Looking for a new home? West is best – here’s why.
Big Eastern States cities like Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney have seemed to always top the list when it comes to the best places to live in Australia. Yet that could all be changing, with a new generation of interstate migrants flocking to Western Australia to build their new homes.
That might come as a shock if you’ve always seen Perth as that place they send Neighbours
characters to write them out of the show. But the reality is pressures like cost of living, housing affordability and traffic commute times are at the heart of new discontent bubbling away on the eastern seaboard.
Life’s not meant to be that hard, is it? If you’re thinking of building a new home, you might want to expand your search over the Nullarbor.
Here are 3 big reasons why more homebuyers are being lured west.
1. The lifestyle is amazing
It’s hard to beat the WA lifestyle. You probably already know it’s a sunny, laid-back, outdoor-orientated place to live, Surfing, boating, kayaking – all the ‘ings’ really. What you may not be quite up to speed with is Perth’s rapid transformation into a vibrant global city with relaxed trading hours, trendy laneway bars and uber cool restaurants (sound familiar?). No wonder the city’s bountiful land is being developed into apartments and estates that make the most of this newfound identity.
Where should I buy to enjoy the lifestyle?
If you love the inner city vibe, Indigo China Green
in the trendy suburb of Subiaco is practically perfect, with modern apartments set right in the middle of an urban wonderland of foodie havens, character homes and overflowing bars. Learn more here.
If you’re looking for a great place to raise your young family, The Heights Kardinya
has a range of architecturally designed turnkey house and land packages from a low $495,000, close to pristine beaches, parks, cafes, shopping and entertainment venues. That’s an extremely affordable entry point into one of Perth’s most tightly held suburbs. Learn more here.
For the ultimate lifestyle crossover, try AVIVA
on Broadway. With 29 boutique apartments for sale on the doorstep of the Swan River and UWA precinct just 15 minutes from Perth CBD, you’ll be close enough to the hustle and bustle while still tucked away in nature’s playground. Learn more here.
2. The homes are more affordable
If you live on the East coast, you’ll know ‘cost of living’ is a hot topic. Sure, the school fees and road tolls are enough to get on anyone’s nerves, but it’s housing costs that really grind our gears.
So you might be interested to know that Perth housing is cheaper. And when we say cheaper, we also mean cheaper relative to what you earn too. Perth housing prices are just six times the average income, compared to Sydney (nearly 13 times). When you consider mortgage repayments make up 25% of household spending, the value on offer is enormous.
Where should I buy to get a great value home?
As Perth evolves and expands along its coastal corridors, more and more estates are being developed offering some of Perth’s best value house and land packages.
One of our favourites is Botanica Canning Vale
, where you can get an entire house and land package for just $399,000 (not a typo). Set in a leafy cultural playground with 32 strata free
lots, Botanica will appeal to those who want to stamp their style in a location they’ll love. Like for like, you’re unlikely to find anything that comes close on the east coast. Learn more here.
3. The housing products are ‘unique’
When it comes to housing, Australia has traditionally been fairly conservative. Ever notice how driving through inner city suburbs across the country feels like street after street of identical post war bungalows?
It’s refreshing to see Perth’s thriving new home movement is culminating in a smorgasbord of innovative new housing products developed to meet different demands, from savvy eco friendly solar communities to creative purpose-built student accommodation and syndicates where property owners independently develop projects to their unique needs.
Where should I buy if I’m chasing a unique product?
One great example of an estate designed exclusively to meet the modern needs of a niche population is Haven Ridgewood. Designed with over 55s living in mind, this vibrant master planned community turns the traditional perception of ‘retirement home’ on its head by allowing you to live a dynamic retirement lifestyle today, with peace of mind knowing your changing health needs will be catered to down the track.
You get a home of your own, with no strata fees or exit penalties (freehold house and land packages start from just $320,000). You also get to enjoy complete independence and all the perks of ‘resort-style’ village life, like pools, restaurants and gyms. And with an innovative Next Generation Health and Wellness Hub set to be built adjacent to Haven
, you’ll enjoy convenient access to next generation aged care and health services as you need them. Learn more here.
Another great option, unique to WA, is The Reef, Two Rocks
. Two Rocks, is an idyllic coastal town about an hour north of Perth renowned for its natural beauty, lifestyle activities and coastal community feel. Breathing in the fresh salty air, sinking your toes into the sand - there really is something special about this cherished corner of the world.
With house and land packages starting from just $119,500
, discover how easy it is to unlock your new Two Rocks lifestyle today.
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