7.5 out of 10

Kingswood

Ranked 354th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.7652910685393 150.721590728026
Great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Retirees

Reviews

2/5
Apr 05, 2016

"I agree with JordanNash, its a rough area and its well known that it has a bad reputation."

I lived in a neighboring suburb for around 8 years, then in Kingswood for around 3 years. Although I will admit that on the outskirts of Kingswood there are some nice spots, probably 50% of the area isn't bad at all, in fact there are even a few nice spots tucked away. But Kingswood is well known to people of the western suburbs to be a bit of a rough area. By rough I mean there are a lot of drug users, drugs dealers, thugs, criminals and just alot of people with low moral standards in certain parts of town. There is also a brothel at the main row of shops, which is a few doors down from the local chemist and take away lol. It is one of those areas that has both good and bad points. Also as stated in previous posts, not safe to walk around at night, particularly near the train station which is a crime hot spot. Good cheap accommodation around for students of the nearby uni or TAFE.
Pros
  • Close to Uni/TAFE
  • Good public transport
  • Close to hospital
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Drug/crime hot spot
  • Crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live or invest in"

I bought into Kingswood 4 years ago and I must say that I have really enjoyed it and the best thing is the people. Sure it has its pockets that are not so great like any area, mainly around the station but that is the same as any area. For the most part Kingswood is a great area with brilliant facilities. A large beautiful university, a large and progressive hospital, plenty of schools, fast trains that express to the city, lots of parks, a great mix of housing, plenty of shops and not far from arterial roads to the city and blue mountains. Kingswood has really flown under the investor radars because this suburb just has so much to offer for families, young people and old people and the prices are still so cheap. Like the previous reviewer, Kingswood is being judged on the riff raff turning up on the train line, but these people are generally not even from Kingswood. These small things will be cleaned up in no time. Oh I nearly forgot, once Badgery's Creek airport goes in, this place is going to boom!! Why? Because Kingswood is the only suburb that is assured to not have a flight path over it due to the university and hospital! Look at the plans for the new luxurious apartments and retail hub across the road from the train station, this place is really going to be the next Blacktown!
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Spacious
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
StacieH
StacieH Are you able to please advise where I can find the plans for the new retail hub that you advised is going up across from the station in Kingswood? I've done some googling but can't find anything
2yrs+
BenA
BenA BenA Sure there is a development already sold out on the corner of Great Western Highway and The Northern Road linking onto the hospital precinct. This is due for completion in 2017. The development directly across from Kingswood station has just been released to the public now. PRD are looking after it, here is a link http://www.realestate.com.au/property-apartment-nsw-kingswood-119785627 . You might need to paste the link in your search box. Read all the way down and it details a lot of the development work for Kingswood in the not too distant future. Good Luck!
2yrs+
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1/5
2yrs+

"Bottom of the proverbial barrel in every sense."

I am unsure what suburb the other reviewers have been living in. I guess all experiences are subjective, so let me tell you about my experience living at Kingswood.

I spent four months here living in student accommodation at UWS (a huge waste of money, by the way; you will find a cheaper and better room off campus). Within two weeks, a student had been mugged walking in broad daylight from one campus building to another. The large park between the campus and the train station was universally considered to be a no-go zone at night, which meant every night out in the city ended with an expensive taxi ride with rude, money-hungry drivers who would deliberately take longer routes and refuse to stop when asked. Theft from clotheslines and even inside townhouses was a semi-regular occurrence.

The suburb is a hive of degeneracy and a cultural wasteland, filled to the brim with unemployed high school drop-outs propagating petty crime. Shady characters perpetually surround the station, though one occasion where I watched a boy of about 13 emu-bob along the side of the tracks for half-smoked cigarettes and change at least gave me some comic relief.

Shops and eateries are very limited. A handful of overpriced convenience stores, basement-tier takeaway shops and arguably the worst Domino's Pizza I've ever given patronage to is all you'll find. Anything remotely resembling a cafe will require a trip to neighboring Penrith.

