7.5 out of 10

Willagee

Ranked 146th best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-32.0524437731613 115.806430590772
Great for
  • Shopping Options
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Eating Out
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Hipsters

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Mar 26, 2017

"Great suburb"

I moved to Willagee back in 2011. Since then, this suburb has transformed significantly - more playground, nice cafe, clean & safe neighborhood etc. I worked for City of Melville, hence I have known this suburb a quite some time. This suburb is quite undervalued given it's proximity to the CBD (10.2 km) and the beach (Fremantle). Public transport is available nearly, which takes me to the CBD in 30-40 minutes. NBN has just been established for use. Shopping is pretty good - there are heaps of shopping centres, bunnings, woolworths, big w, target, etc., all in 1-2 km radius. I go for a walk every day after work. It's just 5 minute walk from my property to a decent park, where i can walk the dog and exercise.
I see a couple of public housing nearby but they are either elderly or a decent folks.
Pros
  • Cafes
  • Green areas
Cons
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
Jan 30, 2017

"Freo vibes"

Willagee has undergone major transformations since we moved here a few years ago- great coffee shops and new playgrounds, organic food shops, pop up doughnuts and funky hair dressers with giftshop! Locals are young families and hipsters and the occasional drunk just like Freo:) Love it here!
Pros
  • Green areas
  • Cafes
  • Location
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Family friendly!"

Love the area, so happy to get a little more for the money than melville. Have wonderful neighbours and get a real sense of community. The downer would be crossing the leach in peak hour traffic:)
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic location - shame about the neighbours!"

The location was great for getting to the freeway, going into Fremantle and just across from Garden City for shopping......but the suburb is full of housing commission owned properties, which completely devalues the suburb.
Some streets are better than others, and the old 'Campbell Estate' part is far nicer than the A,B,C,D blocks etc.
When our family bough into Willagee, the promise was from the government that 'Homes West' would be situating elderly people into the area as opposed to younger families. This wasn't the case, with some seriously disturbed young people residing here.
You would not let your children play in the streets, or want them going to school on their own.
Better suited to couples wanting to start out and move on when they start a family.
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Dennis4
Dennis4 Totally agree with Accor. Been there nearly a decade and waited and waited for reduced homeswest or at least more older folk. Hasn't happened and when we enquire find out they are trying to build higher density homeswest . Willagee has second highest homeswest in WA (0.3% behind Karawarra; 24.4%) and it doesn't look like it's going to change anytime soon. Thanks govt. for your lies. Having said that, near Leach hwy is pretty good and in Campbell estate. Anywhere else is a joke. Wouldn't let my kids go out alone and certainly won't be sending them to the local primary. A teacher friend there says she finds it difficult to teach the kids who want to learn as she spends all her time disciplining the others. That's why house prices almost half of those in the neighbouring suburbs and can't see it changing anytime soon. Difficult to have suburb renewal when a quarter of it is owned by the govt who want to deposit the dregs there (that's not a comment on all homeswest folk, just some very nasty ones).
2yrs+
johnfahnam
johnfahnam Sadly I have to agree with you Dennis. Such a fabulous location, awesome potential. Very saddened you have to feel so unsafe in the meantime. Security is a must in Willagee and the ability to pay for private school fees (which kind of defeats the purpose of affordable housing).
2yrs+
johnfahnam
johnfahnam http://www.lynnmaclaren.org.au/homeswest-housing-antisocial-behaviour

Here you go. By the sounds of this the department doesn't take a lot of care in concerning itself with the antisocial behaviour of its tenants nor the impact the housing has on the community around it.
2yrs+
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gls gls
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic upcoming suburb, just needs more cafes!"

Great location - about 10 mins to Fremantle, 15 mins to Perth. Close to some big retailers - Harvey Norman, Good Guys, other bedding/furniture stores, etc. And close to some smaller food retailers - IGA, bakeries, asian restaurants, etc. It does need some more quality cafe's, though... this is one thing we would love more of! But I think that will come in good time.

It's true there's some pockets of "dodgy"-looking houses and there is some public housing in the area, but this is fast changing. You can see the change taking place on many streets, where there are newly built/renovated houses with nicely finished front yards and nice cars.

There are certainly very nice streets too - Norkus Way, Hockin St, Cohn Ct, etc. You feel safe there and all the neighbouring houses look very decent with some awesome gardens that make me jealous!
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  • Retirees
Dennis4
Dennis4 Obviously a real estate agent's review (or a glass half full with a happy pill).
2yrs+
gls
gls @Dennis4

Actually I'm in IT, not real estate. And I've lived in Willagee for about two years.
2yrs+
johnfahnam
johnfahnam Unfortunately Cafe's and the like don't do so well in this suburb because the clientelle can be too rough. You have to keep it really simple here. I always wanted to consider Willagee becoming the new Brentwood, but in all honesty, I can't see it happening. The Government own this suburb.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"So close to everything"

When moving to Willagee we had a number of criteria including being close to or easy access to so many locations within the metropolitan area. With being able to enjoy Fremantle on your doorstep, without having to pay Freo prices for living, was great. But then there is the shopping... Garden City and the boutique shops within Riesley Street are so close it can be dangerous. Not to mention Freo so you can also treat yourself to a coffee whilst out. For the other shopping, yes grocery shopping, there is Coles, Woolworths and IGA all within a couple of minutes. For the boys, you have the choice of 2 Bunnings within minutes away and many other stores for the home handy man. The streets are quiet and have the feel of being in an established neighborhood with established street scaping but you also have so many people building new homes in the area. It is a great blend of traditional cottages and new builds.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
Dennis4
Dennis4 mmm, another real estate agent?
2yrs+
johnfahnam
johnfahnam Definitely a few Agent comments here for sure. It's a good starting out suburb, but move on when you can - as most do.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • 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 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A friendly neighbourhood close to everything you want and need."

