One for the families, Engadine gives you plenty of space, greenery and room to move in return for increased distance from Sydney city.

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Summary: A sprawling, hilly and bush-draped suburb deep-ish in Sutherland Shire, Engadine is a land of Aussie flags flying proudly in front lawns, large and roomy split-level homes built on the hillside, and a comprehensive central area home to a very solid array of amenities. While it lies a fairly hefty distance from the Sydney CBD, its rail connections help alleviate this somewhat, and the trade off it offers in terms of larger home sizes for better prices than the Sydney average may just be worth it for some.

This is a highly family-friendly, neighbourly, and outdoor-oriented place with an array of schools and childcare options along with ample sporting fields and facilities; add in expansive National Park right nearby, and being outside here is an enjoyable prospect. It’s fairly average – though improving – for dining however, and the drive up to the city can be a killer. It’s also much more ideal for families vs. the younger crowd in search of more diverse entertainment options.

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Key stats

Region: Sutherland Shire

Population: 17,500

Postcode: 2233

Ethnic Breakdown: Australian 31.2%, English 31.1%, Irish 10.1%, Scottish 7.4%, German 2.4%

Time to CBD (Public Transport): 40 minutes

Time to CBD (Driving): 60 minutes

Nearest Train Station: Engadine

Highlights/attractions: Sporting amenities, parks & greenery

Ideal for: Retirees, families

Median property prices: House – $950,000, Apartment – $680,000

Median rental prices (per week): House – $650; Apartment – $440

Note: we apologise for the quality of the images in this article, as the day was extremely glarey when we visited, resulting in some camera issues.

In many ways, Engadine is the “true” embodiment of the Sutherland Shire lifestyle. It’s not only the biggest suburb in the region by population, but also remains one of the truest to its roots.

Many of the facades of its original houses remain unchanged, and despite a number of new apartment blocks plopped haphazardly throughout along with the occasional residential reno job on its homes, it still retains a “sleepy”, almost “country town” feel in spots.

As a result, it’s easy to see the appeal of the lifestyle here as the suburb provides this atmosphere and environment – without sacrificing on either amenities or public transport connectivity.

Engadine Sydney

Engadine sits in a location to Sydney’s south directly alongside the Princes Highway that’s bordered by major swaths of Aussie-style bush, giving it a reasonable balance between accessibility and a high degree of greenery.

As a result, while it can feel a little isolated physically, it’s still possible to commute into the city for work in an acceptable timeframe whether you’re a driver or prefer public transport.

Engadine’s train station sits on the reliable T4 line and receives express train services, with a greater frequency in peak hours. This makes for a travel time in to Town Hall of just over 40 minutes on the fastest services, which is very decent considering how physically far away it is from the city.

Engadine Roads

Issues can arise both outside of peak or when travelling back the other way however; not all of the trains from the city go through to Engadine, and in off-peak times depending on where you’re coming from often requires a bit of an awkward transfer-and-wait at Sutherland to avoid the services that go the other direction through to Cronulla.

The other main issue with catching the train to work from here can be the act of actually getting to the station itself. Due to Engadine’s layout – the bulk of the suburb sprawls back from the highway where the station is – it can be a bit of a hike to get from your house to the station given how large (and hilly) the residential areas of the suburb are.

Even though the station has decently-sized commuter parking facilities, the sheer amount of people needing access can make it a bit of a pain at times.

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Engadine Hilly

For drivers, Engadine to the city is a fairly long trip. Heading up the M1 into the city during peak is often well over an hour drive, for example.

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As a result, it’s a suburb best suited for those who can do most of their business elsewhere around Sutherland Shire, or in closer hubs like the Mascot or Liverpool areas. This is one of the reasons it’s a highly popular suburb for tradespeople to live in particular.

Engadine fast food

On the opposite side of the highway is where Engadine properly begins. The highway-adjacent section itself is mostly home to a mix of fast food outlets, auto mechanics and service centres, however its main retail and dining hub centred around the Old Princes Highway is the attraction for daily use.

Engadine Stores

Engadine’s central shopping district is very well equipped, covering all the major essential services and stores you’d need for daily life.