I would not recommend this suburb to anyone and am glad to have moved far, far away from it.
Cons
  • Very limited shopping
  • Degenerate residents
  • No good restaurants/cafes
  • Crime
  • Lack of amenities
FunR
FunR Sounds like you are blaming your experience with the university and the taxi drivers on an entire suburb. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but your opinion is very harsh and certainly not reflective of the Kingswood I know. I live in this cultural wasteland- as you describe it and I can tell you that if you actually left the university grounds and actually had the ticker to 'walk through' the area rather than catch cabs you would realise that the suburb is actually littered with for the most part, hard working honest people. Good luck with where ever you moved to, hopefully the people their are a little more worthy of your royal presence!
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Stay near the Orchard Hills Estate"

Kingswood has its good and bad pockets like any suburb. It is a nice place to live if you use basic common sense, for example, do not hang around the train station after 10pm. The north side of the train tracks towards Cambridge Park is the less desirable side of Kingswood and it is home to lots of older style apartment blocks and housing commision. Kingswood is such a large suburb that it could easily be two or three suburbs. The old Orchard Hills estate is easily the nicest part of Kingswood which spans from Peppermint Crescent all the way through the back of the university to the new Caddens estate (which will also be nice). This area is full of nicer houses with well kept lawns and friendly people. The best thing about it is that you can still walk to the station and shops yet have the advantage of abundant parks and nice views across the hills of the university. The blocks of land are quite large and there is a nice mixture of housing in Kingswood, including apartments, villas, duplexes and houses. I would definitely recommend for families and also good for couples commuting to the city. The express train gets you to the city in 40 mins and you have all the benefits of Penrith just one stop away - without the troubles of that kind of density.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Spacious
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
2yrs+

"Cheap and Affordable"

I lived in Kingswood for 6 years whilst I completed my studies and began my illustrious career as a struggling artist. I used to dislike it, but not all of it is bad. Perhaps it was because I lived so close to the train station that I got to see it's darker side. By that, I mean... a few gang fights (involving a lot of angry gentelmen with fence posts) addicts looking for needles on a regular basis near the station, a homeless guy tried to follow me home one night, domestic disputes between young couples. But apart from the minority described here, most people are well behaved. It's a very humble suburb. Cook at home or expect to eat a lot of takeaway. Demographic is mostly students or families in housing commission. Property prices are extremely cheap, especially in comparison to neighboring Penrith. Housing is comprised mostly of units or fibro cottages. Werrington Creek Park is very pretty with it's playground, walking track, fountain and hungry ducks. Transportation was OK: but let down only by the constant lateness and cancellations of a certain Metropolitan Rail Service *wink* The closest shopping centers are either situated on the borders or in Penrith, which can be annoying. Overall, living there was great for my student budget at the time, but I am very happy to have moved on.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Spacious
Cons
  • Lack of amenities
  • Crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
5/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything"

Uni, TAFE, train station, parks and shops all within walking distance. Close to the M4 motorway. There are many peaceful streets tucked away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Penrith making it perfect for singles, couples and young families. Lot's of first home buyer suitable properties being small fibro homes, although land is generously sized on average making it an ideal first step into the property market.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Uni suburb"

UWS is located here. Lots of Uni students live in the suburb. There are lots of playing fields. It is a nice quiet suburb.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"University Suburb!"

This Suburb has many houses that house UWS students, whether through the Uni's accomodation or whether share houses, so the students are in close to the uni.

The shops near the train station are functional, and have everything you might want, take away shop, convience shops, bottle shop, hair dresser.

Locate very close to Penrith, so access to all those shops. Train runs every 30mins from Kingswood to Parramatta or the City.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
JordanNash
JordanNash Ah, UWS student accommodation, where you have the privilege of paying $170+ for a tiny bedroom with a single bed, sharing a single bathroom and kitchen with four other people. Parramatta UWS is even more of a rort than Penrith for that, though.
2yrs+
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