As a mum, we want the best for our children and that includes a place to live and raise our children in the safest neighbourhood possible. The Sydney Morning Herald has ranked Sydney as one of the world’s most liveable cities in Australia. According to Matt Wade, there is a new Urban Living Index which segments all the possible options for Sydney-siders to find their, child-friendly new home.
Sydney can be broken down into five main areas:
- Inner Sydney – including City and Inner West
- North Sydney – including Northern Suburbs, North Shore, Northern Beaches, Hills District and Forest District
- South Sydney – including St George, Sutherlandshire District and Macarthur
- East Sydney – including Eastern Suburbs and South-Eastern Sydney
- West Sydney – including Canterbury-Bankstown, Greater Western Sydney and South Western SydneyResearch shows that there has been an increase in families moving towards Northern or Southern of Sydney’s CBD, such as Crows Nest, Waverton and Surry Hills. Naturally, home seekers will gravitate more towards suburbs that provide an easy travel to the city and demonstrate a more sophisticated area for their children to grow up in. In other words, their criteria revolves around two things: “accessibility” and “amenities”.
Wade says that “The data on 20 separate indicators was used to assess the affordability, community, employability, amenity and accessibility of a suburb to determine how liveable it is.
Other indexes take into account attributes such as access to parks and tree cover – but those things are missing from the one prepared for the Urban Taskforce.”
Most home buyers are avoiding the Western areas, due to the increase in crime rates, despite it being a more affordable place to rent or buy.