If it is in your price range, you cant go past Mullaloo in the Northern Suburbs. It has one of the most beautiful sandy beaches with a large grassed recreation area in front, complete with free barbecues. The new Mullaloo Beach Hotel is a wonderful place to watch the sunset over the water. It offers good schooling, a safe friendly family environment, just a short drive to Joondalup of Whitford city for shopping. The marina at Hillarys is just along the beach and another is planned for Ocean Reef, this will only improve the popularity of the area and I just hope it remains unspoilt. The beach is as good if noy better than Cottesloe but without the extortinate real estate price tag.
Rockingham. Child friendly, lots of childcare facilities, parks, swimming pools. Plenty of schools public and private and of course beautiful beaches, the Rockingham Foreshore beach is very safe for little ones with plenty of play areas and free barbecues to use. Housing is very reasonable for a family size house. Transport is good with a great train service to Perth taking only 30mins.
Trish79... you are not only a snob, but also misinformed. There is nothing wrong with Bibra Lake. The top 20 worst suburbs (based on 2007-08 crime rates is as follws: 1.Northbridge 2 Medina, 3 Westminster, 4. St James, 5 Karawara, 6 Aubin Grove, 7 Koondoola, 8 South Lake, 9 Midland, 10 Bentley, 11 Hilton, 12 Neerabup, 13 Caversham, 14 Jindalee, 15 Redcliffe, 16 Wattle Grove, 17 Beeliar, 18 Naval Base, 19 Balga, 20 Burswood.
The question was where to live and start a family and if they rent a place in the South it is much more affordable than the much too overpriced North that you suggested. Anyway, get your facts right before you give misleading advice and call people names!
I have lived in Waikiki, Rockingham for nearly 8 years and have had no problems in this part of Rockingham at all. It really doesn't matter where you go these days, there is crime, poor hygiene,etc. It comes down to exactly what it is you are wanting from the place you choose to live in. As your lifestyle changes and your children age, you then begin to search for different things sometimes. For example...I am moving back to Qld in 8 months time and I am researching where a good place to go is! I like peace and quiet.....in the bush, not the suburbs! I prefer small schools and certain programs for my kids. I love fishing, my husband loves woodworking, so these things we take into consideration. Waikiki is pretty, affordable, has a low crime rate, close to everything in Rockingham, good schools, relatively friendly and quiet, etc. I hope I have helped, Good Luck and Welcome to Australia! Enjoy!
Jesus Christ, dont live in Rockingham or Bibra Lake. You want the family lifestyle, try somewhere like Mullaloo, Ocean Reef, Hillarys. Great suburbs, wealthy people, so you dont get any bums from the south or eastern suburbs, and you will make money on whatever you buy there. Very very close to the beach, only 15-20min drive to City. If you do some research type in "perths worst suburbs" or "top 20 crime suburbs", a list will appear and thats the places you dont go!!!, places not to go are: Mirrabooka, Thornlie, Bibra Lake, Northbridge, Balga, Girrawheen, belmont, Kewdale, Mandurah. Hope this helps!
Woodvale, little England, great schools & more poms than the UK.
The best answer I can give is to rent for a year or 2 and then make your own mind up...budget as always will dictate location...........if you are going to be working in the city centre then train lines and freeway (laughingly called a freeway) will come into play, hence rent for a while get settled in work, and go investigate your new bit of the world.........everyone will have opinions based on self experience, so take no notice...go look for yourself
There are several lovely suburbs depending on budget, South Perth is nice with some great views. Fremantle is also quaint yet lively. Waikiki, is a bit further out of the city although, very reasonably in price. Many people tend to categorise Rockingham as a boganville and gence has lower prices although my better judgment says that it is a growing city which has seen an influx of immigrants. And is definitely a place to contend with it is highly underrated by people don't even live in it.
Dependant on your likes, go for close to the beach or up in the hills, where kids can be kids. We came from UK in 1996 with a three and eight year old, moved to Parkerville in the Hills, have loved it from the first moment. Parrots flying free, plenty of wildlife and a half acre block just perfect for a family. Good Luck.
I think that the stats from 2007/2008 are now outdated - we are in 2012. We have lived in Meve in Beeliar for 3 years and it is a wonderful place to live. The area has grown over the last few years and the estate is lovely. There are a mix of people living here - UK, South African, Australian - there is a great community feel, lovely houses, 5 minutes to the beach and freeway. The train take 20 mins from Cockburn Central. 10 mins from Freo - we enjoy going to Freo for dinner/coffee etc it has a good vibe during the day/early evening. It does get a bit rowdy at night though.
I am not from Perth, and to be honest I will never understand why there is such a divide between the North and South of the River. A lot of Brits do go North and it does seem to cater for poms (I am a pom so I can say that!). There are some beautiful areas in the north but there are also some really crappy ones just as there are in the south. I think your decision will depend on your income and how much you want to spend on a property/rent and where you will work. We are about the same age as you, from UK, professional couple with 2 young children. We have just built a house with ocean and city views and love living in Beeliar.
Well if I was emigrating from Britain to Australia, I would want to live somewhere family friendly and not too far from the city. I live in a lovely suburb called Kingsley and have lived here for 7 years. It has lots of parks, good schools and is very family friendly with great amenities. It is close to public transport and the freeway and only 7 kms from Hillarys Boat harbour where there is a beach for swimming, restaurants and a water playground. There are also cycle paths if you are that way inclined. It is a very safe suburb and I have never been frightened here. Each year, the suburbs along the coast are heading further and further north and the traffic in the peak periods is a nightmare and becoming more so. The people who want to travel by public transport also have a problem in some areas because of the lack of appropriate links between buses and trains and also the timing of them. The trains are becoming more and more full during peak periods and parking near the train stations can also be a problem once they are full. This may happen quite early each morning. I would not want to be more than about 20 kms from the CBD and some suburbs that are reasonably priced and pleasant places in which to live are Kingsley, Mullaloo, some parts of Greenwood and Hamersley, some parts of Warwick, Woodvale, Yokine, some parts of Nollamara, Balcatta, Doubleview, some parts of Padbury, the old part of Hillarys. It also depends on your budget. A family that I know came here from the US and bought a home in Duncraig which is a very nice suburb and not too far from the city. Their home was modest and had 3 bedrooms and cost them around $550,000. They discovered that it was very difficult to service their mortgage so this is something you will need to factor in when you are deciding where you wish to live. In suburbs that are further out, the homes are cheaper to buy, but to get any home now, even a modest one, you are looking at the high 300's for the cheapest homes. Rentals are very tight now and hard to get because it is now harder to get into the housing market due to the high cost of obtaining and servicing even a modest mortgage. I have no idea about south of the river because I do not live there.
Trust me Rockingham is your suburb, No other suburb offers offers the Coastal variety that Rockingham has 6 or seven stunning and distinct different beaches plus the surrounding islands, Huge variety of housing from affordable to multi million dollar houses on the beach, One of the fastest growing and most exciting suburbs to reside in, With the development over recent years has become the envy of all the rest,
Belmont is the best suburb to live , I live there for two yrs
My name is Diane Williamson & i am a real estate agent both living and selling in the Tapping area .
I also moved here from the UK , not having visited Perth previously . We had no idea of where to live when we arrived in our 4 week holiday home in South Perth . I quickly got to work in my little nobirds hire car and began my search ... For some reason i kept being drawn north and eventually ended up in the Joondalup area .
We were looking for a newer suburb with a family friendly feel & reasonably priced rental homes . i had a long list of rentals to look at knowing i would be happy to live in a 10 minute radius from Joondalup.
I found a home in Ashby which was perfect for us , family friendly ,plenty parks & 8 mins from the school we had chosen for our son . 1 year later we bought in the next door suburb of Tapping . I can highly recommend both suburbs for your family . If you have any further questions , please feel free to contact me
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Tapping or Carramar mate. Plenty of families just like yours from the UK so the neighbours you will get will make you feel right at home. It's also near Joondalup Shopping Centre (which has basically everything you would need from groceries, clothes, electronics, etc) and Drovers (for fresh produce, garden supplies, etc.). Carramar Golf Course is also nearby if you're into golf. In short, great amenities, great people, relatively affordable housing and great for the family you are looking to start. :)
I wish you all the best in your move and hope that it won't be too stressful!
Following on from my previous reply to this thread.... I took a look at Banksia Grove at the weekend and I must say I was very impressed.
The government finally seem to be taking into account what works and what doesn't when planning these new urban developments.
