9.0 out of 10

North Epping

Ranked 117th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.75840656031 151.094890410208
Great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Singles

Reviews

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

"Great suburb near Macquarie area!"

North Epping has lots to offer nearby from Schools to Public Transport & shops such as Macquarie Centre! This is my 4th preference to live in Sydney!
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4/5
2yrs+

"Hidden gem of Sydney"

A very peaceful and safe suburb. Not much traffic; only the locals come here because there is only one main road coming in and out of the suburb. Lot's of birdlife and fresh air surrounded by national park. Very nice to walk through. Bus service needs more runs. Last bus at 9.15pm from Epping station on weekdays and around 6-7pm on weekends. Really good flat bike lane from Epping to North Epping. Nicer than other suburbs I have lived in which includes the lower north shore.
Cons
  • Walking from Epping station when last bus has gone
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Horrible Delays"

Traffics not so good in the mornings.
Linda
Linda Hi Chris, North Epping has zero traffic. However if you drive there is traffic on Epping Road/ Carlingford Road/ Beecroft Road/ Blaxland Road, none of which are actually in North Epping because its a dead end. All are avoidable if you can catch a train. And at least from North Epping you can avoid the traffic at the Epping road bridge overpass in the mornings, unlike drivers coming from the western side of Epping station and the Hills District.
2yrs+
Linda
Linda Hi Chris, North Epping has zero traffic. However if you drive there is traffic on Epping Road/ Carlingford Road/ Beecroft Road/ Blaxland Road, none of which are actually in North Epping because its a dead end. All are avoidable if you can catch a train. And at least from North Epping you can avoid the traffic at the Epping road bridge overpass in the mornings, unlike drivers coming from the western side of Epping station and the Hills District. One tip: to get out of the suburb in the morning to go West or South, use Essex St. And to go East, use Pembroke St. All too easy! :)
2yrs+
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1/5
2yrs+

"Traffic is a nightmare particularly if you need to travel to the city"

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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"An extremely quiet and undiscovered neighbourhood"

I love North Epping. It's a very secluded and extremely quiet suburb in the Northern suburbs of Sydney. Located on the North Eastern side of Epping Station, North Epping has very good access to Epping Station which is really handy to everywhere. It's really easy to go for off road bike riding or for a bush walk, (or to even do the Great northern walk) as the Lane Cove National Park surrounds the suburb on three sides. You can drive or catch a bus to the station. Or it's a pleasant walk to the station if you feel like it.

The bush, parks and lack of traffic makes this suburb so special. It's very family friendly and there is only one road (Norfolk Rd) in and out of the suburb, so there is no through traffic. There are some beautiful Federation style houses to admire on Norfolk Road and as a bike rider, there is also the dedicated bike lane to take you all the way to Epping. Due to this one road in and out of the suburb, people don't come into the area unless they live here or are visiting the local facilities, which makes it really quiet. There are no traffic Rat runners, and people stick to 50km speed limits and give courtesy to bike riders, which you don't find in all parts of Sydney. But the huge benefit (apart form lack of local traffic, parks etc) North Epping has over Epping is that it's on the Eastern side of Epping Station so if you ever have to drive towards the city in peak hour, you can avoid sitting in the traffic coming from Beecroft and Carlingford that goes over the Epping Bridge every day. (Trust me on the benefit of that... Carlingford was my home for many years). And North Epping won't be built up like Epping with big new townhouse and unit developments... it's really not that kind of suburb so it will keep its neighbourly appeal.
Most homes are on generous land sizes (700sq m+), and there's never a park far away. It's a really friendly community with regular fireworks and community events. Because the area is very green and right on the National Park, Rainbow Lorikeets, Kookaburras, Cockatoos, King parrots or other colourful birdlife visit my home virtually on a daily basis. It's so pleasant when you can wake up to the sounds of the Kookaburras...

Within the suburb there are shopping facilities on Malton Rd for all the essentials - hairdressers, auto mechanic, small supermarket, community bank, deli, butcher, newsagent, bakery, video hire, bottle shop and 2 restaurants (Thai - very good and reasonably priced) and Italian. For regular shopping and more variety there's Coles at Epping and a great variety of restaurants close to the station. Eastwood is just one train stop away - if you like Asian food then Eastwood is the place to go. For retail therapy, Macquarie Shopping centre, Carlingford Shopping centre or Chatswood (16 minutes train ride via the new train line) are all close by. Parramatta too. And the new Top Ryde City shopping centre is just an easy drive down Blaxland Road. I have to mention though, since moving here a few years ago it appears the catalogue distributors never (or rarely) deliver catalogues to our mailboxes in this locality... as a consequence that has helped to stop me from going shopping and spending money unnecessarily!
The kids generally go to the local primary school, (the current trend appears that foldable push scooters or bikes are favoured modes of transport for the primary kids... Epping North Public school gets great NAPLAN results), or for high school, the students usually attend the extremely well regarded Cheltenham Girls High School or Epping Boys High which is easily accessible by bus. North Epping is also a convenient spot for Macquarie Uni students. This suburb is on the up, there have been quite a few houses that have been demolished to be replaced by modern houses on a good parcel of land, so if you see fibro or weatherboard houses for sale, these are actually a great way to buy into the suburb - the lucky buyer can upgrade the home when funds permit.
Transport wise, Epping gets all the country trains from the Central Coast and Newcastle to Central and the new train line will take you to Macquarie, Chatswood, St Leonards or North Sydney. Or you can easily go to Strathfield, Hornsby.... and even quite late (10pmish) on a weeknight, trains still run in every direction every 15 minutes. How good is that?
Pros
  • No traffic & knockdown & rebuilds are not uncommon, increasing value.
  • Excellent local Schools and Mac Uni close by
  • Convenience in a peaceful locality, Birdlife, Trees and parks
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful suburb! What more can you ask for?"

I've lived in this area for over a decade and a half. It's a beautiful location, secluded from the rest of Sydney.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"best place to live - hidden gem !!"

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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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • 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+

"Quiet, Neighbourly & great for raising a family"

Only discovered it through word of mouth. Great place to raise kids. All the neighbours actually brought around a welcoming gift & introduced themselves when we moved in (I thought that only happenned in the movies!!!). Great public and private schools (never met a parent who doesn't rave about the schools), lovely bush walks, good local butchers and cafe/coffee. Decent sized blocks. Plenty of Churches and Sporting Teams, local fairs etc. We are delighted with our choice & truely believe that once discovered North Epping will overtake Epping and surrounding suburbs for capital growth (North Epping is surrounded by the never to be built out beautiful lane Cove national park, its on the Eastern side of the rail line (quicker to the city & Ryde Business Park by car and easier to access rail station), asthetically more beautiful with lots of open spaces and parks, and no through traffic). Spend a few hours walking around, talk to some locals & then look for the house. Currently cheaper than Epping too. Get in while you can.
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Grusin
Grusin are you kidding when you say north epping will overtake epping in prices? north epping is just so dark and isolated. the price per sqm of land in north epping is no where compared to that in epping and its surrounds.....you must be living in a world of self gratification when you said north epping will overtake epping in terms of capital growth...ha ha...
2yrs+
Linda
Linda Interestingly, The Domain/Sun Herald guide just published has North Epping listed with a median price higher than Epping for 2010... Ok it was only $1000. And it might be due to the particular quality and type of houses sold during the last year. But it was a great result, and with an annual growth rate of 19% for the past year.... I love this place, wake up to the laugh of the Kookaburras..... don't know what you mean by dark.... most friendly neighbourhood...
2yrs+
Checkitout
Checkitout Grusin - Agree that epping is a great suburb. Not disrespect intended. Original prediction was only a prediction, but appears it has become a reality. Suggest you give the latest Australian Property Monitors (API) report a read to get the facts from an independent source. North Epping grew at a rate 4% higher than Epping in 2010 and has a median price slightly greater than Epping. Its well accepted by statisticians, property experts and novices alike that a median price is the best indicator of the typical home within an area. Hey - lets split the difference and be thankful we all live in a great place!
2yrs+
Grusin
Grusin Linda/ Checkitout : Hi both of you, just take a look at price per square metre of a unit for example. A 100sqm unit sold for $500K in Jan 2010. That is $5,000 for 1 sqm of land you are stepping on. Look at the property in North Epping - you have like 800sqm of land for something close to just 1 million. That same property around Epping would be around 1.5 million at least. So the fact is any property near the station is going to be worth much more per sqm of built up area than properties further from the station, i.e. North Epping. Median prices in North Epping are higher because the properties are all houses, not units unlike in epping area. The units push down the median prices in the epping area. Fact : North Epping will never ever overtake prices in Epping area based on per sqm of land. Thanks for the lovely noises of the kookaburras...i would gladly let you bask in their laughter!
2yrs+
Checkitout
Checkitout Grusin, Thats a big chip you got on that shoulder of yours. Lets stick to facts. We are talking only about HOUSE median prices. Not units. They are seperate measures you can't combine. HOUSE median price of Epping is $885K. HOUSE median price of North Epping is $886K (both for the same latest12mth period). Purchase the API report OR go and spend just $2 for last Sundays Herald Property Guide 2011, to educate yourself & get the facts. Independent data from Australian Property Monitors (based on the sale of 434 HOUSES) certainly has more credibility than your non verified sample of ONE. Suggest you take 2 minutes to read the report before mouthing off and embarrassing yourself with a meaningless rant.
2yrs+
Linda
Linda "So the fact is any property near the station is going to be worth much more per sqm of built up area than properties further from the station" fair enough. Can't disagree there. But you'll find Parramatta council encouraging people to tear down existing housing to replace with higher density units and townhouses... in my opinion this doesn't add to the appeal of the suburb.... think Carlingford Road, so much development over the past couple of years, and that to get to Macquarie we don't have to cross the railway line, which is a bottleneck. (I know, I lived in Carlingford for about 8 years).

So, per sqm of land, Epping may be more expensive. However, we like our neighbourhood with about 95% of housing on 750sqm++ land, there are some villas but it's not dominant, our streets are all speed limited to no more than 50km/hour, very people friendly, quiet and very laid back, i'm an easy 10-12 minute bike ride to the station without encountering any main road traffic, it's not too hard to park a car close to the station to walk either (although I shouldn't tell everybody that!!!)

The edges (not the centre) of North Epping tend to have the bush views, and so if you like bush views, without leaving home, that is something that will add to the value of the property. Bush views close to transport could be considered a rarity, and being rare, can command $$$. Consider this, house with water views are out of most people's budget, but bush views are very pleasant. With the bush you get nature. And don't worry about the threat of fire danger, the Fire brigade will come, it has happened in the past.

The council also comes along every now and then to sweep the streets of the leaf litter!!

All I can say, I am so happy I bought before that boom, and when the suburb was relatively undiscovered! And even if there is no growth in the next 2 years, it doesn't matter because I already bought at a good time and at the right price... and i'm not planning on selling anytime soon... One family I know about sold, because they decided to buy and move to a house on the other side of the street....
Very comfortable here.... :)
2yrs+
Checkitout
Checkitout Actually the only reasons we decided to buy in North Epping a few years back rather than Epping near the station was the real concern that its only a matter of time before the NSW State Planning Laws that currently exist and override local councils, allowing masses of new high density units (e.g. what most of the north shore suburbs along rail corridors are now experiencing & more locally Carlingford is currently experiencing) occurs more at Epping Station. It creaps out from the station and takes in the next few streets/blocks from a station and within a matter of years all the high density flows at least a few streets back from a train line. It takes time, but its happened and continues to occur in many Sydney suburns, and it was a risk to a lifestyle choice that we were not willing to take. Ok you can maybe get a good price from a developer if your quick to jump on the bandwagon, but what if all your neighbours sell up and your a single dwelling house with 200units next door, your big investment just lost a lot of appeal. No thanks. I'll take the bush views and National Park anytime with no risk to our big blocks.
2yrs+
Grusin
Grusin checkitout, ok my apologies. however, you may need to take note that house prices in epping encompass the east and west side of the stations. clearly, the west side of the stations command much less for the same size of land. you can't get a house for $886K on the east side of epping, close to the station. Maybe somewhere along blaxland road side you can. But for 886K, once can still purchase a place in north epping, and north epping has got no east or west, just north epping. I had enough $$ to buy at north epping when i was ready to purchase but took a drive in the night and that scared me off.
2yrs+
Linda
Linda Hopefully this is my last comment... If you get yourself a copy of the Australian Property Investor magazine, North Epping has been consistently been listed as one of the top locations in demand for about the past 4, maybe 5 months. Epping has never rated..... in the March 2011 issue, look at page 111....
On another topic, one reason why I might not like being close to traffic is that I got hit by a car maybe 5 years ago when riding my bicycle home from work when I lived in Chatswood West. The driver was looking the other way and he was too focused in trying to get a gap in the Pacific Highway traffic.... there was no long term damage to me and luckily I was wearing a long sleeved top even though it was the middle of summer, still, not a pleasant experience, and luckily he didn't throw me in the traffic so badly into the path of any other cars.... that's why quiet streets, & own bike lane = good....
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 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The perfect family suburb - lifestyle, convenience, capital gain, transport, education, quiet, bushland!"

North Epping has it all. Peace and quiet, sophistication, outstanding value, and close to rail and road transport. Sydney's life style secret. Look at the map, visit the locality!
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