"Very apparent difference between Sutherland and Miranda"
Something to be concerned about developers: Sutherland and Miranda are very distinct places geographically. Nearly 5 km apart and indubitably so, and no, I'm not implying there's any issue with that being so. Ah, wait... where was the nearest hospital? In Sutherland. Please alter the name to Sutherland Shire Hospital or something somewhat more suitable.
Miranda has an enormous shopping complex featuring an abundance of restaurants, an abundance shops for fashion, culture and groceries, an abundance of playgrounds to keep children entertained, but perhaps insufficient parking. I'm glad to discern that's eased, for what reason is not directly apparent to me. There's a park, a park and another, with a very peaceful atmosphere, but note that the parks are not the lush greenery of the North Shore. The waterside views are in close proximity, and you can easily access Cronulla, or if that's not for your liking, there are countless waterside suburbs that may appeal.
"Grievous aircraft noise"
If you are to purchase an abode in Marrickville, please aim for somewhere in proximity to Tempe or Undercliffe; it has a decent array of amenities and quality local schools. Don't opt for anywhere else, as the aircraft noise is overly horrendous. Marrickville is infested with restaurants and shopping districts that can easily frighten the introvert-dominated population (in neighbouring suburbs) out of their living wits.
"Decent place in Sydney's far west (beyond Cumberland and inner west) but aircraft noise could become an issue"
Colyton is a primarily residential area, with very few major distributors running through. It is idyllic for family living, being very family oriented with many centres in neighbouring suburbs being rich with amenities. The atmosphere is rather tranquil compared to the near hotspots of Blacktown, Penrith and Parramatta, so definitely somewhere to consider if you don't mind the aircraft noise that may be induced as a consequence of development of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.
"How is this rated comparable to Bankstown"
Allawah is a sleeper suburb, unlike neighbouring Carlton (in a sense, the community thrives) and Hurstville with its city centre, but Allawah is a perfectly reasonable place to reside in. I don't comprehend the negativity expressed in some of the reviews. It's merely a stone's throw away from top notch private schools and good range of local schools, as well as the abundance of amenities in Hurstville, while managing to maintain a tranquil and highly preferable environment. The streets may not be rich with greenery, but Lancelot St and surrounds are tree lined, with very nice undercover. It has a decently sized train station, which shows how much of the demographic consists of the working class. Along Railway Pde, there may not be any hotspots like that encountered in Hurstville, but you can get just about adequate from the services offered. The nearest Westfield is just minutes away so I cannot comprehend why you would be imploring for something of better value. Rent prices are not as high as something typical of Burwood or the North Shore.
Who lives here?
- Families with kids
"It's tranquil but the amenities just vanished"
Peakhurst is severed straight through like a bottle cork by Henry Lawson Drive, a distributor to the Canterbury Bankstown council and Liverpool that tends to become very crowded. Shopping centres, restaurants and numerous amenities are lacking in Peakhurst, with most supplies needing to be obtained from Hurstville or Mortdale. The greenery is pleasant, but please include some shopping strip along a street to give it some village feel, not along Henry Lawson Drive.
"It's not much more than a street, but have some consideration, noise pollution exists"
All I can hearken to night after night is cars revving down the street, and moreover, I don't even reside on the street; I reside three streets away from it. One can readily comprehend that it is the main gateway to suburbs such as Miranda, Sutherland, Blakehurst, etc. but honestly, you don't have to induce noise pollution constantly. Otherwise, this would be a fairly decent street to reside on, and please drivers, do not go rampaging down the street. Thank you.
"Rich in amenities, rich in population"
Burwood is located quite conveniently, just adjacent to Strathfield with its bustling restaurants and having express trains run through its station. While Burwood is no doubt rich in amenities what with the Westfield, the very pleasant atmosphere of the park and top notch schools performing highly in the education sector, the population density is high. Thus, there will be considerable noise pollution, which can anger the most sensitive of people. Nonetheless, Burwood is a highly safe and secure environment to reside with remarkably low crime rates, taking into consideration its prominence as a city centre. It is additionally not all too far from encapsulating waterside views, with Canada Bay just bordering it to the north. Moreover, all of its neighbouring suburbs are reputable to some standard, being very family oriented. Burwood manages to broaden the horizon that looked bleak for residential inner west.
