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One of the first things to consider when moving to Perth is which part of the city you want to live in. From cruisy beachside homes to busy CBD apartments, there are options for every family, every style of living and every lifestyle.

So how do you choose where you want to live when you’re moving to Perth for the first time? Our advice is to take your time. If you can, rent a short-term temporary place for a month or two when you first arrive. This gives you time to explore the city, ask the locals what is good about where they live, and find a suburb that you want to live in. This also gives your possessions time to be freighted over from NZ so you can get them delivered straight to your new home.

All the prices quoted here are from May 2019. You can find a full list of suburbs and prices in Perth here. There are more than 350 suburbs, so it may take you some time to find the perfect place to live.

Applecross

Median house price: $1.55 million

Schools: Applecross Senior High School, Applecross Primary School, St Benedict’s School

With streets lined with Jacaranda trees, Applecross is close to the South of Perth Yacht Club, golf courses and the Swan River. It’s named after the Applecross Peninsula in Scotland. The suburb has the Raffles Hotel, the South of Perth Yacht Club and the former Heathcote Hospital which is now a community recreation facility.

girl in applecross perth

Bicton

Median house price: $990,000

Schools: Bicton Primary School, Santa Maria College

On the banks of the Swan River, Bicton has a wide mix of small and large homes. Originally, the Beeliar people lived there and called the area ‘Dyoondalup’, or ‘place of the white sand’. Settled by Europeans in the 1830’s, the area was a vineyard but became a subdivision from 1919.

It has the Melville Water Polo Club and Bicton Swimming Club, Bicton Junior Cricket Club, three shopping facilities, and five public parks. It’s close to Fremantle, Point Walter Reserve, and a number of shops. If you like walking down the riverbank at the end of the day with your dog or just getting some fresh air, this is the suburb for you.

Carine

Median house price: $803,750

Schools: Carine Senior High School, Carine Primary School

A great family-friendly suburb, Carine has a range of sporting venues. The Carine Open Space has a weekly 5km Parkrun, as well as tennis courts, bushland, ovals and a skate park. They have two fairs annually, the Carine Community Fair and the Summerset Art Festival. Originally a swamp area, in the 1970’s the area was becoming more developed. Transformed from a piggery and stables, it developed into a suburb with single detached homes and duplexes.

It has the Carine Glades shopping centre, and the Karrinyup and Centro Warwick centres nearby for other services. It has two large swamps that are home to waterbirds, turtles, frogs and other wildlife. For the kids, there are sports facilities, ovals and a skateboard ramp. There is a railway station in the north-eastern corner, and it is on the bus route.

City Beach

Median house price: $1.75 million

Schools: City Beach Primary School, Kapinara Primary School, Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, International School of Western Australia, The Japanese School in Perth, City Beach Residential College, a student boarding facility.

A beautiful beach side district, this is more expensive than most suburbs in Perth. In 1917, the local council bought the Limes Kilns Estate and started developing the area. Now, it has sprawling, contemporary homes in a beautiful beach-side location. It’s got great surfing, kitesurfing, beach volleyball, and has a football/ cricket oval.

Claremont

Median house price: $1.572 million

Schools: Methodist Ladies' College, Christ Church Grammar School, Presbyterian Ladies' College, John XXIII College and Scotch College, Freshwater Bay Primary School, Mount Claremonth Primary School. Christ Church Grammar School, St Thomas’ Primary School.

Established in 1830 by John Butler, it first was home to a number of convicts. Since then it’s continued to develop and now has become a lovely area for families.

With a great lifestyle, Claremont is close to the beach, shopping centres, schools and public transport networks. It has the Claremont Showground and Oval, a football club, and a lot of shopping. The Perth Royal Show and a number of events and music festivals happen every year at the showgrounds. There are plenty of public transport options.

claremont show grounds in perth

Craigie

Median house price: $430,000

Schools: Craigie Primary School

With the Craigie Leisure Centre that holds fairs, markets, expos and workshops, the community base for families in Craigie is great. There’s a pram-friendly bushwalk nearby in the local bushland, and a selection of cafes and bars.

Dalkeith

Median house price: $2.3 million

Schools: Dalkeith Primary School, Dalkeith Pre-Primary, Loreto Nedlands Primary School.

In 1833, Captain Adam Armstrong arrived in the area, settled, and named his home Dalkeith Cottage. Now a wealthy suburb, the most expensive street is Jutland Parade, made famous by 1983 America’s Cup winner Alan Bond who lived there.

The most family friendly suburb in Perth, there are green parks including Point Resolution Reserve and Beaton Park. Mason Gardens has a turtle pond, art trail and an enchanted garden. There are summer concerts held there too, with a wide variety of performers. You can also attend events at Dalkeith Hall, the Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club and Paul Hasluck Resere.

There are a few great cafes and restaurants.

Freemantle ‘Freo’

Median house price: $788,500

Schools: John Curtin College of the Arts, South Fremantle Senior High School, Christian Brothers' College (CBC), Seton Catholic College, Lance Holt School, Fremantle Primary School, Beaconsfield Primary School, North Fremantle Primary School, St Patrick's Primary School.

Freo is a gorgeous suburb, beachside, with loads of parks and reserves. It’s full of expats, families, surfers and it has a chilled out vibe. It’s an older part of Perth, and has historic buildings, a thriving art scene and it’s where a lot of tourists hang out. It’s packed full of history, culture, opportunities for socialising and there are several major festivals held here throughout the year including the Fremantle Sardine Festival and the Araluen’s Fremantle Chilli Festival.

It’s got great public transport, with the railway terminus for the wider Perth area here.

fremantle markets is a public market located on the corner of south terrace and henderson street

Glendalough

Median house price: $615,000

Schools: Chrysalis Montessori School, Lake Monger Primary School, Bold Park Community School

Typically, Glendalough has multi-unit residential developments and some older character housing. There are plenty of bus stops in the area and it’s only a five-minute drive to Subiaco, Leederville and Mount Hawthorne cafes and bars. It is a more industrial area but the house prices are more affordable as a reflection of that.

Glen Forrest

Median house price: $560,000

Schools: Glen Forrest Primary School, Glen Forrest Community Kindergarten and Playgroup, Helena College

A rapidly growing suburb, Glen Forrest is affordable but becoming less so. It’s located on the hills 25km out of Perth and was originally called Smiths Mill. It has many conservation areas including Glen Forrest Super Block. It’s a quiet neighbourhood, with lots of hills, making it perfect for nature and exercise lovers.

Highgate

Median house price: $700,000

Schools: Sacred Heart, Highgate Primary School.

Just two km north-east of the CBD, Highgate is the smallest Perth suburb. Despite its small size, it has over 50 nationalities in it. It’s a 20 minute walk to the CDB, or you can take the free zone bus. It’s becoming more popular with so many eateries and schools close by.

Melville

Median house price: $742,500
Schools: Melville Senior High School, Melville Primary School, Mel Maria Catholic Primary School.

South of Perth, you’ll find the cultural hub of Melville. There are theatrical productions, festivals, exhibitions, the Melville Sculpture Walk and the Melville Art Awards. This, combined with facilities like the Dr Suess Playground, makes Melville a very popular suburb for families.

Mount Pleasant

Median house price: $1.24 million

Schools: Mt Pleasant Primary School, Brentwood Primary School

This suburb is in demand with strong growth for the past few years. It’s nine km from the CBD and has schools, shopping centres and the scenic Canning River nearby. It hosts the Head of the River Rowing event every year.

Mullaloo

Median house price: $670,000

Schools: Mullaloo Beach Primary School, Mullaloo Heights Primary School

This coastal suburb north of Perth is perfect for an active family. There are a range of events each year, from the Joondalup Autumn Classic Aquathlon and the Mullaloo Triathlon. The beach is beautiful, perfect for kids to play and swim at. It was originally named after an Aboriginal word that means ‘place of the rat kangaroo’. Residents say it has a comfortable microclimate, about 10oC cooler in summer than in the city. House prices vary, from small shacks to beachfront mansions.

North Fremantle

Median house price: $925,000

Schools: North Fremantle Primary School, North Fremantle School of Early Learning

13km from the CBD, North Fremantle is located between the Swan River and the Indian Ocean. While it’s a 30 minute commute from the city, there are loads of parks, schools and has easy train and bus connectivity into the city and other areas. It’s a thriving area that’s experiencing a growth of cafes, bars and restaurants. The afternoon sea breeze, known locally as the ‘Fremantle Doctor’, makes the area amazing for wind and kitesurfing.

Northbridge

Median house price: $1.222 million

Schools: Stanley College, SAE

Directly above the CDB, this is an easy walk from town and the railway station, or you could take the free CAT bus into town. It used to be a swamp but was drained in the 1860’s. Now, it’s a suburb with a blend of commercial and residential properties. It’s known for its Ethnic population, which brings along with it a wide variety of cuisines and a thriving nightlife. The area is known for its Chinatown, and the Greek and Italian communities.

It has communal open air spaces called Russell Square, and Yagan Square.

Palmyra

Median house price: $625,000

Schools: Palmyra Primary School, Catholic Our Lady of Fatima School

Within Melville, Palmyra has schools and amenities, and is only ten minutes from Fremantle. It’s a quiet suburb with local parks for the kids and is close to Point Walter. While there’s not a big nightlife scene, it’s close to Freo and the city.

Perth CBD

Median house price: $795,000

Living in the city presents you with a lot of options of food, styles of living and things to do. While the CBD is highly commercial, it draws 60% of its population from overseas, with 2.5% of the population being Kiwis. With the Perth Cultural Centre, Art Gallery of WA, Perth Arena, Perth Oval, State Library and the Perth Concert Hall all in the area, you’ll never be bored.

There are three freeways, three train stations, and a range of bus services.

Subiaco / Subi

Median house price: $1.31 million

Schools: Perth Modern School, Subiaco Primary School.

Before the Europeans arrived, this was the home of the Noongar indigenous people. It was then settled by Benedictine Monks in 1851, which they named after Subiaco in Italy. Now, it is a bustling family suburb, with Subiaco Oval, Mueller Park, and Elements Art Gallery which has a selection of Western Australian art. It’s known for its great night life, its farmers market on Saturdays, and hosting a boutique street festival every year.

Wembley

Median house price: $994,000

Schools: Bold Park Community School, Lake Monger Primary, Wembley Primary School, Speech and Hearing Centre.

A large suburb which is bordered by Lake Monger, it has a beach nearby and is lovely and peaceful. It’s close to Subiaco and Leederville for entertainment options. It has a mix of apartments and stand-alone homes. Its leafy green-lined streets and clean streets attract many families.

Huge range of options

With a wide variety of house prices, styles of living and suburb options, Perth has a lot to offer. Take your time making a decision and even find a temporary rental to trial a suburb before making a more permanent decision. After all, finding the best suburb for you will change your life.

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