7.6 out of 10

Riverstone

Ranked 359th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.6707410912448 150.868596875765
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Pest Free
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

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 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • 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
Apr 18, 2017

"Great suberb"

Quite n nice people with surrounding park
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Affordable
  • Close to shops and transport
  • NBN - First suburb in Sydney
  • Nice local schools and neighbourhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
SP1 SP1
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Dec 28, 2015

"Very happy we bought here."

My wife and I are both professionally employed and have lived in Riverstone for 10 years now and are very happy. Its a friendly and helpful community which is a mix of retirees, families and new renters. The urban spread has at last caught up to Riverstone resulting in good property value growth resulting in a significant number of investors looking to buy in the area. Our place has increased in value by 165% which is on the school side.

The negative reviews on this site are not accurate especially regarding the Department of Housing occupants and "yobbos" in the area which has improved to an unoticable level due to the department selling off many of the houses, and not renewing leases for many long time occupants. Regarding the negative south side comments on here the only negative I can think of is the north side (the side with the grubby industrial estate) residents use the south side streets to dangerously speed their way a shortcut around the rail crossing intersection, this is of course a minor complaint.

Its quite special having a great mix of friendly neibours who are always happy to chat and be there to help if you need it. I have travelled for work all over the Sydney basin for 15 years and have never seen another place in suburbia that has that small country town spirit, its actually quite special.

Overall a great place for families with some quality private and catholic schools. I would reccomend the area to anyone!
Pros
  • Community spirit
  • Quiet
  • Close to shops and transport
  • NBN - First suburb in Sydney
Cons
  • North side (vinyard side) has exaggerated superior reputation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
martonot
martonot Hi sp1, good insight. I am thinking to purchase property in riverstone, stil on the good side of the rail. I am just worried about the flood, like just happen in 2015. How bad was it really hit riverstone? And the new giant developer that want to build mix industrial area in the paddick site of riverstone which could create more flood.
Oct 01, 2016
SP1
SP1 The flood mainly impacted on old preperties built in the flood plain over 50 years ago, some even older. The flooding did not come over the rail line and has not since ive lived here. The last major flood was in the mid 90s and Blacktown council has a full area map available showing the flood zoned properties. My place is 76 years old and has never been affected by flood which is on Elizabeth Street. There is also no approvals for work in the flood plain paddocks at the moment.

The flood you mention in 2015 also led to flash flooding in Seven Hills, Toongabbie, Kellyville and Baulkham hills. Its easy, dont buy a property in the 1:100 or greater flood risk areas, check the council floodmap.
Oct 02, 2016
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Nothing Special"

Me and my wife moved to Riverstone (The good side of Garfield Rd, the Vineyard side) about 18 months ago for my work re - location from the Central Coast to Parramatta. We rented a brand new two bedroom townhouse for a reasonable price. I have been looking to buy around the area for some time now but I cannot beleive the dramatic price increases I have seen in the past year within the area. You are basically paying a similar price to live in suburbs such as Rouse Hill, Kellyville Ridge, The Ponds etc which lets face it are much more desirable and respected areas to live. Riverstone is almost identical to living in Gosford on the Central coast. The area is unsafe at night and sometimes even during the night, there are constantly "bogans" walking up and down the main streets and the amount of unemployed teenagers is unbeleivable. They say it is a great place to buy for an investment however most of the old run down properties in the area are listed for the mid to high 400's when there are brand new 4 bedroom house and lnd packages going up in the area only just cracking the 500k mark! I think the listing in the property magazine as the best suburb to buy in was the worst thing to happen to the area and completely changed the market value of properties. It will take a long time before the area is transformed and is on the same level as surrounding areas. We have decided to move back to the Central coast, for less $$$ you can rent / buy a fantastic house with some land that you can actually use. Sydney is getting more and more rediculous and I cant beleive people live around these areas and travel up to 5 hours a day just to support living here.
Pros
  • Quiet
  • NBN - First suburb in Sydney
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
TimLeavy
TimLeavy This is really useful! We are looking to buy either in Riverstone or Gosford area because we can't afford anywhere else. We were favouring Riverstone because it does seem a better investment. but mostly because the travel time to get to North Ryde and Artarmon (where we each work) is much less than from Gosford. We just feel the travel from Gosford might be really depressing to do everyday. Also having looked at the Gosford area yesterday we were a bit scared by the people we saw on the streets, but it sounds like you're saying Riverstone is more scary than Gosford??!
Are there areas of Riverstone that are ok or are you saying that even in the 'good' areas it's still bad?
Would love your feedback on all of the above!
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Riverstone great to invest in-was listed in real estate magazine as place to buy!"

Young families or people looking to have a family should move here as it is still cheap, great trransport and it is quiet. Really quiet. Like walking thru a place before a tornado coming!People keep to themselves and do their own thing and there is no materialistic crap like neighboring suburbs. Good potential for capital growth too as undervalued. Can buy huge block so much cheaper than neighboring suburbs, why cramp your kids up on a 450sqm block! Now I recommend near the schools to buy as it is cheaper and it makes sense. The area is changing and being sold off. Don't buy on the industrial area side as u will make more money on the school side later. Btw the local housing commission which is predominately westie indigenous/immigrants keep to themselves and I have found most to be very polite. I have even had them knocking on my door asking if they could have the old cupboard I may have put out. This never would have happened when we lived on the beaches.they may not work but I have not seen much more negative than what we saw on the north shore-it is just minus the mercedes!
Pros
  • Heaps of schools to choose from
  • Great local pizza,Chinese and cupcake shop!
  • In-pretentious and huge land sizes
  • Affordable
  • Quiet
  • Nice local schools and neighbourhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
Juaue1
Juaue1 Hi, there some land x sale at campbell street, what do you reckon its a nice area?
Thanks
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live, will be even better with the future developments"

My wife and I bought in Riverstone as an investment, rented out our property for a year but due to other circumstances decided to move into the property and have never looked back! Its a quite suburb and great place to bring up kids but still so close to Major Shopping Centre (Rouse Hill), M7 only 10mins away, Train station which is great as I work in Parramatta. Riverstone is an up and coming area and with the area due to be re-developed in the near future things can only get better.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Close to shops and transport
  • Quiet
  • NBN - First suburb in Sydney
  • Nice local schools and neighbourhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Two sides of the town, with lots of work to do on one of those sides."

I have lived here in Riverstone for two years now and I see it as having two separate natures, one is with hard working families and retirees doing the best they can with lots of spirit to let fly, and the other which as usuall is such a small minority that bring the whole place down. The problems are not major they are just not policed correctly and ignored allowing a small number to stay out of control. Really you could close down a few streets here and the place would be magic.
The police presence in a situation like this is ignorant as coming from elsewhere where police were more pro-active people feel safe. I work and live here and can not remember seeing them walking the beet.
I hope that with the new development things will improve and better policing of a minority would be my first approach.
All in all though for myself and the cost savings we have made coming here mean we are in a much better position than before and would not turn back at all.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
Shazbot
Shazbot I agree wholeheartedly. The place has real potential, if only the Council would act on it.
2yrs+
Blee1027
Blee1027 Hi, am thinking of purchasing a house in Riverstone. Could you advise which is the good and crappy sides please. Thanks
2yrs+
Localperson
Localperson Blee it is a better investment to buy on the school side not the industrial side long term as not only will you get more for your buck but as the housing commission sells off the values will go up. Eden brae is selling new houses on tiny lots near the housing commission so that will in the short term lift up that area as new families will move in and demand more of that area as well as well as from local schools.
2yrs+
Localperson
Localperson Also long term houses near schools or shops do better investment wise.
2yrs+
Mdany
Mdany Can you please tell me your opinion about the lands selling by eden brae close to Brighton St?? Good area or not? thanks!!!!
2yrs+
dumig
dumig Hi, we are couple of professionals who are looking at Riverstone as an option to buy our first home. Looking forward to hearing more on what areas to avoid and things to look out for... Thanks
Oct 27, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Nice place for quiet people"

Pros
  • Nice local schools and neighbourhood
  • Affordable
  • Close to shops and transport
  • Quiet
  • NBN - First suburb in Sydney
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Most Improved"

Having been in the area for a couple of years now it has been good to see the steady improvements in community feel and reduction in social issues. Compared to surrounding areas Riverstone has a lot to offer and more importantly, a good amount of growth still left. Hopefully, the housing commission families will continue to engage well within the community and being the first suburb to have the NBN switched on will be very exciting.
Pros
  • NBN - First suburb in Sydney
  • Affordable
  • Close to shops and transport
  • Quiet
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"House proud and affordable hidden suburb."

