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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
5 suburbs on the South Side
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) 201