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Where are the best suburbs in Sydney?

As Australia’s most populated city, Sydney offers its occupants a range of suburbs to fit just about any lifestyle choice. Finding the right suburb, however, can be difficult as there are almost too many to choose from.

Suburb safety has a huge impact on prices. Read our list of Sydney's safest suburbs.

At Lendi we want to make finding your ideal suburb that much easier, so we have come up with a list of the 5 best suburbs in Sydney based on their proximity to the CBD, beaches, parks and schools. We have also tried to take into consideration crime rates and provided you with the average house and unit purchase price.

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Kirribilli (2061)


The suburb of Kirribilli has attracted many families because of it’s proximity to two renowned high schools, Loreto Kirribilli for girls and St Aloysius College for boys. Beyond its academic institutions, the area also has breathtaking water views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, as well as many beautiful waterfront parks. Located just 0.20 kms from the closest beach and 14 minutes drive to the CBD, Kirribilli offers the perfect balance between coastal and urban living. Moreover, it only takes 21 minutes to the city by public transport of which you can choose between buses, catching a train or even going by ferry. In terms of safety it also has a low crime rate with only 1823.0 thefts per 100,000 of the population.

Median House price= $3,655,000 / Median Unit price= $1,186,000

Woolloomooloo (2011)

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To the east we have the inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo, which is known for its once industrial wharf that now houses a range of hip restaurants and bars. Aside from its harbour views, the suburb is also home to many parks, schools and is just 0.30kms from the beach. It is also situated just 10 minutes drive from the CBD or 14 minutes by public transport, making it an ideal living area for those who work in the city. It is also generally a safe area, having a relatively low theft rate of 7859.7 per 100,000 of the population.

Median House price= $1,800,000 / Median Unit price= $1,181,000

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Balmain East (2041)


Travelling to Sydney’s inner west you will find the quaint suburb of Balmain East. Whilst there is only one school in the suburb, there are plenty more in the suburb of Balmain which is right next door. Balmain East offers you harbour views, a handful of parks to choose from and is just 0.13kms from the beach. If you need to get to the city it is only a 15 minute drive away or 21 minutes by public transport, of which you can choose between a train or a ferry across the harbour. The inner west suburb also has a low theft rate of just 1593.6 per 100,000 people.

Median House price= $2,710,000 / Median Unit price= $1,142,500

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Glebe (2037)


If you enjoy inner city living, Glebe may be the suburb for you. Glebe is an education hub with many schools located in the area as well as Sydney University for tertiary studies. The suburb itself also has many beautiful parks and if you find yourself craving a little sand and sea it is only 0.35kms away. Better still, it is only a 12 minute drive to the CBD or 25 minute journey on public transport, with Central Station just a short walk away. In terms of crime the area also has a relatively low rate with just 8021.6 thefts per 100,000 of the population.

Median House price= $1,900,000 / Median Unit price= $980,000

Hunters Hill (2110)


Lastly we have the beautiful north shore suburb of Hunter’s Hill, which is known for being the safest suburb in Sydney. Just an 18 minute drive from the CBD or 24 minutes by public transport, the area has attracted many families because of the range of schools located in and around the suburb. It also offers easy access to the beach which is a mere 0.03kms away and has both inner suburb and harbour parks.

Median House price= $2,787,500 / Median Unit price= $1,150,000

If it is important for you to be able to easily access both the CBD and the beach, and are interested in parks and having schools closeby, these may be the best suburbs located in Sydney for you. It’s essential to remember that before buying or renting you should also do your own research just to make sure that the area has the amenities that you’re after.

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