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Epping Review

Introduction

‘Epping’ is one of the most northern side areas of the City of Parramatta.It is a very green and quiet suburb which boasts of a friendly neighbourhood and some great schools too. It is safe and has a great network of public transport. Epping has a convenient location and it is about a half an hour drive towards the north west of CBD. It will take you around 15 minutes to reach Macquarie Park and North Ryde by road and if you are travelling by train, you only have a few stops in between. It is considered as an extremely safe suburb with crime rate as low as 153.1 per 100,000 population.

Epping is located in close proximity to the Macquarie University. This has made the area popular amongst the overseas students as well. This suburb offers more affordable accommodation for these students compared to the price of on-campus rooms. In 2009, a new railway link started between Epping and Chatswood. This connected the suburban area to not only the university but also to North Ryde that has a large number of employment opportunities.

Epping has all essential convenience stores, a hotel, a library, a community club and service stations. It is also home to many big corporate houses like Unilever that makes it a good employment zone too. Epping has urbanized largely in the last few years. A huge credit for this goes to the train connectivity from Sydney to Hornsby and further down to central coast and north coast of NSW. This has created a big demand for housing here. Hence, a large number of housing options have come up in the area in recent years. 

People

Average age of population here is high as the percentage is skewed towards those aged more than 60 years. The region has a high number of Australian native-born, though it is a melting pot with people from countries like India, China, Korea and Hong Kong also residing here. Epping essentially has more separate houses and about 24% are flats.

Benefits

Epping has everything. That makes it a great suburb to live in but it comes at a steep cost.

Epping is located centrally with a great transport network, good public schools, variety of restaurants and federation boutique homes. 

The area doesn’t have a big mall, pubs or clubs. That’s a good thing as it doesn’t attract the rowdy youth that cause social issues. What’s even better is that if you want to visit a mall or pub, you are just 10 minutes away from it. Good train connectivity can ferry you to your night life in a matter of minutes!

Epping is located right in the heart of Norwest, Chatswood, Castle hill, and Parramatta with a motorway nearby. The area has preserved a large number of federation homes that gives you a boutique feel. The area is dotted with trees, parks and many play area for kids. 

There is a lot more planned for this township in times to come. Macquarie University and shopping centre, Hornsby, Chatswood and IKEA in Rhodes will all become accessible by train.

Gosford and Newcastle will also be connected by inter urban trains.

Epping has a slew of small, beautiful cottages with gardens.

  • Even the newer homes built here reflect the anachronism of the old ones.
  • Centrally located
  • Good public transport
  • Good public schools
  • Variety of restaurants
  • Federation boutique homes
  • Access to shopping complex
  • Many parks and play area for kids

Challenges

Epping has everything but for a modern lifestyle. A huge chunk of this zone comes under heritage preservation schemes. So, if you are looking for a modern house, this place is a no-no for you.

With its anachronism, all other facilities present and great transport connectivity, the prices of houses here are soaring high.

The town is developing and in the next 10 years it will be a beautiful place to be. Until then, there will be inconvenience caused by the intensive building work which is going on.

Location

Epping is located in northern Sydney. It is about 30 minutes away towards north west of CBD. You will take about 15 minutes to reach Macquarie Park and North Ryde by road and if you are travelling by train, it is just a few stops away.

Epping as a fabulous network of public transport. It is right at the intersection of the Northern and Chatswood lines. It also has a huge number of buses running with good frequency.

 As you move close to the train station, it gets congested and busy. The further you move away from the stations, the area becomes greener, more spacious and peaceful.

Connectivity

Epping is an already well established suburb near Sydney. It is one of the busiest stations in the Northern line. Upcoming Syndney Metro Line will boost the connectivity further by linking them with suburbs like Kellyville and Castle Hill regions. It is well connected to the CBD via the inner west and also the Macquarie park technology corridor. Express trains also connect Epping to the central coast. It also has a great bus network. There are huge numbers of buses plying in the region with good frequency. This makes it a hub for commuters. With the new Epping-Chatswood train line, it will be super easy to visit Chatswood which is the biggest town in the northern area. Overall, Epping is very well connected by train, road and bus. It is a paradise for regular commuters.

Shopping destinations

Epping is dotted with many nice small stores. If you love shopping in a big mall, you are just five minutes away from Macquarie shopping Centre, Carlingford Court and Carlingford village that are a shopper’s delight.

For Asian food and grocery you just need to do a five minute drive to Eastwood. This is just one train stop away from Epping.

Schools & Daycares

Epping has some of the top public schools. Epping West Public School here ranks 17 and Epping Height Public School ranks 35th in the list of public schools.

 

There are many prestigious schools close by. This includes Epping Boys High, Cheltenham Girls High and James Ruse High. Some other options are Epping North Public School, Epping Public School and Lady Help of Christians and Catholic Primary School.

 List of schools:

-Epping West Public School

-Epping Height Public School

-Epping Boys High

-Cheltenham Girls High

-James Ruse High

-North Public School

-Epping Public School

-Lady Help of Christians

-Catholic Primary School

Crime & safety

Epping is a very safe area to live in with low crime rate of 153.1 per 100,000 populations. If you compare this to the NSW crime rate of 419.4 per 100,000 populations, you can sense how safe Epping is.

Proximity to offices

Epping is well connected to most places around. Macquarie Park that houses many big corporate like Microsoft, Oracle, Johnson & Johnson and Sony are connected by train on the Epping - Chatswood rail line. North Ryde is only a 15 minute drive from Epping and if you are travelling by train, it is just a few stops away.

Eating joints in that location

Epping offers a good variety of dining options. You can choose to eat at a high quality pizzeria, good Asian restaurants or small family joints. It offers many places to just hang out and relax over a meal or a cup of coffee.

 It also has a club if you want to chill with a pint of beer and a hotel with a busy bar. Epping will give you a relaxed nightlife if you don’t want be in the mad rush of a city.

 Eastwood, that has a good mix of Asian restaurants, is just a five minute drive from Epping.

Traffic in that location

With good connectivity comes congestion. Epping train station doesn’t have adequate parking. So, the roads near the station and centre of the town are busy and very congested. The madness on the road peaks during rush hours.

Prices

As you move away from the centre of the town, the sense of openness seeps in. Streets are wide, tree lined. There are many parks and open play areas for kids. Hence, the prices of houses have soared in the last 10 years making the places expensive.

Prices & Rental

House: $1.7M (3 BR) Rent: $600-650 PW

Unit: $800K (2 BR) Rent: $500 - $550 PW

Epping has seen good capital growth. It has seen a capital rise of about 10% /annum making the places unaffordable for many first time home buyers.

The suburb does have the potential to grow more with a new train line coming here soon. It will see a growing rental demand as well with more university students choosing to live here.

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