Who lives here?
- Families with kids
"Decent place to live"
The shopping strip along Penshurst Rd, the last time I visited the suburb, was somewhat bustling, although highly convenient for shopping options. This may have changed ever since, so I am all too sure whether this aspect would be very justified. Penshurst is geographically in close proximity to the Georges River, and just a stone's throw away from Hurstville, but seeming a very disparate world. In Penshurst, there are some quality local schools, and one can always travel to nearby top notch schools in Hurstville via train or bus services, which are generally very reliable. Ideally, you wouldn't want to live on the fringes of Penshurst, such as on King Georges Rd or small streets branching from it (because lack of propinquity to station and amenities), but even these offer a lifestyle like no other with Hurstville Aquatic Centre and Penshurst Park. Really, it depends on which lifestyle you prefer. While restaurants may not exactly be Penshurst's strong point, there are trains to Hurstville to cater for dining options as well as the countless amenities there. Penshurst overall is a tranquil suburb to reside within, as residential streets themselves do not get all too crowded, and much of the traffic will be diverted toward Forest Rd or King Georges Rd.
Who lives here?
- Families with kids
"Wonderful geographical location but some factors let it out slightly"
There isn't a great variety of schools here in the actual suburb itself, but nearby Hurstville South Public School makes up for that, along with a wide range in north Hurstville. The geographical location is superb, and allows for easy access to places west and north via King Georges Road. Investors gravitate toward this area, as there could be great potential lurking in the feature, with a vibrant atmosphere, abundance of green space, propinquity to top schools, closeness to amenities and to top it up, very nice topographic features. That being said, it manages to incorporate elements of residential Oatley and the nice waterside suburbs along in the Sutherland Shire. Quite remarkable considering how it's just a stone's throw away from the Hurstville city centre and the convenience of train stations.
"Very decent suburb in Canterbury Bankstown area"
I find the southern region of Revesby somewhat more desirable, but I wouldn't loathe the suburb as a whole. Glorious natural environment encompassing the suburb, picturesque forests out of the realm of the stereotypical scathing day in Australian summers. Revesby has top notch transport links intercity, and shopping facilities can be accessed in Riverwood. Education here has been developed to cater for the wide family demographic here, thus implying a nature of decent local schools as well as the likes of Picnic Point Public School. Dining out may not be Revesby's strong point, but if you head out further east to Mortdale and Oatley via well serviced busses, you can get a decent meal. I discern massive potential in this suburb in general, as it manages to achieve all this in tandem with carving a safe, placid atmosphere. Community spirit thrives like anywhere in a semi rural environment.
"Community but geographical location in the context of surrounding suburbs can deter"
People who have resided in this suburb for a considerable amount of time naturally gravitate toward the suburb's bountiful community services it has to offer. It being a few stone throws away from Bankstown with its huge shopping complex makes lifestyle convenient for family living at a low cost. Education facilities, however, are not supreme, as even in Bankstown, there aren't a great deal of top notch schools. Still, there are several fair local schools. Access to amenities may be a conundrum, but the safe and tranquil environment away from the notoriety of Bankstown makes up widely for that. Restaurants may be accessed in Bankstown.
The nearest train station is only a stone's throw away in Liverpool, very close to amenities such as shopping malls, education institutions, aquatic centres, etc. Only let down factor is lack of restaurants in surrounding suburbs. In the actual suburb itself, there isn't a great deal of variety, but safe, peaceful living recommended for families opting for a semi rural lifestyle still within the shackles of Greater Sydney. Comparable to lifestyle in the Hills Shire!
