7.9 out of 10

Roseville

Ranked 301st best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.7851689470909 151.180076221222
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Nov 28, 2016

"Roseville Has It All!"

Roseville is one of the North Shores leading suburbs. It has access to great schools, shops, transport and is also close to the City and Chatswood facilities. I believe it has some of Sydney`s nicest houses and units. If you are looking for a friendly suburb Roseville is certainly one to check out.
Pros
  • Nice neighbours
  • Well located for the centre
  • People smile and greet each other on the sidewalk
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jun 19, 2016

"Great for those not wanting any colour in their lives"

A very insipid existence if you're use to good food, night life, loads of cultural activities that does not involve movie watching. Many retirees and aspirational young families here to enjoy the safety , schools and capital growth. There'd be a couple of good restaurants if you're willing to pay a lot of money for average food and coffee. I don't find most of the vendors on the commercial strips either side of the Pacific Highway that friendly , in fact they tend to pander to a certain demography.

I moved here 5 years ago and have yet to make a genuine friend inspite of many attempts. Many people pay lip service but I find the more you look the part the friendlier they are to you.

The Pacific Highway is getting worse every year with traffic and turning right to get into Clanville rd if you're going north or turning left to get into Mc Laurin parade going south can be like playing Ryssian Roulette most afternoons. Some appartments have been built around the southern end of the suburb causing more traffic but of course nothing has been done to improve the roads, added congestion and traffic lights etc.

The biggest plus in the area are the schools and safety. It's very safe to walk around by yourself at most times of the day and night. Also due to the proximity to Chatswood, it's a popular and in demand suburb hence property capital growth is good. Must be something in the ROI as there are many young finance people who buy into the area when they start their families.

The is a very expensive suburb with some lovely homes hence an incredibly aspirational suburb. With it I guess brings a certain type of person and obviously those with values quite different to mine. I may find the place a little dull but I see families here happy to pay a fortune for a small house and block just be in the area so it's a sought after family suburb.
Pros
  • Safe
  • Great property capital growth
  • Schools are overcrowded but good
  • Clean streets and a Council that cares about trees
Cons
  • Banal
  • Food and coffee options aren't that great compared to other areas of Sydney
  • Neighbours are nice depending on your background
  • No bars (other than the exceedingly brightly lit RSL)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Everyone is so polite"

I recently moved to Roseville having bought a unit in the area. It was one of my choices predominantly because of the closeness to Chatswood as a hub, which also has a lot to offer. I have stayed and worked in many parts in Sydney but there is no place in Sydney that matches the community feel (I have the most nicest neighbours) and respect of the people in Roseville.

Its the only place in Sydney where I have found people smile and greet each other while passing on the same sidewalk. Although this has slightly changed recently due to the increase in some of the richer migrants moving from Chatswood (but I am sure they will get in on it too)

I have travelled and walked on some of my more drunken nights from the city and feel the safest on the trains on the north shore line. In addition I have walked from Roseville to Chatswood many times between 10 - 12 to do the late night milk runs at Coles and have never felt unsafe.

In terms of transportation you are quite close to the city, that being said the new timetable has messed up the times a little bit making it slightly congested on the trains.

The council is very particular about its trees and plants, cutting it is a big no no, the streets are super clean, no bottles lying around and I am yet to see a single cigarette butt in Roseville
Pros
  • People smile and greet each other on the sidewalk
  • Clean streets and a Council that cares about trees
  • Nice neighbours
  • Peaceful pace suits families
  • Well located for the centre
Cons
  • No bars (other than the exceedingly brightly lit RSL)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Very neighbourly - near the action but not in the action."

Roseville is a very neighbourly and friendly suburb that operates at a slightly slower pace than surrounding areas. It's still very quick to get to the city centre though.

Roseville has a couple of strips of shops, one on the west of the highway and one to the east. The one on the east has pretty good eating and a great art deco cinema. The one on the west is on the flat side of the suburb, and has a few more take away places, a grocer, bottle shop and a couple of nice cafes. The shops are good but not as good as Lindfield and much less comprehensive than Chatswood (both a 5 min drive away). We tend to eat in Roseville but shop in Chatswood or Lindfield. It's not the worst thing in the world I suppose that Roseville does not attract a lot of shopper traffic!

The schools in Roseville are good from Roseville kindy on Shirley Road (west side) to Lindfield High or Roseville College.

There are some good parks too - I particularly like getting a coffee in the park on Clanville Road whilst our kids are playing in the playground there.

All in all it works very well for us. We like the peace but we also like the train links into town and appreciate being just 20 mins from the city and the beach.
Pros
  • Nice neighbours
  • Peaceful pace suits families
  • Well located for the centre
Cons
  • No bars (other than the exceedingly brightly lit RSL)
NotForM
NotForM I don't agree entirely with these comments. I have lived in Roseville for 5 years now and I'm yet to find anyone genuinely greet me or my family. I find the food and cafe seen lacking and limiting after living in the inner west and generally people tend to keep to themselves especially if you don't look the part. This comment is absolutely right about a peaceful existence, one could say it has the same serenity as a retirement village or cemetery. On the plus side there is a train station, Chatswood commercial centre is close by and getting into Sydney CBD can be done in 20 minutes on a good run i.e little traffic around.
Jun 19, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • 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 5/5
2yrs+

"Roseville is a wonderful family suburb, safe and friendly.."

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

"a quiet leafy suburb with some decent local facilities"

It's amazing how Roseville is kind of forgotten and never mentioned on the guides. It doesnt have those beautiful houses of Killara, Pymble, and if you're looking around for closeness to train stations, Roseville looks at a glance quite unattractive when compared to the buzzy Chatswood or Lindfield.
Commerce at pacific highway is not fancy, and about 1/2 size of Lindfield. But once you move in the area as I did, you start to discover the friendliness of these local business. The hair dresser, the cafe owner, dry cleaner, and newsagent are all friendly greet you in the morning if you come to them once every week as I do. There's quite a good offer of secondary health services such as chiropractors, massagists, yoga who are never too busy, meaning you can just walk in and with a bit of luck will find a spot after 30 minutes.

Roseville is not like a small town, but it's far more personal then Chatswood or Lindfield.

I moved about 1 1/2 year ago with my wife and no kids. On weekends as I walk by on the street to look at the leafy streets, locals greet me with a smile. The more I discover the suburb the more I like it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Large Homes on Large Blocks"

Roseville is an old area of Sydney where homes were built in a time where big gardens were the norm. Many of the grand old homes have been beautifully renovated, with gardens being given a modern day makeover while retaining established plants of the past. Roseville College, a private girls school, takes up some of the suburban area close to the station, and along the Pacific Highway the popular Roseville Cinema provides movies in an older style environment. Roseville has some lovely specialty shops and small restaurants and cafes.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees