It is similar to both Heaton and Jesmond in terms of street layout and architecture. The housing stock is mostly of red brick Victorianterraced housing, and many of these are Tyneside flats. Towards the South of the area there are some light industrial businesses, and towards the South-East the residential streets run steeply down towards Jesmond Dene. Sandyford is located at the end of Jesmond's Osborne Road and is serviced by the Jesmond Metro station.
Sandyford is home to FPP Brand Communications - the European award winning communications agency, and several local businesses, including a shop, an Italian bistro, an Italian restaurant, three sandwich shops, an award winning fish'n'chip shop, a Chinese takeaway, a Post Office and a car garage. The suburb also hosts four hairdressers.