8.7 out of 10

Strathfield

Ranked 160th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8787434247382 151.081898969085
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
  • Schools
  • Safe & Sound
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 10, 2017

"Great Suburb"

Shopping places central to the suburb which means easy access from houses to train stations. etc. Great schools, very clean, great restaurant.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The History Of Strathfield"

The suburb, extending from Concord to Cooks River, was part of the area known as Liberty Plains, so called because the first free settlers received grants there. In 1877 when a railway platform was erected it was renamed Strathfied in 1885. A station was built on a new site in 1900, and yet again in 1922. In 1885 the area was incorporated as Strathfield. This new title came from the name of a mansion built in the district by John Hardie, a wealthy early settler, who chose the name to honour the English estate give in 1871.

Other magnificent homes were built in the area last century. Albert House in Albert Road was erected by the Hordern Family in 1885; Mount Royal, now known as Mount St Mary’s was built by John Hinchcliffe and later acquired by Sir George Reid, one- time premier of New South Wales and prime minister in 1904-1905. The Boulevarde, Strathfield, became a thoroughfare associated with elegance and in living. Remnants of those days still remain, although the residents are their lives have changed.

Santa Maria del Monte Convent is on the area’s pleasing reminders of times past, as is Santa Sabina Convent with its beautiful chapel. Santa Maria del Monte was built in 1885 by William Spence Brunton, a colonel in the Light Horse. It passed through several hands and it was a Mrs Bailey who changed its name to Del Monte. In the 1950s she left the house to the Sisters from the Dominican convent of Santa Sabina, opposite her house, as they had nursed her through a severe illness. Today the house is used as the junior school for Santa Sabina College. Santa Sabina College was, in 1870, the home of Charles Pilchers who took a major part in the anti-Federation debate. Another well-known property, originally in 1890 by Charles Hoskins, changed of George Adams Hotel in Sydney, famous for its Marble Bar. A former Cobb & Co driver he had a family of several daughters, all of whom attended Santa Sabina College. Illyris eventually became the property of the school and was renamed Holyrood House. For some time it was the living quarters of the Dominican sisters.

A public school opened in this suburb in February 1881, with the name of Druitt Town, the area on the Liverpool Road having been named after Major George Druitt, a friend of the owner, Judge Josephson. The name was changed to Strathfield South in January 1893. The official post office, which is known as Redmyre in 1881, became Strathfield in 1886. Strathfield’s first mayor was George Hardie, who held that office for one year in 1885.

In North Strathfield land was purchased in Concord Road from Yaralla Estate of Thomas Walker, and a public school at first known as Yaralla School, was built. It later changed its name to North Strathfield Public school. North Strathfield today contains a splendid golf links, a busy shopping centre, and a row of retirement houses built by Dame Eadith walker for her staff. The walker land stretched from this part of North Strathfield through to the Parramatta River.

When the line from Strathfield to Hornsby was completed in the 1920s, Strathfield became the junction of all trains going north and west. Today Strathfield remains an attractive residential area, with many houses set in spacious gardens. There is only a small shopping centre near the station, but the area is close to the major shopping centre of Burwood.
Pros
  • Transportation
  • Parks
  • Schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A Place to be"

This is the place for night out at the cafe and restaurant. The public transportation is not a problem by train due to the frequent schedule.
Pros
  • Transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 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+

"Good for family - great schools and excellent transport"

Strathfield is one the most convenient suburbs in Sydney with excellent connecitivty by train and roads. Good schools and great houses.
Pros
  • Parks
  • Schools
  • Transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic transportation and good schools"

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

"Over-rated"

