Decades of urban sprawl have seen Perth’s boundaries stretch a staggering 120km from north to south. However – in line with national trends – rather than buying a big block on the outskirts of the city, many Perth residents are choosing to live as close to the city as their budget will allow.
In fact, the residential population of Perth City (which covers parts of Crawley, East Perth, Northbridge, Perth and West Perth) grew significantly from 11,416 persons in 2006 to 16,720 persons in 2011 – showing just how popular Perth urban lifestyles have become1.
Whether it’s the older character of the houses, good access to infrastructure and local amenity, or the more practical appeal of shorter commutes – there’s a lot to love about living in Perth’s more cosmopolitan suburbs.
Featuring heavily in the City of Perth’s 2029+ Vision1, social inclusion is immensely important to the people of Perth. Feeling connected to our communities can help develop a sense of social inclusion and belonging.
- Many urban dwellers believe that the connectivity, inclusivity and vibrancy felt within local communities gets stronger the closer to the city that you get – due in part to the abundant social infrastructure in Perth’s urban suburbs.
- Access to local amenity and infrastructure is another big drawcard, with many of the suburbs that surround the city providing superior access to quality schools, transport hubs, shops, dining and entertainment, parks and other recreation.
More time doing the things we enjoy
Shorter, less stressful and in many cases more sustainable commutes are another factor enticing people to move closer to the city. By reducing our commutes, we create more time to spend with family and friends, doing the things we love.
- Combatting Perth’s growing commute times, 20% fewer of workers residing in Perth City travel by private car to work compared to Perth Region averages, while 27% fewer Perth City households own at least one car1.
- Lifestyle factors aside, the cost of commuting can quickly add up too. According to a 2014 study into work related travel, Perth ranked as Australia’s most expensive city in which to own and drive a car to work2. With the average Perth commuter forking out up to $1900 each month on parking, petrol, registration, insurance and maintenance, its no wonder people are seeking lifestyles that offer greater transport alternatives.
Housing style and character
Then of course there’s the distinctive character of homes that surround the city, many of which feature Federation style architecture complete with high ceilings, hardwood floors, front verandas and feature gables. Yet character needn’t mean old and run down.
- There’s huge potential in Perth’s urban suburbs for renovating houses in keeping with their architectural period. As well as for demolishing and redesigning contemporary homes and gardens on existing urban lots, allowing owners to combine prime city land with a house that meets their 21st century lifestyle needs.
One thing is for sure: we love being urban (or rather ‘Erban’) dwellers and we’re here to stay. Get in touch to find out how we can work with you to design a home that meets your needs, now and long into the future. Or why not tell us (below) what you love most about Perth city living?
- City of Perth Strategic Community Plan: 2029+ Vision (link)
- ABC: Commuting by car in Perth is the most expensive in Australia | 16-04-14