Best Suburbs To Buy In Perth

JAMES HURWOOD
13 April 2017
Looking to buy a house in Perth but have absolutely no idea where to start? Look no further than Canstar’s comprehensive guide on some of the top suburbs and surrounding areas.

When buying a house or an investment property, there are many of things to consider. As there are currently over 250 suburbs in Perth, it’s not surprising that this beautiful place presents many different living options to choose from.

Canstar has put together a comprehensive guide on some of the best suburbs to buy in Perth (including surrounding areas). So all you need to do is pour yourself a cup of tea, sit back, and relax – well, as much as you can when house hunting.

House prices and rental prices are sourced from the Domain Real Estate Suburb Profile Tool.

5 houses within 5km of the Perth Central Business District (CBD)

1.      East Perth

Where: Located only 1.3km from the CBD, East Perth is home to sporting attractions such as the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground and the Gloucester Park Trotting Ground. Primarily an industrial area in the early twentieth century, many of the real estate available has commercial attraction, with single and duplex properties still remaining.

Public Transport: East Perth serves as the main hub for interstate and national rail services and Road Coach services, including one of the most famous trains in Australia, the Indian Pacific (Great Southern Rail). The former East Perth railway yard and engine sheds were removed in the 1960s and redeveloped into the Railway headquarters.

Education: East Perth has one school, Trinity College, an all-boys school for grades 4-12. There are a number of other schools in surrounding suburbs, however, including St George’s Anglican Grammar, a co-ed secondary school.

Shopping & Dining: East Perth has Forrest Chase Shopping Centre and Raine Square Shopping Centre, although it is predominantly a residential suburb. Tthere are also many different restaurants available to suit a number of different price points. Foodies, take heed!

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that East Perth has a population of 8,185 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 36% of them families and 64% singles.

Median House Price: $550,000

Median Rent Price: $430/week

2.      West Perth

Where: Located 1.5km away from the CBD, and home to Parliament House, West Perth was formally an exclusive suburb for wealthy merchants and politicians. However, it is now part of an ‘inner-mixed zone’, and has predominantly office blocks, and residential buildings. Resident statistics show a high proportion of miners and consultants, particularly medical professionals.

Public Transport: There are no train stations in the suburb of West Perth; however, it is well served by a number of bus routes.

Education: West Perth is not home to any schools, but a few neighbouring suburbs provide education services. One of these is Perth Modern School, a high-achieving, co-ed, public high school. A number of primary schools are available nearby, including West Leederville School of Early Learning, and Subiaco Primary School.

Shopping & Dining: West Perth is home to the Watertown Brand Outlet Centre, which is located near the eastern edge of the suburb and offers a wide range of name-brand and designer deals. There are also a number of different restaurants and other food outlets available.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that West Perth has a population of 5,168 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, 31% of whom are families, and 69% of whom are singles.

Median House Price: $572,000

Median Rent Price: $380/week

3.      Highgate

Where: Located just 2.1km from the CBD, Highgate is the smallest – yet most popular – residential suburbs in Perth, with an area of only 0.4 square kilometres. It is home to the Highgate Hill Police Station, and there is a proposal awaiting approval for a police museum nearby.

Education: The suburb of Highgate has two primary schools: Sacred Heart (a Catholic school) and Highgate Primary School (the second-oldest public primary school in the state). Highgate Primary School is highly multicultural, with students from over 50 different nationalities and backgrounds.

Shopping & Dining: As Highgate is a small suburb, there isn’t much in the way of shopping. There are a few restaurants, including the Queen’s Tavern, which is a popular food destination for locals.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Highgate has a population of 1,941 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 28% of those being families and 72% being singles.

Median House Price: $572,500

Median Rent Price: $310/week

4.      Maylands

Where: Located just 4.2km from the CBD, Maylands is a riverside suburb home to the Maylands Peninsula Golf Course. Maylands continues to evolve as a cultural and creative hub, with the relocation of the Western Australian Ballet to the former Western Australian Institute for the Blind building on Whatley Crescent in 2012. It aims to provide a variety of music, performance, dance, artistic, cultural and culinary experiences tourists and locals alike.

Public Transport: The suburb of Maylands is situated on the Midland Railway line, which provides easy access to the CBD, as well as a number of other bus services.

Education: Maylands is home to the Maylands Peninsula Primary School, a co-ed public school. There are no high schools in this suburb, but a number in surrounding suburbs.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Maylands has a population of 12,353 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 36% of them being families and 64% singles.

Median House Price: $565,000

Median Rent Price: $270/week

5.      Joondanna

Where: Located just 5km away from the CBD, Joondanna is named after a farm said to be owned by an early settler in the area. It is ideal for families and other career professionals, as it is a quiet suburb with a variety of parks and other recreational services.

