9.2 out of 10

Arncliffe

Ranked 60th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.9366313935381 151.148177559952
Great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Undiscovered gem"

We came acorss this charming suburb purely by chance, and we're very glad we did as it ticks all the boxes for us as a early 40s couple with young kids. Perhaps the most surprising thing is the number of heritage properties and elevated streets with flawless views of the city and botany bay, yet properties with these amazing views are still very affordable compared to e.g. Marrickville or Earlwood. And a lot larger, with 400-500sqm appearing to be the norm.

Not bad for a suburb that's still only 9km from the CBD (5 stations to central). And don't be fooled by its position on the map - the suburb is right near the airport but it's between the north-south and east-runways - this is one of the few suburbs in Sydney where you can see the planes, but not hear them.

Recreation-wise, it's handy to everything, including an easy 15min drive on the M5 to any of the lower eastern-suburb beaches or 5min drive to brighton for a quick dip. While it's true that Arncliffe doesn't have much of a restaurant/cafe scene by itself (yet), it's a mere 5min to the good quality restaurants and cafes of brighton-le-sands, or 10min in the opposite direction back to our previous suburb Marrickville for a pork roll. Arncliffe does however have some of the best lebanese around, and grocery shopping at nearby Rockdale plaza (Coles, Big W, Aldi, 5min drive), Tempe Woolies (5min) or Arncliffe IGA are more than sufficient.

I'd say it's biggest con is that some parts of Arncliffe are pretty scrappy and a bit of a turnoff, but if you look a little harder, like the more elevated areas to the east of the suburb, you'll see a totally different suburb, with wide, quiet streets, sweeping views of the city and botany bay, and regardless of your budget, I challenge you not to be impressed.
Pros
  • Many elevated streets with great views of botany bay, the city and suburbs
  • Close to CBD with good public transport options.
  • Growth potential with lots projects on the card and in progress.
  • Good access to the city, the west and the south
  • Quite suburbs with lots of parks and bike tracks facilities.
  • Great for parking... No parking meters!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
MelissaC6
MelissaC6 What street do you live in? I live in Arncliffe and my thoughts on the suburb are completely different. Review to come.
Apr 14, 2016
Huang Michael
Huang Michael Is arncllife safe to live?
May 28, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Wonderful community so close to EVERYTHING"

We bought in Arncliffe 4 years ago and so happy that we did. There was a real stigma attached to living here, at the time, but that has waned considerably since. There is such a sense of community, everyone is friendly, and it's safe. The area is still undergoing gentrification but its exciting to watch. Nearby Wolli Creek offers an amazing Woolworths, soon an Aldi and a myriad of retail and restaurants. There are enough cafes and chook shops to ensure you are wired and don't go hungry, ever. Two train lines are on your doorstep, it's only 6 stops to the CBD. Only 5 minutes to the airport and NO flight path noise. This place is a hidden gem. So so glad we bought here.
Pros
  • Jump on the M5, Eastern Distributor or Princes Hwy.
  • Lots of food shops, a good IGA and Woolworths.
  • 10 minutes to Kyeemagh or Brighton-le-sands beach
  • Close to CBD with good public transport options.
  • Growth potential with lots projects on the card and in progress.
  • Good access to the city, the west and the south
  • Great for parking... No parking meters!
Cons
  • The occasional hoon
  • Cash economy.. Most places don't take eftpos
  • Lack of parking is becoming an issue
  • More restaurants and cafes needed
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"love the hidden gem suburb"

i have lived here for just over a year and every day is a joy to get home.
no plane noise, lovely parks and great friendly neighbours and great sunny outlooks.
Pros
  • Close to CBD with good public transport options.
  • Growth potential with lots projects on the card and in progress.
  • Quite suburbs with lots of parks and bike tracks facilities.
  • Good access to the city, the west and the south
Cons
  • More restaurants and cafes needed
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Love this place!"

We have just celebrated our 2nd year anniversary in Arncliffe. We have moved from a semi in Newtown to a bigger 4 bedroom home overlooking the trees across the valley towards the city. We love it! We have hardly ANY airport noise - which was a huge issue in Newtown. Loads of parking too.
There is a huge cross-section of people in Arncliffe but all seem very tolerant of each other. My partner and I (same sex) did have reservations at first but nobody has even looked twice. The area is very quiet and safe and our neighbours are all very friendly and were most welcoming. We are very happy here and have no plans to move. Also seems that values are increasing as this suburb is being discovered.
Pros
  • Close to CBD with good public transport options.
  • Growth potential with lots projects on the card and in progress.
  • Quite suburbs with lots of parks and bike tracks facilities.
  • Good access to the city, the west and the south
  • Great for parking... No parking meters!
Cons
  • more regular street cleaning - there seems to be lots of furntiture left out.
  • More restaurants and cafes needed
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
jeep
jeep great! i have friends who are hoping to open a cafe in the area (lesbian couple) and I thought the same thing about them standing out. They have lived in Arncliffe for 5 years and love it!
2yrs+
TandTheBoys
TandTheBoys Jeep - tell your friends that a fab little cafe in Arncliffe would be very welcome! We are desperately lacking somewhere with great coffee, delicious Sunday brunch and a terrific atmosphere. T.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"We love Arncliffe!"

We have spent the last five lovely years living in this suburb.

We bought a wonderful old home that we have enjoyed restoring and love the fact that Arncliffe is now taking off.

Having known not very much about this area we settled in very quickly and have found it to be one of the most friendly places we have ever lived.

It is such a comfortable little community, close to the city, the beach, parks, shopping and the South Coast.

It has a number of train stations close by, several convenient strips of shops that are in the process of renovation, two golf courses very close by and the international airport within a couple of minutes drive.

We have seen our house price and everyone elses house price in Arncliffe rapidly increase over the last five years and believe that this exciting little suburb, full of detached federation era houses on medium sized parcels of land and wide streets with ample parking, views and lots of beautiful green trees will become as sort after as the traditional, trendy inner west locales that neighbour this area to the North ( Marrickville, Newtown , St Peters )
Pros
  • Great for parking... No parking meters!
  • Good access to the city, the west and the south
  • Council to upgrade shopping precinct in next two years
  • Close to CBD with good public transport options.
  • Growth potential with lots projects on the card and in progress.
  • Quite suburbs with lots of parks and bike tracks facilities.
Cons
  • Flight path borders next suburb ( Banksia, Rockdale )
  • More restaurants and cafes needed
  • Busy roads, Forest and Princes Highway
  • Better streetscapes, needs alot more trees and flowers and lighting.
  • Need a large local supermarket(Woolworths and Aldi will open next year)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"great to be so close to the city but also have a real family community feel - kids can be kids!"

First moving here we worried we wouldn't fit in as we were from the eastern suburbs. Immediately our kids found friends in the neighbourhood who invited themselves over and our neighbours were walking into our yard totally unannounced and were always ready with a helping hand when we needed it especially when settling in. They didn't just bring us a cake, they organised a neighbourhood afternoon tea to welcome us! We were taken back at first feeling a bit overwhelmed when suddenly we realised we aren't in the eastern suburbs anymore and around here people don't just say...'i'm a bit busy, maybe we could bring Geoffrey for a play in about two months as he has to practice for his recital...or...I should go over and say hi to the new neighbours but i'm a bit busy and they probably need a bit of space to get sorted...etc etc....this area has changed who we are...and who we want our kids to be.....(and it's groceries and well everything actually is about half the price of the eastern and northern suburbs!!!)....and we now have chickens!
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
HelenaT
HelenaT Next week, we move from an overpriced coastal suburb go to live in Arncliffe. One daughter thinks it's embarrassing. Another family member politely asked if it would be a 'bit of a challenge".

My first thoughts: this is a suburb where people might talk to each other and neighbours might connect. The old-fashioned kinda neighbourhood that cities don't necessarily have anymore. I'm hoping we will have a similar experience to knixy.

Arncliffe has views, I've always lived on the flat so this is new. I like the federation architecture - I think Arncliffe has yet to be discovered and I hope it never is.

Where we live now, no-one talks to anyone and it's like living in a cemetery. Well, one person talks to us - the pedantic, humorless, retentive body corporate representative, who is a vexatious complainer. She's a smiling assassin. She will not be missed.

And the people next door? In three years they have never pulled up their blinds. I don't even know what they look like. I know what they don't like. Gardening. They took a chainsaw to the native shrubs along the common fenceline. I'm not going to miss them either.

