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

"You have got to be joking"

As I read the reviews here, I can only imagine that the people writting them are trying to sell their houses and get out as why would anyone write that this suburb is safe and friendly.

Last night a teenager was stabbed and bashed by 20 men just walking home! A gang of 20 ! How do 20 people wander around in a gang unnoticed? There is also the public knowledge featured regularly on te news of the rapes and bashings that go on nightly in this dagerous suburb.

Not only that, the graffitti in the area is a disgrace, the train station is a hub of theft, drugs and crime and you only have to see how may rapes, robberies and bashings are on the news constantly for this suburb and its surrounding suburbs of punchbowl, campsie, bankstown, chullora and greenacre to realise how much of a melting pot it really is.

I don't know what would come up on the "do not touch" realestate radar more, the violence, the unemployment or the cultural values of the people thaqt now live here and think it is great?

This would have to be the worst suburb in Australia, there is no way in hell I would raise a family here, I would rather live in the desert than inhabot this place.

Couldnt wait to see the place in the rear view mirror as we left at high speeds to avoid the car being stolen or being bashed and robbed. But you can always go through the archives of the news programmes if you want to confirm this or better still, grab a copy of the local newspaper and read all the problems and dramas that go on in this place on an endless basis.
  • Leaving
  • Violence and graffitti ridden unsafe seedy neighbourhood
  • Untidy, Dirty and litter strewn suburb
  • Large Groups of Arabic trouble making Males
ProfessionalsBELMORE Have heard of bashings & stabbings all throughout Sydney, even in "safe" suburbs on the Northern Beaches & North Shore. It's the FREQUENCY you need to look at, and the close-knit areas of Lakemba & Belmore & surrounding areas do tend to look out for each other. You won't find the locals just stepping over an injured or ill person in these areas! More like rushing to help!
Lakemba People that don't live in the suburb shouldn't be allowed to leave comments as they just make up stories - worried that people won't buy in the area they live in -
Pleasantville must not read too well newspapers if violence happens all over Sydney
and i don't wish to sell my property - it's in a Fantastic Location - I have supermarkets and restaurants, banks 2 mins walk 25mins I'm in the city centre -
paul87 You guys above are out of your mind if you think this is a good suburb. White flight to Penrith, Gosford and Wollognong is happening for a reason. This suburb is not multicultural it is segregation at it's absolute worst. I can't think of a worse suburb to live between Lakemba, Punchbowl, Guildford, Bankstown, Greenacre etc. These suburbs are not only a disgrace to Sydney but a disgrace to Western Society anywhere in the world. Most people here have not tried to assimilate into the Australian way of life and it is absolutely disgusting that a Real Estate agent and another poster above would try to say any different. Encouraging anyone who does't want to convert to a certain religion or lead a life of crime to live here is wrong.
ProfessionalsBELMORE Not sure Paul87 how much time you've actually spent in Lakemba. As an employee (that is an office worker employee not a salesperson) I can honestly say I've never had a problem with Lakemba. I've met heaps of people who live here and not all of them are immigrants or Muslim either. Yes you will get some people who won't make an effort when they've moved to a new country such as Australia, but they are all over Sydney and are the loud ones who everyone notices and therefore give all the others a bad name. Shame to tar everyone with the same brush. I highly recommend for people to spend time at a place and get to know it's people before making such statements.
Treesnleaves My wife works in lakemba and we live very close by.
I have spent alot of time in the suburb over many years and must confess, i agree with Paul87.
Congratulations Paul on speaking your mind and for saying things a lot of others would be worried about saying.
It is a disgrace indeed!
Matthew-Burns Your a legend paul87 I remember as a child growing up, I remember that Lakemba use to be a pleasant suburb that my parents use to go shopping. It was lovely and safe back then but ever since the middle eastern people moved in everything started turning up side down. Look im not racist im just justifying that these people are giving a bad name for the place. I dont know what Islam teaches you folks but all I can see on the TV and on news are you guys are terrorizing and making the place dirty, just like the place you guys came from.
I moved to Cronulla about 30 years ago and I can tell you that the Nulla is way better off with out you folks. If the cronulla riots didnt happen us non Islamics will have now where else to go and we need some space where you guys dont dirty or bring your nasty culture that teaches how to kill non islamics!
ProfessionalsBELMORE There is way more to this area than TV shows. Please remember people that TV is all about the ratings and far less about the news. These sensationalist "news" oftens twist or manipulate a certain viewpoint in order to increase their ratings. You may remember that during the Cronulla riots that some news & talkback were criticised for their participation as well.

Being Anglo-Saxon and working in this area every day I have absolutely no problem. I have found that some very "white" areas to be far more judgemental and non-accepting of others than around here. I actually feel that because it is very multicultural that it is MORE accepting of others than a lot of other places.

Don't let TV decide for you. Come find out for yourselves.
hab Hi Mathew,
On which basis are you saying "you guys are terrorizing"... Its not the ordinary people who tell you about any religion. Before making any comment, its better if you try to understand from Scripture or through Scholars. As per my knowledge, according to holy scriptures, killing of an innocent person in Islam is like killing the whole humanity. Its not only Islam, if you want to understand any religion, go for its authentic scripture. Ordinary people of all religions are similar. You must know that Alcohol and Pork are not even permissible in Christianity BUT lot of Christians are doing so. Should anybody say that Christianity guides like this?
BarneyG Lakemba is a quiet and peaceful suburb. It is also dirty(noone can claim Haldon st or close by is clean by Australian standards, its not), full of renters and very very conservative Islamic people. Shops blare middle eastern music in the streets and everywhere you will see them pushing the message of Islam.

That being said its no dirtier than nearby Campsie, but the price of house is about 200K less. I think its great buying there still. Especially in good streets closer to nearby Belfield or Belmore where prices already reflect gentrification.
ShaunD It's such a shame the people who defend this trashed grotty unsafe suburb have never been/ lived anywhere else in Sydney. If you spent 6 months living somewhere decent like the North Shore, you'd then realise. It's not acceptable to have frequent bashings, stabbings and drug deals. I would be embarrassed and ashamed to live somewhere like lakemba, and even more so trying to defend it. It is a disgrace, it is trashed and it is unsafe.
PhoebeP So Good australian! come and live here!!. The place is great and still OK Price and still one of still good location. Blend in the area and make this place equally and multicultural (by the way it is many nationality living here happily too). We need good people like you!! not the suburb is Bad but fews people same like others suburbs has some mad people but they won't carry guns and shoot here everyday..must be bad luck /wrong place & wrong time!! ..the suburb only a land and it is belong to all Australian. The more you run away of course some others will get together like community because they feel the belonging but I don't think they will kill you if you moved in. This Areas used to be full of white Australian but you move out north (expensive now) others move in here help this place a better place and peaceful..well.. The more you anti people here you should come and live here so this place won't just has Muslim as you too scared.
maggiec4 I wonder what Im doing so right that I have never had a problem with anyone here?! Im happy for the racists to keep away - you will only give us decent and respectable people a bad name. Ive lived in lots of places and Lakemba is my favourite place live out of all the places Ive lived in Australia.
Mar 22, 2018
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