Both major supermarket chains are represented here, while its Town Square Shopping Centre also has an Aldi, fresh fruit and veg and other essential and government storefronts.

Engadine Shops

Elsewhere, a very good assortment of medical services, pet store, all the major bank brands, bakeries, gyms and mixed clothing and other small-scale retail makes for a pretty comprehensive scene.

There’s a gradually increasing amount of decent little local cafes along with long-running older restaurants, although as a “dining scene” it’s a little lacking for a suburb of this size and population; there’s not much of a mix of international cuisines outside of Thai and Italian and the odd sushi takeout joint for example.

Engadine Woolworths

It’s also notably lacking in bigger-box retail stores given how many people call Engadine home.

It seems ripe for a Kmart, Big W or similar general-purpose larger retailer; having to drive to Westfield Miranda (around 15-20 minutes away) isn’t too much of an ask, but on public transport it’s a fair time investment and it’s a noticeable enough gap in the suburb’s retail environment overall.

Engadine restaurants

Engadine’s central hub here isn’t particularly “pretty”, but it’s tidy and otherwise very functional and comprehensive.

Add in the likes of the Engadine RSL and Engadine Tavern as solid hangout spots for a drink, and you could do much worse in terms of amenities compared to some of the other “Shire” suburbs – although parking can be an issue.

Engadine Tavern

Elsewhere within the suburb there’s not much in the way of stores, although its small cluster of shops on the corner of Anzac and Woronora, and local pizza and other individual outlets do exist for the times you don’t want to head “into town”.

It’s a little lacking in other entertainment-type options; there’s no cinemas, ice skating rinks or much in the way of nightlife, for example.

Engadine butchers

This keeps Engadine mostly within the interest range of families and retirees – it’s not exactly a hip or happening place for the younger crowd to hang out. It’s also a bit of a cultural black hole, with not much outside of the library in this regard.

Dotted in amongst these commercial/store areas are a handful of new ultra-modern mid-rise apartment blocks that stick out like a sore thumb versus much of the older construction that most of Engadine consists of.

These provide the chance at easier access to the shopping and station area versus the more sprawling nature of most of the rest of Engadine’s residential living, which helps add another layer to its already pretty impressive housing variety at the cost of more traffic.

Engadine apartments

Outside of this central area, the further west you go, the quieter and greener Engadine continues to get.

While it can be noisy-ish for the homes near the highway, it’s this intermixing of greenery and peace among its residential areas that is the main standout; there’s a ton of tree cover, nature strips are wide and roomy, and there’s a ton of parks, reserves and other public green spaces per capita.

This makes it ideal as a place to live for those with both kids and pets, as each of its parks has a different aspect to appeal to different age groups.

Engadine parks

Cooper Street Reserve in particular is a nice, big and well-kept park with barbecues and playground equipment and a Skate Park right nearby, although it’s partly unfenced so those with skittish dogs may need to be cautious.

Engadine skate bowl

Almost all of its other reserves dotted throughout the suburb come with either playground equipment or sports amenities as well, and there’s not a single pocket of Engadine that isn’t within a pretty easy walk towards one decent little local park or another.

Its sporting and exercise amenities deserve special mention. Engadine is packed with a huge array of ovals, fields, pitches and other mixed purpose sporting facilities that make it an incredible choice for those who like to play sports – or are raising kids who like to do the same.

Engadine Oval

Preston Park, Boys’ Town Oval, the oval on Kingswood Road… all of them provide a ton of space both for organised sports and to simply run or kick the ball around.

The Anzac Playing Fields are its focal point for footy, soccer and more, while its adjoining Leisure Centre is a solid multi-purpose venue for swimming, working out and more for adults and kids alike.

Engadine Fields

With other amenities like basketball courts, tennis courts (including the big complex at Forbes Creek), and more, those interested in pretty much all major sports are covered here – the Engadine Bowls Club even has lawn bowls fans covered, to ensure nothing sport-wise is missed.

Engadine Bowls Club

All this space and room largely carries over to Engadine’s living situation as well. Many of its freestanding houses enjoy big, roomy blocks, with some specifically designed to capitalise on the suburb’s hilly layout to garner some nice views as well.

