Focus on New South Wales, Australia, part 2

In a recent post about the state of New South Wales, Australia, there were so many good reviews to comment on that I could not fit them all in, so now here is part two on NSW.

At Tangarra Street, Enfield South, New South Wales, Australia (StreetScore 67.14), resident darkrhino93 says:

“This street is so convenient. It has a chemist, Italian restaurant,
newsagent, convenience store, and is a stone throw away from a garden
centre, and enormous park, swimming pool and easy transport to pretty
much anywhere in Sydney.”

At Greenhaven Drive, Umina Beach, New South Wales, Australia (StreetScore 81.58), resident greenisgood says:

“Greenhaven Drive, Umina Beach is a relatively long (no through road) with well established houses to one end, together with lovely beach houses set high in peaceful private driveways, at the start of a hillside, at the other end – most of the homes have glorious views over the treetops and out to the ocean. It is most suited to families with a nice park situated on the corner of Greenhaven Drive and Brisbane Street, and has a strong Neighbourhood Watch and community feel. It is situated only a 15-20 minute leisurely walk to the glorious sands of Umina and Ocean Beach with its newly built surf clubs, and nicely renovated 4-star Ocean Beach Holiday Park.

Plus there is an assortment of cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, post office, chemists, doctors/dentists and a school all within this walking distance. The 41/2 Star Mantra Resort and the Ettalong Beach to Palm Beach Ferry is approximately 8-10 minutes drive away. The Woy Woy train station to Sydney CBD and Newcastle is approximately 10 minutes drive away. In summary :- although Greenhaven Drive is not in the hub of Umina Beach, it is in perfect proximity of everything Umina Beach has to offer, but without the bustling noise, cars and crowds!!”

StreetView of Sydney showing Harbour Bridge and Opera House

At Edgar Street, Towradgi, New South Wales, Australia (StreetScore 85.48), resident f10n4 says:

“I love this street. The neighbours are lovely, they play cricket on
the street which reminds me of my childhood. The location is awesome,
being only 10 mins walk from the beach. The houses are nice, though a
friend once described the street as “a bit Desperate Housewives” lol.
You can hear the ocean at night when the tide is high.

The only thing not going for it is there are not too many places to
go at night nearby. A few local restaurants in Corrimal are good, but
not really enough. The Towradgi hotel very close by is a rort, way too
expensive and crowded and the service is terrible – a bit too much like
Sydney. The Towradgi bowling club is fine though, with some nice views.

It’s a short drive to Wollongong city though so nightlife can be
found there, and Thirroul is only 10 – 15 mins in the other direction
is you like a more hippie atmosphere.

Crime is low, I don’t feel like I have to worry about my car on the
street. The population is mostly older people with some younger
families but not many. The houses are all older – not new McMansions.
The people here are really down to earth and you can tell they love it

I love living here and given half a chance I would stay here as long as I can.”

At O’Reilly Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia (StreetScore 59.75), former resident f10n4 says:

“It’s a short street on the southern side of Parramatta. Most of the
old houses are being replaced with apartments, making the traffic and
street parking more and more difficult. The street is fairly close to
Westfields Parramatta which is good if you like crowds and shopping.
It’s also walking distance from the rest of Parramatta city and that’s
convenient for meeting friends, catching trains, buses and the
beautiful Parramatta Park. The noise pollution is not too bad though
the street is one street away and parallel from Great Western Highway,
but you get used to the traffic noise.

What’s missing from the
street is a sense of community with the whole suburb. I found my
neighbours in my building were extremely nice and friendly, but beyond
that you just don’t get to know anyone. There are no community markets
are community focus places. There is no village atmosphere where you
can go to a local butcher and have a conversation for instance.
Westfield tends to kill off any community spirit, and also kills off
many small businesses trying to compete in the neighbourhood.

In the
ten years I lived there I had two break-ins: one was into my lock-up
garage, the other years later was into my car. The phone booth on the
corner is constantly being vandalised. There are a few nice
apartment blocks on the streets with some nice gardens, but there’s one
particular one on the corner of Pitt St which is horrendous, always
graffitied, always with real estate signages out the front, always
noisy. I moved out 12 months ago and am now living on the coast where it’s much more quiet, safe and where the people are friendlier.”

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