8.4 out of 10

Summer Hill

Ranked 210th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8916392028313 151.13951874088
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Childcare
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Retirees

Reviews

4/5 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
Feb 02, 2017

"Best Inner West suburb"

Beautiful, quiet yet buzzing inner west suburb - has all the pros with very very minimal cons. Easy parking, shops, wine bar, pub, brand new supermarket, restaurants, post office, wine store, hairdressers and homeware stores etc. Great schools in the area, and all modes of public public transport - trains (15min to central), buses and the tram straight into China town, the casino, exhibition centre and the Fish markets. Gorgeous homes with tree lined streets. Once in a while you will get airplane noise but its nothing like Stanmore or Leichhardt. People that live in Summer Hill frequent Summer Hill and its rare to have out of towners so to speak, so its a real bonus and not overly busy with wannabe hipsters. This isn't a "loud" suburb like Newtown, so its more relaxed and chilled -ie, for the "locals" that prefer a more relaxed lifestyle with all the convenience as almost all inner west suburbs are 5-10min drive - the city is 15 min drive.
Pros
  • Walk to everywhere
  • No thoroughfare traffic
  • Beautiful streets and houses
  • Public transport
  • Village feel
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Five star village-like suburb in the inner west"

We bought a lovely townhouse here, and though we get some train and air craft noise, its a 5 star suburb in the inner west. Great lifestyle location. Everything you could want, including a supermarket, hairdressers, dentist and several cafes and resturants. Its also feels safe and clean at night. Much safer than its neighbouring suburb. Shady characters are probably outpriced out of Summer Hill hah!

We also have great, welcoming neighbours who invite us over for drinks!

Look forward to being able to afford a big house here in 10 years when we have a growing family.
Pros
  • Beautiful streets and houses
  • Public transport
  • Village feel
Cons
  • House prices
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The best kept secret in the inner-west"

Love it. I'm early 30's and have bought and lived here for 4 years after renting across the inner west (Concord, Chippendale, Newtown, Alexandria & Lilyfield). We were wanting to buy in Alexandria / Erskineville but found better value here and do not regret it - it's better. The village has everything you could want - plenty of cafes, a pub, great shops and enough restaurants to satisfy. There really is no need to leave. All this and its only 15-20 min on the train to the city. Its also a very family friendly place and shines in summer when a typical Saturday night will see kids dancing to live jazz in the town square while the restaurants spill onto the street. Summer Hill offers a relaxed cafe-culture and is one of the best-kept secrets in the inner west. If you've ever passed-by on the train and wondered what was there, stop in and check it out. Not too busy, not to slow - its just right.
Pros
  • Village feel
  • Public transport
  • Beautiful streets and houses
Cons
  • House prices
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Gem of the inner west"

Summer Hill is a gorgeous little village in inner west Sydney. The streets are leafy tree-lined streets. Despite being so close to the city, Summer Hill has a wonderful family feel about it as well as being funky. There are a few good parks for the kids to play in.

Summer Hill village has plenty to offer everyone, There are funky cafes, beautiful restaurants, gift shops, a supermarket, fruit shops, a pub and plenty more.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
Treesnleaves
Treesnleaves You are right, Summer Hill is a really great suburb and "Village" is a perfect descriptive word.
I believe that Summer Hill is almost a secret and that more people should discover this hidden peace of heaven in the inner west, although i would not describe it as “Funky” at all its more a quiet family friendly peace of suburbia rather than a place where a lot goes on.
5 star rated in my opinion id live here for sure!
2yrs+
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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
  • 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+

"Art Deco Village Within a Modern City"

Summer Hill is a delight, truly. Once the getaway place for stressed out Victorians looking for an escape from city pressures, Summer Hill now represents part of the inner western fringe lying just beyond the city centre: hardly a blissful retreat. Yet, somehow, it is more peaceful in Summer Hill than any surrounding suburbs, Filled with Victorian terraces and Art Deco blocks of 4 (two up, two down in heavy double-brick construction), it's elegant and quaint with beautiful tree lined streets and a village atmosphere.

Summer Hill has a handy train station on the all stops to Liverpool line and offers a small shopping strip, village style, with just a single cute little supermarket. Young people like the proximity to town, families the village atmosphere and older people the peacefulness.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet Inner West suburb"

Summer Hill is located in the inner west of Sydney. As a typical inner west suburb, the streets are very narrow and the dwellings are a combination of older style units and federation houses. Many of the houses in Summer Hill are heritage listed and very beautiful.

As compared to its neighbour, Ashfield, Summer Hill is quite a small suburb. The main street only has a handful of shops, a supermarket and one or two cafes. There is also a pub and a train station. Apart from that, it is a quiet suburb that does not evoke any excitement from its visitors.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
caz07
caz07 The comment that the streets are "very narrow" in Summer hill is just plain ridiculous. One of the reasons I chose to live here 15 years ago was that, especially compared with many other other streets in the inner west (e.g. Newtown and Rozelle), the streets are in fact quite wide as a general rule, and there is loads of on-street parking available. Take a look at Carrington St, Spencer St, Kensington Rd, Rosemount St, Henson St etc etc ...... all very wide and lined with trees & shrubs (look at the street views on Google Maps). Also most streets have service lanes at the back, which means that unsightly garbage bins are never on view. Narrow streets are in fact very unusual around here.

I also think that the comments about the SH shopping centre are rather inaccurate. The village is admitted quite small, but last time I counted there were nine restaurants or cafes in the two main streets (Lackey and Smith Sts), and the place is really alive at night. I'm starting to wonder if this reviewer actually visited Summer Hill at all........
2yrs+
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