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Choosing the Best Suburb for Your First Home

Published: July 20th, 2015

Perth alone has 350 suburbs and counting. With so many suburbs to choose from in this booming, developing city – it’s no wonder people are finding it more difficult than ever to decide which location is best for them.

First Home Buyers have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to deciding on a suburb, with each having their own fair share of advantages. Look for suburbs that have great growth potential as this means you will be investing in an excellent location whilst retaining affordability. Research the various aspects of the area you’ll likely encounter in your day to day life – the suburb’s transportation services, public infrastructure and proximity to jobs play a big factor when it comes to finding a location that suits you.

The development of many new suburbs in Perth spreads further out from the hustle and bustle, but that does not mean these suburbs are to be overlooked. Ellenbrook, Caversham, Dayton, Baldivis and Golden Bay for example still provide close proximity (if not walking distance) to transport links and major roads and highways. Shopping centres have been built or are in the planning process to be built and new schools are often established in most new suburbs to help families settle in. Landscaped parks and family-friendly amenities, such as BBQ settings and trail bicycle paths are generally found in new suburbs to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

With the Western Australian government also providing a $10,000 grant for first home buyers and builders, building in Perth’s North, South or South West gives first home buyers more of an incentive to think about not just owning their first home, but investing in a home and suburb that’s right for them and their future.

Let’s look at some of the most popular developing suburbs in Perth right now and what established benefits they already have going for them, to make you choosing the suburb you build in a stress free decision:

ELLENBROOK, North of the River

  • Reasonable transport links – Gnangara Road links Ellenbrook with Wangara; while West Swan Road and the Reid and Tonkin Highways are located close by
  • Bus services link Ellenbrook with Morley and Bassendean Railway Station
  • Journey to the Perth CBD by public transport takes approximately 60 minutes
  • Established 33,000sqm shopping centre with major retailers, Coles, Woolworths and Big W with around 100 speciality stores – containing the largest Woolworths in the state with Masters and Bunnings recently added
  • Pathways and cyclepaths with a high standard of landsaping seen throughout Ellenbrook

ALKIMOS, North of the River

  • Lies roughly between the proposed (extended) Mitchell Freeway to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west – so Mitchell Freeway will be even easier to access upon completion
  • Marmion Avenue is extended through the suburb
  • Transperth service between Clarkson Train Station and Two Rocks was rerouted from Wanneroo Road to Marmion Avenue through the middle of Alkimos
  • The Joondalup Line will be extended through the area with 3 planned stations (with possible names Alkimos, North Alkimos & Eglinton)
  • Alkimos offers a wide array of native scrubland, woodland and heath with untouched beaches accessible by sand tracks
  • There are large future plans for an Alkimos-Eglinton Satellite City and when complete, will include hospitals, tertiary educational institutions, major retail, commercial and recreational facilities

PIARA WATERS, South of the River

  • 28km South of Perth CBD and in close proximity of Cockburn Central Train Station, Cockburn Gateways Shopping Centre, Kwinana Freeway and Tonkin Highway
  • Quality landscaped parklands are featured throughout the suburb that adjoins to the Piara Nature Reserve
  • There are three new community and sporting facilities planned for the suburb
  • Piara Waters Primary School opened in February 2012 with classes catering for students from kindergarten to year 7
  • Government High School is planned to open in neighbouring Harrisdale in 2017
  • Cockburn Gateways Shopping Centre and South Central business Park are a 5 minute drive away
  • Forrestdale Primary School, Carey Baptist College, Forrestdale Community Kindergarten and Cecil Andrews Senior High School are in close proximity
  • Close proximity to Fiona Stanley Hospital

BALDIVIS, South of the River

  • Set in a natural environment close to the vibrant Baldivis town centre
  • Proposed Primary School, neighbourhood shops, parklands with plenty of room to run around
  • Serviced by Transperth bus route from Warnbro Train Station, servicing the Baldivis Town Centre during business hours and travelling through the community
  • The Kwinana Freeway runs through Baldivis, providing vehicle access to Perth and Bunbury (and there is also a shared path along the Kwinana Freeway that provides bicycle access)
  • Safety Bay Road links Baldivis with neighbouring suburbs to the west, including Rockingham and Warnbro
  • There are already seven schools in Baldivis plus two more opening in the near future – Baldivis Primary School, Tranby College, Settlers Primary School, John Calvin Primary School, Makybe Rise Primary School, Baldivis Secondary College and Mother Teresa Baldivis Catholic Primary School
  • Main shopping facilities in Baldivis are located in the area known as the Baldivis Town Centre, extensions are currently underway to expand the shopping centre

WHITBY, South of the River

  • 40 minutes south east of Perth, 500 hectares
  • At the foot of Darling Range and alongside natural bushland yet highly connected
  • Nearby to the Southwestern Highway and a short distance from the Kwinana Freeway, Whitby is just 46kms from Perth Airport, minutes from Armadale, Byford and Rockingham and a short distance from Mandurah
  • Planned public transport will service Whitby with four bus routes and a dedicated bus station
  • Situated alongside the historic town of Mundijong, shopping and amenities are already in place for Whitby’s residents while construction of the Whitby town centres and district centre facilities begin.
  • Safe, interconnected walkways and cycle paths through town parks and nature reserves

DUNSBOROUGH, SOUTH WEST

  • Coastal town that has been voted as a popular tourist destination for Western Australians
  • Serviced by Busseltons public bus service route 903 run by South West Coach Lines
  • South West Coach Lines and TransWA coach services also run services to Dunsborough for connections to other south west towns and Perth CBD
  • Plenty of annual events happening in Dunsborough such as the Jetts Fitness Adventure Race, Dunsborough Arts Festival and Sculpture by the Bay, Dunsborough Bay Fun Run, X-Adventure Dunsborough and Dunsborough Lions Easter Fair
  • Opportunities to live walking distance to the Dunbsorough Town Centre and Golf Park

Interested in some of these suburbs and want to learn more? Or perhaps see what surrounding suburbs to the above mentioned are like? Aussie Living Homes can help you find your suitable home and land package as well as provide further information on suburbs that suit you. Search their house and land page or contact them on 08 9241 4999 (for Perth) or 08 9792 2355 (for South West).

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