7.8 out of 10

West Pennant Hills

Ranked 319th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.748141486828 151.032588195267
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Country Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

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

"Fantastic Family Life Place"

Best place for peaceful & Safe family life.

1)High Quality of public school zone: Murray Farm Zone (top ranking primary school in Sydney)

2)Convenience public transport (every 5-10min. has buses on M2- which station name is Oaks Road Interchange) , only takes 15-30 min. to Wynyard Station, CBD. and the buses run till late night.

3)Close to shopping: West Pennant Hills community shopping centre, North Rocks Shopping Centre (only 2~3Km away),Carlingford shopping Centre(3~6Km), also Castle Hills Huge Shopping Centre (1~5Km)

4)Safe & Green neighbour : most of houses are owner living in , not a occupied by tenant.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Safe
  • Families
  • Transport
Cons
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
Andrew Crauford
Andrew Crauford Agree with your comments. These are the key things people both love about the suburb and aspire for when looking to settle into the area.
I would also add some of the lifestyle elements available, bush walking, George Thornton Reserve.
Also worth adding the fabulous access onto major road networks in and our of City - M2, M7 east & west & south, F3 north.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Secluded Gem"

The suburb has evolved over the years, offering a really broad range of homes, streets and people. The area has a number of appealing aspects, some great ovals and parks and a hidden gem in the Cumberland State Forest, providing bush walking, cafe, bird watching all an amazing escape from the hustle of city life. The ability to access major road networks to get into and out of the city is excellent, though owning a car is almost essential. Transport outside of commuter hours can be limited - noting at this point, the North West train line is underway and going to make a huge change to the area.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Safe
  • Families
  • Lifestyle
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live"

We've lived in WPH for 25 years and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We have a wonderful group of neighbors in our cul-de-sac, most of whom have lived here for many years also. There are ample shopping facilities ranging from the neighborhood shops at Carmen Drive and Coonara Avenue to the huge shopping malls only a short drive away at Castle Hill and Hornsby. Traffic congestion is a problem but hopefully with the widening of the M2 some of this will ease. The proposed rail link will also be a major benefit are plans for a station in WPH. Our kids have left school but for families with children the local schools are great.
Pros
  • Schools
  • Shopping
  • Plenty of greenery
  • Friendly
  • Safe
  • Families
  • Lifestyle
Cons
  • Transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A suburb like where I grew up"

Having moved to WPH 2.5 years ago my family couldn't be happier. Properties are on good sized blocks at reasonable (well median price for Sydney) prices. Plenty of parks including 1 with wild ducks for the girls to feed. Ease of access to the M2 and hence Sydney CBD, Canberra and via the F3 up to the Central and North Coast. Schools are good for when the girls grow older and the neighbours are all friendly. My rule of 1 hour to and from work is at its limit here but that is acceptable to be able to go home to some peace and quiet. There are Restaurants at Thompsons Corner and the West Pennant Hills Sports Club on Newline Rd. You will often see the neighbours out walking or running or working out in the park with a trainer. I will often say that the place reminds me of the suburb I grew up in which no longer does as it is now a city unto itself with lots of high rises.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Safe
  • Families
  • Lifestyle
  • Transport
Cons
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A suburb for snobs"

Growing up in West Pennant Hills for me is tragic in so many levels. Unless your house is the biggest with best/biggest swimming pool and your parents drive the latest model of luxury cars is difficult to have friends and be accepted. Selling up and moving out of West Pennant Hills was the best decision my parents made (now living is Ryde). Love our new neighbours and new found friends.
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Transport
Recommended for
  • Retirees
kaej
kaej our neighbours are very friendly and nice. because your neighbours are snobish and that doesn't mean the whole WHP area is like that.
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Good for retirement"

Having lived in West Pennant Hills for 6 years, I can now say it wasn't the best 6 years of my life.
If you work in the city or use public transport like myself then be prepared for up to 4 hours travelling time a day plus your 9-10 hours work time. A total of 13 - 14 hours of your day gone, and weekends are for washing, cleaning and gardening. Social life? What social life???
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Transport
Recommended for
  • Retirees
hillsbuilder
hillsbuilder hmmm...I also live in West Pennant Hills. I work in the city. 10min walk to bus stop, then 25-45min bus ride to Wynyard (depending on how busy roads are). I can assure you that 35 mins is the average in the morning for me and I get the 07:05 bus. This is a far shout from the "up to 4 hours" listed above.....I am not saying that this travel type is great - just that I usually spend no more than 60-90 mins per day total travel time (there and back).
2yrs+
kaej
kaej i total agree with Hillsbuilder, the hill bus is not bad at all. traffic is totally acceptable. it takes about 1 hour maximum to get to wynyard in the morning and doesn't happen that offen.
2yrs+
kkm1
kkm1 + 1 for hillsbuilder and Kaej. I don't have any transport issues .. 4 hours a day! you must be kidding.
Apr 20, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Peaceful, excellent school and ideal for families"

it's a very nice, quiet and peaceful area. Neighbores are very friendly. A large proportion of WPH area is within the catchment of murray Farm primary school. I don't know a lot of people who wants to buy at Carlingford area know this.
I'm catching the Hills bus everyday to work . It's quite Convenient. Traffic is not that bad. normally it takes me about 45-55 mins in the morning and about 40 mins at night.
shooping options are good, you have castle towers, carlingford court, honsby westfield , Macquarie centre etc.
I love this area.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Safe
  • Families
  • Lifestyle
Cons
  • traffic is not that bad. if you catch the bus, that's fine. especially at night, i'm catching the 5.35 pm bus from wynyard and the traffic has been pretty good. I hardly remember any significant delays.
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Peaceful & Green - premier Hills suburb - ideal for families"

Certainly one of the Hills Districts best suburbs. Closer to the city and transport when compared to some other hills suburbs. There is still lots of forest areas, walking tracks and paths. Beautiful big Sydney Blue Gums in parts around the state forest. Very peaceful and very safe. Some very good schools (public and private) in the area. People are a bit more relaxed in West Pennant Hills - often spending lots of times tending to gardens and taking walks.

Obviously being a family area, there is no nightlife what so ever. However, Castle Hill, Epping, Parramatta are all only 10-15 mins away. There is also no train station in West Pennant Hills - but Beecroft & Epping are only a 5-10min drive (too far to walk). There are so great express buses to the city (20-25mins if express).

Real Estate can be expensive in some estates (houses can be >$2million in some areas).

Overall - a great family suburb. I could not recommend more highly for family looking for a nice, safe area. However, I would not recommend at all for young singles or even young professional couples with no children.
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Safe
  • Families
  • Transport
Cons
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
MPM MPM
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+
Pros
  • Friendly
  • Safe
  • Families
  • Transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"WPH - great for families"

I have lived in WPH for 6 yrs, You need to recognise there are different 'sides' to WPH. 'The Valley', as it is know is newest with big, pretty properties on smaller blocks, but suffers the same traffic issues for commuters as Cherrybrook, there are older areas of WPH mentioned below, that I think are under-recognised and avoid the traffic. Generally the traffic in Cherrybrook and WPH area is a shocker in peak hour, so if you need to commute by car, avoid having to travel along new line rd, highs or Aiken rd. But in WPH there are pockets that totally avoid the traffic problem if you know where to look... 1) around boyd ave at the back of thompsons cnr, 2) eaton rd/range rd end 3) anne william and timberline drive area. In 2005 we were looking at Cherrybrook, but then found and bought in the Eaton/Range Rd pocket. It's a great quiet area, with NO through traffic, wide avenue streets, a big reserve and playground, very good for families like us, larger blocks, and safe low traffic streets. From there you can short drive or even walk to the M2 bus-stop... the best commute EVER, no stops from here to CBD, and ALL Hills buses stop at the oakes rd bus-stop! Short drive to North rocks, Carlingford shopping centres. In Murray Farm Public school zone. WPH generally is great for families with access to parks, forests, sport fields and shopping, you do need to know where in WPH you are looking if concerned about commuter traffic though, but I think those older areas are excellent for family living and can avoid the traffic issues.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Families
  • Friendly
  • Lifestyle
  • Safe
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Loved growing up in West Pennant Hills"