We bought here just after we were married because it was affordable but were pleased to find a lovely hidden suburb where the vast majority of people are house proud, keeping their lawns and streets tidy. A few hoons here and there but for the most part a peaceful suburb. To eat out well you need to go somewhere else but there are local takeaway that are good like chinese and pizza. For woolies, coles, target and proper shops then Rouse Hill and Windsor are only 10 minutes away, but Riverstone has a good little arcade with Franklins, a butcher, bakery, deli, fruit & veg shop, chemist & newsagent. Riverstone is on a train line as well which is a rarity in the north west - suburbs just down the road like Kellyville, Stanhope Gardens etc cost $200,000 more to buy a house with no public transport. We weren't sure about Riverstone when we first moved here i.e we thought that in the long term we would like to buy somewhere like Baulkham Hills however now that we have been here a few years we wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Plus the area is about to boom when Vineyard gets developed. The development plans had a new primary school on the corner of Hamilton & Crown St, plus a new kindie to Yr 12 school in Vineyard. If you want the "good" side of Riverstone, it is best to buy north of Garfield Rd. Inverness St and the surrounds are the worst streets here, full of housing commission.
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Affordable
  • Close to shops and transport
Cons
  • South of Garfield Rd not the best
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
NewH
NewH Hi, It was very useful to read your review. We are planning to buy in Piccadilly St. Is it near to Inverness St and Housing commission?
Would be great to hear your feedback.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Good and affordable Rivo town - where everybody should come to live here"

Well , there's almost nowhere I can find a peaceful, quiet, people friendly, but the most importantly, an affordable area to live in Sydney now. After done my intensive research and visited to those areas, Riverstone , Riverstone West and Schofields West are on my favorite lists where I can find an affordable place to live as well as to meet future property growth. Those areas are convenient for shopping(Rouse Hill shopping centre, Aldi store, Franklins), transport(Riverstone, new Schofields train station to city, bus interchange to city, M7 to city etc.), sports(Greg Norman's Golf course in Colebee, future NSW football headquarter in Riverstone West), and communication( faster National Broadband Network in Riverstone), employment(potential future development site in Riverstone West, Marsden Park etc.). It has a lot of good things, so I definitely will recommend and invite my friend to come visit and check those areas out.
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 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A really nice, peaceful suburb....if on the right side of Riverstone."

One side (away from the housing commision part) is great. Quiet, peaceful and a really good area for families or retirees.
The other side, as mentioned by another reviewer does have its redneck yobbo element which unfortunately brings the whole reputation down. The sooner the small group that cause these problems move away, the better.
I rated the Retail and Fitness catgories high due to Riverstone's close proximity to some large shopping centres, villages.
With the new housing and infrastructure developments occuring in the near future, Riverstone should be an even better place to live.......however....Traffic will more than likely begin to become a problem.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
ChloeW1
ChloeW1 Can you please advise which side or close to which street is the bad side or the commission house side. Thx
Jul 01, 2016
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Clean it Up!"

I lived in riverstone for 2 years. Drug dealers rented next door, they threatened me an my pregnant wife. The cops did nothing even though we complained numerous times. Riverstone could be a nice place, but westie yobbos bring it down. A large part of riverstone is housing comission and these people would walk past our place on their way to the shops have domestic disputes in the middle of the street. On a hot afternoon the stench of the nackery only a minute up the road would fill the air, and the streets up near the schools on a saturday and sunday morning would be littered with trash and graffiti from the scum who would go on a drunken rampage of destruction from the night before.
Riverstone is quite convieniant to many place in the western suburbs, but thats all it has going for it at the moment, apparentley it is up for rezoning and large development, we couldnt stand the place to wait that long. As my title says, they need to get rid of the westie yobbo trash before it could be considered for a family friendly suburb.
Shazbot
Shazbot Agree! So much work to do to clean it up and it would be a cracker of a place to live.
2yrs+
AKK12
AKK12 Mate, you must have lived on the wrong side of Garfield Rd. I recon the north and south side of Garfield Rd are like different planets.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic neighbourly feel. People look out for each other. Great for kids"

Super friendly and a supportive community to raise kids.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids