Croydon is nestled between Ashfield and Burwood in Sydney’s Inner West, less than 10km from the city’s centre. It has a quiet village-like atmosphere and in recent times, smaller scale unit and townhouse developments have sprung up alongside many of the grand old homes and Federation Bungalows the suburb is known for.
Croydon scores highly on the family-friendliness scale, with an impressive choice of schools and a peaceful, secure environment. On the flipside, the excellent transport connections to Sydney’s CBD make it a great choice for professionals and city workers.
Restaurants, cafes, bakeries and grocers line Croydon’s main streets. You may need to travel a little further afield for a thorough dose of retail therapy, but not too far. Ashfield Mall is a mere 5 minute drive away and Westfield in nearby Burwood is home to a variety of big-box retailers.
Despite having a lower profile than some of its buzzier Inner West neighbours, Croydon is well worth a look for renters. It’s a fabulous all-rounder of a suburb – attractive, conveniently located and with so much to offer in terms of great properties, parks and schools.
The majority of Croydon’s houses are freestanding and set in clean, leafy streets.
There are a smaller number of modern mid-rise apartments near the train station, and while they may lack some of Croydon’s old-world charm, they more than compensate for it in terms of location and commuter-friendliness.
A good mix of townhouses and villa complexes adds to the variety of available housing with options for renters, professionals and downsizers looking for a more compact, manageable living space.
Overall, Croydon has some clear advantages for renters. There’s a solid selection of apartments and smaller homes at affordable rents considering its accessibility to the CBD and other parts of inner Sydney.
Current average rents in Croydon are $700 pw for a three-bedroom house and $550 pw for a two-bedroom unit.
Croydon is easy to access by train, bus and car. The Inner West railway line has frequent train services passing through Croydon Station between central Sydney to the east and Parramatta and Homebush to the west. The train ride to the city takes around 20 minutes.
Bus services to and from the CBD run from Liverpool and Parramatta Roads.
For drivers, The City West Link and Western Motorway provide convenient access routes to surrounding suburbs and the wider Sydney area.
Croydon has earned the title of the family-friendly capital of the Inner West for good reason. Despite its relatively small size, the suburb ticks all the boxes for parents who want a wide choice of schools, safe streets and parks for kids to gather and play.
The suburb is in the public schools’ catchment area for Croydon Public School, Burwood Girls High School and Ashfield Boys High School. There are also a broad range of independent schools in both Croydon and Burwood, including Holy Innocents’ Catholic Primary School, Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC), MLC School and Southern Cross Vocational College.
Not only does Croydon have great schools but it also has a couple of exceptional parks. Wangal Park has boardwalks and cycle paths running through it and includes skate ramps, fitness equipment and lots of seating.
Sprawling Centenary Park has a variety of sports fields and playground equipment plus an off-leash dog area.