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Rydalmere
29th August 2020

"Family oriented suburb in Sydney's northwest but let down by drawbacks"

As far as I am concerned, Rydalmere's proximity to major transport hubs such as Parramatta, Carlingford and Epping makes it an excellent suburb. Even though it doesn't have its own train services, transport is well serviced with frequent buses running east and southbound. In addition, it is a very family friendly suburb, with leafy environs and fairly good schools. In those two respects, I would recommend it for professionals and families. However, one major drawback is that retail shops and restaurants are in no way nearby (I am aware of local shops at Ermington, but they are insufficient for daily needs). Also, this suburb is hardly identifiable, even though it is located near major strategic centres in Sydney. Its unknown neighbouring suburbs, namely Camellia, Ermington, Dundas, etc. do not help much either.

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  • Families with kids
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Artarmon
12th June 2020

"Underrated, highly versatile suburb"

Artarmon's location is central to the many services across the North Shore, with Chatswood and Crows Nest's shopping and dining options and the major employment hub of North Sydney nearby. Quality public school options are available with Artarmon Public School having an OC catchment. Add that to much green space, and you've got a highly family-friendly suburb. While the green space isn't actually picturesque compared to some of its Upper North Shore brethren, you've got a fairly decent open space to run about, walk a dog or kick a ball. Artarmon is not often renowned for its enclave of Japanese restaurants, which is unusual, considering Artarmon offers some of the greatest Japanese style cafes, as well as some smaller-scale minimarts. These restaurants are located under the tunnel of Artarmon station and give a highly pleasant vibe to the more bustling section of Artarmon. Higher-end shopping can be found at Chatswood Westfield, just a stone's throw away from the main part of the suburb. Around the western side of Artarmon, you can find some small retail stores and bakeries, so by visiting some of these franchises, you are indeed benefiting the local community. The community here really does thrive, being very family-friendly oriented. Its house prices may be somewhat exorbitant, but if you can get an abode here for a reasonable price, over any suburb in the North Shore, I would recommend it. Public transport is highly convenient, with ready access to the major employment hubs of Chatswood, North Sydney, Ryde and Macquarie Park, not to forget the Sydney CBD. All o the aforementioned locations can be reached by car easily, with minimal traffic going in and out of Artarmon's main arteries.

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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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Carlingford
12th June 2020

"Suburban lifestyle but central to everything"

Carlingford is a leafy region in north-west Sydney with well established houses (giving off a pleasant feel) and quality local schools in the area. With top selective school in the state, James Ruse Agricultural High School, and OC schools such as North Rocks and Carlingford West Public School, the education aspect alone ranks Carlingford as one of the most liveable places. Department stores and groceries shops can be located in Carlingford Court, with other supplies in Westfield North Rocks, Westfield Parramatta and Macquarie Centre. Transport into the Sydney CBD isn't all too convenient, with the train station's recent shutting down (even before that, the commute was inefficient and slow). You'll have to hitch a bus to nearby Epping or Parramatta station, and take it from there. If you don't commute to the Sydney CBD, but instead Macquarie Park, Parramatta or Ryde (all major employment hubs), then Carlingford becomes much more convenient, with the suburbs being just a stone's throw away.
Residential streets are generally very tranquil, an added bonus considering propinquity to all the aforementioned amenities. New high rise to medium rise developments are revamping (in a sense) Carlingford's property market. Most of these developments are near landscaped parks and reserves, which I can say, Carlingford prides itself on, being at the crossroads of the North Shore, Hills Shire and Parramatta region.
Overall, not a terrible choice, with a profound array of amenities to choose from, and at least, one will cater to you.

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  • Families with kids
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Victoria Avenue
12th June 2020

"Abundance of amenities"

The close, convenient shopping strip is why many prefer Penshurst over say Hurstville. Quiet and relaxed, but still with a buzzing atmosphere, this street maintains a village-like feel to it. Mind you, the street itself is not decentralised from other places to be about in the local region.

