Thought I would do some research on the best Suburb for a family on Sydney.
One recent set of Research put Forestville as the highest ranking Suburb in Sydney.
Its very safe, with lots of bird life and bush walks. Its not a trendy place, rather a very stable , affluent upper class suburb. Its a 20 minute drive to the beach or to Sydney Waterfront from here. Kind of boring for a young couple wanting to move to Sydney to experience some night life. You wont find it here.
It is situated 15km north of the Sydney CBD and falls into the Warringah council area. Its known to be both in the Northern beaches and also the "Forest" area.
The only negative is that there is no train line to jump onto, although there are bus routes. I notice that a lot of people have complained that there is a lack good public transport to Sydney for working people. A little bit over at St. Ives there is a train in Gordon that takes about 15 minutes to get to Sydney center.
Forestville if close to the top forested areas of Sydney and as such dopes not have massive malls. There are a lot of smaller shops, do it yourself, gardening and nurseries. it really is a well to do area and as such the type of shops reflects this.
The following factors were taken into account - property prices, size of land, average number of bedrooms, proximity to schools, shopping, health care and capital gains over time.
Forestville is actually only ranked 25th on the whole of Australia. The Blue Mountains came up really high with a lot of suburbs in the top 20. (affordability and plot sizes kicked these up.)
There are a choice of three primary schools in Forestville.
Killarney Heights High School. There are some other high schools nearby - Forest High School in French's Forest and Davidson High School in French's Forest.
some of these are the best high schools in the northern areas.
There is also Aspect Vern Barnett School for children with autism spectrum disorder.
There are a bunch of sports and recreation facilities - Tennis, Netball, rugby.
The population is not high with only about 8000 residents and the average is a touch over 40 years of age. A about 1500 people are over 60! Mainly European ancestry (UK ancestry)
Orange a region in New South Wales, ranked as the number one area for families in NSW. The median house prices sitting at $333 000, a large plot size of 851 square meters and large houses with more than three bedrooms. House prices have increased by 16% over the last 5 years and there are good sets of amenities. Unfortunately Orange is three to four hours drive from Sydney, so if you are working in the Sydney area its a no go.
Forestville's average house prices are at a touch over 1 million AUD so its not a cheap option.
Forestville's average rentals are also sitting at $840 (3BR is at an average of $780, 4 BDR is averaging $900) per week so it is really a high end Suburb.
Only 12 percent is young couples with family.
If you want to check out St Ives which is close by and with a better train route go here
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