7.6 out of 10

Marrickville

Ranked 367th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.9132924354371 151.153004869804
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
1 day ago

"MARRICKVILLE"

GREAT.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • 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 23, 2017

"The King of Gentrification"

Well-knit community, dynamic shopping and dining options and a love for parks, aquatic centre and community hubs, Marrickville is so family friendly and every week I find myself inside a new cafe, restaurant or bar. It's a suburb of tradition, yet aspiring, innovative and creative for the young and middle-aged!

What's more to offer in the future?
Marrickville will have a world-class metro railway system (Sydney Metro) with a train at least every 4 minutes in peak hours, taking you into Sydney CBD in less than 10 minutes. Marrickville will also be home to a state-of-the-art library hub (designed through competition). Marrickville will also benefit from nearby Sydenham Creative Hub (a masterplanned area for the best of Sydney's live entertainment precinct).
Pros
  • Tightly-knit community
  • Eating out
  • Transport
  • Not too built-up
Cons
  • Some noisy roads and traffic is not great
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"A smart choice when moving to the big city."

I believe Marrickville is an ideal place to live thanks to its excellent lifestyle amenities and amazing cultural diversity. There has been a recent increase in new cafes, wine bars and specialty stores that has given the area a hip, eclectic feel. Marrickville also boasts close proximity to the CBD and excellent transportation links to and from the city, meaning a trip into the hustle and bustle is never too difficult. There are plenty of parks and green space and walking the excellent pathways along the Cooks River makes you really how appreciate how wonderful this pocket of Sydney is.
Pros
  • Eating out
  • Transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Friendly, great coffee, moving up!"

A fantastic place to live - I've lived here for a 3 year period 6 years ago and am currently back here again. It's the perfect balance for me of peace but with all urban amenities. I've seen some negative reviews but these people probably live on or close to the main streets. Marrickville Road, Illawarra Road and the Marrickville train line are things to watch out for, you don't want to be too close especially to the train line as you get goods trains on it. But loads of quiet leafy streets with houses suitable for young families, a lot of old folk and lots of parks and playgrounds. On weekdays you see the original residents, all the old Greek men and women, Vietnamese families, and on weekends the new wave of trendy urbanites out in the great cafes popping up everywhere. Fantastic transport options, excellent food and cheap groceries thanks to the multiple independent butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers.

I'm a young professional with a baby and I don't have to drive to work, there's a great mothers network and early childhood centre, parks and playgrounds, good doctors, sidewalks are pram friendly and I have never felt threatened. After having lived all over the Eastern suburbs, when I moved to Marrickville I was struck by how friendly all the shopkeepers are. With neighbours, well, it depends on where you live. In apartments it's always more anonymous, but moving to a house soon fingers crossed! But as an example the people at my local pho place know my name, chat about their family and babies, the GP's receptionist knows me on sight, and the lovely owner of the Lush Arena women's and kids boutique knows me on sight too! Very close to RPA as well which is a great hospital.

What's not to like? And the skyrocketing real estate market shows the proof is in the pudding.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Not too built-up
  • Eating out
Cons
  • Some noisy roads and traffic is not great
  • Pests - get your place sprayed!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
JimmyL1
JimmyL1 Marrickville area is filthy,dirty nobody gives a damn about anything but their image and oh 'shopping'...the back lanes are littered with rubbish and dogshit cos' hardly anyone could be bothered picking it up or take their bins in.The attitude is that its someone elses problem.Around the many industrial areas it's littered with commercial/industrial rubbish and buildings are left to rot and fester in their own filth.Trees and shrubs are never trimmed or maintained and look ugly and unkempt.Marrickville council is lazy and are only interested in raking in the rates.In my back lane,which is wall to wall bins and rubbish everywhere,the council made a half arsed attempt to get people to take their bins in by putting stickers on the bins saying you must take in your bin or you'll be fined.People ignored it and the council didn't do anything.Pathetic.
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Not a fan"

Dirty, crowded and still expensive, good range of shopping
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A dump"

We rented in Marrickville for a year. It was filthy and noisy and we couldn't wait to escape. The streets are dirty. Our neighbours weren't very friendly and we didn't feel it was a safe suburb. The house was expensive to rent but no match for the constant plane noise and deafening train noise from the goods line that runs 24/7. I didn't sleep right through the night more than a couple of times in a year. This suburb is grossly overpriced and hugely overrated.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"It is wonderful"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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5/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
2yrs+

"Great growth and investment"

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

"A suburban feel with an urban aspect"

Marrickville has just about everything you need in close vicinity. A short trip on the train gets you to the Sydney CBD in 15-20 minutes. Bus services are also reasonable. Livingstone Road is one of the longest, but one of the best (in my opinion!)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"A thriving community in the heart of Sydney"

Marrickville is a bustling and lively community showcasing multiculturalism at its finest. The area is alive with different nationalities making it, in my opinion, Sydney's most colourful place to live. The range of shops and restaurants is so diverse that you can visit a two dollar shop or discount fashion warehouse while at the same time grabbing a coffee from Gloria Jeans and making your way to the Greek Delicatessen for fresh olives. This is a place where young meet old and professionals meet pensioners. Not to mention the growing morning coffee crowd which gathers for lattes on a Saturday morning.

Neighbourliness is rife too - given that my block of friendly neighbours meets every year for a Christmas party by the pool. We look out for one another and have regular catch ups over drinks and dinner. It's a real community. Marrickville is a fabulous place to live if you want to be close to the action, close to transport and around interesting people. The place is rapidly developing and the young professional crowd are moving in. The cafe culture is most definiately catching on. Now is the time to invest, but you'll need to be quick.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Nice and convenient suburb"

Marrickville is a bustling suburb with Marrickville road having plenty of shops and restaurants to service all different types of tastes. There is a distinct ethnic flavour to it all with plenty of Vietnamese restaurants and take away shops along with European restaurants to give you options. Marrickville road itself gets rather crowded so it can definitely feel claustrophobic if you are not use to it all but the many cafes and pubs will give you plenty to be curious about in this happening suburb. Groceries are very cheap in this area and eating out will not cost too much for good food.

There are a lot of new residential developments in Marrickville so there are many young professionals renting or living here due to its proximity to the city. There are many buses in the morning and night that link up so commuting is not a problem.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

Best Streets in Marrickville

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Agar Street

3/5
"Good for access to cheap food and transport to city"
-33.902073 151.163286

Unranked Streets in Marrickville

"Great street to live in."
-33.9001344736 151.1583974272

Meeks Rd

3.5/5
"Cute but cramped"
-33.91492 151.15927
"Nice place to live, a stones throw from public transport, parks and a school."
-33.91905 151.14925

South Street

2.5/5
"Good street in a sought-after area"
-33.9075247382 151.1484936529

Queen Street

0.5/5
"Avoid Queen Street!"
-33.9140543991 151.1579466347

Pile Street

2.5/5
"Bit of a mish mash but i liked it!"
-33.9040823229 151.1530698796
"Good residential street"
-33.9158473237 151.1451195394
"friendly neighbours who respect our privacy, loud planes"
-33.9069988137 151.1538485212