Education: Joondanna is home to a Catholic church known as St Denis, and a small Catholic primary school of the same name. There is another primary school in the region known as Tuart Hill Primary School, and two secondary education schools, Servite College and Tuart College.

Shopping & Dining: As Joondanna is a quiet suburb, there isn’t much in the way of retail shopping centres; however, there are two malls with supermarkets. There are a number of restaurants with a wide range of price points in neighbouring suburbs.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Joondanna has a population of 4,566 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old; 34% of these are families and 64% are singles.

Median House Price: $560,000

Median Rent Price: $300/week

5 suburbs on the North Side

1.      Banksia Grove

Where: Banksia Grove is a relatively new suburb that was only introduced in the late 1990s. In 2005, the Banksia Grove Joint Venture Partnership was established to revive and develop the suburb. It is said that this $2 billion project will create a further 3,500 home sites with a diverse range of housing types to cater for residents in differing life stages and backgrounds. This new community is slowly becoming one of the Perth’s most popular northern suburbs to live in.

Public Transport: Banksia Grove is served by a number of bus links that provide connections back to the Joondalup Line via the Joondalup railway station.

Education: The suburb currently has two primary schools: Banksia Grove Primary School (a public primary school) and St John Paul ll Catholic Primary School (formally Banksia Grove Catholic Primary School). It also has one high school, Joseph Banks Secondary College.

Shopping & Dining: Banksia Grove Village Shopping Centre is a small, local shopping centre with a supermarket. Being only a 5km drive from the waterfront, there are many fine dining restaurants available.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Banksia Grove has a population of 2,718. That figure is set to soar with expects predicting over 12,000 resident by the year 2020 due to their new developments.

Median House Price: $368,000

Median Rent Price: $320/week

2.      Clarkson

Where: While mostly a residential area, the suburb of Clarkson also functions as a town centre for Perth, serving many surrounding areas with a vast amount of amenities and facilities. There are more than 10 parks located throughout the suburb, with many free-to-use BBQ facilities and playgrounds, making it an ideal hub for young families.

Public Transport: The suburb of Clarkson has a railway station on the Joondalup railway line and is a major public transport hub for surrounding suburbs, as this line leads straight to the CBD.

Education: Clarkson has a number of schools available, including St Andrews Catholic Primary School, Clarkson Primary School, and Clarkson Community High School.

Shopping & Dining: The main road of Clarkson is home to the Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, which houses many major retail outlets including Target, Kmart, Coles, Woolworths, JB Hi-Fi, City Beach, and over 115 specialty retailers.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Clarkson has a population of 11,697 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 45% of them being families and 55% being singles.

Median House Price: $368,000

Median Rent Price: $350/week

3.      Girrawheen

Where: Situated less than 15 minutes’ drive from the beach, CBD, and other major northern centres, Girrawheen is an ideal choice for young families or retirees. There are also a few investment opportunities available in Girrawheen, as house prices have had a slow but steady growth (15% over the past 10 years). This is due to the rezoning and renovating of houses throughout the suburb.

Public Transport: Girrawheen has a number of bus routes, although there is no train station.

Education: Girrawheen contains three public primary schools and one public high school: Hudson Park Primary School, located in the suburb central, Roseworth Primary School, and Girrawheen Senior High School. Two private primary schools are also located in the suburb: Our Lady of Mercy Primary and Emmanuel Christian Primary School. Mercy College, a Catholic school covering Kindergarten to Year 12, is located just beyond the suburb’s south-eastern boundary.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Girrawheen has a population of 8,334 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old with 40% of them being families and 60% singles.

Median House Price: $395,000

Median Rent Price: $280/week

4.      Koondoola

Where: Koondoola is a relatively new suburb, having only been introduced in the 1970s; however, it has slowly begun to earn a reputation as a quiet and friendly neighbourhood. Being only a 15 minute drive to the beach and 20 minutes to the city, Koondoola is an ideal location for professionals, singles and young families with children.

Public Transport: There are plenty of bus stops throughout Koondoola, and the train station is only a 10 minute drive away, with direct access to the CBD.

Education: There are two primary schools located in Koondoola: Koondoola Primary School, an independently owned co-education public school, and Waddington Primary School, a state owned co-educational public school. There are also private primary and secondary schools in neighbouring suburbs.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Koondoola has a population of 3,897 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 43% of them being families and 57% singles.

Median House Price: $380,000

Median Rent Price: $250/week

5.      Merriwa

Where: Merriwa is a predominantly residential suburb, containing two RAAF retirement villages (Merriwa Estate and Cambrai Village). It is home to a range of parks, is 5 minutes from the beach, and is walking distance to both public and private schools.

Public Transport: The nearest railway station to Merriwa is Clarkson station, and there are a number of bus routes throughout Merriwa that provide transport to this station.

Education: Merriwa is home to a number of public schools including Merriwa Primary School and Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, a private co-ed school for Prep to Year 12.

Shopping & Dining: Merriwa is super close to the Ocean Keys Shopping Centre, a shopping mall with many major retail outlets and over 115 specialty retailers. It also has a number of local and coastal restaurants to suit a wide range of price points.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Merriwa has a population of 5,571 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 46% of residents being families and 54% being singles.

Median House Price: $339,000

Median Rent Price: $325/week

5 suburbs on the South Side

1.      Armadale

Where: Armadale is known as an urban centre and transport hub for surrounding districts. It has a wide variety of recreational activities and investment opportunities as the suburb continues to grow. Armadale has many sporting venues including an aquatic centre, playing fields, an indoor recreation centre, BMX track, and skate park. With the introduction of new parks and reserves for family picnics, it is becoming quite a family-orientated area.

Public Transport: Armadale is the terminus of the Armadale railway line that links the suburb to the Perth CBD. It also has a variety of different bus routes that provide ease of access to various centres around the suburb.

Education: Armadale has a number of schools, both private and public, including Neerigen Brook Primary School, Dale Christian School, Gwynne Park Primary School, Armadale Senior High School, and John Calvin Christian College.

Shopping & Dining: Armadale Shopping City has recently opened with a number of supermarkets, specialty and boutique stores, food retailers and other dining options.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Armadale has a population of 12,853 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 36% of them being families and 64% singles.

Median House Price: $305,000

Median Rent Price: $265/week

2.      Brookdale

Where: Only a relatively new suburb, Brookdale was introduced in the late 1990s and is slowly gaining popularity with young families and senior citizens. Located a half-hour drive away from the CBD, and with a number of parks and recreational services available, Brookdale has the reputation of a small, quiet town with an affordable cost of living.

Public Transport: Brookdale has a few limited bus routes available, one of which transports you to the Armadale Train Station.

Education: There are three schools in the suburb of Brookdale: Dale Christian School, Xavier Catholic School, and Gwynne Park Primary School.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Brookdale has a population of 2,476 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 36% of them being families and 64% singles.

Median House Price: $278,000

Median Rent Price: $290/week

3.      Gosnells

Where: Gosnells is a quiet and safe neighbourhood known for being lush, green, and charming. The Gosnell City Council, ranked the 5th largest council in Perth, does a lot for its residents to ensure the city maintains this appeal. It is only a short distance drive to fantastic bushland areas and walking trails, and the installation of the new highway provides an ease of access to the CBD.

Public Transport: Gosnells has the Gosnells and Seaforth train stations, which are on the suburban Perth-to-Armadale railway line (23 mins travel time), with trains departing approximately every 15 minutes to the city.

Education: There are a number of primary schools available in Gosnells, including Gosnells Primary School, Seaforth Primary School, Wirrabirra Kindergarten, and Wirraburra School.

Shopping & Dining: Gosnells is close to one shopping centre, Maddington Central, which has a range of supermarkets and specialty and retail stores. The Gosnells Railway Markets are on every Thursday in the old railway station.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Gosnells has a population of 19,169 people. The average age of residents is 20-39, with 54% of them being families and 46% singles.

Median House Price: $330,000

Median Rent Price: $290/week

4.      Kelmscott

Where: Kelmscott is a small town situated near Armadale. Despite being small, there are sporting facilities nearby to suit all tastes, with lawn bowls, swimming, ten pin bowling, golf, football, netball, basketball, and tennis. The Armadale Kelmscott District Memorial Hospital provides a state of the art medical facility with a wide range of services.

Public Transport: Public transport isn’t the greatest in Kelmscott; it has one railway station on the Armadale line.

Education: There are a few of schools to choose from in Kelmscott: Kelmscott Primary School, Westfield Park Primary School, and Kelmscott Senior High School.

Shopping & Dining: There are a couple of small shopping centres in Kelmscott: Stargate Shopping Centre Kelmscott and Kelmscott Plaza. There are also a number of eateries to choose from along the main road in Kelmscott. There’s something to suit every foodie’s price point.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Kelmscott has a population of 10,019 people. The average age of residents is 20-39, of which 46% are families and 64% are singles.

Median House Price: $338,000

Median Rent Price: $290/week

5.      Camillo

Where: The suburb of Camillo (previously known as Westfield) is a small, quiet town in southern Perth. Located about 20 minutes outside of the CBD, it is perfect for professionals and young families who want access to the city without actually living there. There are also a number of parks and recreational areas for the public.

