7.4 out of 10

Sydenham

Ranked 289th best suburb in Melbourne (Greater)
-37.6998092240701 144.762819334189
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Childcare
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Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Feb 20, 2017

"Yeah Nah"

Sydenham is a place I would not recommend bringing kids to. Hanging out anywhere around sydenham after sunset is dangerous. Half of the houses in our area have been broken into, and emergency response time is non existent. It is quite a multicultural area, so you always see african, asian, white, and middle eastern people around, so that is a positive. Watergardens is not a good place unless you are in a group, people regularly get robbed. Honestly, unless you have to live here, do, you may be lucky, but be careful. Finally, with the increase of meth, methheads are common and scary to run into
Pros
  • Watergardens Town Centre
Cons
  • drugs
  • Crime esp. at the station
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+

"Best in the West"

My review of Sydenham is similar to what others have written.

Sydenham is a suburb 25 km North-West of Melbourne CBD. The best thing about Sydenham is the Watergardens town centre where everything is all in one place e.g. shopping centre, train station, library, gym. This is very convenient especially for those without a car and/or who live close to these facilities. Medical centres such as Medical One, are located on Melton Highway, not too far away from Watergardens. Trains are frequent especially in peak hour with every second train running express in the morning peak. The train takes 35 minutes to the city (non-express).

The downside would have to be the crime at the station. Cars get broken into on a frequent basis. I also happened to be a victim of bike theft (it got stolen from the bike stand beside the car park/under the stairs). However, this was before the PSOs came so the area should be a bit safer now.

Although the western suburbs of Melbourne have bad reputations, there are lots of things to like about Sydenham which makes it the best in the west with the pros outweighing the cons.
Pros
  • Watergardens Town Centre
  • Not too far from city; close to countryside and airport
  • Nice houses
Cons
  • Crime esp. at the station
  • Level crossing on Melton Highway causes traffic congestion
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • 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 5/5
2yrs+

"Excellent Suburb"

Sydenham is close to everything...there is Watergardens town centre/station, schools, gyms, medical centres....all these are either adjacent or within walking distance to each other. The station is staffed and the train ride is only 35 mins to the city. It is also about half an hour drive to the airport.

There is a bit of crime here; cars can be seen smashed at the station car park every now and then, broken bottles can also be seen on the footpath and grass....but I suppose this sort of stuff is common in many suburbs.

Overall, Sydenham is an excellent place to live and I highly recommend it for families.
Pros
  • Close to Train station and Shopping centre
  • Close to Childcare and schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
Advocate
Advocate I cannot help but agree with Matt. Your comments are an accurate depiction of Sydenham. Council has taken steps to improve the parks in the suburb. Hopefully with the new PSOs petty crimes such as smashed car windows at the station will reduce.
2yrs+
Sally76
Sally76 strongly disagree with your comments and title: "Excellent Suburb" Matt_Costa. Almost everyone I know who lives in Sydenham has had their car broken into at the station. Two friends have had their house broken into! I always see litter scattered on the keilor melton highway and near Watergardens shopping complex representative of a third world country. Very depressing place to visit/drive through.
2yrs+
Advocate
Advocate It is obvious that a 3rd world country does not even resemble what Sally_76 is implying of Watergardens. Trying living in one for a change....
2yrs+
Sally76
Sally76 I would suggest you re-read your comment which contains very, very poor grammar.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Good Suburb"

I recently moved from Sydenham, due to life changes. I now live in the south eastern suburbs.
What I like about Sydenham is that it is not over crowded. You can go to the supermarket and not feel like your whole neighbourhood is there. In our new suburb some supermarkets don't have many checkouts open, u would think they would try to accommodate to the population of the area, it isn't the case at all. They also seem to always run out of at least one item I need.
Watergardens isn't as big as highpoint, but it has everything you need.
If you like going to the gym there are lots of options, and you don't need to stress as much about finding a parking space.
Renting or buying a house is affordable, I am currently renting and looking to buy a place. I am going to have to pay double for a home, I don't think it will be as nice as our Sydenham home.
It is handy being closer to the airport.
I saw comments about crime in Sydenham, we might of been lucky, but our house and cars never got broken into. Our neighbours were also good.
I personally think Sydenham is one of the friendlier and good Suburbs out West.
Pros
  • Close to Train station and Shopping centre
  • Close to Childcare and schools
  • Quiet streets
  • Not too far from city; close to countryside and airport
  • Watergardens Town Centre
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Sydenham is great 16 years"

Sydenham is a great place, i have been raised in Sydenham. the only traffic problems there would be would be getting on the calder freeway on the weekend or in early morning can sometimes be a nightmare. it is very quiet at night, if you live near the train station, you will of corse hear the trains but part from that there is nothing to really complain about. When i was younger we moved from Kings Park to Sydenham and it was the greatest decision to have been made by the family.
Pros
  • safe nightlife
  • Close to Train station and Shopping centre
  • Close to Childcare and schools
  • Quiet streets
  • Not too far from city; close to countryside and airport
  • Watergardens Town Centre
Cons
  • Needs more train station car parks
  • Crime esp. at the station
  • Level crossing on Melton Highway causes traffic congestion
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Not impressed"

