8.2 out of 10

Ashfield

Ranked 114th best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-31.9192460689588 115.939402640978
Great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Oct 10, 2018

"Cheap riverside suburb!"

Ashfield is a small suburb along a beautiful section of the Swan river with easy access to public transport making it simple to get to where ever you want to go, just jump on the train and within a few minutes you can be drinking coffee at one of the great cafes in either Maylands, Bayswater or Guildford!)

Very cheap when compared to its surrounding riverside suburbs.

Bassendean council can be very difficult to deal with and is very unprogressive with a lot of its planning (not a bad thing if you are looking to buy in the area because they have kept the price down)

Good place to live with a lot of future potential.
3/5
Sep 05, 2018

"Nice up and coming"

Ashfield is value for money and will be a real earner in years to come.
When I lived here there was a touch of crime but those elements may have moved on.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
1/5
Sep 04, 2018

"Forgettable."

Originally liked Ashfield circa 2012 but was then broken into once and had car stolen another time.
Wish it wasn't a bad experience but had to move.
5/5
Apr 21, 2018

"You wouldn’t know me from a bar of soap."

The place hasn’t really changed all that much since we moved into the area in 1960. We lived on the boarder of Ashfield / Bassendean. We were always down on the river. Never had a hassle.

Title: White Rocks.
Author: George Eaton-Parkes
(Fiction. 2016)

The 8am summer sun peered through the louvered glass windows of the sleep-out and gently caressed the emotionalist face of sleeping Anthony, better known as Tony to his friends, which caused him to slowly open his heavy eyelids and look at his birthday present that was proudly on its bike stand next to his bed. New bicycles are never left outside, well, not for the first 3 weeks anyway. Tony was observing how the sunlight was creating patterns on the wooden floor as it passed through the chrome spoked wheels of his new Malvern Star Dragster bicycle, when he began to smile as he realised it was Saturday, no school today.

Tony lived in the working class neighbourhood of 1970s Ashfield in Western Australia, in a lime green painted State Government owned weatherboard house at 22 Colstoun Road which was just a hop, skip and a jump to the Swan River, and the same distance to school.

Predominately inhabited by those of Anglo-Saxon descent, the neighbourhood did have its sprinkling of other cultures, but more like a Pizza topping with a lot of white daubs of Mozzarella cheese, and no black olives. Tony was considered different because even though born in Australia his parents were from Croatia and Serbia, so it didn't take long for the racist spearheads to penetrate a sensitive heart, where the fault line of prejudice ran deep in the human heart. In time he did learn to deflect the spears with an acquired bogan attitude and tattoos of intimidation.

Tony and his two other good friends Shaun and Angelo, born in Australia to parents from Ireland and Italy, had built a galvanised tin canoe from skills they learnt in metalwork at Cyril Jackson Senior High school, where they were year 9 students. The canoe, which the group christened Tadpole, was kept at Tony’s place on a trailer they made from an old discarded pram, and was pulled along by a fixed metal bar that could be attached to any conventional bicycle seat. They excelled in trade skills like woodwork and metalwork, and often had an old car parked at Tony’s place in different stages of refurbishment. The current old Valiant AP6 was only ever used as a meeting place for the group where dreams were created and destroyed in the same sentence, and where Joey the pet Kelpie liked sleeping on the rear bench seat, and storing the footballs he used to steal from those playing kick-to-kick on the Ashfield Reserve sports ground. No one on the sports ground could ever catch Joey as he ran away with any number of acquired footballs firmly gripped by the laces between his upper and lower canines, at a period in time when dogs could roam free.

The group would spend a lot of their Summer weekends down on the Swan river canoeing, fishing and swimming. They had all completed their swimming lessons at the Point Reserve where the annual official swimming lessons were conducted between the two wooden jetties. The area on the river’s edge in Ashfield known as White Rocks, where French Street meets Ashfield Parade, and opposite Ron Courtney Island, was where the group would normally launch their canoe and paddle North up the river towards Bassendean and Guilford, past the popular swimming areas of Sandy Beach and the Point Reserve towards the Swan Valley vineyards. With the sun on their shoulders, hand fishing lines dragging the water at the rear of the canoe, the transistor radio set to their favourite station and their Vegemite sandwiches, Milk Arrowroot biscuits and Anchore raspberry cordial packed in their metal tartan finish Willow esky, they paddled near the streaked arrowgrass, shorerushes, sheoaks and paperbarks which formed the landscape along some parts of the river’s edge, stopping every now and then along the way to rest on the river’s bank and check the hand lines for any fish caught.