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Empress St
20th May 2020

"Pretty much like nearby streets in Allawah and South Hurstville"

Empress St is presumably one of the most desirable cul-de-sacs in the thriving cosmopolitan nature of Hurstville. While free standing houses aren't present, there are an abundance of units and low rise apartment blocks catering to buyers from all across. Terminating at the cul-de-sac is a very lovely expanse of green with a range of amenities in spite of being quite small, Empress Reserve.
Overall, Empress St has excellent transport connections being so close to the railway station, and has access to an abundance of amenities in the Hurstville CBD and locally.

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Dubbo
20th May 2020

"Efficient commute to the Sydney CBD"

I can't reiterate enough how efficient the commute the Sydney CBD can be from Dubbo. Just half a dozen hours commute, it ranks highly relative to other regions such as the Kimberley, WA and Arnhem Land.

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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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laura-shooter

Haha, I couldn't agree more. So much more efficient than a commute from the Kimberley or Arnhem Land!!

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Blacktown
20th May 2020

"Decent amenities, but not close to anything in particular outside the suburb"

On print, there are quite some things to make Blacktown seem like a utopia, but it is lacking in several factors. Some of the streets seem a little run down, with litter lining them. Another is that Blacktown Is by no means close to parks and beaches, lacking severely in green open space. It's a decent suburb to reside in for low cost living, but I wouldn't advocate it thoroughly if your budget's a little higher. If you can get an abode in a residential pocket, then lifestyle will not be too bad.

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KatarinaV
KatarinaV

Close to Parramatta and the Blue Mts

ursuladoepner
ursuladoepner

There are many parks in Blacktown

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Haymarket
14th May 2020

"Chinese restaurants superb and located very centrally"

The Yum Cha available at Haymarket exceeded that of my expectations; it really was highly sumptuous. As a general note, much of the food is from China’s southern regions, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangdong, with some intermixing with Shanghainese food. Hence, because of the wide variety, one can experience Chinese culture is no more quintessential place. For living, this is a superb destination for young professionals, in close proximity to Redfern, Cebtral and Ultimo. Great public transport. Only let down factor could be the education sector, which would be desirable improved for families. Still, the transportation Effiency makes it very easy to get from one place to another.

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Chinaman Wells
14th May 2020

"Coastal locality equipped with rudimentary amenities in neighboring suburbs"

Chinaman Wells is a coastal locality that happens to be quite far from the state’s capital, Adelaide. To make up for this, there are local amenities but job opportunities may be limited, and access to transit systems beyond he community is difficult. The coastal landscape isn’t all to impressive to say in the least.

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Kogarah Bay
14th May 2020

"Nice bayside family or retirement living"

A bayside bliss, Kogarah Bay is a hidden gem tucked away by the shores of Sydney’s St George region. While the public transport isn’t top notch and the amenities are largely inaccessible, the coastal landscape makes up for it. The residential streets are really kept pristine, indicating how much locals enjoy living here. Not too far from Carss Bush Park either, where you can appreciate a greater variety of outdoor acitivities.

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  • Families with kids
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George Street
14th May 2020

"Interesting city culture, but definitely not for family living"

How has this not been reviewed once? Anyway, George St is a pretty convenient place for shopping and accessing amenities, but probably not an ideal place to live (even if it literally is the heart of the CBD). Noise pollution is not infrequent, frequent overcrowding as such occurs on the streets, and a pretty horrific scene emerges on Sydney’s cosmopolitan street. Could be made more dynamic, and more decentralized from the rest of the CBD. If you’re going be to have people living on this street, at least make it more decentralized, in doing so, more tranquil.

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Jubilee Avenue
14th May 2020

"Appreciate the contrast between apartment blocks and nature"

This part of Carlton is on a whole grander scheme than that north of the train line. Really accessible with top notch school Carlton South just a stone throw away, and the station quite close. Has lots of natural scenery and is a gateway to green space, something the populous South requires.

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Thornleigh
14th May 2020

"Really secluded"

Upon entering this suburb from Hornsby, I feel in a sense that I’m moving 40 years back in time. The residential areas are really very isolated, and can easily make one feel solitary. If that’s what you desire, then go ahead, but really, it’s nothing more than a place to reside. The train station is in the southwestern most pocket of Thornleigh, making it fairly inaccessible for residents. Shopping centers are not close by, and yes, there is Hornsby, but even though that actually has some decent ring to it as a suburb, the Westfield is rather gritty.

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I tend to disagree. I lived there for 8 years and it's a beautiful suburb. Close to Hornsby but far enough to enjoy peace and quiet. The families in the street were super friendly, there was a Christmas street party every year. Close to great schools and now that the M1 tunnel is open Pennant Hills Road is a much better commute. Easy to get out of Sydney too...in 5 minutes you're on the freeway heading north. Thornleigh also has it's own shopping centre with Woolworths and there are some lovely cafes in the area as well.

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Kingsgrove
14th May 2020

"Overrated for what it’s worth"

Kingsgrove will likely cater for the needs of young professionals, what with the M5 in close propinquity and a small shopping strip. Even in spite of this, the demographics are extremely varied, with pockets of the young, very young (children), middle aged and elderly population. Still, this amalgamation doesn’t succeed all too well. On Kingsgrove Road, for instance, the suburb is chock full with industrial services rather than amenities or housing. This causes dismay easily, considering how supposedly good Kingsgrove is meant to be. In reality, it’s a suburb with some decent amenities, a rudimentary transit system and moderate range of education.

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East Ryde
7th April 2020

"Good"

Good

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Lane Cove West
7th April 2020

"Convenient and tucked away in the leafy north shore"

Nearest train station is either Artarmon or Chatswood; both stations are part of bustling suburbs (particularly Chatswood what with its city centre). Hence, shopping options, education and access to amenities are scarcely an issue. Crime isn't an issue here; mostly just a very family oriented environment as with any leafy north shore suburb.

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Lane Cove North
7th April 2020

"Hyper convenient family living"

Just steps away from Chatswood, a cuisine rich and shopping oriented environment and a stone's throw from Artarmon where the education sector performs extraordinarily well with the OC stream. Recommended for families working to live at a medium budget (the north shore is not non-exorbitant; I won't say the price tags don't exist). Less crowded environment than Lane Cove or Chatswood though and definitely some superb green space and safety's not a concern

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Kurnell
6th April 2020

"A thriving community only deterred by the oil refinery"

Good, close to shopping centres, beaches and a very much thriving local community. Green space is abundant.

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stephanieforsyth

I thought the oil refinery closed down?

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Epping
6th April 2020

"Good"

Unmanned flying objects have been known to orbit the regions around South East and East Epping (not otherwise known as choppers). Arcane green figures with multiple eyes bulging out like almonds have been observed to emerge from these objects. Watch out before it colonises all your greenhouse gases (please store all chemicals conveniently in greenhouses). Jokes aside with Marsfield, Epping fares geographically very well. To the north, is the bustling likes of Hornsby; to the east, Chatswood; to the south, Strathfield; and to the west, a thriving residential community with no geographical, commercial or industrial hotspots, equivalently in the minds of some investors, nothing. So that would imply Epping is the most west of the west? Very illogical.
Epping is very well equipped by train services, schools, shopping options and restaurants. It has an abundance of amenities present additionally within the neighbouring suburbs, and has a varied population demographic. Unlike some suburbs of the inner city, aeroplane noise is scarcely an issue, unless you count the high youth population knowing and neowing away with their paper creations (that's not necessarily a bad thing). A must live place for train fanatics alike, parents of train fanatics, academically striving pupils, young individuals hoping to make a mark in the fabric of labour and professionals. Green space, as with any North Shore suburb, is not lacking (definitely not induced by any entities of the UFOs).

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Chatswood
6th April 2020

"Vibrant atmosphere coupled with tranquil living"

Rich in cuisine, shopping options, transport and what not, Chatswood is a very vibrant place on the North Shore just a stone's throw away from the major employment centres of Macquarie Park and the actual heart of the CBD. The northern beaches are readily accessible for residents, and in the actual suburb itself, there is a great deal to offer. When a suburb is stated as destined to become the next Chatswood, that is not ostensibly a bad thing; in fact, it can have very positive and beneficial implications. For instance, Hurstville's presence as a strategic centre has allowed residents to liken it to the Chatswood of the South suburbs. So as you can discern, Chatswood has a bustling atmosphere, with excellent transport services, a good range of education facilities and all you could wish for. The only downside is the traffic congestion.

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