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Kallista

"Green: Where Retirees and Hippies meet"

I spent a short time living in Kallista. I'm not a hippie or a retiree but I did enjoy it. Nestled somewhere thick in rainforest, there's some nice cafe's and the central hub of Belgrave isn't too far away. If you want to be away from the CBD, then this is the perfect place for you as it is a gated community with it's own amenities. It is a tourist town, with busloads coming in every weekend. Employment options are limited. There is some nightlife tucked away. It's all very small and inhabited by the locals. If you live there you'll need a car. It's also quite cold and damp because it's mostly covered by huge green forest. Having said that, the forest is amazing. The houses there, I must say, are quite stunning too. Pricier than I expected but well worth it if peace and quiet is your cup of tea.

Who lives here?

  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
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Emu Plains

"Family Friendly"

I was a child raised in Emu Plains. I also spent my first years living out of home in the area. It is a very family oriented suburb, tucked neatly at the foot of the blue mountains. The river and the parks are great to walk, play and picnic in. There is a selection of public and private schools to choose from. The shopping facilities are basic, but adequate for stocking up the pantry. I felt pretty safe there as a kid, and also as a young adult. O'Donoghue's is about the only venue slightly resembling nightlife, so if you want to party then get out of there. I remember the Thai Restaurant near the river being quite delicious. I hear word that these days there's also a few niche coffee and chocolate shops popping up on Bathurst road that cater to a fancy palate. I've tried the coffee on a recent visit and it was very nice. The only con I can remember was trying to get home from work in Penrith everyday. It was often a choice of a) bottle neck on the M4 or b) bottleneck on the Great Western Highway bridge.

Great for

  • Quiet
  • Leafy
  • Safe

Not great for

  • Transport

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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Kingswood

"Cheap and Affordable"

I lived in Kingswood for 6 years whilst I completed my studies and began my illustrious career as a struggling artist. I used to dislike it, but not all of it is bad. Perhaps it was because I lived so close to the train station that I got to see it's darker side. By that, I mean... a few gang fights (involving a lot of angry gentelmen with fence posts) addicts looking for needles on a regular basis near the station, a homeless guy tried to follow me home one night, domestic disputes between young couples. But apart from the minority described here, most people are well behaved. It's a very humble suburb. Cook at home or expect to eat a lot of takeaway. Demographic is mostly students or families in housing commission. Property prices are extremely cheap, especially in comparison to neighboring Penrith. Housing is comprised mostly of units or fibro cottages. Werrington Creek Park is very pretty with it's playground, walking track, fountain and hungry ducks. Transportation was OK: but let down only by the constant lateness and cancellations of a certain Metropolitan Rail Service *wink* The closest shopping centers are either situated on the borders or in Penrith, which can be annoying. Overall, living there was great for my student budget at the time, but I am very happy to have moved on.

Great for

  • Affordable
  • Spacious

Not great for

  • Lack of amenities
  • Crime

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
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Thornbury

"Great Friendly Suburb"

I have lived here for two years. Thornbury is one of the quieter inner northern suburbs. Green, leafy parks galore. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs. The cafes serve fantastic coffee and breakfast. Most of the pubs are pretty tame: locals can often be spotted drinking local brew from tap and listening to local live bands. I enjoy that kind of thing. Public transport is amazing. There is a bus, tram or train station on virtually every corner. However I will note that the trams currently aren't good for people with mobility issues or prams because they all contain a flight of narrow, steep stairs. For an inner city suburb, the streets are very safe. However Thornbury is a very expensive suburb to live and rent in. But, if you can afford it, or.... can't afford it but don't mind sharing a house with a whole bunch of other broke hipsters.... then this is the place for you. The best part is that it's so close to virtually any amenity you could desire. Yet it is still very quiet and there's a sense of peace with the locals. Great place for a quiet inner - city lifestyle.

Great for

  • Parkland
  • Schools
  • Shopping

Not great for

  • Cost of Living

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
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Sunshine

"Full of Character. Has great potential"

I lived in Sunshine for six months having moved from NSW. I came there knowing it had a bad rep, but I've grown up accustomed to areas with "reputations," the price was right and the house I was living in was very well renovated. Sure there is crime. My car was burgled on my first night. Another late night a man attempted to mug me at the train station but failed when other people came to the rescue. But even so there are also some amazing people, especially the older generation who are very friendly and have a lot of great stories to tell. I think this is a suburb which will gentrify with time. There's a lot of loitering youth hanging around the station but it just seems like they're bored. Perhaps there needs to be more affordable/free community activities for them? I do love the multiculturalism of Sunshine. There's so much character. So much amazing cheap food from all over the world, and the vendors were really friendly even if I didn't speak their native language. The shops are plentiful and ever expanding. I found the pubs to be not my thing. I didn't spot a single nightclub or live music venue around apart from The Granary Cafe which has some good entertainment. The public transport is great in the day but terrible in the evening. Getting to the city is really quick by car or train - about 15 mins either way. If you want your kids to grow up in a safe and quiet suburb then this is may not the place for you. However if you're looking for an affordable place with plenty of character then you might really like it there. I must admit: even though it is a bit rough cut, I do miss it a bit.

Great for

  • People
  • Transport

Not great for

  • Not enough nightlife

Who lives here?

  • Singles
  • Students
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