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  • EmPowering
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    dont know what areas your looking at, but i used to live in hornsby and its a great area for families

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  • pinkgingham
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    Originally posted by 2pink 1on way View Post
    Hi,

    If he takes the job in Penrith, blacktown, parramatta you can live in the lower blue montains as its really close to penrith but will have to have own car. they also have a great community there they are very accepting of new people with children and have great schools try suburbs like glenbrook.

    My sister lives there and her mothers group is always taking in newcommers into the area to help them settle in.

    I live in penrith and have all my life i really love it here and wouldnt move to another area except for the blue montains, the housing is affordable and you get a nice house with some land.

    But i really think you should rent so you can learn the areas,
    would they have to drive the bells line of road everyday if driving? that is a bit of an experience that one i had to drive on it recently and it was an absolute nightmare. i'd rather a busy peak hour city street.

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  • FiveInTheBed
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    Thanks 2pink...

    I really like the look of houses and the surrounds (well what I've seen on the net anyway!), near the Blue Mountains.

    DP has a work car, he pays no petrol or costs!! YAY!
    So thats one good thing, I suppose its just the time in travelling to and from, it only takes him 5 minutes where we are now... yep a whole 5 minutes!

    Well the new year has started and the PILs have visited over xmas and really really want us to move over there!!
    Just waiting to see what comes up now

    ...and yep we'd rent first up to get a feel for the area and make sure we like it.

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  • 2pink 1on way
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    Hi,

    If he takes the job in Penrith, blacktown, parramatta you can live in the lower blue montains as its really close to penrith but will have to have own car. they also have a great community there they are very accepting of new people with children and have great schools try suburbs like glenbrook.

    My sister lives there and her mothers group is always taking in newcommers into the area to help them settle in.

    I live in penrith and have all my life i really love it here and wouldnt move to another area except for the blue montains, the housing is affordable and you get a nice house with some land.

    But i really think you should rent so you can learn the areas,

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  • mz sv6
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    Originally posted by Dot View Post
    Hi
    I live in the Western Suburbs so Ill give you my opinion. I live in Erskin Park, which is the suburb next to St Marys. I personally LOVE it where I live. Now there are suburbs of Western Sydney that I wouldnt bring up my children in and that includes Mt Druitt. My DP works there though and he grew up there and there is nothing wrong with him, so I guess any place has its better parts.

    Penrith- I shop at Penrith and there are some really nice surrounding suburbs and new developments.

    I have also lived near burwood and it just become to expensive or us, we rented a two bedroom unit for over $500 a week and we now live in a brand new 4 bedroom house for ALOT less than that.

    If you get serious and you are moving to Sydney PM me with some suburbs your lookin at and Ill give you a yay or nay and what parts of the suburb are better.
    Alot of people say Mt Druitt is a bad place but some parts are good others are bad to live in but my dad n my DP both grew up there and there is nufin wrong with them they are both great people

    I live in Erskine Park and that's like 5-10mins away from Mt Druitt, about 15mins from St marys n 25mins from penrith. In Erskine Park there is a primary school n high school and there are about 4-5 childcare center also there are also some shops which inc Franklins, take away, hairdressers, pizza shop, chemist, doctors, and some more new shops opening soon there are also a few parks that u can take the kids to play in the next suburb over St Clair there is woolworths, chemist, cake shop, take away, mac Donalds, petrol station, and many more shops there is also primary n high school n day care centers. The M4 is only 2-3mins away i have only lived here for about 1 year and i love it

    PM if u want more details

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  • mz sv6
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    Originally posted by Dot View Post
    Hi
    I live in the Western Suburbs so Ill give you my opinion. I live in Erskin Park, which is the suburb next to St Marys. I personally LOVE it where I live. Now there are suburbs of Western Sydney that I wouldnt bring up my children in and that includes Mt Druitt. My DP works there though and he grew up there and there is nothing wrong with him, so I guess any place has its better parts.

    Penrith- I shop at Penrith and there are some really nice surrounding suburbs and new developments.

    I have also lived near burwood and it just become to expensive or us, we rented a two bedroom unit for over $500 a week and we now live in a brand new 4 bedroom house for ALOT less than that.

    If you get serious and you are moving to Sydney PM me with some suburbs your lookin at and Ill give you a yay or nay and what parts of the suburb are better.
    Alot of people say Mt Druitt is a bad place but some parts are good others are bad to live in but my dad n my DP both grew up there and there is nufin wrong with them they are both great people

    I live in Erskine Park and that's like 5-10mins away from Mt Druitt, about 15mins from St marys n 25mins from penrith. In Erskine Park there is a primary school n high school and there are about 4-5 childcare center also there are also some shops which inc Franklins, take away, hairdressers, pizza shop, chemist, doctors, and some more new shops opening soon there are also a few parks that u can take the kids to play in the next suburb over St Clair there is woolworths, chemist, cake shop, take away, mac Donalds, petrol station, and many more shops there is also primary n high school n day care centers. The M4 is only 2-3mins away i have only lived here for about 1 year and i love it

    PM if u want more details

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  • benji's_mum
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    I've lived at Westmead and Wentworthville. Westmead is a little more built up with apartments but is right next to big beautiful Parramatta Park which is family friendly. Wentworthville is the next suburb over and is fairly good. Both are clean suburbs with great public transport, are close to the hospital and Paramatta Westfield and are fairly quiet (provided you dont live bordering the motorways). I felt safe living in both suburbs. Goodluck with the househunting.

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  • FiveInTheBed
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    thanks for the replies...will come back and read after lunch and trip to park!

    I just wanted to add...If you feel posting your true feelings about a suburb might offend other members, please PM me, I won't comment on here.

    thanks again, it is helping to put things in perspective.

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  • Dot
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    Hi
    I live in the Western Suburbs so Ill give you my opinion. I live in Erskin Park, which is the suburb next to St Marys. I personally LOVE it where I live. Now there are suburbs of Western Sydney that I wouldnt bring up my children in and that includes Mt Druitt. My DP works there though and he grew up there and there is nothing wrong with him, so I guess any place has its better parts.

    Penrith- I shop at Penrith and there are some really nice surrounding suburbs and new developments.

    I have also lived near burwood and it just become to expensive or us, we rented a two bedroom unit for over $500 a week and we now live in a brand new 4 bedroom house for ALOT less than that.

    If you get serious and you are moving to Sydney PM me with some suburbs your lookin at and Ill give you a yay or nay and what parts of the suburb are better.

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  • pinkgingham
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    i live in a suburb of Bankstown. bankstown doesnt have a good rep but there are worse places in sydney you could be living in to be honest....like personally i wouldnt live in blacktown or mount druitt and certain parts of penrith...everyone has got an opinion about which is the worse parts of sydney are...but i also think there are good and bad in each area too. i live in yagoona which is about a 3-5 minute drive from bankstown itself and i like where i live, but i wouldnt live in punchbowl. i have good neighbours and we dont really have any trouble in our street and surrounding streets beside the odd hoon every now and then (same as any street in sydney really). there is good shopping, easy access to public transport and everything is really central.

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    Ok I have a few different views to forkie

    Bankstown - Very multicultural ( I grew up near here ) doesnt always get a good rep but isnt too bad. Good public transport. Housing can be quite pricey as its still fairly close to the city but there are bargains to be found at times in surrounding suburbs. Belfield is still fairly close by & tends to be really nice but has no public transport bar a few buses in certain places.

    Blacktown - Not a place im keen on but many dont mind it. Public transport can be a bit dodgey & is a hssle to get to city by car. Housing tends to be more afforable in these areas which is why a lot of young families are out that way.

    Burwood - Its a nicer inner west area which still has many really grand old homes but tends to be pricey due to this as are surrounding areas ! Good public transport & pretty close to the city.

    Camden - Gorgeous area but tends to be a bit harder transport wise with limited public transport & peak hour being a bit of a nightmare on the M5 as is getting to the city by car. Prices vary from afforable to pricey due to some of the gorgeous old houses & properties.

    Campbelltown - Can be a bit iffy but isnt as bad as many can make out there are some really nice new homes being built in areas & new housing estates. Tis near Camden also ! Tends to be more afforable but there are the pricier suburbs. Transport is pretty good in most areas but tis mainly bus services to surrounding suburbs. We live in between here & Liverpool !

    Castle Hill - Nice area with some lovely homes but is another thats harder transport wise as there really isnt much public transport & come peak hour it can be a nightmare via car. Prices are a little more expensive but there are cheaper areas.

    Corrimal - This is down in Wollongong & tends to be an ok area but I actually havent been there in the last few years so im not 100% sure ! Fairly afforadable from memory especially nowadays ! But there are some great suburbs down that way & close to beaches !!!!! Not really close to the city so has a laid back attitude which is nice !

    Dee Why - North Shore suburb so tends to be very expensive & travel is a nightmare but it is nice ! Again same with surrounding suburbs.

