Small bars, cafes, restaurants, even major projects like Elizabeth Quay — Perth has transformed in recent years.
The hubbub of new activity has seen people take a closer look at the city, viewing it not just as a place to work but also as a desirable place to live and play.
One of the areas to have undergone the greatest of changes is West Perth — with office blocks giving way to attractive new apartments and thousands of new residents moving in to create an exciting inner-city vibe.
But West Perth’s popularity is not really a surprise when you think about it.
Located between Perth and Subiaco, West Perth has the best of both worlds. Its low-rise buildings and quieter, leafy streets give the area a friendly, almost suburban feeling yet it’s only a short walk away from the glittering skyscrapers and hustle and bustle of St George’s Terrace. That means for many people West Perth is just a short walk or a CAT Bus ride to work.
It’s also just a short walk to a lot of Perth’s favourite leisure activities. For the footy fans, it’s very close to Subiaco Oval (and even when the hallowed game moves east to the new stadium at Burswood, it’s not too far to walk). For those who love the Hopman Cup, basketball, or going to concerts to see the world’s biggest superstars perform their hits, it’s also just a short walk to Perth Arena.
Perth’s newest attraction, the stunning Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River — which is surely the city’s new summer playground — is also very close at hand. And perhaps Perth’s most beloved attraction, Kings Park, is right on West Perth’s doorstep.
If you love the nightlife, West Perth is so close to Northbridge you need never wait an hour in a taxi queue again.
West Perth has long had a thriving daytime economy with businesspeople, politicians and mining executives dashing between meetings and rubbing shoulders at stalwart establishments like Black Tom’s and Perugino.
While the area is quiet after 6pm, there are plenty of places to join friends or family for a drink or dinner in the evening. Among the small bars to have popped up in recent years are Amphora’s Bar and The Brown Fox. There are also fabulous cafes to haunt, including Pony Express O in tucked away Mayfair Street and the ever-popular Gordon Street Garage.
West Perth is also a stone’s throw from hundreds of venues in central Perth, Northbridge and Subiaco. Easy access to events like the Fringe Festival and to shops, including the Watertown Brand Outlet Centre and the retail hub in the CBD make it an ideal location for a busy urban lifestyle.
When you need to get out of the city, West Perth is incredibly well connected to the rest of Perth. If you’re heading north to go fishing up the coast or south to the vineyards of Margaret River, or even just out into the suburbs to visit the family, it couldn’t be easier.
Though you wouldn’t realise it as you walk around some of West Perth’s quieter streets, the area is ideally located for a quick getaway. It sits at the junction of the Mitchell, Kwinana and Graham Farmer freeways, perfect whether you need to travel north, south or east. And if you need to travel west, Stirling Highway is right there to take you down to Cottesloe or Fremantle.
West Perth also has fantastic public transport links. The State Government’s free CAT Bus service runs every five minutes throughout the working day and City West Station provides excellent mainline train links to Fremantle or the city and beyond.
With so much to recommend it, it’s little surprise that West Perth has become a popular and desirable place for people to live. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience it for yourself. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are selling now.