Nestled between North St Marys and Shanes Park, an unsuspecting suburb has been named among the top ten to watch in Sydney next year.
Ropes Crossing made the annual list compiled by Starr Partners chief executive Doug Driscoll, alongside trendy locations including Alexandria and St Ives Chase.
Mr Driscoll said proximity to the Marsden Park commercial precinct and near-new four bedroom homes for under $750,000 are key to its appeal.
For father-of-two Adam Hartas though, the community spirit was the deciding factor.
“There’s a lot of young families, everyone’s friendly,” he said.
“Just that unique community spirit is the best thing.”
Mr Hartas grew up in St Marys but moved to Ropes Crossing seven years ago.
He and three others made a major contribution to the young suburb’s community when they established the Ropes Crossing Strikers Soccer Club two years ago.
The club has quickly grown to 300 members and hosts a community carnival, which Blacktown councillor Brad Bunting said has been embraced by the residents.
“It basically started as a bit of a fundraiser for the club but it's turned into a real community event,” he said.
Mr Driscoll said the establishment of Marsden Park as “a commercial-industrial epicentre” was key to the appeal for Ropes Crossing.
“Its proximity to the station at St Marys with the link from there to Badgery’s Creek is going to ultimately prove to be a massive advantage,” he said.
“For me I just think it’s well-positioned. It’s one of those off-the-radar suburbs as well, it’s not somewhere most Sydneysiders would perhaps have even heard of.”
But Cr Bunting said he believes Ropes Crossing was already thriving before major commercial investment in the north-west growth area.
“It’s a suburb that not a lot of people would know about but it’s a fantastic little community,” he said.
“Obviously the parks, footpaths and cycle tracks around the area are great, and it’s a good little community that sticks well together. For a relatively new suburb there’s a lot happening – there’s a fantastic vibe when you go out to Ropes Crossing.”