8.5 out of 10

Willoughby

Ranked 203rd best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.8080511811995 151.202483524594
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

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
1 day ago

"When you move to Willoughby you won’t be disappointed - strong community culture and warm embrace of residents"

Willoughby is one of the most desired and exclusive family suburbs in Northern Sydney. Renowned for its classic Californian-Bungalow architecture and relatively flat topography it offers todays residents a vibrant community lifestyle with bustling restaurants, cafes, fashion boutiques and sports parks.

Local schools in Willoughby are leading the field in academic ratings and placements at Willoughby Public, Willoughby Girls and St Thomas Catholic Primary are highly sought-after.

Express transport options throughout the area afford Willoughby the luxury of easy access to Sydney’s CBD, Northern Beaches, local Business Parks and a world-renowned shopping precinct in near-by Chatswood. Over the past few years Willoughby has attracted families from near and far and today incorporates a diverse array of nationalities who all enjoy and add to the inclusive and progressive community culture.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Getting full of itself."

Ive lived in Willoughby my whole life, I am now 26 and I have witnessed this suburb grow more and more full of itself. As a kid growing up in the 1990s, it wasn't really that fashionable to live here - there were hardly any cafes or shops, my school was very small in numbers, and i recall a large elderly population, but now it is full of young, hip, trendy families, and people who take themselves very seriously. Everyone here is concerned with looks and impressions. Its definitely safe at night, there are a couple of really great cafes, and it is located within great proximity to the city, but unfortunately it is now inhabited with an increasing amount of wankers. I also hear that the two primary schools are at max capacity, a huge change from when I was a child.
Pros
  • Close to City
  • Lifestyle
  • Shops
  • Great cafés
  • Stylish people
Cons
  • Wankers
  • Can be crowded
  • Could do with a few more cafes
  • smaller blocks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
Shabangabangian
Shabangabangian You are spot on about Willoughby
Jan 03, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Children's haven"

We moved here from Crows Nest 12 months ago. Slightly less community oriented, but much better for children - safe and with a lot of open area in which they can play
Pros
  • Close to City
  • Lifestyle
Cons
  • Could do with a few more cafes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful part of the Lower North Shore"

Willoughby is a beautiful peaceful suburb 8-10minutes north of the CBD. The people here are mostly well dressed Audi drivers with children. Willoughby has a great sense of community, fantastic parks and nature reserves, Sydney's best leisure centre and plenty of fantastic restaurants and cafs. Willoughby is definitely Sydney's best suburb. The CBD is less than 10 minutes away, Crows Nest is 6 minutes and Chatswood city is right next door. Beaches at Mosman are only a short drive away as well. Willoughby has it all.
Pros
  • Great cafés
  • Stylish people
  • Family friendly
  • Close to City
  • Lifestyle
  • Shops
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"One of the Best Suburbs not on the Water"

Very family friendly with good local shops, parks and schools and with great transport to the city
Pros
  • Lifestyle
  • Close to City
  • Shops
Cons
  • Can be crowded
  • smaller blocks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"North Willoughby is brilliant for families!"

Central to everthing, close to shops, city, northern beaches, parks, schools just love living here!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"Getting Very Expensive"

Willoughby has a lot going for it easy access to the city via the Warrigah Freeway, schools, busses, pleasant shopping strip, great pub. Sadly though the big blocks on which most of the homes here are built make home prices out of the reach of many. Another black spot is the massive television transmission tower of the Channel 9 studios, which dominates the view of many homes.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees