7.8 out of 10

Pennant Hills

Ranked 307th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.7373490046602 151.074638121691
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Feb 17, 2017

"Peaceful, safe and convenient"

Depending a bit on where you live in Pennant Hills (as it straddles a couple of quite different bushland systems) ... but it's quite possible to have a little chat to the wallabies and echidnas in pristine bushland near your place in the morning before taking a straightforward commute by train to the city. Not many places in Sydney where you can do that! You can even walk through the bush to Newcastle on the Great North Walk and the leg from Pennant Hills to Hornsby through national park is quite delightful, with tall forests, gullies, creeks and waterholes, not to mention the beautiful wildflowers. It's a very peaceful and safe suburb and there's a strong, friendly community spirit. It's in the garden belt of northern Sydney and being quite a bit higher than most areas (as the name suggests) it has gorgeous displays of autumn and spring colours across the suburb and almost a crisp mountain air feel in mid winter. Yes, the shopping centre is tired and needs an update but it more than covers everyday needs and there are large shopping precincts not so far away - a choice between Castle Hill, Macquarie Centre and Hornsby. Pennant Hills Road certainly is an ongoing nuisance but should improve markedly in 2019 with the new tunnel connecting M2 to M1, supposedly taking 5000 trucks per day off Pennant Hills Road, so you imagine this will soon factor into housing prices. Another big advantage of Pennant Hills is that it is not too far from the M1 entrance so it's very convenient for holidays and long weekend escapes up the coast, while also being convenient to M2/M7 to the city or bypassing Sydney altogether heading south. Out of peak traffic it is quite possible to be at the airport in around 30 minutes - I've done it more than once. All in all Pennant Hills is a very pleasant, peaceful and convenient place to live.
Pros
  • Community spirit
  • Education
  • Medical Facilities
  • Transport
  • Transport is excellent,schools abound
Cons
  • Needs new shopping centre
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
1/5
Jan 06, 2017

"Good"

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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Location is tops"

Pennant Hills might be overlooked as a desirable area to live in,but essentially it is really awesome.
The closeness of forests,national Parks,train,bus and the huge selection of excellent schools in the area make this a superb suburb to live in. Even though traffic can be difficult at times,where in Sydney is it not.
Quiet tree lined streets,beautifull houses from old to modern,huge blocks,pretty gardens entice all of us that live here.
Community spirit is very high,Public schools are good,rail access to anywhere the best in Sydney.
10/10 as a plave to live.
Pros
  • Transport is excellent,schools abound
  • Education
  • Medical Facilities
  • Transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • 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+

"Great suburb with excellent transport for Professional and facilities for all age ranges"

Pros
  • Education
  • Medical Facilities
  • Transport
Cons
  • Needs new shopping centre
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • 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+

"Excellent for Professionals, Families and Retirees. Fantastic transport and access to motorways and Freeways"

A suburb with excellent transport links for the City, beaches, airport and East coast states via train or bus services. Excellent primary and Secondary schools, both public and private along with choice of daycare centres and easy access to Universities. Fantastic access to medical and diagnostic services of all kinds alongside a local shopping centre and 10 mins from major shopping malls.
Pennant Hills boarders national parks and yet is only a 25min drive to Sydney Centre and just 35mins to the beautiful northern beaches. It has a quiet, friendly and relaxed atmosphere and that is reflected in the smiles of passers by. There is a diverse mix of people both in culture and age.
Housing types are also diverse in this treelined leafy suburb, ranging from beautiful old federation homes to modern new builds. With good size land plots there is a feeling of privacy and enough space to play in your own backyard and if you're lucky you may get chance to live in a house overlooking beautiful national parkland.
Pros
  • Education
  • Transport
  • Medical Facilities
Cons
  • Needs new shopping centre
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great For Families"

I have lived & grown up in the hills area since 1974 and can highly recommend Pennant Hills and surrounding suburbs to all that are thinking of moving to here.
I have found the area to be a very safe and enjoyable place to bring up a family.
Close to public transport options, retail shopping outlets & most importantly great schools are nearby.
Two thumbs UP!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything, and adjacent to Lane Cove National Park"

Lots of nice families with young kids. Very friendly neighbors. Lane Cove National Park and Pennant Hills Park are both readily accessible, so there are plenty of opportunities for tennis, bush walking, and mountain biking. It is only a 30 minute mountain bike ride through Lane Cove National Park to Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, and North Ryde via the Great North Walk. Also, the train now has direct access to the CBD via the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link. On the downside, as other reviewers have noted, Pennant Hills Road is often noisy with heavy traffic, which is why my overall rating is good and not excellent.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"PENNANT HILLS... HAVEN OF TRAFFIC JAMS AND NOISE"

Having lived at Pennant hills for 2 years now i am ever so glad to be seeing it for the last time!
Constant traffic jams not able to go out on a weekend due to a backlog of traffic on pennant hills rd, constant traffic noise night and day, an obvious testing strip for traffic lights , trains running every 15 minutes and even worse at night is the freight trains.
HappyHomes
HappyHomes Not sure if you were living in the same Pennant Hills as myself and my family! We travel in all directions at weekends and have no real problems. As for noise I suppose as with any of the suburbs with a main road and railway line, if you live close to it then there will be noise, I can only suppose you lived in one of the streets or units that are very close to these and would therefore surely have expected some transport noise.
I myself have lived in 2 separate areas in the suburb during the last 11 years and have many friends living through out the suburb, the people are friendly, crime is low ( police stats prove this ), transport options are second to none with services running to the city, beaches, the airport, Macquarie university and easy access to trains covering the whole of the east coast. There is a good range of childcare centres, a multitude of medical services directly in Pennant Hills, including, many GPs, Dentists, Diagnostic clinics, eye clinics, physiotherapists, chiropractors, Holistic therapists etc as well as 2 excellent major hospitals within 10/15 minutes drive ( and yes that is even travelling via Pennant Hills Rd in peak hour or weekend traffic). There is also much evidence to prove that there is still a steady and continued growth in house prices in Pennant Hills. So I am really surprised that you could put such low rankings for all any of these categories. It is very sad that you did not enjoy living here, but your rankings should be honest and a true reflection of the facilities etc however your comments box is for your own personal experience.
2yrs+
Veera_S
Veera_S Couldn't agree more with Happy Homes. Not sure which Pennant hills the original poster lived... LOL.

I've been living here with family for the past 13 months and we LOVE it. This is one of the best places to live in.... great place to raise my 4 year old. The facilities are fantastic. from trains, buses, to accessibility to parks, restaurants, petrol stations, shopping center, bunnings, RTA and other amenities... you name it...its there.

someone said PH lacks a big shopping center.... i personally, think we don't need one. the streets are quite, one of the lowest crime rates etc... because PH is not too BIG or too small. Just perfect for what it needs. The current shopping center has everything except Myer, DJ, Target... we got Westfield for that. 5 minutes drive is Thornleigh shopping center... i am happy with that. :)

Perfect location for families with kids, professionals aiming for quite night and relaxing weekend.
2yrs+
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
2yrs+

"Pennant Hills - the Gateway to the Hills District"

Pennant Hills is actually in the Hornsby Shire but is considered to be part of the Hills District of Sydney. I have also heard it referred to as “Peanut Hills”! It is 25 kilometres north west of the CBD.

It was only settled by Europeans permanently in the 1840’s and really took off when the railway line reached the area in the 1880’s. Its main growth has been since the 1950’s when the car became commonplace.

With a population of nearly 7,000, Pennant Hills is one of the major commercial centres of the Hornsby Shire. There is quite a large shopping centre around Pennant Hills Railway Station and along Pennant Hills Road. The area is very well serviced by restaurants and hotels. Pennant Hills Road is one of the major thoroughfares of Sydney leading to the city and out the other way to Parramatta.

Pennant Hills has the first Danish Church built in Australia – Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visited there in 2005.

Over one-third of the population are professional workers or managers. There is a very low unemployment rate in this suburb. There is also a high rate of university graduates living in Pennant Hills.

Pennant Hills would be a very convenient place to live with all its facilities and transport services. It is also the gateway to the Hills District.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

Best Streets in Pennant Hills

1

Harold Avenue

4.5/5
"Wowed"
-33.73917 151.07454

Unranked Streets in Pennant Hills

"Good place but noise of big trucks, freighter trains and neighbours"
-33.73545 151.07536
"Safe, Friendly Suburb"
-33.73922 151.05953
"Perfect Location"
-33.72809 151.06744
"Werona street is a true Gem"
-33.7352127259 151.0712578737

Albion St

3.5/5
"Close to everything, and adjacent to Lane Cove National Park"
-33.7360972354 151.0751784023
"Backs onto bushland"
-33.73532 151.07746

City View Rd

3.5/5
-33.7402534055 151.0680340245