Take a look for yourself by following this link http://www.banksiagrove.net.au/ I think you might be surprised and because its new, no one can say that its a dodgy area "yet" :)
well there's 4 on there i've been around late evening, for starters. Maybe having been around Moss Side or Handsworth or down Brick Lane at night means i don't find Perth threatening. As you don't get streets of burntout out cars, boarded up windows de rigueur, and 3 gangland stabbings a week getting a 2 sentence mention on page 12 of the West I think the majority of Poms will find Perth a "nice" place !!
I have lived in The West since 1973, came from the East Coast.
Dont have any plan on leaving Wa and suggest that no matter where you choose to live these days its as safe as you make it. If you dont practice personal survival you will be a victim...the same applies elsewhere in the world.
Only negative I find is the cost of living,which seems to increase daily...
Australia isnt an inexpensive place to live these days.
I know this thread is a bit old now and you may have already made your decision but, without sounding to prejudice the northern suburbs, west of the Mitchell freeway are possibly the nicest areas that that Perth has to offer. Obviously, the further from perth city centre you travel, the more affordable it becomes.
Many people have chosen to live around Joondalup which has become a significant city in its own right and unless you actually work in Perth city centre, it is becoming less necessary to ventue there. The beaches in these northern suburbs are what attract most immigrants. The powder white sand and crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean are a big draw and with plenty of free parking and unobstructed views, there is every opportunity for you to make the best of this significant decision you are making to leave the UK.
One final note, just like everything else in life, it's not how you start but where you finish :)
I have found that North Lake (hills side of suburb) is the best for me. Close to Roy and M2, so to airport or city it takes 25min to drive. 15 min to Fremantle, 25 min to Coteslow beach, and to Rockinham. Key position to get the job in many places of Perth and not to be stack in traffic except to CBD, but there is train to there and parking at train station. Only far north suburbs a bit away and it takes 35-45min to get there. Very soon the biggest hospital will be opened nearby. And I have a veiw to Durling Rangers and Perth Hills. Price a bit elevated compare to Bibra Lake or South Lake, but suburb is very quite and there is no crime. Also houses are better built.
I am of the age bracket you mention with a v young family and to be honest I could not recommend my suburb more highly.
I live in Kingsley, North of the River. Extremely family friendly, less than 20 mins from city in non rush hour (the rush hour is a pain where ever you live as the population has boomed and the infra structure has not been invested in), and only a few suburbs in from the sea.
Check out the house prices of Mullaloo, Hillary's Sorrento etc as previously suggested but in the current uk climate, unless you are a millionaire prices are a bit steep. In Kingsley you can get a four bedroom, two bathroom, decent size block, swimming pool for less than $550,000.
Beneficially, Kingsley is also one of the few suburbs where you could walk any area at any time of the night, alone without any problem. Very family friendly.
One of the most popular places is Mount Lawley suburb around Perth surrounding and best place to start a family is in Cloverdale. A place to keep busy with your business career is In west Perth and have your own home with family and friends 😀
I'm waiting for my next new rental place locations. Near South, Perth, Como and Northbridge. BEAUTIFUL 😍 one room apartments for yourself or a couple that lives together. I love Perth because it's a City that has the most nicest people and the best amount of higher population in Perth City is the fasters workers in W.A area on the left side of the Western Australia 🇦🇺 country part of City and Up North is the desert where the mining industry has been a big part of the Australian business company. Looking to work in the mining boom industry and get paid good wages. So you have money always on your own bank account . You can start renting in Perth and doing FIY -FIFO work. Two weeks on the mines sites and one week down in Perth inner city areas where you get help paying your commudation, Where you live in for a break. You can have a roof over your head and bed to sleep the some you get with camp sites up north of Western Australia also give support of accommodation for workers that go to work. It's all here in Australia?
Have a look at Wellard - in particular Homestead Ridge Estate - 2000+Sq Meter blocks with large properties on most with huge mansheds and heaps of parking, some with pools all set in native bushland - no overlooking the neighbours here, it is a unique area of special residential properties. Yet still a few minutes drive or 15 - 20 min walk to train station which will have you in Perth in 35min, or a 5 min drive to freeway. There are shops and a doctor's practice by the station and good schools. Don't be put off with it being close to Kwinana - we only pay rates to Kwinana council - on Homestead Ridge estate we never hear of any crime like you do on the new estates. check it out lots for sale at the moment between 500k - 750k. You can get a really good sized house with pool for 600k.