Education: Camillo has Grovelands Primary School, and Kelmscott Senior High School is nearby.

Shopping & Dining: Camillo has a number of small malls with supermarkets, and Stargate Shopping Centre is located only one suburb over in Kelmscott.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Camillo has a population of 4,570 people. The average age of residents is 20-39 years old, with 39% families and 61% singles.

Median House Price: $310,000

Median Rent Price: $290/week

5 suburbs on the East Side

1.      Forrestfield

Where: Forrestfield lies just 15km from the CBD at the base of the Darling Scarp and the southern border of the Perth International Airport. It is known for its quiet, leafy, suburban streets and its large recreation centre that offers anything from gymnastics to rugby, crèche and birthday parties to soccer and basketball, tennis, hockey, and Little Athletics, just to name a few. Forrestfield is often referred to as “country living on the doorstep of the city”.

Public Transport: Forrestfield has a number of buses available. There are no train stations in Forrestfield yet but there is an airport link line scheduled to open in 2020.

Education: Forrestfield is home to a number of schools including Hillside Christian College, a Prep to Year 12 co-ed Christian School, as well as Dawson Park Primary School, Woodlupine Primary School, and Forrestfield Primary School.

Shopping & Dining: Forrestfield has one local shopping centre called Hawaiian’s Forrestfield, which has a variety of supermarkets, retail shopping, boutique and specialty stores, and several dining options.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Forrestfield has a population of 11,811 people. The average age of residents is 20-39, with 47% families and 53% singles.

Median House Price: $405,000

Median Rent Price: $320/week

2.      High Wycombe

Where: High Wycombe is a large suburb close to Perth Airport, making it the perfect residence for fly-in, fly-out professionals and other young people. Recent developments have made this suburb a popular investment opportunity, with a low risk history of steady capital growth. For families considering this suburb, High Wycombe offers a number of recreational activities and playgrounds.

Public Transport: There are a number of buses available in High Wycombe, with direct access to the Perth Domestic and International Airport. There are no train stations available in High Wycombe yet, but there is an airport link line scheduled to open in 2020.

Education: High Wycombe is home to High Wycombe Primary School and Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School.

Shopping & Dining: High Wycombe has several local supermarkets. Perth Airport, located just “next door”, has a variety of boutique and specialty retail stores available.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that High Wycombe has a population of 11,781 people. The average age of residents is 20-39, of whom 47% are families and 53% are singles.

Median House Price: $428,000

Median Rent Price: $330/week

3.      Maida Vale

Where: Maida Vale is a small suburb located 16km from the CBD. The suburb has retained areas of natural bushland and is not completely built-up with housing, making it the perfect place for young families and retirees. It is known as a peaceful community where residents can enjoy a country lifestyle with the amenities of city living.

Education: Maida Vale has Maida Vale Primary School.

Shopping & Dining: Maida Vale doesn’t have much in the way of shopping centres, just the odd supermarket or independent boutique.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Maida Vale has a population of 4,329 people. The average age of residents is 40-59 years old, 57% of whom are families and 43% singles.

Median House Price: $428,000

Median Rent Price: $350/week

4.      Mount Helena

Where: Located on the outskirts of Perth is the suburb of Mount Helena. The area itself is described as being quite hilly, with lush, green bushland surrounds. The suburb has recently undergone a revamp and many new houses have been built, making it a good opportunity for investors and buyers alike. Mount Helena boasts several sporting, community and recreation clubs, ideal for retirees.

Education: Mount Helena is home to a number of educational institutions including Sacred Heart Primary School, Sawyers Valley Primary School, Chidlow Primary School, and Eastern Hills Senior High School.

Shopping & Dining: Mount Helena is near a small shopping mall known as Mundaring Village that has a supermarket and a small range of retail stores. The Mount Helena Tavern & Restaurant is a huge hit with the locals.

Demographics: Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census show that Mount Helena has a population of 3,156 people. The average age of residents is 40-59 years old, with 57% families and 43% singles.

Median House Price: $418,000

Median Rent Price: $290/week

5.      Swan View

Where: Swan View is located roughly 25km for the CBD, and is a 15 minute drive from the airport. It is known for the beautiful National Park Falls to its east, and with the introduction of many upgrades, Swan View shines with investor and home buyer potential.

Public Transport: Swan View is served by a number of buses from Midland, and also the Transwa Avonlink/Prospector railway line to Northam and beyond, which runs along Swan View’s western edge.

Education: Swan View offers two co-ed public schools: Swan View Primary School and Swan View Senior High School.

Shopping & Dining: Swan View has one small shopping centre with a supermarket a