My family has lived in various suburbs throughout Sydney and Melbourne. I can honestly say that i cannot think of a better area to have been brought up, and so thankful that my parents decided to stay in West Pennant Hills for the past decade. It is safe, the locals are friendly, surrounded by nature, a generally affluent and educated socio economic profile, all of which combine to create a great neighbourhood with access to the growing Castle Hill hub (restaurants, shops etc). The only negatives living in WPH are transport and traffic (in peak hour). I have friends throughout the suburb and Hills area and we catch up all the time. Now in my mid Twenties, i have been living in the Inner West (Stanmore) and Often miss the Hills. I have had some rude shocks, living in the Inner West, including two attempts to steal my car, people trying to gain access to my apartment, and generally a much less friendly and educated community. None of which i had ever encountered in WPH. Living in West Pennant Hills, you may sacrifice travel times for work but you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else that offers such friendly locals and a great blend of attributes that just makes day to day life easier to live.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Friendly
  • Lifestyle
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Too isolated"

Lived in WPH for a year is all we could take. It is so deserted and inconvenient, not a place for my young family. It's so far from everything, so taking the children anywhere becomes a long day trip. Some says WPH is a place for family, but I say it's a place for retirees. If you enjoy staying at home and gardening then WPH is a perfect place, if not then don't make the same mistake we did.
Buying, selling and moving can cut deep.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
2yrs+

"West Pennant Hills - the home of Koala Park"

West Pennant Hills is a suburb of Sydney situated in the Hills District, 25 kilometres north west of the CBD. Surrounding suburbs are Beecroft to the east, Carlingford to the south, Baulkham Hills to the west and Castle Hill and Cherrybrook to the north.

It is a largely residential suburb with a commercial area to be found at Thompsons Corner which has been inhabited since 1796. The area was called West Pennant Hills because of the hills north of Parramatta and a pennant or flag was raised at Thompsons Corner anytime the Governor of the time passed on his way back to Parramatta.

It has a population of over 16,000, 25% of whom are under 18. There is a high percentage of university and higher education graduates – over 40%. Nearly every household owns at least one car. It is close to the M2 Motorway making travel to the city by car reasonably painless. There is no railway station in West Pennant Hills but buses will take commuters to Pennant Hills Railway Station.

A famous tourist attraction is to be found in West Pennant Hills – Koala Park – which has been open since the 1920’s. I have fond memories of seeing and patting my first koala in this famous sanctuary when I was quite a small child.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"A nice leafy neighbourhood"

West Pennant Hills lies on the northwestern side of Sydney. It is an affluent suburb and is accessed by Pennant Hills Road. Nice looking houses, beautiful lawns and middle class families accompany affluence. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the area and every family has at least one car. It really just feels like suburbia. The train station has a few trains an hour but it is nothing compared to the major stations. Hence, you will often need to wait for the trains, especially on weekends. It is actually quite far from the city and you will need to give at least 60 minutes of travel time if you plan to live in West Pennant Hills and travel to work in the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

Best Streets in West Pennant Hills

-33.7395601413 151.0367654184

Unranked Streets in West Pennant Hills

Wesson Road

3.5/5
"State Forest makes this suburban pocket more than averagely interesting."
-33.73953 151.04363
"An exclusive cul-de-sac off the Heavy Traffic 'no entry' section of Highs street."
-33.74269 151.0251
"Leafy avenue, close to schools and parks. "
-33.7364284995 151.05523425
"Premier Suburban Living "
-33.7497746892 151.0404400602
"Quiet street, friendly and quality neighbourhood"
-33.7408305564 151.0297166632
-33.7392118016 151.04765274
-33.74246 151.02179

Boyd Avenue

3.5/5
"Sought after pocket in West Pennant Hills, great for families"
-33.74438 151.05204