7.7 out of 10

Hornsby

Ranked 327th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.697718718219 151.097639412981
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  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Pest Free
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
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Reviews

4/5
Apr 30, 2017

"Growing Hub"

Great suburb in Sydney's NorthWest, a hub for upper north shore/hills and lower central coast.
Recommended for
  • Singles
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 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 02, 2017

"Great place to live for families"

Having been living in Hornsby for 15 years. I must say it is one of the great place to live. We have everything here, Westfield shopping centre, public and private hospital, rail station, nice schools, swimming pool, etc. You name it. A little far from city, but 40 mins commute is quite reasonable nowdays for Sydneysiders.

It is a pleasure for living in a such green, leafing suburb next to national parks. The property price is reasonable comparing with some neighboring suburbs in the south side.
Pros
  • surrounded by national park.
  • Close to everything!
  • Fresh air
  • Pick the right loction and its quiet and still easy walk to all shoping cetres and rail station.
  • sensational weekly outdoor market every Thursday in the Mall
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
Feb 13, 2017

"Hornsby"

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Pros
  • surrounded by national park.
  • Fresh air
  • Pick the right loction and its quiet and still easy walk to all shoping cetres and rail station.
  • Close to everything!
Cons
  • Junky Town
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
KateW3
KateW3 This has not been my experience, lived here for 12 years and always found it a safe, friendly, family area.
Jan 28, 2016
claud
claud what a load of cods wallop
Feb 26, 2016
JoB4
JoB4 Open your eyes locals. If you don't want to see it, you wont! Corruption, Drugs etc (& this is not new, been going on for decades) Bogan parents creating kids with ability to fend for themselves. The little bumbag carrying kids are not going on a bushwalk. Wake up!!!!!!!!!
Feb 26, 2016
CyrilL
CyrilL Couldnt agree more Jim! and JoB4, if like me you live in the "heart" of hornsby you will see the filth, urine stench streets, the junkies, the crime, police at the apartment block every second day! its not a great place at all
Apr 14, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Nov 28, 2016

"Awesome suburb"

I moved to Hornsby recently from the neighbouring Castle Hill and Hornsby is its own little hub.

I have everything I need here. My local basketball club, HKBA, is a 10 minute drive away in Thornleigh, large Westfield's, 5 minute walk to the station and an hour or so to the Coast if I wish to get out of Sydney for the weekend.

What I like about Hornsby is the demographics of the Hornsby population. You have your professionals, young families, families, retireees, blue collar workers etc. The average age is 39.
Multiculturalism and the Aussie spirit is truly well and alive.

And as for the properties, there are some lovely quaint homes and stylish apartments with a price tag that is not (yet) out of reach.

Futhermore, I have friends and family along the Upper North Shore train line, Northern Suburbs and Hills Shire so it is convenient for me to get to them (within 15-30 minutes) and vice versa.

For families, reputable secondary schools are within close proximity: Barker College, Hornsby Girls (one of the top selective schools), Knox Grammar, Abbotsleigh, St Leo's, Loreto Normanhurst and Normanhurst Boys.

Nightlife: Not great, as it is suburbia, not inner city, although I'm a 10 min walk to the Blue Gum Hotel which pulls in a resonable crowd and serves good food.

Transport is good. I catch the train into town for work and have had good runs more often than not: 40 mins on average from Hornsby station to Town Hall on the 7:00 am train. The best train runs I've had thus far have taken 35 minutes station to station - a vast improvement from the 60 minute ride on the Hills Bus.

All in all, I'm really happy with living in Hornsby.

Cheers.
Pros
  • surrounded by national park.
  • Close to everything!
  • Fresh air
  • Pick the right loction and its quiet and still easy walk to all shoping cetres and rail station.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Nov 18, 2016

"Bland but Convenient and Safe"

3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
Oct 14, 2016

"Not so good and not too bad"

I have been in Hornsby near a year. It's so gray place full of ugly apartments(you can't see the sky even!). But is so family friendly and safe place to live. It's close to everywhere and has a good shopping center. The big issue of these place is train sound, especially for those apartment which near train station.
Pros
  • Close to everything!
  • Pick the right loction and its quiet and still easy walk to all shoping cetres and rail station.
  • sensational weekly outdoor market every Thursday in the Mall
Cons
  • Junky Town
  • Overpriced properties
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
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 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 26, 2016

