Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to where they want to live. While some may be attracted to the city lights like moths to a flame, others may prefer the serenity that comes with waking up to the sound of the ocean crashing on the shore.

Living by the ocean doesn’t only help one calm down and relax, but it also has a positive impact on your physical health in the long run. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Exeter proved that people who live close to the ocean are healthier than those who live inland. This could be due to various factors, such as the fact that living by the beach encourages physical activity and also, you’ll never fall short on vitamin D.

If you’re lucky enough to be living in Sydney, then you have the luxury of having multiple beachside suburbs to choose to reside in. Using Liveable, we’ve found 5 beachside suburbs that would suit you, no matter what your lifestyle may be.

  1. Point Piper

    For those torn between their love for the city and the seaside, Point Piper is a good in between. A short 25 minute bus ride to the city, this small harbourside suburb will be sure to suit your fancy.

    Its worth noting, however, that this location comes at a price. Historically regarded as Australia’s most affluent suburb, a 1 bedroom apartment would set you back $550/week.

  2. Tamarama

    Tamarama sits nestled between the Bondi and Coogee coastal walk. Although it only has a modest 80 metre shoreline for you to enjoy, don’t fret. In this suburb, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars to keep you occupied.

  3. Brighton-Le-Sands

    Not keen on spending an arm and a leg to live by the ocean? Brighton-Le-Sands is a suburb on the western shore of Botany Bay. Due to it not being one of the more popular beaches, the sand is extremely white and the water, crystal clear.

    Here, you’d be able to get a shared house for a cool $228/week.

  4. Fairlight

    Located on Manly’s harbour side, this suburb is home to one of Sydney’s most loved beaches. Supermarkets and general stores are easily found in the area, making it ideal to pick up some groceries to pack for a picnic on the beach.

  5. Balgowlah Heights

    This suburb, located in northern Sydney, ranks incredibly high in terms of safety. Its also not uncommon for houses here to have amazing panoramic views that overlook the harbour.

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