6.8 out of 10

Ashfield

Ranked 394th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8884371248094 151.126227351056
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Nightlife
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Students

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jan 12, 2017

"Location Location"

Inner west is the place to be.
Especially Pembroke Street and Ormond Street opposite Ashfield Park and close to Haberfield with a 5 minute walk
Close to schools, shopping,airport,beach motorways, movies,
City is close via bus train or light rail
Best most recent development The Garden restaurant in Wests Club it is long overdue and wonderful for the area for entertaintment and jobs
Pros
  • Transport
  • Schools
  • Parks
Cons
  • Parking around Park and bus routes need to be changed
  • Housing affordability
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 03, 2016

"Convenient, excellent public transport and handy to all shops, schools and parks"

Have seen quite a few negative posts here and to be honest I can understand some of the these but overall I think its being very harsh on what is otherwise a super convenient location. Ashfield is 8km from CBD, it has express trains that run regularly to the city and only within 2 stops and you are at Central. The shopping mall has definitely seen better days and is looking tired. Thankfully it is soon to undergo a redevelopment of sorts - one can only hope the developers/owners do it justice for the wider community. The same goes for Liverpool road. A mix of coffee shops and other new fresh eating options would no doubt prove a hit with locals who otherwise understandably favour Leichhardt, Haberfield and Summer Hill as preferred locations for choice and variety of dining options.

In saying that the area has great schools, people are friendly and although homes are quickly becoming out of reach for the average couple or family, it's noticeable that there has been a shift to more the professional and middle clas families who are now moving into the area.
Pros
  • Friendly neighbours
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transport
  • Schools
  • Parks
Cons
  • Housing affordability
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
GM2 GM2
2/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Jul 14, 2016

"This is a slum"

This area is simply a suburb turned into a slum mostly by Chinese people and bogans. The neighborhood is too noisy.
Pros
  • Transport
Cons
  • Parking nightmare
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
5/5
2yrs+

"Close to CBD"

Convenient transport and easy access to groceries on the south side of the railway
Pros
  • Transport
Cons
  • Parking nightmare
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The History Of Ashfield"

Ashfield was occupied at an early date in the colony’s history. The first colonist to live in the area was Augustus Alt, who in 1794 received a land grant of 100 acres in the Croydon area. In 1801 he acquired another 250 acres, which covered most of Ashfield. Another early grant in the area was made in 1793 to Lieutenant John Townson. In 1813 Robert Campbell bought this are & several other farms in the area, including Alt’s acres. His father, William Campbell, was laird of Ashfield in Scotland and Robert was described on his tombstone as “the last of the lairds of Ashfield in Argyllshire”. Campbell may have named the area Ashfield after his Scottish home. The name would also have appealed to the later owner, Joseph Underwood, who came from the parish of Ashfield in Suffolk.

Joseph Underwood bought the area in 1817 & added more land to the property, including Hermitage Farm in 1818, to make a total of over 605 acres. In the 1820’s he built his house, Ashfield Park & lived there until his death in 1833.

Elizabeth Underwood gave the 5 acres land on which St John’s Church of England in Alt Street, Ashfield, was built. The foundation stone of the famous old church was laid by Bishop Broughton, the colony’s first bishop, on 9 September 1840. The Underwood home was later purchased by the Roman Catholic Church, and became a convent of the order of Our Lady of the Snows.

The area of the present Ashfield Park is part of 175 acres granted to and bought by Henry Kable between 1794 and 1847. In 1822 it was sold to James Underwood, brother of Joseph, and leased out until 1879, when it was acquired as public parkland.

On 24 March 1838, an advertisement in the newspaper the Colonist advised that “The allotments for the village to bear the name of Ashfield have been laid out near the junction of Liverpool and Parramatta Roads”. These two roads were the first in the colony; Parramatta Rd was built in 1810-11, and the great South Road to Liverpool was opened in 1814 by Governor Macquarie.

The first post office in Ashfield opened on 1 January 1856 and the first school opened in January 1862. By 1866 the suburbs’ industrial life had progressed to include one stream mill. Boylson’s bakery, Tancred’s soap and candle manufactures, and a bone- dust mill. In 1871 Ashfield was incorporate as a municipality.

Today this once small village is a large and thriving suburb. This first town clerk of Ashfield was Frederick Underwood, Joseph Underwood’s son. Several early council members are commemorated in local names. Herbert Pratten, Ashfield mayor during 1909-11, gave his name to the well- known and much-used Pratten Park, Clissold Street is named after an alderman in Ashfield’s first council, Frederick Clissold.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Lifestyle
  • Schools
  • Parks
Cons
  • Busy main road
  • Housing affordability
  • Traffic
  • Parking nightmare
  • Plenty of street vandalism
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Well kept secret"

I moved to ashfieldwith my two sons who are 6 and 9 just under two years ago and I really like it,public transport is extremely convenient I can be in the city in 15 minutes on the train. Shopping is also easy and affordable with lots of butchers and green grocers and three supermarkets. Our street is very quiet with lots of native trees and birds and without the plane noise that other inner west suburbs suffer.
What ashfield doesn't have can easily be accessed in the surrounding suburbs like Burwood (cinema westfield shopping centre) or Newtown.
Before I moved to ashfield I didn't know anything about it having only lived in Bondi,Newtown,stanmore and Marrickville after living here for a while i can honestly say i think its one of the best suburbs in Sydney, when you way up affordabilty, transport,peace and quiet and convenience.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Full of students renting around the station"

To many students rentals give the area around Alt Street to the station a grimey feel.
Pros
  • Transport
Cons
  • Student rentals
  • Dirty main street
  • Busy main road
  • Housing affordability
  • Traffic
  • Parking nightmare
Recommended for
  • Students
Nickybee
Nickybee Not just students, housos and druggies running around swearing at the top of their lungs regularly on my street all hours of the night!
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Slum is too complimentary"

Dirty, trashy, noisy, crime ridden ( personal experience several times) this hole is the worst place I've lived and I have lived in many cities around the world. There is nothing good I can say about it and anyone who likes it here is delusional we are leaving as quick as we can!!!
Pros
  • None
Cons
  • Parking nightmare
  • Plenty of street vandalism
  • Drug addicts roaming streets
  • Busy main road
  • Housing affordability
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • 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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful ashfield park"

The area around Ashfield Park is beautiful, especially Pembroke and Ormond streets which have the perfect aspect. This area is set to go off in price. It has a very historic feel with some fantastic streets and lovely old homes. Great transport and shopping options and very close to the city and Burwood. A suburb ready to boom!
Pros
  • Parks
  • Lifestyle
  • Schools
  • Transport
Cons
  • Busy main road
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Love it! So convenient and close to EVERYTHING."

I've never lived anywhere else and I love it.

TRANSPORT:
It is extremely convenient for transport. The train station has express trains to the city which takes about 15 mins. Strathfield station is 2 stops away, and links to the Country train lines as well. Anything that isn't local, you can find not far or venture into the city by train, bus or car (about a 20min drive with no traffic, with traffic approx 45mins). If you work in the city, it's a very easy to commute to and from work, especially with so much public transport at the door. The only thing is, traffic can get quite bad on the roads during peak hours, so it will add time to your commute if you drive.

SCHOOLS
There are many great schools in the area/surrounding suburbs -- both public and private. It's also very easy for kids to get to and from school themselves using public transport once they are old enough to do so by themselves.

RESTAURANTS
Personally I've never found Ashfield itself great for eating out, but near the mall there are plenty of restaurants. For dining out though, I advise venturing into nearby suburbs such as Five Dock, Haberfield, Croydon etc. Very convenient and easy to find places to go.

SHOPPING
The Burwood Westfield and Cinema are close by, so very convenient. There is also Ashfield Mall and because it's so easy to get into the city, I've never not been able to find what I want. Groceries are not terribly cheap, but I don't think they are overly expensive either.

PARKS/FACILITIES
Great parks locally, local gyms and pools. There is always something to do, you'll never get bored. Because Ashfield is so linked by transport and close to the city, everything is close by. Plenty of medical centres local, but RPAH is a 20min drive, Westmead Children's Hospital is about a 35min drive away. Sydney Airport is about a 20min drive away, or easily accessed by train.

CRIME/SAFETY
I have never once had a problem. I've never felt unsafe, even when walking at night, or coming home late. I don't know what the statistics are, but it's never felt like an unsafe place to live.

HOUSING
One major drawback is, obviously, housing affordability. A unit in Ashfield will set you back between $450-$550K; a house $700-$900K. Rents are also expensive. So for young couples, it's really not affordable on average incomes. But if you are able to afford such high rents/housing, it's a suburb I'd highly recommend. And this is really the only con I can think of, in every other aspect, Ashfield ticks the boxes.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Schools
  • Lifestyle
Cons
  • Housing affordability
  • Traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
frankm
frankm Maybe you should try somewhere else
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Good all round suburb"

* Close to the CBD.
* Has a good railway station.
* Good amount of shops on Liverpool road.
* Ashfield Mall is a medium sized shopping centre that is pretty solid.
* Minimal aircraft noise compared with other close Inner - West suburbs.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"A community of convenience"

Home to a well-maintained train station, Ashfield boasts a range of eateries with the availability of a shopping mall. Affordable apartment blocks a plenty - though not ideal for the young, sophisticated couple - many in need for a makeover. Traffic is quite busy through the suburb and safety is a bit of a concern.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Meligy
Meligy Sorry, can you explain more on "safety is a bit of a concern."?
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Enjoying living here very much"

We have lived here for 10 years, both as DINKS, and now a couple with two small children. Everything here is great - accessibility to lots of shops, transport, schools. Close to the city, bays, beaches. Plenty of sporting facilities nearby and lots of friends too. We bought at a good time, and have improved our home to have a very comfortable abode in a great location.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Food, glorious food...."

Ashfield is soooo convenient on heaps of levels....10 minute drive/ train to the city, restaurants gallore,affordable to rent or buy, leafy suburb, walk to everything, nice and pleasant people, good schools and pleanty of shops. Do yourself a favour and check out this well presented, established suburb for yourself. You'll see what I mean..........
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Good place for Chinese dumplings"

Ashfield is easily accessible by car, train and buses. It is only a fifteen to twenty minutes drive to Sydney city. In the heart of Ashfield, you will find many Northern Chinese resturants, a fruit market, discount shops, banks and Ashfield mall. The restuarants offer many varieties ranging from dumplings to Cantonese cuisine to spicy Chinese food. The mall is home to Kmart, Coles, Franklins, Woolworths, Priceline and many more. These amenities make Ashfield a very convenient location for families and couples.

The only drawback of Ashfield will be the parking situation. Due to its bustling restaurant strip, finding parking in the heart of Ashfield can be a nightmare. Additionally, the streets of Ashfield can be quite narrow and often contributes to traffic congestion but this is typical of most inner city suburbs of Sydney.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
Megazord
Megazord Another wrong call. Part of Ashfield is like this. But clearly this peripatetic reviewer - over 200 reviews - has never been to Victoria Square - the only European style square in Sydney - Victoria Rd, Tintern Rd etc. Otherwise, she would have seen some of the grandest homes in Sydney which are the reason the suburb is home to one of the best private schools in Sydney - Trinity Grammar. The streets of Asfield are not "quite narrow". Many are wide, befitting the suburb's status as one of the '"garden suburbs" of the Inner West. Finding parking in Ashfield is far from being a nightmare - save for the shopping strip. Which is clearly the only part this reviewer bothered to visit.
2yrs+
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