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What makes a friendly family suburb in Perth

Published: March 6th, 2015

When is the best family suburb in Perth?


Are you and your partner about to make the move into the next stage of your lives, you start to think about what suits your lifestyle best, work-wise and family-wise. We have put together a list of family-friendly features for your consideration when buying a home.


As children grow older you start to make plans for your education. Purchasing a home in a suburb with immediate access to various schools indicates that many other families will be in the area. This is helpful because parents take turns car-pooling the kids to school and after-school sports, creating a better sense of community that might not otherwise be apparent in suburbs without schools. It also means that your children could have other kids to play with in their street.

Community Services

Choosing a suburb with many community services is another good indication of family-friendliness. Facilities such as PCYC’s, libraries, playgrounds & reserves, leisure centres and sports clubs are all examples of community services that cater better for families. These community hubs will often host events such as fetes and fairs which encourage families to come together and allow kids to be active and social by getting them away from indoor computer games.

Local Shopping

How many times have you lost your car in a shopping multiplex car park? It may seem obvious but having local supermarkets and specialty stores close by avoids the hassle of the weekly mass supermarket pilgrimage. Additionally having a pharmacist nearby on the late night runs for cough-mixture also helps.

Public Transport

Another good indication of a family-friendly suburb is availability of public transport. As your children grow into teens, it encourages their independence and confidence while allowing parents to take a break from being a taxi.

Crime rates

Another worthwhile consideration for family-friendliness is the safety of a suburb. Do your homework online and gather information about the suburb you are thinking of moving to. Some suggestions include the WA Police website for crime statistics, website blogs and news articles. You can also check out the REIWA website for a better idea of the suburb profile.

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