8.8 out of 10

Leichhardt

Ranked 144th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8830028845195 151.157485887806
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  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
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5/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Mar 09, 2017

"Best of the Inner west"

Best thing would be it's restaurants and cafes, particularly those on norton street. Great schools. Transport has become a strength in recent years with multiple light rail stops and buses on parramatta road. Close to the water. All within 5km of the cbd. Downsides, would be finding parking on norton street on friday night and the weekend can be very difficult.
Pros
  • Transport
  • Cafe culture
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  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Quiet, peaceful and close to the CBD"

A great suburb for families and professionals with easy access to the CBD.
Pros
  • People
  • Transport
  • Cafe culture
  • Parks for the kids
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great for professional couples and young families"

Having moved from the East I wasn't originally sure about Leichhardt however after living here for several years we absolutely love it. Sure the plane noise takes some getting used to but we don't even notice anymore. Its all part of living in the inner city and a small sacrifice to pay for a wonderful suburb 15 mins from Sydney CBD over the Anzac Bridge.
Pros
  • Cafe culture
  • Parks for the kids
  • People
  • Transport
Cons
  • Air traffic
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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  • Gay & Lesbian
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  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great community close to the CBD"

Leichhardt has a wonderful genuine community spirit. Being close to the CBD with commensurate block sizes, the local parks are filled every afternoon with children playing. It is very neighbourly, services are excellent with regard to transport, grocery shopping etc, preschools and schools are aplenty.
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2/5 rating details
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
2yrs+

"Leichhardt - not all that great"

Cons
  • Air traffic
Recommended for
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  • Hipsters
Lyndsey Douglas
Lyndsey Douglas Totally disagree. I'm in my late twenties and lived in Leichhardt for two years. You can get great rentals compared to spending the same amount in the east and it's quite close to Sydney. In terms of nightlife- you're not far from anything and there are nice wine bars and eateries. Plus, you have the Bay Run nearby!
2yrs+
KarenC3
KarenC3 Before moving to Newtown two years ago I lived in Leichhardt for 15yrs and I loved it. You can get great rental prices if you look around and it's so convenient to everything,. There's no downside to living in Leichhardt. I'd move back in a heartbeat given the chance.
Oct 28, 2015
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Safe, friendly, great location and close to the city"

We moved to Leichhardt a year ago and love it. A very easy suburb to settle in to. Good transport, friendly neighbours and seems to be plenty of options re schools and eating out. Air traffic was something that we were aware of prior to moving but we have found that this has not bothered us. Leichhardt doesn't have lot of larger ovals, however the Bay Run and Bicenntenial Park is only a short stroll away and we love it down there. Beautiful.
Pros
  • Transport
  • People
Cons
  • Air traffic
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Lyndsey Douglas
Lyndsey Douglas Ah yes - the air traffic. Forgot about that. The only real downside - though you do become accustomed!
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Little Italy in Sydney"

Sydney siders know Leichhardt as “Little Italy” and it is famous for it's main street - Norton Street. There are many things to see and do along Norton Street. There are bookstores that are open til late on the weekends, a cinema, supermarkets, delis, Italian Forum, shops selling Italian leather and shoes, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and gelato shops.

As a very popular street, Norton Street does get very crowded on the weekends and it is often very difficult finding parking along the street. Often, I have to park on the streets parallel to Norton Street and walk a short distance. There are also plenty of houses and terrace houses around here. Some of these terrace houses are in need of tender loving care and the streets can get pretty narrow too.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great For Young Families"

I have been living in the area for less than 6 months having moved from Eastern Suburbs.

This is a great area for young families with alot to do and a friendly and relaxed envirnoment.

Highlights include Leichhardt aquatic centre with the kids pools and swimming lessons, numerous local parks where you run into the same families, kids and dogs, cafes and resturants.

Norton street is great for cafes and resturants and kid friendly. Market Place shopping centre has the essentials (Woolworths/ K-Mart, Haircut) and there are a few quite good resturants.

5k's from city means you have the city in close proximity- but really we don't feel the need to go far on the weekend!
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  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The Best Place Ive Ever Lived"

Only been living in Leichhardt for 6 months, but love it!! Only a minute from great restuarants, 7 minutes from the city, great neighbourhood. There are beautiful parks everywhere, with enormous off-the-leash dog parks. Every Saturday or Sunday morning Norton St is a buzz with people going out for breakfast, normally with their dogs in tow! A great place to start a family, or to be a young professional. I don't think I will ever leave the Inner West, it is the greatest part of the greater Sydney area.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Easy to the city, easy to eat and easy to everything else!"

We moved to Leichhardt middle last year and we LOVE it! It has great food, with diversity in value, ethnicity and ambience. The best coffee, patissiere, market food and a fantastic sunday market nearby. The facilities are great, for singles, for families, parks by the dozen, the bay run, the leichhardt pool and gym. The tram is coming and the cbd is only a 15 minute bike ride or a 5 minute car journey away! Its removed from the city with its own culture and every cafe has room for another book reader! (great bookstores as well) I will never move away as long as I am living in Sydney. It is a credit to the previous generations who moved here and made it what it is. It has everything.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Used to be known as Little Italy but that is changing"

I live here so it must be good! I love the Italian heritage and remnants of Italian eateries but I also love the growing cultural diversity of the suburb and lack of pretentiousness. The people are generally honest and down to earth and there is a strong sense of community. There are some good schools within the suburb which is very popular with young families. I have noticed a rising trend of people selling their units in the Eastern Suburbs and relocating here to bring up their children. Some streets can be considerably more noise affected by the flight path than others but it depends where you look.

As to the restaurants, my top 3 are Grappa (for special occasions), Portofino (for a good time with friends) and Morrettis (for the pizza). The best gelato is at Bar Italia, and as for the coffee, my favourite is Bar Sport.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"No more noodle bars"

Mr Viner says he welcomes the new cultural diversity but my hope is that Leichhardt will maintain its European culture. Last thing we want is for Leichhardt to become another Ashfield.
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