Rivervale, WA 6103

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Ranked 135th best suburb by locals in Perth (Greater) Region, WA

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  • Clean & green
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10th September 2021

"Close to everything"

Moved into area 5yrs ago - best decision I have made. Most underrated suburb 5 kms from Perth CBD. Bus service always available, cheap Uber to city | Optus stadium ride your bike| walk along swan river. Vic park or Belmont short drive for shopping . Friendly neighbourhood with plenty of dog parks and great takeaways. We have had zero crime issues as with any suburb you look out for problems and report . Belmont city council are 10/10 for community support. Home west homes in area have been sold to young couples who have renovated and now are the future of this community.

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30th January 2021

"Unmet potential"

Close proximity to the city and river. Has dodgy parts closer to kewdale. Have lived in rivervale for the past 3 and 1/2 years on Gladstone road and felt safe most of the time but nearby crime has always been present. No good cafes nearby unfortunately however there are some other shops.
This suburb has so much potential however there is zero culture here, could be like mount lawley howeve the lack of culture makes this suburb not worth it.

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13th October 2020

"Perfectly located"

We are a family with two young children living in the top end of Rivervale (close to Great Eastern Hwy).
We love living in Rivervale for its convenience to most places. It is close to major roads, airport, the river, restaurants and plenty of shops. The only downside with the location is it’s not near a beach.
It has its dodgy parts (closer to Kewdale end), however in our section we have great neighbours, lots of young family’s around, and more and more houses are being renovated or rebuilt. It’s a mixed bag of a suburb, but I think if you live in better parts of Rivervale, its such a great place to live.

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19th June 2020

"Great location, but dodgey as hell."

We moved to Rivervale 8 months ago. We are a married couple in our 30s.
It's lovely being so close to the city and freeway. The river is beautiful to look at and walk along.
BUT I have never felt so unsafe in my life. I carry pepper spray, and won't walk along the river on my own. The cops make constant visits with their lights and sirens on to a certain area down the road just about every single night. The parks and paths are filled with people shooting up. Cars are broken into constantly. Shit heads jumping fences. Mailboxes broken into daily..You hear domestics often. The list goes on.. I've never made so many crime stoppers and 000 reports, it's crazy.

Would recommend the location for purely its location being close proximity to so much. But would never recommend buy a house on land here.. We are in an apartment, luckily it's a secure complex, and we are high up so feel safe.. Our visitors cars however are never safe.

Basically.. Stay away.. Go somewhere nicer. Somewhere you can feel safe.

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going to see Vantage apartments today...any advice? :)

emmas40

Hopefully you decided against it, Vantage in itself has its own issues with building defects BGC refuse to fix and crappy design flaws by the designer. However if you ended up buying here, welcome! Haha

Alfa
Alfa

What about Nannine Place? Is it really that bad? I am looking at a place there, in a hexagon shaped building...please help

vickyw8

That hexagon shaped building is called Rivellux Villas managed by the corrupt Richardson Strata Management that ruined the place so stay well clear and next door is homeswest, apparently one of the most visited place by Police in all of WA. The street is a rubbish dump, whole area is unsafe, cars always broken into at all times of day, windows smashed and units broken into mainly on ground floor. What a shame, right next to river with lots of potential but City of Belmont has allowed this area to be run down and made it unsafe.

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6th June 2020

"Brilliant friendly suburb close to everything"

We love living in Rivervale ! We are a professional couple with 3 small kids and have live here for nearly 10 years. The council is absolutely wonderful, huge upgrades to forum and streets, security etc. Schools are good too and very friendly lovely neighbours ! We always feel safe here. We live in the “top end “ between franscisco, orrong and great eastern hwy. We can walk easily to the stadium, Blasta brewery and it’s only a short ride/cheap uber to the city - and we are always going away from traffic!

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23rd February 2020

"Great little suburb"

Just moved into Rivervale last year. I feel safe knowing there isn't only police patrol, but the council engaged Eye on the Street security team to watch out for crimes in the area. Lots of new development going on. City, Casino, Costco and DFO is near. They are also building a Biodome. Love the vibe!

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"Even better now with the Government Housing sold off"

Has always been perfect in terms of location (close to the city, airport, Curtin Uni, Perth Stadium and easy drive to beaches).
The knock on the area though was it used to have a bit of riff raff due to the Government housing, especially around the Eastern end of the suburb. That's all changed now due to the decision (in 2016) to sell them all off to the public, and that coupled with the amount of older homes being demolished and rebuilt as new developments has really transformed the place.
It's now a really pleasant area with lots of professional couples and families. Lots of parkland. Can't really fault it anymore.

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williamm18

Older homes demolished? How ignorant. The age of a house has nothing to do with your area improving. Look at Subiaco, Mt Lawley, Claremont and Peppermint Grove, lined with beautiful old character homes and some of the nicest places to live in Perth.

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"Central inner suburb"

I moved here about 5 years ago and it has been the best decision I've made. I'm still here and I love it. The only problem I've had was some graffiti on my front boundary wall which was cleaned and removed the very next day, no other problems. I'm only a 3 min walk to the river. So close to everything, city 5km drive, Vic Park cafe strip & shops 3 min drive, international airport 20 min drive and domestic 10 min drive. Bus outside takes me through city centre onto Kings Park or the other way straight to the airport. Can walk to the new stadium and Casino. I only fill up the car fuel every 2 weeks because I don't need to travel far to get anything. Great schools and parks, well kept. NBN fibre to the house is brilliant, Netflix 4K streamed directly to the TV. Joondalup only 20-25 min drive, just hop through the tunnel and freeway north, one road. 7 min drive to South Perth, park the car, ferry to Elizabeth Quay, nice change to go for a day in the city. Great Eastern Highway upgrade was finished ages ago and works well. The best area in Rivervale is between Francisco Street and the river.

Great for

  • Very central to everything
  • Good buses
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
  • Close to shopping
  • Lots of well kept parks
  • Friendly Residents

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"Rivervale - the PERFECT Perth suburb to live in"

We lived in Rivervale for some time and watched it become the centre hub of Perth... It's now the central Riverside suburb with great proximity to the city, the airport, shops, and the new stadium.

It's a safe and friendly area - the welcoming nature of the locals is a huge Plus. Everything is convenient from here, and all so close. Our neighbours are fly-in / fly-out residents so it's nice and quiet almost all through the week. Love walking along the Riverfront (I'd recommend renting or buying in a property as close to the Riverfront as possible since that's the nicest part of the suburb)

Definitely my favourite part of Perth since it has the most overall positives. Good for families, couples and singles as well :)

Great for

  • Friendly Residents
  • Central Hub of Perth
  • Perth's hidden Gem
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
  • Close to shopping
  • Lots of well kept parks

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"Brilliant investment, nice place to live."

I moved here about 10 months ago. It's an absolutely brilliant location, close to everything and I always seem to be going the opposite way to the bad traffic.

The council is investing lots in making the area safe and green. There are lots of parks and they are well maintained.

The area is an up and coming area and in my view a seriously good investment. The best area is between Francisco, Great Eastern Hwy and Orrong rd (ie: streets like Surrey, Armadale etc have the nicest houses and people). This is where the majority of houses have been renovated beautifully or replaced with lovely new homes.

It's a nice change to be in an area where everyone says hello on your morning walk with the dog.

Lots of young professional couples, families and a few older couples etc.

Yes it does have the last of the residual homes west people who haven't moved on but in my view they are getting fewer and father between and moving outwards away from this rapidly developing area. I wish it would happen faster but you can't have everything.

In general though, the people in the area are just honest, hard working, lovely people. Our dog managed to get out twice without us knowing and each time a kind stranger has doorknocked and found his home, we were very grateful!

Close to the restaurants of Vic park which are really coming alive and are great.

With such close proximity to the casino and the up and coming developments of the new stadium and entertainment precinct at the casino, I think it's an absolute bargain and prices will go through the roof in coming years. We are happy to own here and live here for now.

Great for

  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
  • Close to shopping
  • Lots of well kept parks

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"An up and coming suburb"

Living in Rivervale is great, so close to the city, Vic Park and access to major arterial roads. This is a dramatically changing suburb, old places being knocked down or renovated and new stylish homes being built. The population of the area is also changing with more affluent families moving into the area. We feel safe and secure in our home and have great neighbours and enjoy the parks and the proximity of nearby Belmont Forum and the new Bunnings. The council is investing in upgrades and makeovers of the infrastructure within the area. In all, it is an area on the move - all good!

Great for

  • Close to shopping
  • Lots of well kept parks
  • Close to airport
  • Close to city
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"You have to take the good with the bad"

I have lived in Rivervale for 24 years and love it. It is so close to the CBD, it is almost an inner city suburb. It takes me 5 minutes max to drive to my work in East Perth. Plus a taxi ride from the middle of the city is approx $14. There are some lovely parks and great schools. However on our street there is a brothel & quite a lot of state housing which does get a little noisy at times. As long as you have a reasonable alarm system installed you should be fine. I would reccommend getting a dog as this does help a lot with break ins

The belmont security patrol does look after Rivervale as well and they are very prompt if you report any kind of problems. Love the area dont love the bogans.

Great for

  • Close to airport
  • Close to city

Not great for

  • Dodgy neighbours

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susiew3

Hi, which street is this if you dont mind me asking?

emmas40

Sounds like Nannine Place or very close to it...

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"Sometimes good, sometimes bad."

Rivervale is supremely located with access to the CBD, airport and major arterial routes very accessble. There are nice pockets of housing where social housing presence is low. But there are also significant problem hotspots that should be avoided such as, for example, upper Gladstone Road and lower Knutsford Avenue. Typcially these are where there are Homeswest properties and dysfunctional family units prowling the streets. Rivervale has a very high presence of social housing, even rivaling the northern suburb of Balga. Were it not for this, Rivervale would be far more sought after.

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"What a fantastic location"

We moved to Rivervale 4 months ago and just love it, so close to evertything, parks, public transport, river and Perth City. It's very access to CBD. Most of the neighbours are very friendly and helpful. I noticed that a lot of old houses getting renovated/knocked down and there are quite a number of new houses getting built. I'd recemmend anyone to live in this affordable suburb. We always eat out at Vic Park or Northbridge so just only less than 10 minutes drive.

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  • Close to airport
  • Close to city

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"Dodgy and Disappointing"

I moved to Rivervale from Coolbellup to be closer to work. I was excited at the thought of living somewhere where I didn't have hoon neighbours doing burnouts at all hours of the night, and where I would feel somewhat secure. I was mistaken. In the 8 months that we have been living here, we've heard countless domestics that have spilled out into the street (even had to call the cops once because, judging by the screams, we genuinely feared someone had been murdered); we've had numerous break-ins into our complex; and I am now really nervous spending the night alone in our unit.

One night my husband and I decided to go for a run around the neighbourhood. After encountering 3 separate, aggressive drunks in the space of about 10 minutes; needless to say we have never gone for a jog around the neighbourhood again.

I do believe that the proximity to the Bursewood Casino and Great Eastern Hwy are contributing factors to Rivervale's problems. But I am certainly looking forward to moving far, far away when our lease expires in July!

Great for

  • Close to city
  • Close to airport

Not great for

  • Dodgy neighbours
  • Road works on Great Eastern HWY
  • Unsafe

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dec03

Hi. I am considering a property in Rivervale and your comment is making me think twice. If you don't mind... which street are you at?

qwertyK5

Rivervale is a great suburb I went to school here, and walk around the suburb for a jog or walk. I feel perfectly fine. You obviously aren't a local as you spelt Burswood with and e. I'm only 13 and I feel perfectly safe. and dec03 if your planning to move here. Don't go to the dodgy part eg. Bottom of Gladstone Rd, Desmond Pl, Cambell St, or Gerring crt. The best bit is around the park at Chamberlain Rd, and St Kilda Rd. To get the best part you have to have lived there.

Emma_

I agree with qertyk5, if you are in the nicest area (the pocket between Orrong, Great Eastern Hwy and Francisco) then you are pretty good. I moved there (from Subiaco) and actually generally find people friendly and lovely. I walk or jog every single day (sometimes early morning in the dark) in the area with no problems. The dodgy people are moving away from the city and whilst there's the odd one or two that you see they have never bothered me. The security patrols are an ongoing presence for peace of mind.

Les-boss

I currently live actually next to Burswood casino in the sky rises. The casino has nothing to do with the people. I barely hear or see anyone and i am about 200 yards away from its front door. Granted there are often bogans in the place but that doesnt mean they wander the streets. Just saying.

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Ella Gh

Hi, I'm considering to buy a property in Surrey road between Alexander Rd and Sydenham St. I'll appreciate if anyone can help me if it is a good area without dodgy ppl around?

gos

Anyone lived around menzies st? How is that area around primary school?

emmas40

I 100% agree with this review. Dodgiest suburb I have ever lived in. We are forever calling the police and making crime stoppers reports...
If you want to move here, do yourself a favour and just don't.

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"Great Location"

I moved here about four years ago and I love it here. Its so close to everything and thats what I love about it. So convenient. Lovely leafy street and nice parks around the area. Local council really take care of this suburb. The people are very friendly and I have never had any issues with security. Would recommend to anyone

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"10 out of 10"

safe and quiet environment and perfect for family or wroking couple. Top End Rivervale is the way to go, somewhere between Fransisco Street and Great Eastern highway.

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"Best suburb to live in WA"

Rivervale is a great location just off Great Eastern Highway with easy access to CBD, Burswood Casino, airport and freeway.

with the plan to expand Great Eastern Highway to 6 lanes from Kooyong Road to Demestic Airport. In my opinion, it's still undervalued suberb in comparison to Burswood or Victoria Park.

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"Superb Location and Value for Money"

I bought in Rivervale back in 2001 and 9 years on, the area has just blossomed! Old houses are being knocked over daily and replaced by quality new homes. Although some sub-division is occurring, a lot of the time the original size blocks (600 to 700m2) are being left alone and redeveloped with new homes (this avoids the area becoming a high density inner city slum which can happen to high density developments and creates a "modern Nedlands" feel).

I have nothing but praise for Rivervale - the people are friendly, the location is extremely convenient (City, River, Casino, Shops and Public Transport are just minutes away) & unbelievable the local council is actually very proactive and supportive of it's residents (unless a lot of councils). I have never had any issues security wise (crime has really fallen over the last 10 years) and I just wish I had the vision to buy several properties in 2001 when they were $170K for a full size block and house!

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Paul124

Totally agree, we all should have bought them all.

perth-guide

which realestate agent do you work for. re read the terms and conditions of thise forum - you must be HONEST.
anyone who has actually lived in rivervale (as i have) knows it's got massive crime problems due to the scummy homeswest people living there. i like the way you have glossed over the aircraft noise that will only get worse with the 2nd runway.

williamm18

Old houses are being knocked over daily, you say that as if its a good thing. What are you a real estate developer or something?

johnb99

Haha I havent seen my original comment for 10 years! I still own the same property and have just moved back to Rivervale after renting my property out for some years. Still havent changed my mind and agree with some comments on here that the council is being very active, especially with doing up the various local parks. No Im not a real estate agent or a developer (despise those industries). Yes I agree that social housing is a bit of an issue... but I have always tried to treat people right and my house hasnt been broken into for almost 20 years.

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"Recommend for City workers"

Far enough out of town to be green and relatively peaceful but easy commute with reasonable buses. Great for couples who aren't worried about too much night life. Definately an improving area and the next few years should see big improvement. We are very comfortable here. Big cross section of age groups in the area

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"Great location by the river"

Just 5 km from the City of Perth, Rivervale is a wonderful place to live, and attracts families, singles, as well as retirees. A range of shops is located within the community, and health and community services are available. As one would expect, the lovely Swan river is a feature of Rivervale, providing parklands, and facilitating walking, cycling, fishing and boating. A very convenient and reliable direct public transport link exists to the city of Perth, major shopping centres, and the domestic airport. A number of primary schools are within easy walking distance. Neighbours are friendly and willing to be helpful.

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Paul124

I couldn't agree more!! Excellent place to live, especially the top end part close to Great Eastern Highway. It's still undervalued suburb!!

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"How delightful"

I always had my reservations for Belmont until I moved here. Such an underated suburb. So close to the city. Excellent value for money. Great Family enviroment and an excellent place to bring up our children. We bourght a huge block in Sydenham St within a short walking distance from the forum.

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Paul124

Top End rivervale (between Fransico and Great Easten Highway is the best area to live)

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"Geographically fantastic."

Lots of parks and open areas, close to the city, river and all the amenities you would want.

Larger blocks are still available.

High percentage of rental and homeswest accomodation.

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