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Sydney’s most liveable areas are predominantly in the east but there are some western suburbs bucking the trend, a new study shows.

Parramatta’s emergence as Sydney’s second CBD has been a game changer for liveability in the western suburbs and its surrounding suburbs ranked relatively according to the Domain Liveable Sydney 2016 study, authored by Tract Consultants and Deloitte Access Economics.

The top ranking suburb in the west was Harris Park, which was the 63rd most liveable area, followed by Parramatta at 110 and Rosehill at 187.

The growing Parramatta hub has fostered cultural activities in the local area and introduced new restaurants and cafes, Western Sydney resident and executive officer for non-profit western Sydney research house WESTIR, Peter Rogers, said.

“It’s multicultural and there are real hidden gems in the west,” Mr Rogers said, noting the popular Parramasala festival and regular Riverside events.

“It’s a lost area for a great swathe of those in the city.

“Those in the east and inner west don’t realise all the exciting things happening in the west.”

These exciting things included the move of the Powerhouse into Parramatta, as well as the existing cultural activities.

Suburbs around Parramatta ranked highly in the study for culture, telecommunications, local employment, cafes, retail, restaurants, ferry access and education.

But notably, they fell short on harbour views, tree cover, crime, open space and congestion.

The train links allowing access into the CBD for commuters is also a big drawcard to the mid-west suburbs, Century 21 Community First principal Rafi Younes said.

“This all comes at an affordable price. If you wanted a property that was so central and accessible in areas such as Bondi, it would be much more expensive in price and in terms of the cost of living compared to Parramatta and Harris Park,” he said.

And this doesn’t come as a sacrifice to capital growth. A Harris Park family home Mr Younes sold in 2011 for $295,000 recently sold for about $600,000.

“I believe these areas will remain appealing due to this combination of lifestyle, ease of access and great value for money,” he said.

The emergence of more high-rise apartment developments in these areas, with 16 more projects on their way and about 40 lodged at council waiting for approval, will also change the area, Just Think Real Estate director Edwin Almeida said.

But he warned the construction of dual purpose development, with commercial on the ground floor and residential apartments above, could cause a vacancy issue and there was a concern about taking away “the carpark areas and tightening road parking in the streets up to North and West Parramatta residential area”. See how your region fares:City and EastUpper North ShoreInner WestNorthern Beaches

Further out west, Penrith secured a spot in the top 200 suburbs of the 555 on the list and is expected to rank more highly in future, Cohen Handler associate Felix Taing said.

“With major upgrades to Penrith Lake on the table – there’s currently a draft plan to fill up the old quarry – this will see new apartments pop up near the lake, fostering a new community.”

And across the entire western region, parklands and communal areas have been a focus in the past three to four years, he said.

“Prior to these changes, the standard of living in the western suburbs was not great – roads were not being fixed, and there were not enough community areas,” Mt Taing said.

“With the second airport slated for Badgerys Creek, we’ll soon see Penrith become another CBD, which means there’ll be a dramatic increase in price around the western and south-west suburbs.”

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