The Upper North Shore suburb of St. Ives is a picture perfect place: attractive homes sit on large properties and towering gum trees provide shade for the quiet streets. Despite its proximity to Sydney's business districts this is a semi-rural area. Its north and east sides are bordered by sprawling national parks, which only add to the sense of tranquility. In addition to being semi-rural it's also semi-diverse. There are large Jewish and South African populations here (large is a relative term since the suburb has a total population of under 20,000).
Even though its low density it still has some solid amenities. The St. Ives Shopping Village has 100 stores and three major supermarkets. Around the corner from the Village is another, smaller block of shops and services.
If shopping isn't your thing, there is a ton to keep you active here. Besides the combined 171 square kilometers (66 sq mi) of the two adjacent national parks there are a number of sports leagues. The St. Ives Showground dates back to 1927 and features an off-leash area for dogs, equestrian arena, playground, athletic fields, facilities, and BBQs.
All these amenities make it a great place to raise children, so it's no surprise that you'll find plenty of established families here (it's not much of a starter home kind of place since it's pricey). It also suits empty nesters and retirees looking for some quiet and there are lots of units being constructed for this demographic. It's certainly not the place to live if you're looking for a vibrant cultural scene or nightlife.
There are a number of highly rated public schools here, as well as private Catholic and Jewish schools.
St Ives is bordered on the north by Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, on the east by Garigal National Park, on the south by East Killara and Gordon, and on the west by Pymble, Turramurra, and St Ives Chase.
CBD: 20.5 km / 35-70 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit
Chatswood: 11.5 km / 20-40 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit
Liverpool: 44.2 km / 60-110 minutes by car / 130 minutes by transit
Parramatta: 24 km / 35-70 minutes by car / 100-110 minutes by transit
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