7.2 out of 10

Earlwood

Ranked 376th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.9259447010768 151.129756935525
Great for
  • Schools
  • Safe & Sound
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
Jul 25, 2017

"inconvenient suburb, lack of options"

small shopping area, lots of dirty people in this area
1/5 rating details
  • Schools 5/5
Jul 25, 2017

"Boring suburb, too noisey"

Noisy suburb! cars racing on the streets at night is dangerous for kids and people crossing the roads!
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
May 15, 2017

"Limited Options!!"

We moved to Earlwood about 3 months ago from Ashfield due to overcrowding in the suburb. One of the first things we noticed was that Earlwood has larger blocks in the area compared to other placed like Marrickville, Tempe, Sydenham etc.

Unfortunately because Earlwood lies on the back-end of the Canterbury council area, many things are often neglected by the council.
1. Traffic congestion is quite high in Earlwood, especially peaking around 4pm til 8pm along the major arteries (classic indicator of a working class suburb).
2. Road maintenance is poor, many pot holes and poorly maintained road surfaces.

While the NBN has just arrived in Earlwood, which is great for internet speeds and now the servicing of other amenities like UberEats etc (finally), its just too little too late, the reason for this is that while Earlwood continues to grow in house prices 1.3 Mil ++ , the local services are failing to catch up. Sure there are a few trendy cafes and F45 in the area, but the local shops are just run down and old, the suburb is like a time capsule!

My main gripe is sharing the road with people who drive unsafely (mainly younger people who drive fast and dangerously in the suburbs and along the major roads like homer street for racing).

Amongst other things, we had to call the police a couple of weeks ago due to an incident across the street at the public housing estate in which there was a fight between younger males chucking beer bottles at cars and at other peoples houses, it took the police 30 minutes to arrived (from Ashfield). My neighbours said there used to be a Police station in Earlwood but it closed down a while ago.

Disappointing!!!
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
  • rude people
Recommended for
  • Students
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
Apr 29, 2017

"Gentrification underway - serious money moving in"

Earlwood is unique because of its large blocks, there is some serious money coming in to build big houses, 8kms from the city, recently there have been sales 3mil +, this will only continue to grow. Gentrification of the shopping strip is occuring with trendy cafes, pizza bars, desserts and restaurants popping up.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Quiet and friendly
  • Clean
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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
Apr 11, 2017

"Shopping precinct - not too big or too small, the right size."

Having moved to Earlwood recently, I noted that the shopping area is actually pretty large, with a diverse range of food and services. Although many reviews suggest that the shopping precinct is small, this is what brings peace and seclusion in Earlwood. Unlike Marrickville which is more congested, lively, busier, fewer parking spots; Earlwood is a quiet, low density, leafy residential oasis hidden away on a mountain. The neighbours are friendly and there's a strong sense of community. Public transport is at ease with access to 2 railway lines + Tempe station, otherwise frequent city bus route through Homer and William Streets.
Pros
  • Great access to public transport
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Quiet and friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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
Mar 23, 2017

"Serene and friendly"

Low density suburb with countless range of cafe's on the rise. Many streets are wide and tree-lined, parks and recreational facilities are abundant. Earlwood is undergoing gentrification, both in terms of newly rebuilt houses, more shops with a wave of new people transforming Earlwood for the better.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Clean
  • Quiet and friendly
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
Mar 11, 2017

"Too many reasons not to live here"

With the moving of a flight part over earlwood (light planes) earlwood is fastly becoming run down and crowded.

This area is generally a low income area with loads of blue collar workers. It has not changed in the last 40 years or so even with the million dollar house prices, it's still the same.

Typically renters live here because of the low rental prices and move out after the lease is finished because the suburb lacks amenities like a proper shopping precinct.

There are big parks and water ways (cooks river) which are actually swamps in parts.

As an investor I was disappointed of the low renter yields because the suburb can only afford a certain rental price.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Clean
Cons
  • Noisy Cars
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
joshm14
joshm14 The flight path does not go over Earlwood, if you look at government/Kingsford Smith Airport maps, the flight path mainly goes over Tempe, Sydenham, parts of North Eastern Marrickville, St Peters, Petersham/Stanmore and to a lesser extent, Leichhardt. Wolli Creek and Earlwood are not under the flight path and as a resident if there's aircraft noises then its barely noticeable and much quieter than the above suburbs.
Apr 11, 2017
joshm14
joshm14 Low rental yields with houses are happening all across Sydney at the moment, unless you are lucky enough to snap up a real bargain.
Apr 11, 2017
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2/5
Feb 28, 2017

"Low Rental Yields - Dissapointed"

Bought 3 houses in Earlwood as an investment in October 2016, rented them out in the same month, there is a mixture of 2/3 bedroom houses that I am renting out at the moment.

I own similar properties in Marrickville (albeit smaller blocks) that fetch rent in original condition from 850-910 a week.

In Earlwood these properties that have bigger blocks also in original condition rent out at east 650-690 and no higher than that, I had a rental on the market for 2 weeks at 690 and the tenant negotiated to 640.

