8.4 out of 10

Neutral Bay

Ranked 217th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8395413251511 151.22041765378
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  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
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Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 06, 2016

"Neutral Bay from an outsider..."

A visually gorgeous place, with all the convenience of every shop you could ever need on Military Road, and a great cafe by the wharf with quick access to Circular Quay, but there are quite a few negatives, house prices and rent prices are insane and simply not worth it. Most are dissected old mansions turned into apartments, and most of the buildings here despite being built so long ago are very close together, giving a very cramped and squeezed in effect. A lot of ' rat runner' - drivers...go zooming through this suburb to avoid busy traffic, making it super hard to cross any roads, and to rent or buy a truly free standing house in this area, (which there seem to be few of) well, you best be a multi millionaire. Going for a walk is super tough as this place is VERY steep and hilly. Credit where credit due though, it is a very pretty place. Coming from Hunters Hill originally, I was just used to much less noise, less hustle n bustle, and nice flat ground to stroll on. You best be sure to wrangle your own car park into the deal, as the streets totally fill up with parked cars by sundown, I usually had to park ten houses away from my place. This suburb has awesome views of the harbor from many places. Not bad but you can do better in Sydney for the dollars they want here.
Pros
  • central, harbour side, transport , food
Cons
  • Super steep hills mostly.
  • Bad traffic.
  • built up, expensive, parking, crime, transient
  • bad parking
  • expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
ChrisA5
Aug 21, 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
Aug 18, 2016

"Perched on the water and a quick trip over the Harbour Bridge from the city, Neutral Bay is the perfect home for busy professionals."

Originally selected as a port for visiting international vessels (thus neutral bay), and once a bohemian village, Neutral Bay today is home to young professionals and well-to-do families.

Neutral Bay was once home to May Gibbs, but now youre more likely to find the locals are typing reports rather than childrens stories. Its popular with young professionals, families and some retirees who have lived in the area for most of their lives.

Neutral Bay shopping, eating and drinking is crowded around Military Road, where youll find The Oaks Hotel, which incorporates a courtyard, bars and restaurants. More restaurants line either side of the road, from cheap takeaway (Noodle Star is a stand out) to more refined restaurants. Big Bear is a small shopping centre on Military Road near the major bus station, incorporating Coles, fruit and vegetable shops, a bakery and other stores, together with medical offices.

There are plenty of bars of varying quality and wine and cocktails are popular of a weekend. There are several schools which service the area, including the well-regarded Neutral Bay Public School.

Once you get away from the pumping Military Road, Neutral Bay has plenty of spots to relax a moment. Take a walk down the meandering, steep roads towards the water and youll find beautiful parks where you can watch the boats bob or perhaps the locals playing ball games.

There are several heritage-listed homes in Neutral Bay, together with art deco apartment buildings, grand mansions, and contemporary architect-designed masterpieces.

Beautiful Neutral Bay is the champagne of suburbs. Make this place your home and you can leave work late and still be home for dinner with the family, or a cocktail with friends. If Neutral Bay has a flaw, its Military Road, a bottleneck of an arterial which is a bugbear for locals.
Pros
  • central, harbour side, transport , food
  • Close to City transport: buses and ferries
  • Close to great walking tracks
  • Close to many restaurants, cafes and pubs
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 15, 2016

"A leafy Harbourside suburb...close to the City...."

A leafy harbour-side suburb situated on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, Neutral Bay is only 3km from the CBD. Offering breathtaking harbour views and a diverse collection of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, this lively suburb has a thriving and diverse community.

Iconic Australian childrens writer May Gibbs, famous for her book Snugglepot & Cuddlepie lived in Neutral Bay and her home Nutcote is now a museum and open to the public. There are elegant 19th Century residences with an influence of the Arts & Crafts architectural style and a wide choice of contemporary developments and apartments.

With excellent transport links and a new state of the art wharf at Hayes Street, Neutral Bay is a truly cosmopolitan area in close proximity to everything Sydney has to offer.

Local Dining
Character Thai 0.0km
Momoyama 0.0km
Japaz 0.1km
Paradiso Espresso Bar Cafe Restaurant 0.1km
Kai Sydney 0.1km
Sam Thai 0.1km

Schools & Education
Cameragal Montessori School 0.00km
Redlands 0.48km
Redlands - Murdoch Street Campus 0.52km
Wenona School 1.21km
Middle Harbour Public School 1.41km
Monte SantAngelo Mercy College 1.49km

Sport & Recreation
Watersleigh Park 0.30km
Cheal Park 0.35km
Cremorne Reserve 0.39km
Harnett Park 0.39km
Reid Reserve 0.39km
St Leonards Park 0.54km
Pros
  • Close to City transport: buses and ferries
  • Close to many restaurants, cafes and pubs
  • Close to great walking tracks
  • central, harbour side, transport , food
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
Feb 18, 2016

"Neutral Bay hotspot for buyers!"

