7.0 out of 10

Beeliar

Ranked 158th best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-32.138538790624 115.824821798792
Great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Eating Out
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Beach Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jan 18, 2012
Editors Choice

"Friendly community near to beach and freeway"

We have lived in Meve for 4 years and have recently built in the new area (Meve Gold) at the top of Black Swan Rise. We have young children and wanted to settle somewhere near the beach with easy access to Fremantle and the City/Freeway for work. We are very happy with our decision so far to stay in Meve. After reading some of the reviews below I thought that I should write a review based on our experiences here. We used to rent in Mosman Park prior to moving here, and decided to relocate when I stopped working to have a family. With the Port Coogee development and new Cockburn centre as well as proposed expansion to the Gatway shopping centre we felt it was an area which would grow and be a good investment for our future.

Unfortunately there is crime everywhere, and Beeliar is no exception. We are fortunate not to have fallen victim to any burglaries or car break ins but I know that they happen here as they would anywhere. There are a lot of homes west houses in the older part of the estate, but there are also lots of homes west houses in a lot of other suburbs such as Mosman Park. This has never been an issue for us and we have not had any negative experiences due to this.

We live on a lovely street where the houses are now all completed to a high standard and are owner occupied. We are lucky to have some fantastic neighbours who are always looking for each other. There are lots of young families living here and as a young mum I have found it very easy to meet other new mums and make friends. There is bub hub in the community centre on a Wednesday morning which anyone can go to and meet other parents with their little ones. There are lots of lovely bush walks and parks for the kids (some parks are better than others). Generally the estate is very well maintained, even though there is still a lot of construction. We also regularly go to Woodmans Point and Coogee Beach for a walk/swim/coffee - it takes us 5 minutes to get there and can see the ocean from our garden.

When we first moved here the IGA and shops had not been built. Since this addition the community seems to have come into its own. The little cafe, Gossip, is great. I often meet friends with children down there for a quick morning coffee and my husband and I walk our little ones down there on a weekend for breakfast. They have also started opening on Friday and Saturday nights for dinner which is wonderful. Everyone is always friendly and happy. I feel very safe walking around the area on my own with our children.

It is true that when the shops first opened there were a few break ins, however I have not been aware of any for quite a while now. I have also only seen the shop 'boarded up' once which was just after it first opened. We have made use of the Co Safe Holiday Watch where they will patrol around the area and keep an eye of your property whilst you are away, and we see a Co Safe car driving around reguarly which does give me peace of mind.

Yes Cockburn Cement is nearby, and we did look into this prior to buying a block and building. There are new filters being fitted to the kilns, and there is also talk of relocation to an industrial area in Kwinana. With the area growing so rapidly I honestly can't see Cockburn Cement being there forever, however at the moment it is and there are times when there is a smell blown from there (depending on the wind direction). However this is very infrequent and of late has not been an issue at all for us, in fact I can't remember the last time I smelt it. Again it is up to someone moving into the area to research this for themselves. As a previous reviewer mentioned the main areas which experience problems seem to be South Coogee, Munster and the older area of Beeliar (Stanford Gardens). With so much construction going on there is always dust, and that is to be expected if you move into a new estate where houses are still being built.

Anyone who is looking to move into the area must do their own research and of course, everyone has different opinions. However, I only have good things to say about the Meve Gold area and the community here. We are happy to bring up our children here, we love our home and enjoy living in this community. I am sorry that some people have had bad experiences however I do believe that crime and vandalism can happen in any area and the positives of living here far outweigh the negatives.
Pros
  • Location
  • Community Spirit
  • parks
  • shops
  • close to beach
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Apr 21, 2014

"Michael"

It's obvious to me that the positive feedback on previous posts are from people who still live in the area, which is fair enough but in a nutshell here's my opinion of Beeliar now that Ive sold. NEVER AGAIN! Great new shops on Beeliar drive is the only positive, Negatives and the reality Beeliar is the gateway to the Kwinana industrial area, major traffic jams in the mornings due to commuters using the suburbs of Beeliar as a short cut to Kwinana, trail bikes hooning around, crazy drivers burning rubber, drivers throwing rubbish out their windows, break ins around the area, people walking their dogs with no respect for houses with beautiful lawns, allowing their dogs to pee and dump on your lawn, neighbours with thumping music to all hours of the night swearing and carrying on! What ever you do go and buy a high pressure cleaner because your going to need it! The dust you'll get from Cockburn Cement is Excessive.Welcome to Beeliar and enjoy your stay!
Pros
  • parks
  • shops
Cons
  • hoons
  • cockburn cement
  • crime, vandalism
Recommended for
  • Tourists
MorganH
MorganH Even with the filters on kiln 5 and 6?
Jul 17, 2014
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1/5
Apr 16, 2013

"Would not live there again."

I have now lived in Beeliar for 1 year. I have lived far South of Perth, and have lived far North and also near the city. Beeliar has been by far the worst experience I have personally had. Our cars have been vandalised as have 4 different cars down our street and then another few cars 2 streets down from us. My partner and brother caught the people who did it, and contacted police with names as the neighbours knew the kids who vandalised our cars. There were 4 of us who gave statements about the kids vandalising our cars and then 2 who gave statements on the kids throwing bottles at their properties. We contacted the police and they did not even bother turning up. There are signs up stating "report suspicious behaviour" which is what we did, but nothing was done.
The guy who used to live 2 doors down from us had his home broken into 3 times whilst being away and then decided to move. The guy across the road have put cameras all around his property as his cars was broken into and people tried to get away with them but did not succeed. During this week my father woke up and disturbed a guy trying to break into our laundry door. He was talking to someone else who was on the other side of the fence.They knew people were home as our cars were outside and the one window was partly opened. I feel unsafe in Beeliar like I cannot stay home alone. I cannot wait to move into a suburb where I will feel safe again. There are certain cars that always do burn outs and speed down the roads. Cockburn Cement has a very strong smell that is very bad as soon as you step outside. This is just my personal experience, but I would not be suggesting this to anyone. The only upsides I see is that it has good parks, schools are easily accessible and it's close to shops.
Pros
  • parks
  • shops
Cons
  • hoons
  • cockburn cement
  • crime, vandalism
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 19, 2012

"Beeliar Meve - fantastic family area"

We love living in Beeliar Meve, it has a great community spirit with local concerts and park movies every year, great playground and gym equipment open to all, beautiful parks for walking and safe and real community feel about it. It's got great access to the freeway on one side and then Fremantle and beautiful beaches on the other.
Pros
  • Location
  • Community Spirit
  • parks
  • shops
  • close to beach
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Nov 29, 2011

"Meve - Lovin it"

We have lived in Meve for almost two years now and love the location and community feel. It's proximity to the beach is often underestimated by people who do not live in the area. Port Coogee is a mere 5 - 10 minutes drive away. Many of our friends also live here which is great as having friends close by for our kids to play with is a god send. The overall community feel is friendly and most people in our street know each other and keep an eye out which seems to be quite rare these days.

There is also a good mix of old and young which is also adds to the community feel of the area. Every suburb has its crime and hoons, this area is no different. I have no issue walking down the street to the local shops in this suburb whereas some other suburbs I wouldn't even contemplate it.

If you are thinking of buying in the area then come and have a look for yourself. Be quick though the blocks are starting to sell and prices will go up once Port Coogee takes off.
Pros
  • Location
  • Community Spirit
  • parks
  • close to beach
Cons
  • hoons
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Oct 17, 2011

"Unknown gem of the south"

We have lived in Beeliar for just over 4 months and love it. Its proximity to the beach, city, Freo and bush convinced us it was the place to buy. On top of that, the views from the top of the estate are brilliant. Cockburn cement wont be around the corner forever!!!
Pros
  • close to beach
  • short drive to Freo
  • Location
  • Community Spirit
  • shops
  • parks
Cons
  • cockburn cement
  • hoons
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 26, 2011

"Nice suburb with issues that need to be looked into before you purchase"

Beeliar Meve Estate is a lovely suburb that has plenty of character that will make you want to buy a property at first glance.

Positives

IGA Shops
Liquor Store
Fish and Chip Shop
Hair Dresser
News Agency
Parks
Schools
Views

Negatives

Cockburn Cement - A little dust however have been told that the dust is coming from empty blocks.

State Housing - State Housing in certain parts, looks a little untidy
Moderate Re Sale Value
Pros
  • Location
  • Community Spirit
  • shops
  • parks
Cons
  • cockburn cement
  • crime, vandalism
  • hoons
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 16, 2011

"Lovely and family friendly"

I thought I would pass comment on Beeliar, we bought there about 2 yrs ago, and are thinking about buying a bigger house in the same estate, Meve. Our experience has been a lovely, family friendly area. It's great for walks, and has trails mapped out in the estate that you can follow. Usually around 3pm onwards the walkers are all out and about. Everyone is generally quite friendly.

The day care centre there is fantastic and our little girl is thriving there. The shops are fresh and modern, with a brill little cafe.

I have heard about a couple of break ins, but I agree with the previous comments, that happens everywhere. We original rented in Mosman Park and i think every second house in our street had been broken into at some point.

Personally, our family loves it here, there 's a nice sense of community and the views at the top of the estate are lovely and we are five minutes from the beach. There area is more about families, than young couples, but so far its been great for us.
Pros
  • Location
  • Community Spirit
  • shops
  • parks
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jul 27, 2011

"Beeliar- be lovely, be-quiet, be-mine"

I was disappointed to see a couple of scathing reviews, of what can only be described as sour grapes from recent posts of past sellers from Beeliar, who clearly wanted more for their home than it was actually worth.
I would like to clear up some facts about Beeliar. We have lived extremely happily in the estate for over three years and have watched the estate grow and prosper. It is probably one of the best kept secrets in the Southern Suburbs. It's close to the Freeway, Freo, the city and the sea. Yet far enough away to have the peace of the countryside. Firstly, it is a fantastic area to live in, quiet, tranquil, with gorgeous bush walks just seconds from your home. There is a vibrant community centre, with an active community group dedicated to promoting the area and developing a sense of belonging. The football pitches always have some great events or activities going on, as well as children's play areas. Having a toddler myself, I am happy to say we have near experienced wild roaming dogs or unruly behaviour!
With regards to the cement factory, let's put this issue to bed...Firstly, it was there before the estate, so why buy near it if you dont want to be next to it. Secondly studies in Beeliar have proven that the 'dust' actually came from the market farms opposite the estate, not the cement factory. The estates actually affected by the steam from the cement fatcory are South Yangebup, South Coogee, Coogee and predominantly Munster. Staying near the top of the estate, closest to the factory, you have a slight smell for about an hour sometimes on a Sunday, if the wind blows vaguely in your direction.
The area is a great investment as with the proposals for Port Coogee entertainment area and also Cockburn central being finalised, the property prices will start to significantly rise in the area.
People are friendly, and generally very pleasant, the shops 'which were boarded up' occurred once to my knowledge, which happens everywhere, Coogee, Freo, Subiaco, Perth, Vic Park, Claremont.
I suggest to any potential buyers out there interested in this area, that they come and see for themselves, what Beeliar is really like and don't be persuaded off by some bitter rants of disgruntled sellers who want to ruin the area for everyone else. Saturdays and Sundays are lovely here, the coffee shop is usually busy, the parks are full and many people are seen walking the streets with their children, without any fear of being bowled over by rabid dogs or mowed down by reckless hoons!
So, grumpy sellers, good riddance, to residents, congrats on keeping our little community here thriving and one of the best kept communities in the south! To potential new residents..welcome and enjoy!
Pros
  • parks
  • Location
  • Community Spirit
  • shops
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
Japonica15
Japonica15 For the record, we weren't grumpy sellers. We were renters, one of about six (or more) houses on our street. So, no sour grapes here. It didn't cost us anything to move out of the area.

First of all, everyone's experience is different. I would have liked to have known about the house break-ins, car vandalism, etc. before we moved in. We only found out after the fact when discussing it with our neighbors. Then it became, "Wow, you too?" One reported their house burgled. Another had his work vehicle broken into a week after he received it and had been parking it in front of his house. He eventually started parking it in our garage until he could sell one of his cars and make space in his own garage.

As for the other stuff...yes, dogs did knock over my kid on more than one occasion. No one's ever seen a bad owner, I take it? My husband had the same altercation with the people involved. There were witnesses to the motorbike incident.

Perspective residents can ask the owner of the IGA how many times it and the liquor store have been broken into. It is more than once. The playground near our house (we were just there last week) is still terrible. And I stand by the aluminum foiled windows and punching bags.

Honestly, prospective residents to an area can read all of the comments about a place and use them to make an informed decision about whether they want to buy or rent in that area. I would have liked for someone to tell us about the potential issues before our car was broken into and our property stolen. I would have liked to hear that a neighborhood is not all sunshine and rainbows.

The people who moved into our rental after us seem to be having a good time there. Neighbors say there's always five or six cars there a day, coming and going, When my husband went to pick up our mail, he noted the place has no furniture whatsoever and some strange characters answering the door. But hey, I bet they love it there.
Aug 04, 2011
Feelgood12
Feelgood12 I think perhaps you may have stayed next to some choice characters. Thankfully we have been here 3 years and have experienced none of the above. If you were so nhappy about renting here, I am surprised you still take the time to spoil other residents experiences or negate other positive experiences. We live at the top of the estate and the area is beautiful, quiet and has some spectacular views to the city and coast.
I note that you have failed at any time to comment on the positive aspects i discussed of the area, the reserve, the community and community centre, the fact that the local businesses in the estate are thriving. I have certainly not to let my children play near unattended dogs or witnessed wild dogs roaming free around the estate. As a dog owner myself, with a dog which remains on a leash on all occassions, your easiest solution would have been to contact the local dog warden or police, as opposed to causing an altercation.
I am not sure which playground you are referring to either, as the playground next to the pond and also at the top of the estate are both well maintained, and usually busy. I am sure parents would not be happy for their children to play on unsafe play areas. I can only question whether perhaps you were in a different area from us, as our experience of the meve estate is positive. I completely agree with you, prospective residents should chat to locals, and businesses and do their homework , as everyone should, before moving to a new area and hopefully not be swayed by anyone elses experience positive or negative. You are quite right, there is no area completely safe and smelling of flowers, however,i have to burst the bubble and say Beeliar is no different from anywhere else.
As for your unwelcome sarcasm towards the end of your comment, your obvious distaste for the area has left a bitter taste, but why ruin it for everyone else, move on , life is far too short.
Aug 16, 2011
Japonica15
Japonica15 Yes, I agree, it is far too short. And people should live in a place where they feel at home, safe, and at peace with. Unfortunately, for us, that was not Beeliar. It may be for other people, yourself included. However, I guess other points of view are not welcome. And other's experiences cannot be shared unless they are positive. What is the point of an open review forum then?

If you read my original review, you'll note that I did mention the community association, the events held in the oval, the proximity to Coogee Beach and to Freo. All positives to me. Not enough to counterbalance our negative experiences of the place for us, but they were welcome distractions during our time there.

As for the dog, I did not cause any altercation. I was protecting my child from a dog roaming off lead. I will not just stand by and allow a dog to run full speed at my toddler just to make sure the owner has no hard feelings about it. My responsibility is to my child first. For the record, it was not packs of dogs, but pets owned by the same couple. I could have called rangers, police, laid a formal complaint, but given the size of the man in question and that I was alone with a child, feeling intimidated, I did not feel safe telling him that I was calling the cops on him and he'd better hang around.

As for bitterness, I don't have any. My friends still live there. We visit regularly for dinners, BBQs, lovely evenings. They're the ones asking us to park our car in their garage when we're out in the evenings so that our vehicle is still safe after dark. Their work car was also broken into yet they still love Beeliar and are thinking of buying there. You are correct that no area is safe and smelling of flowers, and would also have its home invasions (like the Catspaw one in August) and P-plate hoons drag racing (like on Beeliar Drive in June) but I take it as a good sign that we haven't been burgled yet in our new neighborhood. That may change, no doubt. There is no utopia anywhere in Australia. Everyone needs to research, visit the area, and make the decision that is best for them. Everyone is different, thank goodness, or the world would be a pretty dull place.
Aug 20, 2011
Karting
Karting I assume also that you are referring to my comments also regarding hoons etc let me put the record straight right away I still live here and I just think maybe you are wearing blinkers or really dark sunnies. Your name Feelgood gives me the impression that you have a very positive outcome on life, well done but some of us cannot pretend.
I can give you many instances to back my statements up with but it obviously would not of any use to someone who cannot take critisism. I will ask the question again are you an estate agent/Land seller? I belive as said earlier Meve may improve with time, hope it is in my time.
Oct 20, 2011
Karting
Karting Incorrect spelling & Typos are intended for your entertainment.
Oct 20, 2011
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 11, 2011

"Could be so much more, maybe in time..."

We lived in Beeliar, in Meve, for eighteen months. What originally drew us to the area was the location (proximity to employment and the CBD). We also liked the leafy appearance to the Meve estate, the lake, and all.

The positives of living in the area were the location (close to Coogee Beach, short 15 minute drive to Freo) and the shops (the IGA opened while we were living there). When the cafe subsequently opened, it was a lovely addition as well. And it was convenient to be just a 10 minute drive from Cockburn Gateway.

The negatives, however, were enough for us to decide to make our permanent home elsewhere. We noticed that there were a high number of rentals, with six that I know of on our small street alone. Then a half dozen Homeswest houses were built starting about three blocks from us. We experienced a vehicle break-in within the first two months of living there (goods stolen), and smaller thefts from around our property over the next year. Neighbours were aware of the problem and reported similar occurrences on their properties: houses and cars broken into.

The area never really felt completely safe for me, especially at night. We'd hear hoons going up and down the Grange. Going to the IGA some mornings meant seeing it or the liquor store boarded up again because of yet another break-in. New public exercise equipment was installed by the lake only to be vandalized almost immediately. There were teens riding off-road motorbikes around the oval and we'd have to pull our little kids out of their path. A few dog owners also let their dogs run free and my two year-old son was knocked over on multiple occasions by large dogs running loose.

There wasn't much for the kids to do. School playground equipment was fenced off and not for public use outside of school hours. There was a small, older slide and climbing frame near our house, but the brand new, nicer playground was a 20 minute walk from us up Black Swan Rise. There was nothing for the kids to play with down at the oval or by the lake either.

We had problems with the dust from Cockburn Cement coming into the house through the evap a/c during the summer. And the odour was quite noticeable some days.

I think the part of the problem is that there is a mix of residents in Meve: ones of a certain means who have moved there in recent years and other families who do not contribute much to the community or their surrounds. I haven't seen dead rusting cars, aluminum-foiled windows, or punching bags in the front entranceway since I moved from Beeliar. And I think that until this gets addressed, the neighbourhood will never live up to its marketing. The area does seem to have an active residents association and it has put on great community events in the past like the Christmas concerts and kids' movie nights. But a few events can't make up for all of the negatives of the area.
Pros
  • Location
Cons
  • crime, vandalism
  • hoons
  • cockburn cement
Meve1
Meve1 Very well said
Jul 15, 2011
Meve1
Meve1 We purchased a block in Meve and we were given the old sales speel about the demographic of people who are moving to the area, manager of this, director of that company etc, we were also told that there were only a few houses that belonged to state housing and that there wasn't too many rentals up in the newer part of Meve.
We purchased the block for $320,000 12 months ago, we built a beautiful home for $430,000 with the intention of living in Meve fror a long while.
We had a change of heart almost immediately after moving in because we started to experience the bad smell and really bad grey dust coming from Cockburn Cement.
We had also experienced our poor neighbours house and work ute being broken into at least twice, there are 2 streets full of state housing very near by and a heap of rentals in the newer part, even though we were told that there was going to be just a few state houses and not many rentals.
Why would Meve decide to put so many State houses in the beautiful estate is beyond me and why the council allows Cockburn Cement to continuously pump that that stuff out is another story!
Anyways we sold our house, losing $30,000 and I strongly recommend that anyone moving to the area, think twice or negotiate just as strong as the people who purchased our house.
Good Luck.....
Jul 15, 2011
Japonica15
Japonica15 Ouch. It hurts to hear this...this was almost us as well...we had a block on hold (we were renting in Meve, just new to the country) and we let it go. We also got the big sales spiel, but even then (we were just a few months into living there), we went with instinct to wait and see. I'm glad we did. I'm sorry for your troubles and all that you went through. It's tough when the place you're living doesn't turn out to be what you thought it was. I recall when we first lived in Meve and all the cement dust was coming into the house and I was thinking, "Why didn't anyone tell us about this?"

I hope you found somewhere better. We're really content where we are now: closer to husband's work, the kids have four playgrounds within a ten minute walk, lovely feel to the place. It makes such a difference. Perth has some great neighborhoods. Unfortunately, based on my experience there, I don't feel that Meve is one of them.
Jul 15, 2011
Japonica15
Japonica15 Just adding this link...

http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/wa-company-news/cockburn-cement-charged-with-pollution-breaking-licence-conditions/story-e6frg2s3-1226144575987
Sep 25, 2011
GemKelleher
GemKelleher Wow. Aluminium covered windows, punching bags in the driveway? You must have been clutching your pearls.

We rent in Beeliar because it's cheap, and the infrastructure is fantastic. We are working professionals, and travel a lot, with no children (which are the worst part of Beeliar, plus the concrete dust) and no desire to buy a house.

We have aluminium on our master bedroom window because I work night shift, as an assistant nurse, looking after your children, siblings, parents who are unwell.

I don't usually comment on things such as this, but the comments on this Page really rubbed me up the wrong way. Get your noses out of each other's asses and realise that there is usually an explanation for everything. And no, I don't care that my aluminium window upsets your Pleasantville snobbery. :)
Nov 30, 2013
GemKelleher
GemKelleher Also, never been broken into, never had anything stolen, never had any problems whatsoever. But that might be because we are vigilant about our safety, and don't have our heads in the clouds.
Nov 30, 2013
Japonica15
Japonica15 Not much to add if someone wants to argue with a resident long gone from the area. I'm glad you love it there. Everyone deserves to live in an area that's a good fit for them personally.
Nov 30, 2013
salza
salza Love your comments GemKelleher :)

Hopefully I am not speaking too soon, as I only moved to Beeliar 4 weeks ago but so far I am loving it. Having moved from regional SA, Beeliar is a place from a country girl to make a transition to the big city. I am renting (please don't judge, not everyone has the $$ to buy in Perth, plus I own a house back in SA) in an older part, adjacent the bushland and besides the odd motorbike, and sounds of wildlife, I have had no dramas. I am a 5 min walk from the IGA and Oval which I love, it has a great sense of community and I have met some lovely people and their dogs when walking my dog.

As for aluminimum windows, I am contemplating doing the same thing! There is the brightest street light in the world out the front of my house and I am used of sleeping with roller shutters.
Dec 02, 2013
MatchabelliV
MatchabelliV Wow . What is wrong with people renting houses. Let's face it most if us started with a rental home unless we were born with a golden spoon in our mouth or lived a very long time with our parents to save enough money to be eligible for a home loan. You make it sound as if anybody rents a home is a low life. Don't get me wrong but I own a home in Beeliar and some of my neighbors are renters and the best neighbors I've ever had. Get over yourselves and get a life
Jun 29, 2014
MorganH
MorganH oh yay a recent comment. MatchbelliV I'm looking at purchasing land in beeliar gardens I'm scared though because the cement factory is so close and I have a 20month old baby and I don't want to put her at risk from the Lime Dust whats your opinion has it improved since they put filters on Kiln5 and 6??? are you near beeliar gardens?

How is the odour from it?
Jul 17, 2014
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