Finding the Right Suburb
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Finding the right suburb in Perth
Once you have made the decision to move to Perth and visas are under way it’s time to start researching which suburbs will best suit your lifestyle and needs.
WA is vast with hundreds of suburbs. Even if you have been here on holiday finding the right place to settle can be daunting, stressful and emotional not to mention time consuming and costly.
Deciding on the right area and finding the suburb that caters for your needs as an individual or family is a huge task. Information on important things such as school choice, work options, transport links, local amenities, distance to the beach and leisure facilities can take hours of research on the internet.
It’s worth sitting down and making a list as to what factors are really important in deciding where you want to live such as distance to the beach, commute to the CBD, school and employment opportunities and budget then tackle each one of these on its own.
If you are moving to Perth for the way of life then you will want to look at suburbs that offer easy access to coastal walks, beaches, wineries, walking/cycling tracks and trails, National Parks and shopping. Some suburbs that offer these include Yanchep, Burns Beach, Joondalup, Woodvale, Henley Brook, Aveley, Cottesloe, Fremantle and Mandurah.
Proximity to City
It may be that you are coming to Perth and have employment already sorted in the CBD or you are migrating from a large city and like to be in the thick of it with ample entertainment, great restaurants and bars. Suburbs such as Mount Lawley, West Perth, North Perth and Subiaco will be a good starting point.
Family Orientated Suburbs
The level of education in Australia is high however; private schooling is an affordable and popular option in Perth too. Couple this with lush green parks for family picnics and good access to the beaches and Swan River, ideal suburbs to look at would be Ocean Reef, Woodvale, Guildford, Aveley, Tapping, Hillary’s, Apple Cross, Canning vale, Port Kennedy and Atwell these are just a few of them.
Suburbs which are the most attractive/desirable
These suburbs offer beautiful housing and surrounds with good proximity to transport links or the CBD itself, located in the Swan Valley or close to beaches and parks. If you have a large budget then suburbs such as East Perth, South Perth, Dalkeith, Claremont, Swanbourne, City Beach, The Vines and North Coogee and Aubin Grove are ideal.
Suburbs where housing is more affordable
There are some fantastic suburbs located throughout Perth, north and south of the river that offer a fantastic lifestyle but without the cost. These suburbs may not offer train links however they are usually close to a main freeway. Suburbs like this include Kinross, Carramar, Hocking, Landsdale, Bayswater, Maylands, Bibra Lake, Beeliar, Baldivis, Success, Secret Harbour.
New Build Suburbs
The dream for most is to come to Australia and live in a brand new home. Whether you want to rent or build your own there are many great options and areas of Perth where land is ample and plans are in place to make sure these suburbs have great access to transport links, offer great shopping facilities and schools are being built. New builds in suburbs in Perth include Burns Beach, Butler, Alkimos, Yanchep, Baldivis and Secret Harbour.
Rental accommodation in Perth is not around for long. It is common in Australia for agents to hold block viewings which means you can sometimes be up against around 20 others in a bid to secure the property. Make sure you have a solid rental application pack. If you currently have a mortgage, ask your bank to write you a reference. Get references from employers and also character references from any groups or charities you help out with such as Neighbourhood Watch. Have current bank statements showing funds and include copies of criminal check certificates. All this will give the agent and landlord confidence in you as a renter. Timing is critical so if you have everything ready before the viewing, once the rental application is filled out (you may even be able to do this there and then) you can submit straight away.
Also look out for weekly publications such as the Quokka or search sites such as Gumtree this is also where private landlords advertise their properties. These tend to be more flexible with viewing times so you may be able to meet the landlord’s one on one.
Visit www.landgate.wa.gov.au where you can view and download really great maps which include train lines and major freeways to give you an idea on suburb locations.
Visit www.reiwa.com.au where for a minimal fee you can purchase market information such as suburb rental data and suburb price data to help linking your housing expectations and budget.