I vote for Quinns Rocks in the Northern Suburbs. Lived there eight years. Its got great beaches, its quiet nad family friendly but now with good restaurants and shops and an easy commute to Perth by train from Clarkson.
I bought a house in Quinns Beach with views of the Indian Ocean and at half of the cost (literally) of a similar house in Hillarys just down the road.
There are lots of Poms in Butler (next suburb) if you like the sound of a familiar accent, (and also means the local shops sell Branston and Marmite etc) however Quinns itself is mainly occupied by Ozzies which is great for making new friends.
Hi, Hodgson2710 I'm very interested to find out if and where you decided to settle in Perth?? OR whether you were put off altogether with all of the above comments LOL. I have lived both North and South of the river and I can tell you firsthand there are good and bad areas in almost every suburb depending on what you categorise as good and bad? North of the River is very populated and property values have reached their peak therefor to have the kind of lifestyle you are probably looking for ie a nice 4 x 2 with land near the beach (coming from the UK myself) you will need to pay more to live North of the River. South of the River started to get developed many years after North of the River so property values havn't reached their peak yet. So you will get a lot more value for money living in a coastal suburb south of the river as simple as that. Do not read into the ridiculous unbiased views of some people above...Im sure you can look into statistics yourself and work out which areas you need to avoid. Most of the TV shows aired in the UK feature homes centralised around Baldivis/Secret Harbour/Rockingham aka Poms Paradise and Joondalup area aka Little Britain. This is because these areas are where most of the British tend to settle in Perth and offer all of the facilities British people are looking for in a lifestyle change abroad. Over a year later I hope you have found somewhere nice to settle in Perth and are enjoying your new lifestyle change!! :)
I say that Burns Beach is your best bet. Burns Beach is just a couple of minutes from Currambine station, meaning easy access to the CBD if needed. Burns Beach is equipped with fine yet inexpensive housing, with generous portions of land, friendly locals, luscious green parks, plenty of trees,enjoyable and safe playgrounds for the kids, the amazing Burns Beach Cafe, fresh sea breezes and not to mention one of the cleanest and lovely coastlines in WA, it's the full package! It's the perfect balance between peacefulness, cheapness and distance from the CBD.
Nothing to do with the answers but, can someone tell me what & means please? I'm not too bright on abbreviations. Wrong generation!
why is jindalee in the top 20 worst suburbs??? who does these surveys??!!i live in butler and there is absolutely nothing wrong with jindalee!! expensive houses and a beautiful beach that i frequent regularly.,crime rate?? none that i'm aware of..i came to australia 14 years ago and have settled in butler for the past 7 years,i can certainly think of worst suburbs than jindalee!! and i have stayed in a few areas north and south..get jindalee off here now!!
If you want something below 500k, Parkwood is a very SAFE suburbs to bring out ur kids. You hardly see any crime or burglary happens in this suburbs. If you dont believe , ask the local newspaper who list up the crime rate every 2 weeks for the canning suburbs.
Two Rocks and Yanchep, coastal towns in the northern suburbs seem to be popular with English people. Affordable housing, schools and all essential ammeneties including Public Transport. I think any area has its undesirables except obviously the expensive suburbs. Income and budget dictate where you live for a majority of people. You need to spend some time driving around to find and area that suits you and your needs. Of course we are all biased about our own suburb otherwise we would not be living here.
I Loved living in Erskine Mandurah Quays when i did live in WA and found it more then family friendly! Look up Mandurah Quays and you will see that you get so much more value for money than in perth, and with the train it is 40 minutes away if you need to commute! I found living in Erskine like a massize vacation with the estuary and family friendly lifestyle everything is just a breeze!
Hey, depends on what income your on really! I think areas like Madeley, Darch & Landsdale are great suburbs for a family. We live in Landsdale and we have lovely parks, lots of local shops, 15 mins to the beach, 15 mins to the wine region. 20 mins to the city too straight down alexander Drive. You should take a look as the house prices are really good and most homes have a pool or a spa!
Good luck mate! Plus These suburbs are near wangara which is a industrial Hub in Perths North! And being 15 mins from the beach you dont get the wild weather that the sea delivers.
Check out the review on Burswood specifically the new Peninsula area. Originally from Scotland we find this one of the most quiet secluded community spirited areas with access to everything you could want. Although I have to admit it is a little difficult to find any bad suburbs in Perth the whole city is beautiful. I wish you all the best in your travels to Auz.