Neutral Bay is a hot spot for buyers. Both investors and owner occupiers love this location because of its proximity to the city and the cafe culture which is constantly growing.
Pros
  • central, harbour side, transport , food
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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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 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Feb 04, 2016

"Born here and lived here all my life"

Such a beautiful and convenient place, obviously I'm a little bias as I was born here. If you have a family with wealth this is the place for you! The primary school is one of the best in Sydney and I have had the best memories there. If you are a student and can afford it then neutral bay is such a perfect spot- 15 minutes to the city, or the beach. It has an amazing atmosphere and you really need to check out all the trendy cafes
Pros
  • central, harbour side, transport , food
Cons
  • expensive
  • bad parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • 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 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Very nice , cosy but expensive place"

Its iconic , multi cultural , historic... but just not affordable. Many community events around north shore , great for families. Very , very bad for parking.

You expect all such things when you are next to CBD yet away from all the cons of CBD. I highly recommend this for someone who earns more than decent. Its an experience in itself to live here.
Cons
  • built up, expensive, parking, crime, transient
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Neutral Bay"

Neutral Bay is conveniently located only 5km north of the CBD. The houses are beautiful and are rich history. And there are many apartments and townhouses. Ferries and buses allow for a quick commute to the CBD. Access to the Northern Beaches is also easy. It is a cosmopolitan suburb which recently gained many new restaurants, cafes and bars, and is popular with young professionals and busy executives.
Pros
  • central, harbour side, transport , food
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • 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 5/5
2yrs+

"Neutral Bay is very expensive"

It is central to everything. However if you would like to have a bit of space or god forbid a stand alone house appreciate that $2,000,000 is chump change. You can live in a 2 bedroom unit for around $650,000 , if you want a good one try $950,000, in saying that though you can walk to everything you need. Dont expect any pleasantries from any neighbours though it is all about protecting you and yours.
Pros
  • central, harbour side, transport , food
Cons
  • built up, expensive, parking, crime, transient
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"In between the city and the beach"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+
5/5
2yrs+

"Exciting lifestyle right on the harbour"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
Ryan
Ryan I want to live here just for the name alone! :)
2yrs+
Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer Hey Ryan - I did live here for a few months, views of the Sydney Opera House. You thinking of moving?
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Convenient location and close to the city"

Neutral Bay is located on the Northshore of Sydney. It is a quick drive to the city and only takes fifteen minutes by bus to get to Wynyard Station. This suburb is densely populated with residential units. However, if you are lucky, some of these units come with a million dollar view of the famous Sydney Harbour.

Not only is Neutral Bay a quick hop to the city. It has numerous restaurants, a twenty-four hours cafe (Maisy's), dry cleaners, supermarkets, boutiques and so on and all of these are conveniently located along Military Road. The only flaw with Neutral Bay will be the peak hour traffic. Despite a multi-lane carriageway, there is just too much traffic on Military Road. If you are not familiar with Neutral Bay, driving there can be an ordeal as there is too many "no right turn" signs on Military Road. Hence, if you need to get onto the harbour side of Neutral Bay, you will need to be patient and try to find a spot where you are able to turn right.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
ChrisA5
ChrisA5 A visually gorgeous place, all the convenience of every shop you could need on Military Road, and a great cafe by the wharf with quick access to Circular Quay, but there are a few negatives, house prices and rent prices are insane and simply not worth it. Most are dissected old mansions turned into apartments, and most of the buildings here despite being built so long ago are very close together, giving a very cramped and squeezed in effect. A lot of ' rat runners' - drivers...go zooming through this suburb to avoid busy traffic, making it super hard to cross any roads, and to rent or buy a truly free standing house, (which there seem to be few of) well, you best be a multi millionaire. Going for a walk is super tough as this place is VERY steep and hilly. Credit where credit due though, it is a very pretty place, coming from Hunters Hill originally I was just used to less noise, hustle n bustle, and nice flat ground stroll on.
Apr 10, 2016
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Unranked Streets in Neutral Bay

Hayes Street

2.5/5
"A great destination"
-33.84141 151.21889
"Best City Orientated Location on the North Shore"
-33.83137 151.21832

Kurraba Road

4.5/5
"Quiet, affordable and AMAZING views!"
-33.8448919035 151.2240082243
-33.83513 151.21547
-33.84074 151.22284
-33.83952 151.22031

Ben Boyd Rd

3.5/5
"Convenience & location"
-33.8378465634 151.2171507144

Wycombe Rd

2.5/5
"Convenient location, close to the city"
-33.8378431483 151.2218772053

Bent Street

4.5/5
"Close to everything"
-33.8301113742 151.2167955446