residential units are sprouting up around the area. This makes it very sterile.

Additionally, I find Rosehill very dusty due to its proximity to the factorys and its location next to James Ruse drive. The Rosehill racecourse is famous for its races, caravan and motor homes shows and etc. There are a couple of hotels and service apartments around this area too. Woolworths, BP, Maccas and etc are all located within this suburb too.
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Unranked Streets in Harris Park

Brisbane St

4.5/5
"Brisbane Street"
-33.8242066756 151.0133925111

Weston St

4.5/5
"Feel good street, Convenience plus"
-33.8229157699 151.0213018702

Albion St

3.5/5
"Best street in the suburb..."
-33.8224444868 151.0098408127

Crown St

1.5/5
"If you love sirens...."
-33.8228406378 151.0107560581