The steep incline of Engadine’s topography means that the whole suburb is pretty elevated and then drops off to the west. As a result, there are plenty of split-level double and even triple-floor homes and duplexes that offer vantage points out over to the valley, Woronora and beyond.

Engadine big homes

The downside to this is that Engadine can be a massive chore to walk around on foot. It’s pretty much essential to own – and frequently use – a car here unless you live especially close to the station, and rates as one of the least-walkable suburbs this side of the Hills District.

Engadine’s homes themselves are still largely made up of older fibro and weatherboard or brown brick houses that date back several decades except with modern renovations tacked on; however recent years have continued to see an increasing number of newer/modern builds pop up as well.

Engadine houses

It’s very much a “renovators paradise”, with plenty of tradies (Engadine is ute-central) having put their skills to use to render or attach add-ons to older homes to give them a fresh face. Many of its gardens and lawns are very well-kept, with older residents who keep things in tip-top shape and a high level of house pride on display.

This housing variety also extends to new pockets of development where batches of modern duplexes and townhouses have been constructed.

When combined with all of Engadine’s older unit blocks, and its existing complexes of villas, there’s an extremely wide array of house types to choose from to suit multiple budget levels and life stages here.

Engadine townhouses

Outside of highrise apartment buildings, the diverse selection of home sizes on offer to live in here is impressive.

The amount of choice is also reflected in its schooling and education options. Engadine boasts an extensive array of schools, preschool and childcare options to choose from; there’s a ton packed into a relatively small area, with standard public and Catholic options all available. It’s also quite “church-y” in general, reflecting its historic roots.

Combine this with added niche offerings like swim schools and all its aforementioned playground and sporting amenities, and there are few suburbs that contain as many solid offerings for raising kids, without actually having to leave the suburb itself.

Engadine schools

Crime-wise, Engadine is also statistically highly safe. It clocks in well towards the lower end of the crime-per-capita rankings for Sydney’s suburbs, with a low 0.06% per capita rating across all the major crime types.

In terms of price of property, Engadine still represents good value although prices have shot up in recent years. It still compares favourably to most of its Sutherland Shire neighbours, and you can typically get a lot more house for the dollar you spend here, but it’s no longer the bargain it once was.

“Engadine is packed with a huge array of ovals, fields, pitches and other mixed purpose sporting facilities.”

Houses here are starting to regularly eclipse the $1 million mark, sometimes excessively so, with the big block sizes and personal space of obvious appeal. Engadine’s array of older homes means it’s possible to get a 3-bedroom older house for well under that figure as well however.

Engadine streets

Blend all this together and you get the current median figure of $950,000 for a house, with swings both wildly under and over the number increasingly common due to the age gap between some of the homes here. Those higher-end figures are a pretty high price to pay given its distance from the city.

For apartment/unit buyers, $680,000 is the current median, however again this can vary wildly when comparing the older and the ultra-new mix that Engadine has. Renters can typically find a decent 2-bedroom apartment for between the $400-$450 mark.

The Verdict

Engadine is another prime example of the compromise Sydneysiders may have to make when compromising between distance / accessibility versus quality of life and open space.

It walks this line about as well as can possibly be done given its heavy rail connectivity, array of services, and excellent public green spaces but still suffers from the “tyranny of distance” in that it’s always going to be at least somewhat isolated.

For those with kids, it’s an easy choice to recommend – safe, clean, green, roomy and fairly reasonably-priced, there’s a lot to like for those who want to give their children chances to run and play, and a huge helping of schools for their education.

It’s a mixed bag for city workers given the commute distance, but great for those who can work closer to home, and for the price offers good value in terms of home size. For those happy with smaller homes, the value proposition gets even better as well.

It’s far from the most diverse or interesting place in the world (it’s about as white-bread as you can get demographically – check the data), and could use one or two more “attractions” for entertainment or bigger-scale shopping purposes without killing its overall atmosphere.

But as a spacious, safe, mostly peaceful and green place to raise a family, Engadine ticks most of the boxes very well as long as you’re not expecting regular access to the go-go lifestyle of suburbs closer to the centre of Sydney.

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