There is no doubt Sydney is one of the best places to live in the world. It’s known for its high standard of living, open space, spectacular coastline, parks and walks, coupled with a rich and diverse restaurant and café scene just to name a few enticing aspects! So are probably reading this article if you about to move to Sydney or relocate within the state (renting or buying) and not sure where the best location is to live? It’s always a good idea to do a bit of research and weigh up the pros and cons of the best areas to live in, in particular what the North shore and the Eastern suburbs has to offer and which is the right fit for you and your family.
moved people all over the Sydney for numerous years, this article by Mooving
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service team, may just help you decide on where you should call home next.
Choosing the best suburb in Sydney for you
choosing which is the best suburb in Sydney that will be suited for your
lifestyle and circumstances, it’s important to consider the main factors that
are most important to you.
livability study’s of Sydney has found that those living in the east were more
likely to have shorter commute times. However, commute times were seen as less
important to those living to the west, where family homes are more affordable.
professionals, Proximity to their workplace tends to be one of their biggest
priorities, however, for those couples with young families having a spacious
property and yard is often more important.
When you start your
research focus specifically on the following features of a suburb;
- The median price of local property
- Types of accommodation available – houses or units
- Proximity to shopping centres
- Public transport options and frequency
- Distance to your workplace
- How quiet the area is and if there is any areas in major construction
- The current local crime rate
- What local amenities like schools, parks and swimming pools are nearby
- What parking is available – on property and on the street
The Northern Suburbs – The Pros and Cons
The North shore, (being the northern beaches) and lower northern suburbs of Sydney encompasses the following areas: Manly, Freshwater, Curlcurl, Newport, Seaforth, Dee Why, Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay, Crowsnest, Cammeray, Linfield, Roseville, Killara, Wahronga, Willoughby, Northbridge, Castle Cove, Lane cove, Chatswood, North Sydney, Milsons Point, McMahons Point, Wollstonecraft, Greenwich, Waverton, Hunters Hill.
The PROS OF THE NORTH SIDE:
Shore and Northern Beaches North
Shore and are
by surprise popular for property owners. Suburbs in the area have a more laid
back feeling than those closer to the city. It’s the winning combination of water
views, top class beaches and prestigious schools. The lower
north shore suburbs have dominated the top suburb rankings, seven of the top 10
According to the Urban Living Index and other recent suburb surveys, Crows Nest and Milsons Point have been voted as the most liveable suburb in Sydney. They gained 10 out of 10 for liveability due to walkability, lack of airport noise, visibility of harbour views, culture, employment and transport. They also rated highly for important indicators as proximity to shops and cafes and schools and parks. Other suburbs that top the list are North Sydney, Lavender Bay, Neutral Bay, Kirribilli and Manly and Fairlight
Looking toward the upper bushland areas of the northern region, Hornsby and Waitara also reached high marks of the Urban Living Index and Domain’s livability study.
PROS OF LOWER NORTH SHORE (Neutral Bay, Lavender Bay, North Sydney, Kirribilli, Waverton)
Offering a more relaxed way of life, this peaceful district of
Sydney is only an express bus or train stop over the Harbour Bridge to the CBD
or you can jump on ferry. With its numerous classy cafes taking in the stunning
harbour views, its no wonder why there is no doubt some of Sydney’s most voted liveable
suburbs are here.
The real estate landscape across the area varies,
with everything from stunning waterfront houses to federation mansions and
lower density apartment blocks.
Many have found that the lower North
shore also offers better quality housing for your budget. The
median house price in Crows Nest is $1,750,000, while units are at $835,000. On
the upper North Shore the sought after Waitara has a median unit price of
Crows Nest has some great dining options, North Sydney has your local shopping centre and next suburb over is Chatswood, with Westfield and the Chase.
Balmoral Beach is a gorgeous family beach in Sydney, know as local gem. You won’t find many tourists here and it’s the perfect place to live if you’re after somewhere clean and more on the upper scale of decent suburbs.
PROS OF NORTHERN BEACHES (Manly, Fairlight, Balgowlah, Curl Curl, Dee Why)
Taking things up a notch on the relaxed factor is the northern beaches. With its it’s leafy streets and a strong beach culture. These localities have numerous tranquil coastal havens and area offers plentiful spacious, generous sized family homes with great sized back yards.
Even though Manly might be crazy busy, it still offers quite a relaxed vibe. It’s not nearly as pretentious and gym junky focused as Bondi. Many locals love the walk down to little Shelly Beach on the ocean front.
Manly and surrounding beaches are really like a little holiday town where the main street is pedestrianised and most walk around bare feet.
it might offer up the best commute in the world, the Manly ferry takes about 30
minutes or around 20 minutes on the fast ferry to Circular Quay
In terms of
affordability in Fairlight, the median house price is currently $2,110,00,
while units are currently at $1,100,000.
THE CONS OF THE NORTH SIDE:
CONS OF LOWER NORTH SHORE
Kirribilli is a picturesque suburb with
quant village feel however for some the weekly harbour fireworks can became
really annoying. You’ll be able to hear a lot of noise on the Harbour on
weekends, from boat parties to all sorts. Noise on the water travels far, the
noise from Luna Park can echo really far so choose your apartment wisely
Lavender Bay another lovely location has
a lot of apartments, but they can be pretty small.
We found North Sydney to be a bit deserted on weekends. It’s
the sort of place you’d work in, not live in. Nightlife and restaurants are also
slim pickings this side of the bridge.
CONS OF NORTHERN BEACHES
Unfortunately, Spit Bridge is
the main culprit! There’s only one main road into the northern beaches. There
are also no trains, so you have to really enjoy the bus, or try and position
yourself within walking distance of Manly Wharf. Overall, the vibe’s pretty
conservative and family-orientated, and the nightlife is slowly picking up. Because
Manly is much further away than a lot of the city suburbs, a lot of people who
live in Manly actually never venture further out.
Northern beaches unfortunately doesn’t offer plentiful eating options as its
east side, however it still has some great options.
pretty much shuts shop around 12am on a Friday night so if you’re into the
partying vibe, definitely head to Bondi and its surrounding burbs.
The Eastern Suburbs – The Pros and Cons
Flipping to the east side, the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney covers the following suburbs: Darling Point, Point Piper, Dover Heights, Bellevue Hill, Rose Bay, Double Bay, Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, Woollahra, Watsons Bay, Woolwich, Queens Park, Rushcutters Bay, Waverley, Paddington, Edgecliff, Elizabeth Bay, Kensington and Randwick.
THE PROS OF EAST SIDE:
Home to some of
Sydney’s most prime real estate and stones throw from the city’s iconic beaches
and harbour and schools . You’ll find wide leafy streets and harbour views, at
a price premium.
Many suburbs in the
Eastern Suburbs rank highly in the Urban Living Index, including beachside postcodes
such as Bondi, Bronte and Double Bay, including those eastern suburbs closer to
the city as Woolloomooloo and Darlinghurst and Paddington. Potts Point and
Randwick also rank highly.
The Sydney’s eastern suburbs
it’s a pretty peaceful and attractive part of the world. Like the Northern
suburbs the east side has plenty of surf spots, beaches, ocean pools, harbour
and coastal walks with close accessibility to shops and dining options. Bondi,
has lots of awesome clean eating cafes that could take a bit of time to work
The inner east is the beating heart of Sydney. You really can’t get more central than this, where you are able to walk into the city or jump on all kinds of public transport In Surry Hills and Potts Point the restaurant scene is strong, with lots of nightlife options on your doorstep. Darlinghurst, is also home to Sydney’s LGBT community
Watsons Bay, Vaucluse and Rose Bay are some of the most desirable and
safest areas to live in in Sydney. Properties in the east vary in styles from stunning
Victorian terraces to slick modern medium density housing to charming art deco
Maroubra, having its own beach, an excellent cafe culture
and some attractively priced homes, is definitely worth considering. Here
buyers may find the suburb more affordable with the median house price sitting
at $1,769,500, and units at $820,000
Bondi Junction is the main hub of the
Eastern Suburbs with a good Westfield shopping mall and train line into the
THE CONS OF THE EAST SIDE:
The major downside about living in Bondi or Rose Bay,
Watsons Bay or Vaucluse is transport. For some reason, Sydney transport never
built a train line down to any of the beaches in the Eastern Suburbs, so most
people take the bus to and from work. But don’t think for a moment that they come as a
It’s no secret that Eastern Suburbs real estate is
expensive. In one of Australia’s most exclusive postcodes, Point Piper, the
median house price is over $14,000,000 with $3,000,00 for an apartment.
inner east, don’t expect your money to go far. The areas closest to CBD are
loud and busy, most of the time. Unfortunately, being woken in early morning by
shouting is a common occurrence. Cockroaches, also a real problem, and some
areas you need to be happy to occasionally commingle with homeless people and
Northern Suburbs or Eastern Suburbs – The choice is always yours…
The Eastern Suburbs offers more of a cosmopolitan lifestyle with the North Shore possessing more of a laid-back vibe. Both are close to essential amenities and the CBD.
The Eastern Suburbs
is well served by Bondi Junction as one of Sydney’s best shopping precincts. It
is serviced by world-class hospitals in Royal Randwick and St Vincent’s in
Darlinghurst. It also houses some of the best schools in the country including
Cranbrook, Scots, Kincoppal and Ascham.
That quality of
amenities and care is similar on the North Shore with Chatswood as its prime
shopping district, Royal North Shore Hospital and the Northern Beaches Hospital
and schools including Shore, St Joseph’s, Abbotsleigh and Queenwood.
Locals enjoy a good
quality of life in both areas
For family homes you
do get more value for money in the north. Ultimately it all depends on which
side of the bridge you want to live on.
PROXIMITY TO THE CITY:
Both the Lower North
Shore and the heart of the Eastern Suburbs are close to the CBD, making
commuting relatively easier. At their closest both locations are just a train
stop away from the city.
Outer areas of the
east, like Watsons Bay (11.5km) and Clovelly (8.5km) are further away. In the
north, the sought-after Mosman is 8.5km afield, while Manly is 17km away and
Palm Beach, 45km.
who want to be
close to the city, are keen to live in Paddington and Woollahra in the east but
they are also keen on McMahon’s Point and Kirribilli in the north. They don’t
necessarily have a preference
The city is also
easily accessible from the Upper North Shore via public transport.
“From the Lower
North Shore to the Upper North Shore, that train line is a very easy way to
commute,” Mr Bramley said
MAKING THE BIG DECISION
The deciding factor
is often value for money, what sits within is your budget
Its also depends
greatly on what stage of life you are at? What are your family’s needs? A
five-bed house, a two-bed unit or in between?”
There are plenty of pros but no real cons of either the north or the east. Either way both suburbs are a good move.
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