"Great Family Suburb"

Lived here for almost 20 years and we love it. It's a great area for families with good amenities, and schools, and houses on good sized blocks. Loads of National Parks and other outdoor activities on offer. The express train gets you to Central in just over 30 minutes. Also good train connections down the North Shore line.
Pros
  • surrounded by national park.
  • Fresh air
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • 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 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
Apr 14, 2016

"Junky Town"

Avoid all areas especially Jersey Street North
Pros
Cons
  • Junky Town
  • Too many bad drivers
  • Overpriced properties
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Dec 30, 2015

"Boring but aspiring to be "Little Paris" - No Paris here!"

Very Australian and unaccepting. Cheaper housing but you'll travel for anything good, that includes a coffee. Locals look after locals. Must fit in and go camping, drive a similar car, don't aspire to greatness. Tall poppy syndrome alive and well.
Pros
  • surrounded by national park.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
KateW3
KateW3 I've found it a very multicultural and accepting area, my children attend a school with 85 different nationalities represented and it is a happily diverse community. It's not Paris, it's Hornsby.
Jan 28, 2016
claud
claud jimj1 your Dreaming it used to be nice until you could not afford to rent or sleep rough there and moved on , Check the stats Hornsby has one of the lowest crime rates in Sydney be nice jimi1 get a better job
Feb 26, 2016
CyrilL
CyrilL If you walk around the station and surrounding streets you will see it is just a dirty slum full of junkies and homeless people
Apr 14, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Hornsby Mall Shopping on Thursdays"

Every so often I get back to Hornsby and especially love it on a Thursday. After finding an organic market in another area, I wanted to see what the one on Thursday was like and it's seriously fantastic. It runs all day, there is some incredible produce (love the free range meat that you can buy), a fantastic plant guy, awesome organic fruid & veg, free range dairy, but the best find was a new stall called Moo & More. Their butter may be a little more expensive than the supermarket, but it lasts forever, melts on the tongue, you don't need a lot of it, it's from the Dairy Farmer direct so there's no middle man which in my books, is the best bit about markets like these. No middle man. You get to talk to the producers/farmers direct, you can chow down on some great gourmet food (crepe stall there rocks!), there's no mad rush by people and you have the fountain as the backdrop.

best value for money on a Thursday which is why I make the effort to get there every week!
Pros
  • sensational weekly outdoor market every Thursday in the Mall
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
CyrilL
CyrilL If you are like me and have a full time job you wont get to ever see this market or even know it was on as it is for retirees and stay at home mums
Apr 14, 2016
johns90
johns90 Maybe if you are white collar, you could Work From Home that day? or maybe if blue collar, RDO? Seriously, you are way too negative Cyril
3 days ago
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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+

"Hornsby - The New Chatswood"

Soon to be the NEW Chatswood prices are set to soar high in 2015 when the new developments are complete. Real estate will become very competitive around this time as the area has some of the top facilities in Sydney and will also have some of the most modern housing still set in a natural setting close to the beaches and easy access to the city. Thinking of purchasing in Hornsby you almost can't go wrong!
Pros
  • Close to everything!
  • Fresh air
  • Pick the right loction and its quiet and still easy walk to all shoping cetres and rail station.
  • surrounded by national park.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
JoB4
JoB4 Gay & Lesbian, Hipsters??? Yes, that would be great but maybe in 200 years! Life is short, don't spend it fighting an uphill battle.
Feb 26, 2016
CyrilL
CyrilL Nothing good about Chatswood if thats hornsbys future I am out
Apr 14, 2016
aineee
aineee Chatswood is the best surburb.
Mar 22, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Best suburb for Spiritual people who also prefer commercial activity nearby..."

Lived in Hornsby for 6 years. So I'll attempt to be objective based on my observations:

1) Surrounded by the mountains. 5 min drive and you're in the most quiet, secluded and isolated part of Sydney... the pure, luscious green-ery... where you can mediate, contemplate and reconnect with yourself.

2) Hornsby is like a self-contained city. It literally has EVERYTHING. Gigantic Westfield, train station, Hospital, OfficeWorks, absolutely everything you could ever want!

3) Area is rapidly expanding. As of Jan 2013, they've destroyed the already-big pool, and rebuilding it into a gigantic Olympic size pool.

4) There's sports field to exercise.

5) Very clean streets. And no holes in the roads.


Subjectively... I love the place. Because (1) It's for business men like myself where all commercial activity is nearby, and (2) it's in pure nature... allowing spiritual people like myself to get away every morning and reconnect with beautiful mother earth.
Pros
  • Close to everything!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
QB1 QB1
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Hornsby"

Pros
  • surrounded by national park.
  • Fresh air
  • Pick the right loction and its quiet and still easy walk to all shoping cetres and rail station.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great place to raise a family"

Pros
  • Close to everything!
  • Fresh air
  • Pick the right loction and its quiet and still easy walk to all shoping cetres and rail station.
  • surrounded by national park.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great suburb, close to everything!"

Pros
  • Close to everything!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 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+

"Hornsby , smell the fresh air."

Far enough away from the big smoke.
Still convenient to get to CBD via three train lines.
Northshore line
Western line
Western line via Macquarie line.
Did I mention the fresh air .
Pros
  • surrounded by national park.
  • Fresh air
  • Pick the right loction and its quiet and still easy walk to all shoping cetres and rail station.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
CyrilL
CyrilL in 2011 it had fresh air those days are long gone :(
Apr 14, 2016
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Slap up some more high rise development in the area - great idea!!!"

Hornsby has been on a downward slide for the past 15-20 years and it's getting exponentially worse thanks for poor planning on behalf of the council.
ChrisC21
ChrisC21 They are and capital growth is looking very bright for the Hornsby region
2yrs+
CyrilL
CyrilL Capital growth wont make up for loss in quality of life, traffic jams, over shadowed by high rises surround by junkies and a total slum town these days
Apr 14, 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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great street - close to the top schools"

This is one of the top streets in Hornsby.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 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
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"A commercial centre on the edge of the bush"

Hornsby is a suburb situated about 25 km to the north-west of Sydney's CBD. It is a large commercial centre, and is well serviced by multiple train lines daily.

A great spot for raising a family, with many schools and sporting facilities. There are all of the essential services in the area, and also some large complexes including a huge Westfield.

Most of the houses are on reasonably sized blocks, many with a swimming pool. Some of the residential areas have the feeling of being nestled in the bushland, so the area does feel a lot smaller than it actually is.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"An established neighbourhood"

Hornsby is located on the north side of Sydney and is a good forty minutes' train ride to Central station. There are houses and low-density residential units around here. However, the latter tend to be older style units. There are several good things about Hornsby. You have Hornsby Westfield located in the heart of the suburb. This mall is huge and all your shopping needs will be met here. There are department stores, chain stores, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and foodcourts in the mall.

Additionally, Barker College is situated about ten minutes' walk from Hornsby station. This is a prestigious private school that boasts of many superior facilities for its students. The streets of Hornsby are lined with lovely trees and there is plenty of street parking to go around. Apart from these benefits, Hornsby is very far from the city. Traffic during peak hours is really bad too.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
Wayfarer
Wayfarer Great write up, Ruby.
Don't forget the huge bushland surrounding the town centre!
2yrs+
CyrilL
CyrilL these reviews are old all that surround the town centre these days is gridlock, highrises and plans for more highrises
Apr 14, 2016
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Best Streets in Hornsby

1

Werna Pl

5/5
"The best street in Hornsby"
-33.70969 151.0948
2

Bridge Rd

4.5/5
"Bridge Rd convenience"
-33.6971344212 151.0962290454
3

Bellbrook Ave

4.5/5
"Bellbrook Avenue"
-33.70059 151.1047
4

Water St

4.5/5
"Convenient & Quite"
-33.6995318176 151.1028543288
5

Hunter St

4/5
"Close to a Main Shopping District"
-33.7055184784 151.1002315362

Unranked Streets in Hornsby

Warandoo St

4.5/5
"Warandoo Street, Hornsby"
-33.7163409132 151.0966934982

Muriel St

3.5/5
"Muriel Street "
-33.70511 151.10309

Linda St

2.5/5
"OK to rent - not to buy...."
-33.70054 151.10191

Pound Rd

4.5/5
-33.7056892332 151.0984010455

Ida St

4.5/5
"Ida Street, Hornsby"
-33.6891191942 151.0991250456