    Hurstville - Its ok not really somewhere I would choose to live rather expensive but we did live not too far from here a few years ago in an area we adored called Oatley but its very expensive. Most suburbs have good public transport & the city isnt too far but can be a hassle by car.

    Kent st Sydney - The city LOL ! Expensive & unless you like that sorta life then it would be very full on !

    Liverpool - This is near me & I wouldnt really be keen on it but some surrounding areas like mine are pretty decent & affordable ! Transport is good but tis a a bit of a hassle to get into the city from here by car !

    Mt Druitt - Really has a bad name sadly ! Isnt a place I would choose at all because of this & also because we rely on public transport which is a nightmare out this way !

    Newtown - Just a stones throw from the city so rather expensive but has a great vibe as it tends to be really modern & funky. Great place to meet with friends & eat but tends to be out of the reach of most financially ! Great services all round !

    Narellan - Basically near Camden & Campbelltown ! So see what I wrote there heh !

    Parramatta - Isnt too bad a place but can be iffy at nite ( but then where isnt nowadays lol ! ) fairly affordable as are surrounding areas & tends to have fairly good services but is a hassle again using a car to the city.

    Penrith - Rather nice & has some great areas with lovely homes. I have family out there who love it & have no issues at all but it is limited with transport & is way out of the city which is why many love it. Very affordable as are surrounding areas.

    Richmond - Same as Penrith really but tends to have more properties/ farmland ( that I have found ! ). Again very affordable but there are some larger properties like anywhere that are expensive !

    Smithfield - Not a place for me but again tends to be somewhat affordable. Has ok transport but city via car again isnt that much fun !

    St Marys - Same as the above lol !

    Hope that helps ....

    Will be great if you do come to Syd as you will have all of us harassing you

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  • FiveInTheBed
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    Thanks...I'll print it out and keep it in mind whilst looking at houses.



    Now I gotta get to bed...why does "ME TIME", go sooo much quicker than the rest of the day!!??

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  • rainbow road
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    Originally posted by FiveInTheBed View Post
    Heres the list of where the branches are...so when it is not minutes to midnight - i'll look on a map and see what is surrounding them...

    Bankstown: Nope, I personally wouldn't move there!
    Blacktown: Ditto
    Burwood: Inner-west (but outer innerwest). mix of suburbs/small houses, very urban
    Camden: semi-rural, nice, big blocks of land
    Campbelltown: don't really know but I think it's quite similar to Camden
    Castle Hill: Suburbs, quite leafy and green but hellish for transport seriously
    Corrimal: where!?
    Dee Why: Don't know much about that area
    Hurstville: Ditto
    Kent st Sydney: Where I used to work obviously, dead in the middle of the city.
    Liverpool: I wouldn't move here if you paid me.
    Mt Druitt: gives the sticks a new name IMO, from me
    Newtown: Inner west, close to city, small terracey homes etc
    Narellan: no idea
    Parramatta: very suburban, very well serviced, pretty safe I think but I'm pretty meh about Parra
    Penrith: Don't know much but apparently has some lovely areas and big land
    Richmond: ditto
    Smithfield: always hear of it, no idea where it is!
    St Marys: Ditto Penrith but I think the Riff is safer. St Mary's closer to city (very marginally!)



    If I have mis spelled any - I blame DP's handwriting!!
    ive added my opinions next to suburb HTH

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  • FiveInTheBed
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    Heres the list of where the branches are...so when it is not minutes to midnight - i'll look on a map and see what is surrounding them...

    Bankstown
    Blacktown
    Burwood
    Camden
    Campbelltown
    Castle Hill
    Corrimal
    Dee Why
    Hurstville
    Kent st Sydney
    Liverpool
    Mt Druitt
    Newtown
    Narellan
    Parramatta
    Penrith
    Richmond
    Smithfield
    St Marys



    If I have mis spelled any - I blame DP's handwriting!!

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  • rainbow road
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    hmm dodgy suburbs lol. Well I don't want to offend people as I don't have like a list of the worst suburbs or anything concrete BUT suburbs in sydneys south-west (like Lakemba, Greenacre etc) have a pretty bad reputation for violence and stuff. However as far out as you're (lol sorry it's not *that* far I know but I'm a northy) looking in my understanding tends to be people living their for lifestyle choice rather than socio-economic limitations and are pretty safe and good places to raise families from what I've heard of people there.

    I'll see if I can find a proper list tomorrow

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