7.2 out of 10

Mathoura St, Midland

-31.89082 116.01795
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Quiet, convenient street!"

I bought a near-new rear unit in a complex of 4 on Mathoura street almost 2 years ago. We have lived there since and have found the experience mostly pleasant.
The street is much like the rest of Midland in that it is going through a slow but constant up-grading process. There are still a number of un-sightly worn down homes occupied by un-sightly, rude, ignorant, lay-about families but on the whole these are becomer fewer. One of our neighbours are such a family and I warn you that their loud vulgar family disputes have kept me awake in the small hours of a week night a number of times. They have also been rude to friends of ours that park on the street.
These minor altercations aside most other neighbours are polite and keep to themselves. In the last year a couple of families with small children have moved into units like ours and the children are often playing in the front yard, almost on the street. They are very apologetic and traffic wise and it is nice to ride my bike past them in the afternoon and get a group of smiles.
In terms of convenience Mathoura St, and any of the other N-S trending streets close to the shops, are fantastic! Every shop you could possibly desire, from large furniture and electrical stores like Harvey Norman and JBHiFi across the railway line, the Ace Cinema and Midland Gate shopping centre just a short stroll away, Bunnings and Better Pets and Gardens only on the other side of Great Eastern Hwy and a string of handyman, auto workshops and fast food restuarants lining the highway. You rarely need to get into the car. One of the cons of this is that although the street itself is not busy getting out of it can be a hassle at peak hour. But once all the shop owners and operators have left Midland for the evening it is actually a quiet, peaceful neigbourhood.
Public Transport in the area is great, the Midland train station is only a 15 min walk away, or quicker on the bicycle which is my preferred way to get there, there is plenty of free and secure parking there and trains leaving every 15 min can get you into the city in 30 min.
Also worth mentioning is the night life of Midland. Of course it is nothing compared to the city and it's more swankier suburbs but in recent years has seen a huge growth. There are now 3 good pubs to choose from, The Eastern, The Principle and The 7th Avenue. The former 2 are almost brand new with stylish comfortable decor and well equipped restuarants. There is also a growing number of dining options in Midland including Chatters, thai style cuisine, and a new Fine Japanese restuarant. There are also larger chain favourites such as Hans, Jimmy Deans and Dome Cafe. Additionally Midland sits on the gateway to the Swan Valley with all it's wineries, breweries and fine dining. We've spend many a Sunday doing a tour of our favourites breweries.
In summary I would highly recommend Midland, and specifically Mathoura St, for any couple, family or investor with an eye for value for money. Prices in Midland are still quit cheap, this is because of its historical perception as a unsafe, dirty suburb and whilst it is far from being as leafy and swanky as your Subiaco's or Claremont's, a lot of money is being put into this small suburb (like a new education precinct at the old railway workshops and the new hospital beginning construction in 2011) so I think it's boat will be sailing soon.
  • Close to Public Transport, Major Shopping Centre, National Parks and Swan Valley
  • Quiet street, especially at night.
  • Situated in a suburb with a lot of new investment
  • There are still delapidated Homes West houses in the neighbourhood
  • Peak hour traffic can make it difficult to get onto Great Eastern Hwy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers