The best Sydney suburbs to move to

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Looking to move to a fresh suburb (or ‘burb as it’s sometimes known in colloquial Australian) to start over in Sydney? This article aims to highlight the best Sydney suburbs for every personality, ensuring you find a place that feels like home.

Renowned for its stunning harbour, vibrant culture, and diverse communities, Sydney offers a plethora of options for just about anyone. This bustling metropolis is not just Australia’s largest city but also a melting pot of cultures. It’s a dynamic place to live, work, and play. With its scenic beaches (there’s no such thing as too many beaches, right?), lush parks, world-class dining, and robust economy, Sydney appeals to a wide array of individuals and families. However, with such diversity comes the challenge of choosing the right suburb to meet your individual needs and preferences. Whether you’re after a bargain, a backyard big enough for the family dog, or just a decent pub crawl, Sydney’s suburbs offer something for everyone.

Suburbs for Affordable Property

Suburbs for Affordable Property

In Sydney, property prices can vary significantly from one suburb to another. But the one thing every Sydneysider can agree on is the city’s real estate isn’t cheap! With a median real estate price for houses approaching $1.5 million, a rental crisis in full swing and a smashed avocado costing the better part of $25, the city’s competitive housing market makes finding affordable housing a priority for many. This is especially true for first-time homebuyers and those on a tight budget. 

That said, affordable doesn’t have to mean compromising on quality of life. But it may potentially mean moving a little out of the city centre. Suburbs such as Blacktown, Liverpool, and Campbelltown offer relatively lower property prices without sacrificing the essentials. This includes accessibility, amenities, and a sense of community. These suburbs boast excellent transportation links, including train stations and major roadways, making it easier to navigate the wider Sydney area. Upcoming infrastructure projects in these areas are also expected to enhance property values over time. This makes them smart choices for both living and investment purposes. 

Don’t forget though to factor in the hidden costs of living a bit further out. Moving a little closer to the CBD can also make sense if you’re spending a not inconsiderable amount on transport every day. If this sounds like you, suburbs like Rockdale, Arncliffe, Erskineville and Petersham are worthy contenders for where to base yourself and sip your flat white.

Suburbs for Families

Suburbs for Families

For families, the choice of suburb goes beyond just affordability. Factors such as the quality of schools, availability of parks and recreational facilities, community events, and overall safety are paramount. 

Higher socio economic areas like the Eastern Suburbs and Lower North Shore are always popular choices. Really popular options include Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Maroubra, Crows Nest, Chatswood, Gordon and Manly. But given their sky high prices, other suburbs are often more accessible choices.

Suburbs like Hornsby, Castle Hill, and Cherrybrook outside of these areas are celebrated for their family-friendly atmosphere. These suburbs also offer a variety of educational institutions, from public to private schools, catering to the diverse needs of Sydney’s residents. The abundance of parks and outdoor activities ensures families have plenty of options for weekend outings. Moreover, the strong community vibe, often highlighted in what residents say they love about these places, emphasises the welcoming and supportive nature of these neighbourhoods.

Suburbs for Food and Drink

Suburbs for Food and Drink

Sydney’s food scene is a direct reflection of its multicultural fabric. Suburbs across the city offer an array of culinary delights. 

Suburbs such as Newtown (Cafe Paci and Odd Culture would be our recommendations), Surry Hills (Chin Chin and Nomad), Chatswood (Hanasuki) and Barrangaroo (Muum Maam, Kinhboy) stand out for foodies. These areas are home to an eclectic mix of high-end restaurants, cozy cafes, and bustling street food markets. They offer everything from traditional Australian fare to exotic international cuisines. Renowned chefs and award-winning eateries can be found throughout these suburbs, making them hotspots for both locals and tourists alike. Food festivals and markets are also a common sight. It provides a platform for new and established vendors to showcase their culinary talents (fairy floss, anyone?). 

If you’re looking for a specific cuisine there are some suburbs that have a name for a particular country’s food. Think Leichhardt or Haberfield for Italian pasta or pizza, Cabramatta for a Vietnamese Pho, Chinatown for some duck pancakes in the city, Auburn for some Lebanese felafel or Shwarma or for an Indian curry try Harris Park

Wherever you choose, bring your stretchy pants and bon appetit! 

Suburbs for Nightlife

Suburbs for Food and Drink

Sydney’s nightlife is not typically seen as its best characteristic. But there are a few areas that are well known for a good night out. 

Suburbs like Darlinghurst, Potts Point, Kings Cross, and Newtown are known for their sweat soaked dancefloors and the reward of a greasy kebab shop after a night out. That said, these areas host a variety of venues, including live music bars, traditional pubs, and exclusive clubs, catering to a wide audience. The music scene in these suburbs is particularly noteworthy, with venues hosting both local and international acts. For those seeking a unique nightlife experience, these suburbs offer everything. From themed bars to rooftop lounges, every night out is memorable.

Another option is the beach suburbs like Bondi and Coogee. They’re a little more low key but have some great pubs and bars to enjoy a few drinks with the locals.  

Last but not least you could head to the city and particularly the area around the Rocks for some late night shenanigans. 

Completing Your Sydney Move with Happly

Choosing the right suburb in Sydney is crucial to finding the perfect balance between your lifestyle preferences and practical needs. Whether you prioritise affordability, family-friendly environments, culinary experiences, or vibrant nightlife, Sydney’s suburbs offer a rich tapestry of choices. As you consider your options, it’s important to explore these suburbs further. Visiting in person to get a true feel for the community and what it has to offer can help in your decision making.

When you decide to make your move, choose Happly as your moving buddy. With Happly, you can navigate the complexities of relocating with ease, ensuring a smooth transition to your new Sydney suburb. Remember, selecting the right suburb is just the beginning of your Sydney adventure. With the right preparation and support, you can make your move a success and start enjoying everything this incredible city has to offer.

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