The agent when they sold me the property told me the rental yields would be around 700-750 at least, well sorry that did not happen. He then conceded to me (a slick agent from the area, most probably greek) that Earlwood is a low income area and not many people want to move to Earlwood and pay that money for a house rental.

The rent does not cover my mortgage repayments and I am always in arrears, although to be fair my property value is now worth $250k more than what I bought it for a couple months ago, so ill be selling them on to another sucker.

Dont believe the hype, its not a fantastic area, I read that someone called it a "hidden gem", i think there is a reason why it was hidden, its a pretty shoddy suburb with no amenities and the recent developments of caffes in the area (thanks to inner west culture) probably wont last long as I dont think the residents can afford a $5 coffee.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
  • Noisy Cars
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Students
joshm14
joshm14 Yes, low rental yields for houses are common all over Sydney right now.
Apr 11, 2017
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Dec 19, 2016

"Sydney's hidden gem - exclusive, cultured, green and contemporary"

Earlwood is set on a mountain with 360 degree views, whilst only being 10-11km from Sydney CBD. It is a cohesion of culture, food, community, modern setting and natural beauty. Recently, there has been gentrification of the shopping strip with trendy cafes, pizza bars, desserts and restaurants popping up. Earlwood is unique because of its large blocks with a mix of the old and the new. When compared to its neighbours of Marrickville and Dulwich Hill, Earlwood is a place of growth, exclusivity and peacefulness. Most streets are tree-lined and there are huge parks; easily making it very family friendly. You'll surprised at the huge blocks of land that it offers compared to much of the Inner West. (e.g. 600sqm compared to 200sqm)

More boutique style restaurants and shops are opening up as Earlwood absorbs the Inner West vibes!

Earlwood has 8 surrounding train stations within easy reach.
Pros
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Quiet and friendly
  • Clean
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
2yrs+

"Better alternative to Marrickville/Ashbury"

The bigger blocks, many with views and not under the flight path, as well as clean streets with parking make Earlwood a much more pleasant place to live compared to Marrickville, Ashbury and Ashfield. It has a great primary school and transport infrastructure is good with many buses running through and close stations.
Pros
  • Clean
  • Big houses on big blocks
  • Loads of parks
  • Quiet and friendly
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
tww tww
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Its ok"

People are a little pushy not as friendly as marrickville
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live"

We bought in Earlwood after renting in Marrickville and having lived all over the inner west. Marrickville was dirty, noisy and overpriced. Earlwood is the opposite. Lots of parks, the neighbours are friendly and normal! The houses are big on larger blocks and it is quiet here yet it is five mins walk to the station.
Pros
  • Quiet and friendly
  • Loads of parks
  • Big houses on big blocks
Cons
  • Shopping precinct is small
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"It is really good"

Best area for family life
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 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A fabulous family suburb"

It seems the secret suburb Earlwood has been discovered. For a long time overlooked in favour of dulwich hill & marrickville. Most of the original people to buy here were post war families, most of these wonderful people stayed in the area and many older residents have been there over 60years. Young professionals and other families are now buying into earlwood for the good size art deco /Californian bugalows on amazing blocks of land cheaper than surrounding suburbs and widely available renovators dreams and deceased estates Close to excellent schools and beautiful parks, Its still a very friendly suburb where your neighbours will chat with you and has a real village/community feel. More shops and cafes have recently opened and hopefully that will continue as this place has everything to ensure happy families.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Comfortable family suburb that's affordable and friendly"

I bought in Earlwood with my husband about a year ago.

We love Earlwood.

It's friendly, conveniently located, close to transport (plenty of buses and Bardwell Park station is 10 minutes away) and only takes 15-20 minutes by train on the airport line to the CBD. It's only a 10-15 minute bus ride to Newtown or 10 minutes to Marrickville - so you're close enough to the buzz when you need it.

It's quiet - generally speaking - with super wide streets and a good shopping precinct (think Coles, bottle shop, good butcher, great fish shop, delis, cafes etc). There are all the major banks, pharmacies, health centres, good schools, etc.

There are loads of parks for people of all ages to enjoy and there's a great bike track along the Cooks River. Running, walking, jogging or riding your bike along the Cooks River is fabulous as it's not overcrowded like many other popular routes closer to the city. Also, sections of the Cooks River are always being upgraded so it's looking cleaner and healthier all the time.

The population is a mix of families, young couples and the elderly. It's a great place for families to move to - for instance, if you can't afford a three bedroom house with a decent backyard in Newtown or Erskineville, Earlwood is an ideal choice you may wish to consider.

I wouldn't say it's a cafe district like Newtown or Enmore but you can certainly get a decent coffee and there are LOADS of great places where you can buy Greek pastries, yummy olives etc!

The people are friendly and locals generally stop to have a chat.

My only (very minor!) criticism of Earlwood is that the car (or actually more often than not, the 4WD) seems to be king. Therefore, walk with caution - because chances are there's a 4WD that is going too fast by you or there's a car that has ignored a speed limit or ignored a red light (through ignorance or poor driving ability).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees