With its location right on the doorstep of the Perth CBD, Kings Park and the bustling main street shopping of Subiaco, it’s surprising West Perth has traditionally had quite a small population.
But that’s all set to change.
Over the past decade, West Australians have embraced inner city and apartment living. Between 2005 and 2015 the population of the City of Perth — the local government area that includes West Perth — grew from 11,000 to 21,000 people. According to the most recent estimate, in 2011 the population of West Perth itself was 2700 residents — and that figure is forecast to grow by 46 per cent over the next 20 years.
West Perth was originally a residential area and there are still plenty of great examples of wonderful Federation-era homes, adding to the area’s character. Between the 1960s and 1980s many of those lovely old homes were turned into offices as West Australians moved away from the city and into the suburbs. That trend is now being reversed as residents flood back into the city, enticed by the chance to buy high-quality apartments on the city doorstep.
It makes sense, really. Consider West Perth’s incredible amenities. For city workers (and those who love to shop) it’s a short walk or CAT Bus ride into the CBD and the Hay and Murray Street malls. Obviously, that makes it an ideal location to take advantage of Northbridge, the Perth Cultural Centre and Elizabeth Quay. It borders that stunning, peaceful, bushland oasis in the heart of the city, Kings Park. The Leederville and Subiaco coffee strips are next door. You’re also near Perth Arena, the Watertown Outlet Centre, and the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
As West Perth has evolved, new businesses have opened to service the area’s residential population. Amphora’s Bar, on Hay Street, was the city’s first small bar. Larger venues like The Brown Fox have become popular haunts for locals catching up with friends over dinner or a drink or two. And dozens of cafes and restaurants, like Gordon Street Garage have helped revitalise the area, not just during the week, but on the weekends, too.
For more on the bars, restaurants and nightlife in West Perth, check out the Visit Perth City website.
West Perth also has the best transportation links in Perth. The City West train stop is a quick and convenient link into the CBD, while the CAT Bus service is completely free and takes you through the city centre all the way to East Perth. Motorists in West Perth also have it easy, with on-ramps straight onto the freeway north, south and east and ready access to Hay Street or Thomas Street and Stirling Highway to take you west.
There’s no denying it, while the local amenities play a big part in what attracts us to an area, what we’re all really looking for is the perfect place to call home. Whether it’s a generous balcony with city and river views or extra facilities like a swimming pool and gymnasium, there’s always something that makes us fall in love with one potential new home over another.
If you’ve fallen in love with apartment living and everything West Perth has to offer, check out Finbar’s new Aire development on Murray Street. We have a range of one- and two-bedroom apartments available for people who want to live or invest in a high- quality West Perth lifestyle.