7.4 out of 10

Stanmore

Ranked 379th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8929923853252 151.16639471595
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Ideal for families who'd rather die than move to the burbs"

There are planes - but if there were none, Stanmore would be much much more expensive (let's hope they sort out the airport!). It has the best of both worlds, a sleepy country town feel in the villiage, but walking distance to Newtown and Leichhardt for dinner/shopping/live entertainment/theatre. You have the excitement of urban living on your doorsteep without some of the hassles that go with it.

It is also close to some of the european hubs of Sydney (marrickville (greek), petersham (portugese), Leichhardt/Haberfield (Italian)) for good food!

It is very convenient - close to city with trains and buses servicing it.

It has choice of a public, catholic and private (boys) schools. It is walking distance to Fort Street High (selective public), Newington College, Newtown School of performing Arts and short train ride to the top inner west private schools as well as close to the city and eastern suburb schools.

It also is full of beautiful architecture (except for the odd apartment block ...). It is not all terraces either. There are plenty of freestanding Victorian and Federation houses on large (for the inner city) blocks.

Add in a park or 3 and it is a great place for families who think they would die if forced out to the suburbs.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jul 12, 2019

"I would call it Adelaide of the Inner West"

Lived in Stanmore since 1986. Overall the suburb is great. I call it Adelaide of the Inner West mainly because its quite except for the plane noise. Beautiful architecture and nice wide tree lined streets that I would consider some of the best in Sydney.
I do have a concern about the impact of aircraft noise on the suburb but you have to live with that if you want all the other conveniences that the suburb has to offer. Lets face it they will never close Sydney Airport but we all know it should not be there.
Have considered moving on a number of occasions but unfortunately most suburbs now have aircraft noise as well as other issues like ugly apartment blocks, busy roads or simply bad architecture.
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1/5
Mar 30, 2019

"Sanity-destroying plane noise"

I’ve been living in Stanmore on Clarendon Rd for the past five months and (thank god) only have about a month left on my lease; which my partner & I are spending staying with friends elsewhere.
I cannot believe that in a country that prides itself on maintaining a high standard of living such a busy flight path can legally operate directly over this suburb. It's unbelievably invasive despite double glazing on windows.
I’ve have had the worst sleep of my life these past five months, with the flight curfew kicking in at 11pm and typically ending with a roar at 6am. Air traffic ebbs & flows day by day, but this has generally meant extreme difficulty getting an ‘early night’, attempting a daytime nap to catch up on a previous bad night of sleep or, god forbid, sleeping–in. It’s often been torturous. I’m gobsmacked that people can live in this suburb long–term and even raise kids here. On the worst/busiest days we’ve had flights passing overhead almost every minute for hours on end.

I would advise extreme caution to anyone considering moving here, especially if you’re a sensitive sleeper. My partner typically sleeps like a log, through anything, and even he’s desperate to get out.
johno22
johno22 Yes I can appreciate that aircraft noise for some people would be a pain in the butt and certainly in days gone past Stanmore was very quite. Unfortunately like everywhere in Sydney now if you are lucky enough not to have aircraft noise there could be other issues such as a busy roads, overdevelopment or noisy neighbours.
Jul 12, 2019
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1/5
Mar 18, 2019

"Boring and the noise level is UNBEARABLE!"

I've been living here in Stanmore for a few months. This suburb is right under the flight path. Flights are non-stop coming within seconds of each other almost all day - we even have to pause whatever we are watching on TV or can't even have a normal conversation with my partner when the flight is passing because it is impossible to hear! Just UNBEARABLE! I usually can sleep through any noises but this plane noise is just too much to handle and it started to affect my sleep!

There is only one IGA where offers not-so-fresh products. One time I bought a pack of minced pork and found out it was frozen when I got home! Staff are usually not friendly - I get that it is the only supermarket in the suburb and it gets busy sometimes, but they just seem annoyed by customers all the time.

Also, there are only a few shops and cafes near the train station on the main road - it is just so boring and the cafes are genuinely overpriced.

I would recommend to avoid this suburb just because of the plane noise!
2/5
2yrs+

"Rundown suburb"

This suburb is relatively small compared to Newtown thus it lacks amenities. It is littered with graffiti and buildings that could do with a makeover.
Pros
  • Own train station
Cons
  • Limited free parking
  • Overpriced - rundown
  • Noise pollution (planes flying over)
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Complete and Convenient"

Well let me start with some positives:
1. Quiet (except for the planes), green leafy and wide streets. When you compare it to its neighbour suburbs like Newtown, Leichhardt and Annandale .... Stanmore is a clear winner for its great family feel suburb.
2. It's got a train station and it's 13 minutes in train from city. 10 minute drive to city over weekends.
3. Close to airport and every happening inner west suburb.
4. Lovely family neighbourhood.
5. Great schools, child care and hospital
6. The historic look and feel is intact with minimum or no apartment blocks.
7. Once the second airport is operational, you can expect a serious capital growth in this area.

Some negatives:
1. Planes, if there were none prices would be higher by 20%......
2. A little more commercial shops would add to the glamour and feel of the suburb
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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 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • 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+

"History just a stroll away"

It has a real sense of the past as you walk the streets and realize how much has been preserved from the developers keen sense of how to make a buck. There are great streetscapes especially around Cardigan and Stafford Streets. Check out the little gardens along the gutters of Ravenue Lane near Cardigan Street where pride in making the lanes more attractive is taking hold. The lanes are great for a wander where some old dunnies can still be seen.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful heritage houses in this area"

Right after the train passes Petersham you start to see a lot more older style heritage semi houses and terraces in Stanmore. They are really nice and remind you of what Sydney would look like back in the 50s and 60s. Stanmore station itself is heavily patronised by the private school students who attend Newington. When you drive past the school, you can see the school grounds and the many facilities that you will receive if you study at a private school.

Stanmore has cafes on both sides of the train station and they serve good breakfasts and coffee on the weekends. It is a middle income area so the services offered in the area are of good quality and not your usual bargain prices.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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+

"Close to City/ Yet Historic and Large Land Sizes"

The only review on Stanmore is incorrect. Also, it is written by "someone" who has posted over 200 reviews on this site from Adaminaby to Woollahra.

Stanmore was once one of the richest areas of Sydney and is known for its huge 19th century mansions. These rarely come up for sale and most houses sold are semis and single-fronted cottages that sell for the suburb average of $750,00 to $900,000. Bruce Street was rated as one of the finest terraced streets in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald. Stanmore is a heritage suburb and ,even if houses are demolished ,new buildings cannot be over 3 stories high and must retain a facade in keeping with the heritage of the suburb. Every week the local heritage organises walks to view the architecture of the suburb and trace the lives of the many famous people born here , including former prime minister, Harold Holt, actress Noelene Brown, Sir Asher Joel, Leo Schofield etc.

Stanmore has a long history and was once part of Annandale farm. Major Johnston rode out from Stanmore to quash the Rum Rebellion in the early days of the colony and the original gates of Annandale farm are still in the suburb. The suburb was called South Annandale until the 1930s when it was named after the village in England where the founder of Newington College was born.

Two storey terraces sell for between $1.1 and $1.6 million. Double-fronted Federation homes cost between $1.3 million and $1.8 million. Even unrenovated they sell for over $1 million. In late 2009 one of the suburb's mansions sold for over $2.5 million.

Stanmore is quiet but is within walking distance of Norton St, Leichhardt and two to three minutes drive from Glebe Point Rd and King St, Newtown. Train links are excellent and Stanmore is only 7 minutes by rail to Town Hall and 15 minutes to Bondi Junction and North Sydney.

It has one of the highest percentages of professional people in Sydney, due to its proximity to RPA, University of Sydney, UTS and the city. Mainly doctors, university staff, media and business people.

Stanmore Village is small but very liveable with several trendy cafes, a patisserie, architect and legal offices. There is aircraft noise but this has not affected price rises in the suburb. Many students live here, too, because of the proximity to University of Sydney, UTS and Notre Dame.
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HelenO
HelenO Hello - could you please tell me more about the walks to view the architecture organised by the local heritage? Marrickville council doesn't have anything on there website (there is a map with suggested walking routes but nothing else). I live in Stanmore and would like to know the history of my house and the area.

Thanks

"Every week the local heritage organises walks to view the architecture of the suburb and trace the lives of the many famous people born here."
2yrs+
stanmore
stanmore Sorry HelenO - I did not write this review and am not Megazord but was sent your question as if I was - there must be a security issue on this site (which is a tad scary!)

(I did write a different review on Stanmore)

I do not know the answer - but it would be interesting to find out.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Stanmore: One of the best in the inner west"

There is not much not to love about Stanmore. 15 min walk to Newtown, green and full of fabulous old houses. A real community spirit and with one of the best public schools in Sydney.
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • 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+

"Poor"

shouldn't be at top 5 in NSW, too much suburbs have better conditions than Stanmore
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • 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 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 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
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4.5/5
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