I used to live in Strathfield and hated it so much I couldn't wait to get out of it! The houses are seriously over-priced. Once people live there for a few months, many of them are clamouring to get out of the place! Strathfield is noisy, crowded with a mediocre shopping area that is completely without atmosphere. I moved to the leafy, waterfront village of Oatley which is absolute BLISS compared to Strathfield! The prices in the St George and Cronulla/Sutherland area are comparable but the district is SO much better. Strathfield is surrounded by ugly, high-rise apartment areas such as Homebush and, worse, within the boundaries of gang-ridden areas such as Bankstown. My son-in-law is a policeman in the nearby area of Ashfield and tells me it is absolutely crime-ridden! I certainly would not recommend this area to families! I am so glad I made the move to Oatley - wish I had done it sooner!
Cons
  • Crowds, crime, pollution
  • Overpriced, over-rated
Recommended for
  • Trendy & Stylish
missyjane
missyjane I thought you lived in Hurstville and hated there?
2yrs+
Katie08
Katie08 In the past I have lived in Hurstville, Strathfield and other areas. I believe that Oatley, the Cronulla/Sutherland and Northern Beaches areas of Sydney are the best places to live in this city.
2yrs+
missyjane
missyjane Well it's fine to leave an opinion but I think hating on every suburb that isn't Oatley is unnessacary.
Not everyone can afford to live in Oatley.
2yrs+
Katie08
Katie08 As you say, missyjane, I am just expressing my opinion. I understood this site was to provide your opinion and experiences of living in certain area(s) and that is what I have done. My opinion(s) may not be shared by everyone but I make no apology for them and feel justified in providing a critique on how I found certain areas. A democracy means that you are entitled to give an opinion (good or bad) about a topic. Oatley was not the only area that I praised .. there are many areas in the Cronulla/Sutherland and Northern Beaches that I love as well.
2yrs+
HN
HN I don't think oatley is that flash....no major shopping or transport. It has only recently surpassed the million dollar mark whilst Strathfield has always held it's value and don't be a hater...every suburb has it's crime they are not perfect. The st George area is cheaper cos it's further away from the city and property's not that special not are their school.
2yrs+
Katie08
Katie08 Absolute rubbish! Oatley reached the million dollar mark years ago .. you don't have a CLUE what you are talking about HN! Strathfield is a nasty little slum surrounded by truly vile suburbs whereas Oatley is a garden suburb on the shores of the Georges River, surrounded by trees and parkland. The St George area is, actually, MORE expensive than Strathfield which is, and has always been, second rate and very over-rated. That is WHY most people who move in there want to leave the area quickly. People who live in the Oatley, Lugarno or Sutherland shire area stay for many years. Strathfield is a HUGE crime area and I know this because my son-in-law is a policeman who has told me that the Strathfield/Ashfield area is one of the TOP crime spots for break and enter and drug-related crime. Don't know where you get YOUR facts from but you are wrong!
2yrs+
JJ11
JJ11 Katie08 is afraid of non whities is why she moved to where her ancestors are all at.
2yrs+
Katie08
Katie08 My oh my, JJ11, do I detect a very strong current of xenophobic racism throughout your reply! You sad little person. I am not of aboriginal descent but I do find your response offensive and rather typical of the smug, condescending attitudes that prosper in parts of Strathfield where (for some unknown reason) you think you are superior to anywhere else ... you are not! It still stands that Strathfield is, indeed, drastically over-rated which is why I moved out and why many people I know do not like the area. You forget that I used to live there ... JJ11, only the lowest, most uneducated idiot would resort to racism in an attempt to win a trivial argument about suburban areas ... tch! tch!
2yrs+
tims9
tims9 To compare an area such as Strathfield with Oatley is just laughable! Just look at property prices, one house in Strathfield could get you five houses in Oatley, if you once owned a house in Strathfield then sold it to go live in Oatley wouldn't you be kicking yourself!!! There's a reason why the price of property in Oatley is a fraction of that in Strathfield, the St George area more expensive than Strathfield??! Katie what planet are you on??!!!
Feb 04, 2017
samanthal5
samanthal5 Katie08, My daughter was scrolling through these comments, for her Geography assignment, and was horrified by your use of language to describe her suburb. Next time, please consider who may be viewing the comments, when you post them. I am completely fine with you sharing your opinion, but please so no use words such as 'nasty little slum' and 'vile'.
Aug 10, 2017
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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 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Central Location in a beautiful leafy suburb"

Beautiful treelined streets and an abundance of grand & graceful homes dating back from the 1800's to your new mansions. Strathfield is great for transport with access to all major arteries. A great railway station and bus services. Ability to get to surrounding areas and beyond without the bottleneck of traffic. Great schools and parks with a very friendly and family environment. In terms of housing it is expensive however that is a testament of the value that people place on this area. Large block sizes, beautiful homes, great schools, fantastic transportation and a great community is what elevates a suburb beyond the rest. Strathfield ticks all these boxes and so prices are definately justified. In summary, a great place to live and nurture a family.
Pros
  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Good place to rent, quiet place to live in several streets, excellent transportation"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
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 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 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The Best Suburb"

I have lived in Strathfield for all of my life over 40 years, exceptional suburb, with all the amenities close by, safe infact I walk down the street at night and feel very safe.

Strathfield prices however in terms of housing are expensive, highly recommended as a suburb if you value peace and quite, confort and huge houses

I see a lot of retirees walking about and they feel safe, I dont understand how some people have said that parts are not as good I strongly disagree
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • 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+

"Close to everything"

A leafy neighbourhood with friendly people. A safe environment with many excellent schools. Close to all major Sydney ateries with excellent public transport. A 30 minute or less drive will get you to Parramatta, Blacktown, Crows Nest, CBD, Liverpool, Kogarah, Turramurra, Marrickville.You get the idea.Great little shopping areas and a major train junction. Most housing away from the station are brick homes with good size backyards, well kept gardens and well maintained or completely new.
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 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 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+

"Fabulous parks,schools and a great deli"

There are well maintained parks on every block, fabulous schools from preschool up to high school and a wonderfully friendly neighbourhood. Recently a great fruit/veg and deli opened in homebush which has made life complete!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees