Now that I am based in Parramatta for work, wifey and I have begun the process of looking at moving out of Sydney a bit to an area with a bit more space where we can afford a decent sized house, as we're fast outgrowing our 2 bedroom unit. We're currently in the Inner West and while we love the area, we've slowly resigned ourselves to the fact that we'll never afford a decent sized house here. Our budget is around the $900k mark. Working in Parramatta means that the perennial commuter favourites, the Central Coast and Wollongong, are not really an option as the travel time would just be too high for me. As a result we've begun looking at the Hawkesbury as we've always loved it there (beautiful scenery especially around Kurrajong) and it seems to have a very 'nice' feel to it (in parts it feels kind of like the Cotswalds in the UK, grand houses on acreage and picturesque little villages like Kurrajong), plus there's a direct train to Parramatta that takes about 45 minutes. However we're not locals so don't really know the area besides what we've seen on drives through it. We like Kurrajong and Richmond/North Richmond looks alright too from what we've seen, but what about the rest of the towns and villages? Any areas to avoid? What about schools (public and private)? Thanks in advance!