9.1 out of 10

Westminster

Ranked 38th best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-31.8672042010376 115.840275934974
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Internet Access
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Retirees

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 19, 2016

"Westminster was known as fancy Balga - It's getting better!"

There's a joke about Westminster being 'fancy Balga' as Balga was rezoned in 1994.

Westminster / Balga were notorious for crime, but I have seen it change a lot in the last few years, there's a lot more first owner owners, more young families and a lot of housing development.

Even though there are parks near by it's not somewhere I would frequent due to the sketchy characters. Mirrabooka avenue and Ravenswood drive is a bit of traffic hazard with spending and drink driving. My family have lived there for over 30 years and have been broken into a few times over the years but nothing recently.

The area is very affordable and accessible and has great shopping including an Aldi. The infrastructure is good and Mirrabooka shopping centre has medical centres, a library. There's plenty of food options, an ice skating rink and community halls.
Pros
  • Amenities galore
  • Centrally located and very affordable
  • Easy access to a whole range of shopping centres in Perth
Cons
  • Crime
  • So much construction / noise
  • An unfortunate reputation
  • Rubbish
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"1 year and loving it"

Nice area. Just take a walk through and you'll get to appreciate some great bush landscape, parks and relaxed quiet streets.
Pros
  • Excellent location
  • Affordable
  • Continued growth
Cons
  • So much construction / noise
  • Rubbish
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Well located affordable suburb"

Only 11km from the city, 8km to the beach and still affordable with development potential on the full sized blocks.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Absolutley perfect"

Westminster is a place where access to everything is here... We are 15minutes from the beach, 20 from the CBD, With shopping centres such as Centro galleria, Whitfords, Joondalup less then 20minutes drive and smaller centres such as Mirrabooka Square, Stirling central and Northlands plaza just minutes (walk or drive) away. With IGA,Primary schools and public transport (buses) this place is ideal for families and students
Pros
  • Easy access to a whole range of shopping centres in Perth
  • Amenities galore
  • Centrally located and very affordable
  • Friendly community
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students
2/5
2yrs+

"Westminster, London = good ..... Wesminster WA = bad,"

This is no classy joint. Situated between Balga, Mirrabooka and Balcatta, what else needs to be said?
bextah
bextah Actually, a lot needs to be said... Westminster borders Nollamara, and the whole area has a lot of excellent sporting clubs and community spirit. I moved to the area around four years ago and I am very happy here.

Passing through this area, you can't appreciate this area.
2yrs+
BargainCentral
BargainCentral I'm with you bextah, i've lived here for 3 years and love it. I can't believe it's so affordable and only 10km's from central Perth! AlBino must be a pom.
2yrs+
ksmlc
ksmlc Having lived in Westminster, its actually good there. Good community friendly and caring neighbours many look out for one another, most people care for their gardens etc crime isnt too bad their and its central to everything. Its a reasonably quiet suburb and I would raise my kids there comfortably.
2yrs+
Thomas Meier
Thomas Meier I have sold quite a few properties in Westminster, it is a great suburb with lots of young professionals. Close to shops, transport and many other community events. Every evening a lot of people can be seen walking their dogs at the local parks. Well located and affordable.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • 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 3/5
  • 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
2yrs+

"Bargain central"

I bought a unit in Westminster nearly 3 years ago now, and wouldn't change a thing. What I love about the area is the community, people are friendly, you have Stirling Central shops which has everything you need from groceries to apparel. We are 10km's from the city and also close to the beach. Unfortunately Westminster still has a reputation of being bogan central, but what I've noticed is that people are friendly, welcoming and easy going. Development in Westminster is growing fast with people that have lived here for decades cashing in on their property investment and redeveloping their blocks, especially around Arkana Road. There are big blocks in Westminster, there a great parks where I can take my dog for walks and there's a Fitness First gym and the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre in Balga just around the corner.. Everything I need is right here. If I redeveloped my block, I would move into one of the units. I think it's a great area.
Pros
  • Centrally located and very affordable
  • Amenities galore
  • Friendly community
Cons
  • Ugly Northlands Shopping complex that needs redevelopment
  • Stirling Council could improve with the aesthetics of the area
  • An unfortunate reputation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students