9.3 out of 10

Tempe

Ranked 32nd best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.9285280964655 151.165716452265
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Tempe-The greatest suburb with a community spirit"

We moved to Tempe recently. I was so worried about the noise I stood in front of the house we bought for a day to see if we can cope with the noise and went inside to have a coffee with the owner.
Tempe is a great place to live not because of the shops or the beach, but it has a great community where people look out for each other. We had a book club, a bewerery club and a Tempercise club, also an annual yard sale but most of all, the people that create the community. If you are after a suburb that people look after each other like in the old days or like in the countryside, Tempe is the place to be.
Schools are great (Ferncourt, Tempe PS and Tempe High) and it's still so close to the city or the beach -15 minutes to the city by train or to Coogee or Bondi-20 minutes by car.
Pros
  • affordable housing
  • great parks
  • great people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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+

"The Affordable Inner West Option - TEMPE!!!"

We purchased in Tempe 10 years ago and have not regretted the decision. A lot of people still do not know where Tempe is and are surprised to find it is only 8kms from the city and even more surprised to find how affordable housing is there. Houses are bigger and around $50 to $100K cheaper than surrounding "in" suburbs of Newtown and Marrickville, yet Tempe is only 5 mins from either of these. Come to Tempe, you will love it!!!! Tempe offers the following:-

* fantastic parks with great facilities for kids
* great neighbours, our friends are shocked at how may locals we know
* swimming centre/gym (Col Jones Fitness)
* Enmore Aquatic Centre 5 mins away
* childcare centre, primary and high school
* bike tracks
* great public transport from Tempe or Sydenham stations, 10 mins and your in the city or south to Hurstville. Buses to Newtown, Rockdale, Marrickville
* easy access to the M5
* 5 mins to Newtown, Marrickville, 10 mins to Brighton-Le-Sands for the beach
* very minimal aircraft noise - probably one of the quietest suburbs close to the airport as planes go over Sydenham and Rockdale
* a great family orientated pub "The Stella Inn"
* Marrickville Metro shops with K-Mart, Aldi, RTA, Woolworths
* IKEA opening soon
* 15 min drive to Roselands or Eastgardens Westfield
* golf driving range and golf course (Marrickville)

I'd recommend people house hunting in Newtown, Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Summer Hill who are finding it difficult to purchase there to give Tempe a good look - you will find what you want at a fraction of the price, this suburb is an undiscovered gem and really good value for money.
Pros
  • great parks
  • affordable housing
  • great people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
Robert..
Robert.. "very minimal aircraft noise" - this is not an accurate statement.

Check flight paths on the URL below for a more accurate depiction
http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=209035379367783379786.00046881acd1e03708602
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Undiscovered. large blocks with affordable houses"

Cut in half by Princes H'way with the western side homes generally sitting on large blocks of land. Quiet & surrounded by parks, schools, swimming centre and of course tempe & Sydenham Railway Stations only minutes away.

Close to airport - 10-15 minutes. Close to M5 motorway. 3 minutes drive to King Street Enmore/Newtown entertainment precinct.Short drive to marricville shops & Marrickville Mall.

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

"Inner City Living Without the pricetag"

Having lived in Tempe most of my life and having lived in a few other inner city suburbs I would still recommend Tempe. Mainly for me, its the ease of which you can get to the city. Train 10-15mins. Early morning, before traffic builds 10mins drive to city. Night-out in city, cabs are cheap. Has few eateries Labela Casa excellent pizza and the very popular Dinos Diner formerly Cobb and Co, Schools are great primary and high. Excellent family GP. Fitness centre/pool. HUGE park, Tempe reserve, with an excellent kids playground BBQ areas, tennis, football fields, golf driving range all by the ever cleaner Cooks river. The closer homes to Sydenham station are even luckier with train transport, Sydenham being a major station with trains to every direction and every few minutes. Great, safe outdoors for kids to play, adults to exercise, families to enjoy and even the retirees to relax. Only downside is the aircraft noise which you don't notice much after a while of living here, so to me its negligible. Remove the planes and houses here would easily reach $1.5 to $2million+ in my oppinion. Not to mention a 5 min bus trip to King Street Newtown with all its excitement and life. Very under-priced and under-estimated lifestyle. So if you work in the CBD i can't imagine why on earth you wouldn't live in Tempe, travel less and enjoy life much more.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Very Close to the CBD & suburbs such as Newtown, Erskineville & Marrickville"

Tempe itself may not have an abundance of stores & restaurants within a 5 minute walk, however it is ideally placed to Newtown & Marrickville so that numerous restaurants & shops are within a couple of kilometres. The main street in Marrickville is easily within walking distance. Tempe is also one of the safest areas 'crime wise' in the Marrickville Council area. Yes there is no disputing that there is aircraft noise in some pockets, but personally this is a small price to pay to live in a large house with a large yard within 5 minutes of Newtown & Marrickville & 20 minutes of the CBD.
One of Sydney's most affordable & best kept secrets!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
nickstinson
nickstinson Here is why we bought in Tempe and why we want to stay. I have been pretty mobile till here, lived in Glebe, Forest Lodge, Ultimo, Ryde, Kurrajong, Sylvania, Hurstville, Chifley and Elizabeth Bay. Tempe leaves all these areas for dead. Funny it is still undiscovered, but I doubt will be for that much longer.
5 minutes drive to Marrickville Metro which has Woolies and an Aldi (and RTA) easy parking. 15
minutes walk. “12” minutes direct line to Town Hall, 10 minutes to Central. If you work in the city and catch the
8.45 train you are at work in the City by 9.00am.

The Bus goes to city, circular quay, Broadway, Newtown. (10 minutes to Newtown) or $12 cab fare
5 minutes drive to Vibrant Marrickville, Earlwood. From Tempe you can get to the beach in
Maroubra, Brighton or Coogee In Under 15 minutes Fox Studios in 15 minutes
To the M5 to go north or west within 5 minutes. Around 15 minutes, to Hurstville, Glebe,
Moorepark / Bondi Junction. Ashfield, Broadway, Harbour Bridge, etc. (try it).
10 minutes max to the airport with NO flight Path at the southern end of tempe (another great
myth) as the flight path is incoming over Sydnenham.


Things to Do for Families around the area
 2 Tennis Centers minutes walk
 2 Golf Courses 10 minutes walk;
 3 different and beautiful parks within 5 minutes walk
 Sydney’s largest bike route, Follows the canal for miles is down the hill (7 minute bike ride on it to
Brighton Le Sands Beach!).
 Indoor Rock Climbing
 Sydney Trapeze School
 Go carts, in Wolli Creek (5 minutes drive)
 Golf Driving Range Across the Road.
 Sports and Netball Centre, awesome play park
 5 minutes drive to Sydney Park.
 About 10 minutes to Canterbury Ice Rink
 Col Jones Swim Centre.
 10 minutes to Hurstville Swimming Centre (no toll) Roselands, Hurstville.
 5 minutes to Enmore, Newtown, Factory theatre.
 2 Woolworths a Coles and Aldi within 5 minutes.
 Squash Courts, at the Mecure (where Tennis is)
 Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Club (about 10 minutes)
 For cinema’s choice is actually amazing. From here we can drive to Eastgardens, Entertainment Quarter, Broadway, or Roselands in 10-15 minutes. We usually go to Eastgardens. Same for
shopping!

Dining/Delivery;
Tempe is uniquely positioned as Newtown, St Peters, Earlwood, Dulwich Hill, Marrickville
restaurants all deliver to here. We can get the best, Greek, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, Pizza from the innerwest as they are all 5-10 minutes in different directions around us. Something I could not get in Glebe (Eg, Earlwood restaurants don’t deliver to Newtown and Vica Versa. The best pizza in Sydney is Elvis Pizza (Earlwood). Best Thai in Sydney is St Peters end of Newtown Thai Patong.
The Southern Cross Hotel is 5 minutes drive up the road and the restaurant bistro is awesome. They actually also deliver to us also. All of the above are a 5 minute drive for dinner, or $10 cab fare. (or $3 on the bus). The best Seafood Market is just up the road in Sydenham (one street behind Sydenham Station). It is a mini seafood markets and a very popular little gem for locals.

The Harp has great Irish Food, German Club, great German food, the newly $1million renovated
Stella Inn is family friendly and has great $10 menu including great steaks. St George Rowing Club over the bridge is really family friendly. For late night snacks. Dino’s
actually make great burgers, Pide or Pizza. 24 hour services station

For the Drinkers
3 liquorlands within a 3 KM Radius, The wine society, or Dan Murphies is about 7 minutes drive.
2 other bottle shops (Harp and Stella Inn) . Bunnings is 5 minutes away next to the new Sydney
Sunday Markets in Waterloo, with all that other shopping stuff
Some unknown facts;
South Tempe gets very little plane noise and no above flight path traffic. A large majority of
Innerwest flight path is landing and comes over Sydenham (and very north Tempe) We cannot hear landing aircraft whatsoever. I get less flight noise here than
anywhere I lived in Sydney in the last 10 years, which included Forest Lodge, Glebe, Ultimo,
Kensington. Tempe Primary and High Schools are great. Several other close schools around .

Things to Come;
Marrickville Water Play Park opens end 2010
Brand New Swimming Complex up the road at Enmore (5 minutes drive max).
Discovery Point due to develop stage 3, Proposed Restaurant Strip along waterfront Dining
Ikea December 2010 great shopping up the road.
Significant development around the area, still undervalued, growth to come.
2yrs+
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