Strathfield, NSW 2135

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Ranked 347th best suburb by locals in Sydney (Greater) Region, NSW

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Reviews of Strathfield, NSW

25th April 2022

"Lack of community spirit"

Sure the houses are big and expensive, the problem with this area is the lack of community spirit. People keep to themselves here. Those streets away from the main square are very dull.

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21st February 2022

"Busy, central but not for us"

Ok place to live for public transport and centrality. It’s a smelly place though, busy and people are quite closed. I like the food options and it’s a vibrant area. But for a young family it’s not ideal and we didn’t live long here.

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17th February 2022

"Look beyond the station"

A lot of the negative reviewers have clearly never gone further than 5 minutes from the station. Yes the towers are massive, yes the town centre is strangely Korean, yes there are dodgy characters milling about the train station - but that's what you get at a transport hub. I wouldn't want to live in a tower (here or anywhere), but I still like the town centre - I love that I can walk there and explore authentic Korean food, or pick up a great cheesecake, or get some delicious Malaysian noodles from Ho Jiak. Oh, and guess what, I can also get to my office in the City by train in 15 minutes, or take a direct train to the Blue Mountains, or Newcastle, or pretty much anywhere in Sydney. Besides, if like me you don't like to live in towers, there's a whole other Strathfield 5 minutes walk out in any direction, which is all tree lined boulevardes, beautiful houses and some of the best schools in Sydney. Contrary to the reviewers who've never been past the station, it's not at all monocultural, and more importantly people are neighbourly, whether they are Anglo, Maronite, Chinese, Korean or some other background. Just look at the faces that make up the local symphony orchestra or croquet club. It's not the suburb for everyone - definitely not for you if you are a racist - but it is a great place to live if you like a leafy old suburb combined with really convenient transport and great schools, and topped by a quirky town centre that offers a day trip to Korea.

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21st August 2021

"Going down"

I lived in Strathfield for 9 years.
It was convenient...and little more.
-Major train station only 20min to the CBD
-Countrylink trains
-Buses almost everywhere
-All amenities such as doctors, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers etc

The problem was the lack of diversity of cultures.
Australians think multicultural is good...well if they don't assimilate, if they smell, litter, lack manners and basic hygiene...is it? really?

Walking through the square would have men gawking at me (petite caucasian female - attractive if i say so myself), or avoid cigarette smoke.

If you're an ethnic man, sure live here. If not, you won't feel safe.

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21st March 2021

"Not as good as it used to be"

I think the demographics are changing from year on year, not just the age range but also where the people are originally from. I liked it once but not anymore...
But I can’t argue that Strathfield is the most convenient place in the inner west (as well as burwood).
I think it depends on what you want in life and what kind of life style you want. Strathfield is good for 9-5 professionals with a discounted quality of living conditions (areas closer to the train station)

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6th October 2020

"Gorgeous (and expensive) village with a very different centre"

If you are looking to live in Strathfield, it is helpful to know that there are two very different markets here. Strathfield station is one of Sydney's biggest transport hubs, with express trains to the City every few minutes and regional trains too. Like many transport hubs in Sydney, the area around the station is busy, heavily built up, and has problems like noise and higher-than-background crime rates. That said, the area around the station offer very good value for money, especially the 80s-90s high rises on Churchill Avenue and Albert Road which are spacious and well-built in an era when flats were designed for living. However, there are also a few very run-down lowrise blocks and heavily subdivided share houses next to the station that are just begging to be redeveloped in the next slum clearance drive - don't be fooled by the low rents. The commercial side of the centre is however quite vibrant, including a Woolworths and an extraordinary concentration of Korean restaurants.