Tony and his friends were oblivious to the history of the area and its significance to any specific culture as they conducted their river adventures, and lives in general, from the perspective of white Christian inhabitants. It was their time to explore and to feel truly free from the restrictions imposed on them by their parents, the rules and regulations of society and an Education system where wearing a school uniform formed part of a structured academic environment. They had no knowledge that the Swan and Canning Rivers and their tributaries hold great significance to the Australian Indigenous Noongar people as being created and sacred to the rainbow serpent Waugal, a Dreamtime spirit taking the form of a giant snake. Aboriginal Elders taught Noongar people that the Waugal created creeks, waterholes, lakes and valleys whilst also creating the Swan River on its journey to the ocean. This strong connection is still significant to Aboriginal people who are the traditional caretakers of the land. Noongar’s close connection with the rivers and surrounding areas forms the basis for much of their culture, spirituality, and identity. For Noongar people, access to freshwater and the resources provided by the land and rivers, was central to their survival.

Oblivious to such history, and not because of ignorance or by racial indifference, but by the lack of knowledge, they immersed themselves in the immediate landscape that has been their playground since they were born. The music emanating from their transistor radio was not the sound of any Australian Indigenous culture, but that of the 1960s groups such as the Beetles and Rolling Stones. The food they hunted, other than the fish in the river, were the assortment of tinned, boxed, bagged and fresh produce that was available at the local Freecorns store in Bassendean. They also liked fish and chips, mortadella slices and fresh crusty bread that they purchased from the fish and chips shop near Di Blasio barbers on Old Perth Road where they used to get their hair cut, then walk down to the football oval to watch Swans play on their home ground. This was their Dreamtime.

• Intellectual Property Copyright George Eaton-Parkes 2016 Western Australia
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 03, 2017

"Ashfield"

Close to everything - especially the train line, tonkin hwy and the river :) We love it here!!
Pros
  • Close to everything
  • No aircraft noise!
  • Friendly people
Cons
  • Local IGA needs a facelift
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
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 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Nice and Central!"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great location to the city, main highways and airport, and area to be sought after in the future, especially the bushlands near the river"

Great location to the city, main highways and airport, and area to be sought after in the future, especially the bushlands near the river. Bought here in 2009, and took advantage of the generous block sizes.
Pros
  • Close to EVERYTHING
  • easy commute to city
  • lots of activities and sports
  • quiet
Cons
  • Fustrationly slow council to make decisions. Ashfield Precinct Plan is dormant forcing people to go to the WAPC to overule town council planning to get developments in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Feels like a village, yet in such a central location!"

we have lived here for a year now and love it - it's got so much to offer!
it is a Small, Friendly, Undervalued suburb!
Public transport is fantastic with a 15 min commute to the City.
Local IGA and Kebab shop. Ton of sporting facilities. Right next to the river and the Ashfield Flats for jogging or walking...
Big blocks of land still available - once the Bassendean council changes the R zoning this suburb will grow exponentially!
Pros
  • easy commute to city
  • lots of activities and sports
  • quiet
  • Close to EVERYTHING
Cons
  • bad reputation for its Gov Housing (which are decreasing year on year)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • 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 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Small Riverside Suburb"

Friendly neighbours, so close to the city but has a rural feel. Beautiful river with dolphins, turtles, and plenty of fish.
Pros
  • Close to EVERYTHING
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Small Friendly Riverside Community"

Ashfield is located in a handy area close to the city and roads north/south/east/west and the train line with Perth airport located on the other side of the river. This suburb is popular area for Kayakers to live close to the Swan River.

It's an older suburb established in the mid 1900's - many of the older homes have either been renovated or replaced by modern homes.

Recreation is fantastic with playing fields on the corner of Colstoun Rd and Guildford Rd used for Soccer, Dog training, Fire Brigade sports and other outdoor events. This site is used for fireworks on Australia Day - it's more impressive than the city display as you can sit close to all the action!

The community is bounded by the Swan River which offers areas for walking, swimming, Kayaking (Australia's largest kayak club -Ascot Kayak Club is immediatly opposite!), cycling, boating and is popular for fishing. Dolphins are regularly seen passing by.

I've lived in the area for 16 years and seen it transform from a dingy Homewest area to a renewed vibrant community, 2 key reason for the change were the closing of the Ashfield pub and the reduction in Homeswest housing.

It comes under the Shire of Bassendean who seem to be good to deal with, they promote a lot of free community activites including out door movies, bands on the river, youth events, fire works and more.

Like any community it has some bad element however I've can't think of any other place in Perth I can live so close to the river in such a great community with affordable homes...
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees