8.7 out of 10

Stanmore

Ranked 162nd best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8929923853252 151.16639471595
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Ideal for families who'd rather die than move to the burbs"

There are planes - but if there were none, Stanmore would be much much more expensive (let's hope they sort out the airport!). It has the best of both worlds, a sleepy country town feel in the villiage, but walking distance to Newtown and Leichhardt for dinner/shopping/live entertainment/theatre. You have the excitement of urban living on your doorsteep without some of the hassles that go with it.

It is also close to some of the european hubs of Sydney (marrickville (greek), petersham (portugese), Leichhardt/Haberfield (Italian)) for good food!

It is very convenient - close to city with trains and buses servicing it.

It has choice of a public, catholic and private (boys) schools. It is walking distance to Fort Street High (selective public), Newington College, Newtown School of performing Arts and short train ride to the top inner west private schools as well as close to the city and eastern suburb schools.

It also is full of beautiful architecture (except for the odd apartment block ...). It is not all terraces either. There are plenty of freestanding Victorian and Federation houses on large (for the inner city) blocks.

Add in a park or 3 and it is a great place for families who think they would die if forced out to the suburbs.
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2/5
Dec 31, 2016

"Rundown suburb"

This suburb is relatively small compared to Newtown thus it lacks amenities. It is littered with graffiti and buildings that could do with a makeover.
Pros
  • Own train station
Cons
  • Limited free parking
  • Overpriced - rundown
  • Noise pollution (planes flying over)
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Complete and Convenient"

Well let me start with some positives:
1. Quiet (except for the planes), green leafy and wide streets. When you compare it to its neighbour suburbs like Newtown, Leichhardt and Annandale .... Stanmore is a clear winner for its great family feel suburb.
2. It's got a train station and it's 13 minutes in train from city. 10 minute drive to city over weekends.
3. Close to airport and every happening inner west suburb.
4. Lovely family neighbourhood.
5. Great schools, child care and hospital
6. The historic look and feel is intact with minimum or no apartment blocks.
7. Once the second airport is operational, you can expect a serious capital growth in this area.

Some negatives:
1. Planes, if there were none prices would be higher by 20%......
2. A little more commercial shops would add to the glamour and feel of the suburb
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"History just a stroll away"

It has a real sense of the past as you walk the streets and realize how much has been preserved from the developers keen sense of how to make a buck. There are great streetscapes especially around Cardigan and Stafford Streets. Check out the little gardens along the gutters of Ravenue Lane near Cardigan Street where pride in making the lanes more attractive is taking hold. The lanes are great for a wander where some old dunnies can still be seen.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful heritage houses in this area"

Right after the train passes Petersham you start to see a lot more older style heritage semi houses and terraces in Stanmore. They are really nice and remind you of what Sydney would look like back in the 50s and 60s. Stanmore station itself is heavily patronised by the private school students who attend Newington. When you drive past the school, you can see the school grounds and the many facilities that you will receive if you study at a private school.

Stanmore has cafes on both sides of the train station and they serve good breakfasts and coffee on the weekends. It is a middle income area so the services offered in the area are of good quality and not your usual bargain prices.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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+

"Close to City/ Yet Historic and Large Land Sizes"

The only review on Stanmore is incorrect. Also, it is written by "someone" who has posted over 200 reviews on this site from Adaminaby to Woollahra.

Stanmore was once one of the richest areas of Sydney and is known for its huge 19th century mansions. These rarely come up for sale and most houses sold are semis and single-fronted cottages that sell for the suburb average of $750,00 to $900,000. Bruce Street was rated as one of the finest terraced streets in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald. Stanmore is a heritage suburb and ,even if houses are demolished ,new buildings cannot be over 3 stories high and must retain a facade in keeping with the heritage of the suburb. Every week the local heritage organises walks to view the architecture of the suburb and trace the lives of the many famous people born here , including former prime minister, Harold Holt, actress Noelene Brown, Sir Asher Joel, Leo Schofield etc.

Stanmore has a long history and was once part of Annandale farm. Major Johnston rode out from Stanmore to quash the Rum Rebellion in the early days of the colony and the original gates of Annandale farm are still in the suburb. The suburb was called South Annandale until the 1930s when it was named after the village in England where the founder of Newington College was born.

Two storey terraces sell for between $1.1 and $1.6 million. Double-fronted Federation homes cost between $1.3 million and $1.8 million. Even unrenovated they sell for over $1 million. In late 2009 one of the suburb's mansions sold for over $2.5 million.

Stanmore is quiet but is within walking distance of Norton St, Leichhardt and two to three minutes drive from Glebe Point Rd and King St, Newtown. Train links are excellent and Stanmore is only 7 minutes by rail to Town Hall and 15 minutes to Bondi Junction and North Sydney.

It has one of the highest percentages of professional people in Sydney, due to its proximity to RPA, University of Sydney, UTS and the city. Mainly doctors, university staff, media and business people.

Stanmore Village is small but very liveable with several trendy cafes, a patisserie, architect and legal offices. There is aircraft noise but this has not affected price rises in the suburb. Many students live here, too, because of the proximity to University of Sydney, UTS and Notre Dame.
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HelenO
HelenO Hello - could you please tell me more about the walks to view the architecture organised by the local heritage? Marrickville council doesn't have anything on there website (there is a map with suggested walking routes but nothing else). I live in Stanmore and would like to know the history of my house and the area.

Thanks

"Every week the local heritage organises walks to view the architecture of the suburb and trace the lives of the many famous people born here."
2yrs+
stanmore
stanmore Sorry HelenO - I did not write this review and am not Megazord but was sent your question as if I was - there must be a security issue on this site (which is a tad scary!)

(I did write a different review on Stanmore)

I do not know the answer - but it would be interesting to find out.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Stanmore: One of the best in the inner west"

There is not much not to love about Stanmore. 15 min walk to Newtown, green and full of fabulous old houses. A real community spirit and with one of the best public schools in Sydney.
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Poor"

shouldn't be at top 5 in NSW, too much suburbs have better conditions than Stanmore
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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+
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Best Streets in Stanmore

1

Corunna Rd

4/5
"Quiet and very convenient for buses to city"
-33.8885812086 151.1715660319
2

Trafalgar St

2/5
-33.89474 151.1607

Unranked Streets in Stanmore

"Best of both worlds"
-33.8883353218 151.1726315414

Cavendish St

4.5/5
"Once used to the planes, you'll love it!"
-33.8982664168 151.169762862

Myrtle St

4.5/5
"Heritage Suburb/Countrified Living Very Close To City"
-33.89203 151.16303
"Quiet by day, danger by night."
-33.889375 151.160654