The part of the suburb further from the station is quite different. It's safe, quiet and gorgeous - beautiful heritage and modern houses on large blocks and leafy streets, surrounded by large and small parks and some of the best public and private schools in Sydney. Even the parts of the suburb that are not walkable to the station are still well connected with frequent buses to the station. There is a diverse but settled demographic mix of retirees, families with working professionals (lots of lawyers, doctors and accountants) and business owners. Culturally, in this part there is a fairly even balance between Anglo-Celtic, Chinese/Korean and Mediterranean ethnic backgrounds. It's easy to see why Strathfield was at one time the most expensive suburb in Sydney and still regularly achieves the weekly top auction prices in Sydney. It's still one of the most family friendly prestige suburbs in Sydney. If you can afford the prices commanded by these houses (~$2.5m median), you will find quality houses in the "Golden Mile" of course, but also in the surrounding area further northwest into southern Homebush (don't go past the railway line), further west (but don't go too close to Homebush Bay Drive) and south (down to the Hume Highway).

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25th May 2020

"Strathfield - The suburb that is central to most places in Sydney"

This suburb is highly desired as it is located close to most forms of Public Transport and some of the best Public and Private schools available in Sydney. (Strathfield Girls High School, Strathfield South Public School, Santa Sabina College, Meriden School & St Patrick's College

It is great for people and families who desire larger size blocks of land, development potential and investors who look to get an attractive return on their investment due to its proximity to the city and its centralised location in Sydney.

There is easy access to the Strathfield Railway Station which is a main stop on all train line services. Bus services that connect Strathfield with Sydney CBD, other Inner West Suburbs & South Western Sydney (Hurstville, Bankstown & Liverpool), and you are surrounded by fantastic restaurants, popular leisure facilities that include Strathfield Golf Club, Strathfield Park and Strathfield Plaza Shopping Centre.

Adriana Verdino - Director & Property Manager - Real Simple Property Group

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"The Vaucluse or Double Bay of the west"

Beautiful tree-lined street are complimented by classic bungalows, arts and craft mansions and timeless victorian estates. Many modern custom built full brick homes boast french provincial or contemporary architecture. A good mix of public school and private schooling. The Strathfield CBD and the suburb host two very distinct demographics. The CBD consists of mid to high level residential apartments and are usually occupied by international students, young professionals and working-class families whom access the bus and train systems. There is a very high indian, sri-lankan, korean and chinese population in the CBD. The non-CBD area is composed of many larger families or extended families. Some travel by train, but most individuals usually drive. Common occupations are professional services, construction, medical practitioners, lawyers, trades, property development and small to medium business enterprises. The main demographics are Anglo-Australians, Chinese, HK, Indian, Greek, Italian and Lebanese.

I've lived here for three years and it's been much better than the Top Ryde.

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"Great Suburb"

Shopping places central to the suburb which means easy access from houses to train stations. etc. Great schools, very clean, great restaurant.

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Matt Roffe
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"The History Of Strathfield"

The suburb, extending from Concord to Cooks River, was part of the area known as Liberty Plains, so called because the first free settlers received grants there. In 1877 when a railway platform was erected it was renamed Strathfied in 1885. A station was built on a new site in 1900, and yet again in 1922. In 1885 the area was incorporated as Strathfield. This new title came from the name of a mansion built in the district by John Hardie, a wealthy early settler, who chose the name to honour the English estate give in 1871.

Other magnificent homes were built in the area last century. Albert House in Albert Road was erected by the Hordern Family in 1885; Mount Royal, now known as Mount St Mary’s was built by John Hinchcliffe and later acquired by Sir George Reid, one- time premier of New South Wales and prime minister in 1904-1905. The Boulevarde, Strathfield, became a thoroughfare associated with elegance and in living. Remnants of those days still remain, although the residents are their lives have changed.

Santa Maria del Monte Convent is on the area’s pleasing reminders of times past, as is Santa Sabina Convent with its beautiful chapel. Santa Maria del Monte was built in 1885 by William Spence Brunton, a colonel in the Light Horse. It passed through several hands and it was a Mrs Bailey who changed its name to Del Monte. In the 1950s she left the house to the Sisters from the Dominican convent of Santa Sabina, opposite her house, as they had nursed her through a severe illness. Today the house is used as the junior school for Santa Sabina College. Santa Sabina College was, in 1870, the home of Charles Pilchers who took a major part in the anti-Federation debate. Another well-known property, originally in 1890 by Charles Hoskins, changed of George Adams Hotel in Sydney, famous for its Marble Bar. A former Cobb & Co driver he had a family of several daughters, all of whom attended Santa Sabina College. Illyris eventually became the property of the school and was renamed Holyrood House. For some time it was the living quarters of the Dominican sisters.

A public school opened in this suburb in February 1881, with the name of Druitt Town, the area on the Liverpool Road having been named after Major George Druitt, a friend of the owner, Judge Josephson. The name was changed to Strathfield South in January 1893. The official post office, which is known as Redmyre in 1881, became Strathfield in 1886. Strathfield’s first mayor was George Hardie, who held that office for one year in 1885.

In North Strathfield land was purchased in Concord Road from Yaralla Estate of Thomas Walker, and a public school at first known as Yaralla School, was built. It later changed its name to North Strathfield Public school. North Strathfield today contains a splendid golf links, a busy shopping centre, and a row of retirement houses built by Dame Eadith walker for her staff. The walker land stretched from this part of North Strathfield through to the Parramatta River.

When the line from Strathfield to Hornsby was completed in the 1920s, Strathfield became the junction of all trains going north and west. Today Strathfield remains an attractive residential area, with many houses set in spacious gardens. There is only a small shopping centre near the station, but the area is close to the major shopping centre of Burwood.

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"A Place to be"

This is the place for night out at the cafe and restaurant. The public transportation is not a problem by train due to the frequent schedule.

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"Good for family - great schools and excellent transport"

Strathfield is one the most convenient suburbs in Sydney with excellent connecitivty by train and roads. Good schools and great houses.

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  • Transportation

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"Central Location in a beautiful leafy suburb"

Beautiful treelined streets and an abundance of grand & graceful homes dating back from the 1800's to your new mansions. Strathfield is great for transport with access to all major arteries. A great railway station and bus services. Ability to get to surrounding areas and beyond without the bottleneck of traffic. Great schools and parks with a very friendly and family environment. In terms of housing it is expensive however that is a testament of the value that people place on this area. Large block sizes, beautiful homes, great schools, fantastic transportation and a great community is what elevates a suburb beyond the rest. Strathfield ticks all these boxes and so prices are definately justified. In summary, a great place to live and nurture a family.

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"Over-rated"

I used to live in Strathfield and hated it so much I couldn't wait to get out of it! The houses are seriously over-priced. Once people live there for a few months, many of them are clamouring to get out of the place! Strathfield is noisy, crowded with a mediocre shopping area that is completely without atmosphere. I moved to the leafy, waterfront village of Oatley which is absolute BLISS compared to Strathfield! The prices in the St George and Cronulla/Sutherland area are comparable but the district is SO much better. Strathfield is surrounded by ugly, high-rise apartment areas such as Homebush and, worse, within the boundaries of gang-ridden areas such as Bankstown. My son-in-law is a policeman in the nearby area of Ashfield and tells me it is absolutely crime-ridden! I certainly would not recommend this area to families! I am so glad I made the move to Oatley - wish I had done it sooner!

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  • Overpriced, over-rated

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missyjane

I thought you lived in Hurstville and hated there?

Katie08
Katie08

In the past I have lived in Hurstville, Strathfield and other areas. I believe that Oatley, the Cronulla/Sutherland and Northern Beaches areas of Sydney are the best places to live in this city.

missyjane

Well it's fine to leave an opinion but I think hating on every suburb that isn't Oatley is unnessacary.
Not everyone can afford to live in Oatley.

Katie08
Katie08

As you say, missyjane, I am just expressing my opinion. I understood this site was to provide your opinion and experiences of living in certain area(s) and that is what I have done. My opinion(s) may not be shared by everyone but I make no apology for them and feel justified in providing a critique on how I found certain areas. A democracy means that you are entitled to give an opinion (good or bad) about a topic. Oatley was not the only area that I praised .. there are many areas in the Cronulla/Sutherland and Northern Beaches that I love as well.

HN

I don't think oatley is that flash....no major shopping or transport. It has only recently surpassed the million dollar mark whilst Strathfield has always held it's value and don't be a hater...every suburb has it's crime they are not perfect. The st George area is cheaper cos it's further away from the city and property's not that special not are their school.

Katie08
Katie08

Absolute rubbish! Oatley reached the million dollar mark years ago .. you don't have a CLUE what you are talking about HN! Strathfield is a nasty little slum surrounded by truly vile suburbs whereas Oatley is a garden suburb on the shores of the Georges River, surrounded by trees and parkland. The St George area is, actually, MORE expensive than Strathfield which is, and has always been, second rate and very over-rated. That is WHY most people who move in there want to leave the area quickly. People who live in the Oatley, Lugarno or Sutherland shire area stay for many years. Strathfield is a HUGE crime area and I know this because my son-in-law is a policeman who has told me that the Strathfield/Ashfield area is one of the TOP crime spots for break and enter and drug-related crime. Don't know where you get YOUR facts from but you are wrong!

JJ11

Katie08 is afraid of non whities is why she moved to where her ancestors are all at.

Katie08
Katie08

My oh my, JJ11, do I detect a very strong current of xenophobic racism throughout your reply! You sad little person. I am not of aboriginal descent but I do find your response offensive and rather typical of the smug, condescending attitudes that prosper in parts of Strathfield where (for some unknown reason) you think you are superior to anywhere else ... you are not! It still stands that Strathfield is, indeed, drastically over-rated which is why I moved out and why many people I know do not like the area. You forget that I used to live there ... JJ11, only the lowest, most uneducated idiot would resort to racism in an attempt to win a trivial argument about suburban areas ... tch! tch!

tims9

To compare an area such as Strathfield with Oatley is just laughable! Just look at property prices, one house in Strathfield could get you five houses in Oatley, if you once owned a house in Strathfield then sold it to go live in Oatley wouldn't you be kicking yourself!!! There's a reason why the price of property in Oatley is a fraction of that in Strathfield, the St George area more expensive than Strathfield??! Katie what planet are you on??!!!

samanthal5

Katie08, My daughter was scrolling through these comments, for her Geography assignment, and was horrified by your use of language to describe her suburb. Next time, please consider who may be viewing the comments, when you post them. I am completely fine with you sharing your opinion, but please so no use words such as 'nasty little slum' and 'vile'.

scottm38

Katie 08.Suprised you didn't seek the advice of your "Son-in-law the policeman,"before moving into such crime ridden areas.
By the way.....It's Homely not Twitter.

ahsmith
ahsmith

I second /third what's been been said above. This is a strange post. Considering the ~$2.5m median house price, if you sold your house in Strathfield it would be very strange if you took your money and moved to Oatley and not somewhere a bit more upmarket. If instead you moved from a unit in busy central Strathfield to a big suburban house in Oatley then you aren't comparing like to like... the crime rates around a big interchange station in the Inner West can't really be compared with a suburb that only has a one-line station down south. It's fine to point out all the negatives about a suburb, but the strength of feeling in your post just comes across a bit over the top when you start making inappropriate comparisons.

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"Good place to rent, quiet place to live in several streets, excellent transportation"

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"The Best Suburb"

I have lived in Strathfield for all of my life over 40 years, exceptional suburb, with all the amenities close by, safe infact I walk down the street at night and feel very safe.

Strathfield prices however in terms of housing are expensive, highly recommended as a suburb if you value peace and quite, confort and huge houses

I see a lot of retirees walking about and they feel safe, I dont understand how some people have said that parts are not as good I strongly disagree

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"Close to everything"

A leafy neighbourhood with friendly people. A safe environment with many excellent schools. Close to all major Sydney ateries with excellent public transport. A 30 minute or less drive will get you to Parramatta, Blacktown, Crows Nest, CBD, Liverpool, Kogarah, Turramurra, Marrickville.You get the idea.Great little shopping areas and a major train junction. Most housing away from the station are brick homes with good size backyards, well kept gardens and well maintained or completely new.

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"Fabulous parks,schools and a great deli"

There are well maintained parks on every block, fabulous schools from preschool up to high school and a wonderfully friendly neighbourhood. Recently a great fruit/veg and deli opened in homebush which has made life complete!

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"Fantastic transportation and good schools"

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