Not impressed, been living here for a few months, car parks at the station are a scary place after 7pm. The occasional hoon driving happens and very unhappy with the cops not responding to a emergency call. I don't think this will be a good sale in future too, as the safety of people will out weigh the value of the property and people will not want to live in a unsafe place.
Cons
  • Needs more train station car parks
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Wish I hadnt moved"

I moved to Sydenham to get away from a violent, unsafe and noisy suburb. Unfortunately, I have come across every single one of these things on multiple occasions since I moved here 7 months ago. No one seems to have any respect for their neighbours regardless of whether they know them or not. The only good thing I've found is lots of gyms and Watergardens. Apart from these things, I can't wait until my lease is up. Sorry Sydenham.
Pros
  • Close to Train station and Shopping centre
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
  • 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
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great suburb"

One of the best suburbs in western suburbs of Melbourne. I was originally from Hoppers crossing there was a lot of Hoons and family disputes where cops had to go to the house and sort them out... was planning to move to tarneit or truganina which is surround suburbs near Hoppers but I have mates living there saying there was to many break ins and stolen cars... I believe it is due too younger families moving to those suburbs due to it is affordable... anyways my conclusion is ghastly I have been in Sydenham for the past 6 months and enjoying every single day of it...
Pros
  • Close to Childcare and schools
  • Close to Train station and Shopping centre
  • Quiet streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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
  • 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
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Suburb"

I have been here nearly all my life... and i am loving every bit of it...
i love Station Streat @ Watergardens shopping centre... good place to chill with your friends and hang out... also the station is right across the road from the shopping centre... so when you finish school and work and need to buy something just have to walk across to watergardens.

overall i will rate this suburb in the top 10 western suburb to live in.
Pros
  • Close to Childcare and schools
  • Close to Train station and Shopping centre
  • Quiet streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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
  • 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
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Sydenham is Great!!!"

Just recently moved from Taylors Hill to Sydenham... the neighbours are friendly walking distant to childcare, schools, medical clinic, Watergardens shopping centre/train station... streets are peaceful no hoons like you get in hoppers crossing where my parents live.... had to choose either Hoppers or Sydenham when i was looking for a house and i believe Sydenham is way better seeing i grew up in Hoppers and i know what goes on there.
Pros
  • Quiet streets
  • Close to Childcare and schools
  • Close to Train station and Shopping centre
Cons
  • Needs more train station car parks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5
2yrs+

"Lock your doors day and night in Sydenham"

Home break-ins, car break-ins, broken glass, I got off the train the other night after work to find some kids had started a fire in the car-park, and my car had been bounced around towards the fire .. my daughter called 000 and the fire-brigade arrived shortly after. It was scary.
That's what you get with unlit streets, large dark unpatrolled areas, and teenagers with nothing to do after they've been sniffing paint fumes. don't know what I'd have done if my daughter hadn't been there - as it was I was very unnerved.
Recommended for
  • Singles
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"Close to everything.."

What's not to love, walking distance to Watergardens, Dentists, Vet, Doctors, Local Shops, Schools(Primary & High) as well as Preschools. And best of all close enough to walk to the station but not too close to be annoyed by it.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Unsafe, Dirty Streets, Polluted Air at Dangerous Levels at least once a week."

There are screaming domestics day or night spilling out into the streets;
Rubbish and garbage is let blow all over the streets, never to be picked up, collected by street cleaners;
Street lighting is lousy - it is dangerous to go out to your letterbox after dark;
Supermarket trolleys gather on pavements in residential areas;
The rents are high, and the prices at Watergardens supermarkets are very very high - clothes, shoes - well, they're just plain two years ago.
Car windows are smashed on a daily basis around the supermarket and the train station ...
And on top of that, the Environmental Protection Authority reported this year that air pollution was at dangerous levels on an "average" of once per week in Sydenham. I moved away 6 months ago, and my bronchitis, which was constantly flaring up, has cleared up! ....
RyanCalleja1
RyanCalleja1 i don't know where you are living, but Sydenham is not a rubbish suburb, i have been living in Sydenham for 16 years, how dare you say such bad things about my beautiful home town. why don't you leave instead of lying about it.. We don't live in sunshine i have been out at 12AM- 1AM and i am still in one piece to tell you about it.
2yrs+
HS
HS Where do you live in Sydenham? I've been living here since 9 yrs. I've never experienced polluted air :-) you must be living in Sydenham of different planet......
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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 Place to Raise a Family"

It is a really good place to live. Close to everything from Goodguys to Woolies, from Blockbuster to Hoyts. 35 minutes trip to city by train even it end of Zone 2. Internet speed bit slow but ADSL1 8 MBPS exchange is available so not really a fuss.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Close to everything!!"

I love being able to walk to the bakery, chemist, doctor, milkbar...etc! Public transport is at my door step as well as public schools. It would be even better if there was more catholic schools in the area (high schools). Watergardens has a huge selection of shops and restaurants, as well as the homemaker centre with everything that you need at a very short distance. I feel safe here and my neighbours are the best, we get along really well!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"A great Family Suburb"

Definitely a great place to bring up kids. I have been here 5 years and I look forward to coming home every day. The suburb is in an exclusive size, not too crowded the neighbours are indeed friendly. The convenience to transport, retail and basic services such as clinics and schools is simply wonderful.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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