"Decent living but cramped environment makes it undesirable with multiple ramifications"
Burwood Heights is a suburb located in the Inner West, with Burwood a separate suburb to the north. All in all, it's not an entirely horrible place to reside, as it does have all the added convenience in nearby Homebush (with the Olympic Park), Strathfield and Burwood amenities the former of which features a major interchange station for transport to multiple regions. Upon driving in this region, I notice that it is very green and well kept, reminding me of the hidden gem of Croydon Park. All in all, has a somewhat shabby geographical location with respect to surrounding suburbs, but should be perfectly fine for living.
"Very decently sized suburb where you can access a multitude of things!"
Largest of the Dodacenese islands in Greece, I was somewhat surprised to discern that others do not rate this suburb all too highly. This suburb has a train station, a shopping complex and some top notch schools just a few stations away in Strathfield and Epping as well as quality local schools. The suburb is indeed heavily gentrified, but I suppose because it was initially a very desirable suburb. The surrounding environment away from the urban landscape is pristine and well kept. Possibly the presence of a major road severing the heart of the suburb in tandem with gentrification has induced negativity. Additionally in close proximity to Sydney Olympic Park! Overall not a suburb to abhor.
"At the crossroads of the Inner West and St George"
The suburb is decent but fairly overpriced for what it's worth. It isn't exactly rich in amenities with but a strand of shops along the Main Street and its surrounding suburbs are either similar in nature or completely distinct. To the south, you have Bardwell Park, a remarkably good place to reside in the St George region. In the north, there is the hipster likes of Marrickville and Dulwich Hill. Commuting is not all too easy - while there are multiple busses runnings through the suburb, they are infrequent and tending to terminate at Earlwood itself. The nearest train station would have to Bardwell Park, Bexley North, Turrella, Bexley North, Tempe, Dulwich Hill, Canterbury or Hurlstone Park, so in spite of the setback, its surrounding suburbs are relatively well equipped with public transport.
Education, however, is clearly valued, with some of quality primary schools present in this suburb, namely Undercliffe public and Earlwood Public. I'd opt for a residence in Undercliffe, as there is some livelihood aspect augmented with the comforting presence of the Cooks River, and it is in close propinquity to Wolli Creek and a large sized IKEA.
Overall not an entirely horrible place to live, but seeming to be skewed toward a certain population demographic depending on the specific region of Earlwood (we can discern from the multitude of nearest train stations). The liveability is let down to some extent by the environment others generate.
"Better off living in Strathfield or Strathfield North"
Strathfield South does have some decent villas and a very intriguing abode infrastructure, but there are virtually no amenities in the actual suburb itself. It is decent for low cost family living, but if one is to be family oriented, I'd recommend either North Strathfield or Strathfield, because it will be difficult in itself to access amenities in Strathfield due to high pedestrian and road traffic.
Lidcombe is a suburb that has all the convenience of close propinquity to Flemington markets, Chullora shopping centre, Strathfield Plaza and a variety of other things, but it doesn’t feel particularly calm an atmosphere. There happens to be a swarm of industrial services here, so unattractive places scattered here and there. It is a major station - the terminal point, so I suppose overcrowding would a problem to some degree, but not to the extent of something like Strathfield. You’re better off going for the waterside suburb of Silverwater, where you can still manage to access 5e north shore via Strathfield station and all the amenities including top notch schools in Burwood, Strathfield, etc.
"Five thousand stones away from Sydney suburban life"
It’s a creek. Hence, it’s a narrow sheltered waterway. Cover your eyes as this place has massive potential for Sydney’s establishment of the grand airport. But remember, it’s a creek and like any suburb, there are badgers. However, I do think this one is free of them.
"Other side of George’s River more preferable, but closer to the city, aye"
Lansvale is decent, multicultural a suburb with limited transport, shopping and eating options. Mostly, you will have to maximize benefit of the George’s River views and literally go out in the burning sun immersing the nature around in the parks to fully experience the full benefit of Lansvale. Overall, an alright suburb, but better options can be found out further south east