The block sizes allow for a great lifestyle. Outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas. Pools. Storage for boats and caravans. Plus the large blocks are perfect for having pets.

The neighbours are great - very friendly, approachable and helpful. Quiet streets and a general feeling of being safe and secure.

Great for the blokes with 2 Bunnings stores very close by. Not to mention BCF, Rays Outdoors, Bluewater Tackle, JB Hi Fi and more. The wife loves Garden City too. G

rocery shopping is easy. Limes is fantastic, but there is plenty of choice with Woolworths, Coles and IGA, plus all the local specialty stores on Archibald Street.

Good medical facilities within the area and close by.

Close to everything you want and need. The beach and river nearby make for lots of good times with your friends and family.
Pros
  • Location
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close to Fremantle and shopping districts, friendly spirit, really up-and-coming"

This suburb is undergoing major redevelopment, and is a good buy. You can still buy a good-sized block (not subdivided to death!), with a good-sized house on it for a reasonable price. Many of the older parts of Willagee are being sold and redeveloped, which is good to see.

The main shopping strip on Archibald is also being revitalized, there are several new shops (including a new cafe which is quite nice!), the local IGA has undergone major changes, and the fish&chips and the bakery are pretty decent (we have an out-of-state friend who swears that the pie shop is the best he's had). However, if you need to really satisfy your shopping bug, it is only 10 minutes to Garden City or downtown Fremantle.

The neighbors say "hello" on their morning and evening strolls, and the local community center and church are active in the community, holding several fetes a year.

Wish the public transport was more efficient, and that there was a local medical doctor in addition to the chemist and the dentist in the local plaza.

Edit: based on feedback from c_lam, there is a medical doctor at the end of Archibald street in some shops there.
Pros
  • Location
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
r8grl
r8grl Thanks to c_lam for this comment on my review:

My husband and I have lived in Willagee for 3 and a half years and have absolutely loved setting up our home in this up and coming suburb.

Willagee is an extremely central location. So close to the river and beach we share many enjoyable experiences with family and friends without having to travel great distances. There are many shopping facilities available with local shops on central Archibald St. The pharmacy, butcher and bakery are all particularly welcoming and within walking distance to all homes in the area. However, there are many larger shopping centres close by, such as Garden City, Woolworths, Limes, Fremantle and Kardinya Shopping Centre, plus many large homewares stores are located near Willagee. There is a local school in Willagee, plus many government and independent schools accessible. There is a medical clinic located on Archibald Street, as well as a large medical centre on South Street. Willagee is abundant with beautiful parks and ovals. Although the parks are an added bonus to the already large blocks that are now getting hard to find in other suburbs.

Unfortunately Willagee has a stigma from previous years, but what you experience when you are a member of the Willagee community is very different to it's preceding reputation. Before you place an offer on any property it is important to attain information regarding the neighbours, regardless of where you are buying in. That being said, even as the neighbours have changed over the years we have always been surrounded by friendly people who all look out for each other. We have never had any problem with security or safety.

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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • 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 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
ckam
ckam My husband and I have lived in Willagee for 3 and a half years and have absolutely loved setting up our home in this up and coming suburb.

Willagee is an extremely central location. So close to the river and beach we share many enjoyable experiences with family and friends without having to travel great distances. There are many shopping facilities available with local shops on central Archibald St. The pharmacy, butcher and bakery are all particularly welcoming and within walking distance to all homes in the area. However, there are many larger shopping centres close by, such as Garden City, Woolworths, Limes, Fremantle and Kardinya Shopping Centre, plus many large homewares stores are located near Willagee. There is a local school in Willagee, plus many government and independent schools accessible. There is a medical clinic located on Archibald Street, as well as a large medical centre on South Street. Willagee is abundant with beautiful parks and ovals. Although the parks are an added bonus to the already large blocks that are now getting hard to find in other suburbs.

Unfortunately Willagee has a stigma from previous years, but what you experience when you are a member of the Willagee community is very different to it's preceding reputation. Before you place an offer on any property it is important to attain information regarding the neighbours, regardless of where you are buying in. That being said, even as the neighbours have changed over the years we have always been surrounded by friendly people who all look out for each other. We have never had any problem with security or safety.
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great value so close to Fremantle, beaches & river"

I have lived with my partner in Willagee for 5 years and have enjoyed the close proximity to the river, beach, shopping centres and Fremantle in a new house on a large block without the higher prices of neighboring suburbs of Palymyra, Bicton and Melville.
It is definitley value for money you get in Willagee and with it's quick access to the freeway via South St and Leach Hwy, it's not far to the city.
I would recommend it as a starting out in the property market suburb.
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