I don't care too much about the lack of nightlife thing in Arncliffe. Let's face it, most suburban residents have to go somewhere else for that.

Well, when we've moved in and the dust has settled, I'll post a review. Fingers crossed.
2yrs+
AdamS
AdamS Good luck HelenaT. I wish you well :)
2yrs+
Dobsonshow
Dobsonshow Hope its going well for you :) We too were poor posh suburb refugees and after living here for five years, we wouldn't live anywhere else! ( Well maybe Majorca!) ;)
2yrs+
stara333
stara333 I have lived here for 2 years. I love it.
2yrs+
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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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Most desirable location with lots of growth"

Location: Wolli Creek is the gateway to southern Sydney. 10 mins by car, you are in CBD or eastern suburbs and 5 mins to M5, Newtown or beaches. Handy to the airport yet you can hardly hear the noise from aircrafts simply because it is not under flight paths (unlike most of the Inner West suburbs being effected by aircrafts noise).

Public transport: Wolli Creek train station is the hub of two lines - Sutherland to Bondi line and airport line. This means you get frequent express train to CBD in only 10 mins. Leave your car at home!

Best streets: Knoll Ave and Bonar St as you are far enough to stay away from the noise from railway yet close enough to walk to the station in just 6 mins.

Strong growth: Local shopping centre with cinema will be completed in 2 years time. Large project at Cooks Cove employment zone is going to generate 16000 jobs. Biggest Ikea is being built in Tempe which is 2 mins away from Wolli Creek.

Why would you buy a house in Marrickville (5 mins away) when you can get one in here for 200k less ?!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Roons
Roons hey Noel,
Just wondering where the cinema is planning to be built? Is it near the new woolworths??
Cheers,
roonsg
2yrs+
junkie13
junkie13 Someone i know called Nahas and was advised it will be completed in may 2012. As for the cinemas i think its just a marketing gimmick used by the realestate agent to sell off the plan properties.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Pros
  • Growth potential with lots projects on the card and in progress.
  • Close to CBD with good public transport options.
  • Quite suburbs with lots of parks and bike tracks facilities.
Cons
  • Need a large local supermarket(Woolworths and Aldi will open next year)
  • Better streetscapes, needs alot more trees and flowers and lighting.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live with very high potential"

I use to lived in burwood for nearly 6 years before i looking into purchase my own property. Dont get me wrong, burwood is good place to live with alot of retail and facility. After 6month property searching ( most in in western area ) we decide buy this one in arncliffe, near park. we were very worried at beginning since its new place to place. But after 9 month stay, we found its just not possible for us go back burwood. Arncliffe is so quiet and peaceful compare with noisy burwood. Location wise is excellent, close to everything , city, newtown, even only takes 15mins back to syd west. close to beach which now we enjoy a totally different live style. takes us only 2mins drive to the beach.
we were worried about plane noise, but after half year living, you can hardly hear it, the plane path is not on top of arncliffe like some the other area. other exciting things are like few months ago we notice few of large developer company like meriton start to lunch huge residential project in Arncliffe with commercial place which is a wonderful news for everyone living here, firstly it will bring new retails and also most importantly the property price will start boom for sure in few years time. we love the greens, neighbourhood is great. love it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A very under-rated and overlooked suburb..."

Here's the great bits...

Beautiful Victorian and Federation properties - often unrenovated and at bargain prices compared to other parts of Sydney!
Close to the Airport, Newtown, City, major arterial roads...it doesn't matter which direction you are heading.
A railway station - It's only 20 mins and about 6 stops by train.
Close to beaches at Brighton or even Maroubra (which is only 15 mins away)
No aircraft noise at all!
Great Middle Eastern eateries with the best kebabs and falafel around.
Really friendly neighbourhood - street parties do happen.
Beautiful city and bay views from the high areas of the suburb.
Plenty of schools to choose from.
Lots of green space, golf courses and parks.

Could improve with...

Some streetscaping and upgrades to the main street - get to it Rockdale Council!
(This would encourage my next point...)
A few traditional, quality cafes - somewhere to walk to and get brekkie and a coffee on the weekend. (If you are keen on starting a cafe business this area would be great - please letterbox the locals!)
An off-leash dog park.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids