- Commute to CBD – 45 mins on the train
- School rating – 5 stars (Better Education)
- Median house price – $1.65m (3 bedrooms | Domain Group)
- Walkability – 64 (‘Somewhat walkable’ | Walkscore)
- Popular cafe – Cafe Topiary
Epping has become a popular suburb for propsective home owners because it’s relatively affordable and quite close to the Sydney CBD (just 19 kilometres away).
Despite high median prices on three and four bedroom houses, the suburb still offers mid-sized and smaller homes at closer to $1.3m, especially as you move further away from the train station.
Many are neat and stylish with a yard and car space. Take this cottage, for example, which is close to Epping West Public School. It’s priced at a guide of $1.4 – $1.5m.
In North Epping, where it’s rather scenic and walkable, there are some beautiful homes built in the Federation era style. They’re usually on sprawling lots with immaculate gardens, and as such, can sell in the vicinity of $2m – $3m.
Still, North Epping has a variety of homes, including
Increasingly, more units are being added to the northern side of the station as well.
What’s on offer
The suburb has great transport links, is connected by a main road and perhaps most importantly, is only a short distance to one of the city’s biggest economic hubs, Macquarie Park.
The area also appeals to many Asian-Australians because of the close proximity to Eastwood, home to a large Asian community and some of the best dumping and yum cha places in town.
I always thought the real plus of Epping was that its local mall is the constantly evolving Macquarie Centre. ‘Mac’ was once pretty basic, right down to the old carpeting and subdued lighting, but has transformed in recent years to look like the best American shopping malls. It’s also now a go-to for local foodies.
**While Epping is regarded as only ‘somewhat walkable’ by Walkscore, it’s very easy to get around the centre of the suburb. There are also some nice parks and hiking tracks in the area.