10 best Perth suburbs to move your family
Finding your ideal family home is more than simply looking for the right house to live in. It’s the bigger picture: the area you’ll be dwelling in, the access you have to the things you need and the kind of future you see for yourself in the space you choose.
But how do you pick the right suburb? Luckily, we’ve been working in Perth and the surrounding area for more than three decades. When it comes to knowing Perth, we know it inside-out and backwards.
We crunched some data, such as crime statistics (offences against property and person), number of schools (and proximity), parks, reserves, playgrounds and ovals, as well as each suburb’s overall population. We also limited our search to suburbs within an easy 10km of Perth CBD Underground, so you don’t have to worry about spending hours commuting to the best of what the city has to offer.
After all that analysis, here is our definitive guide to the 10 best suburbs to live in Perth:
|Suburb||Crime / 100 ppl||Playgrounds / suburb||Primary schools / suburb|
Our top pick is the stunning suburb Churchlands. Think leafy streets, great public transport and close proximity to the beach for those lazy summer days. Churchlands bumps up next to Herdsman Lake, a recreational area and wildlife sanctuary, making it perfect for those who like being close to nature. It has the lowest crime rate (combined property and person offenses) out of our list, so you can rest easy during the day and night. With four schools in this suburb, plus an Edith Cowan University Campus, it’s perfect for all stages of family life.
Boasting big homes, impressive architecture and stunning views of the Swan River, Dalkeith is a beauty to behold. You’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of parks and reserves to relax and enjoy. If you’re keen on fitness, there are many sports facilities and schools for the whole family to enjoy. Although the suburb features some of Perth’s most spectacular mansions, the area caters to many types of family homes.
#3 Salter Point
We love this area for its quiet streets and cleanliness. Right on the water with the views to match, Salter Point is a relaxing place to settle. Enjoy taking in the Lagoon Conservation Area, play in Sandoon Park or go shopping in one of the lovely boutiques, you’ll be sure to appreciate the idyllic lifestyle that comes with this suburb.
A hidden gem, this quaint suburb sits along the Canning River and is surrounded by playgrounds and parklands. With many large blocks and properties available, you’ll have all the privacy you need from the neighbours. Shelley has ample public transport to the city, and a local primary school within an easy bike ride or walk for the kids. You won’t have to go far for food, medical or beauty treatments with the local ‘Shelley Hub’ shopping centre taking care of your needs.
Along the southern side of the Swan River is the scenic suburb of Attadale. A haven for families, it features 13 playgrounds and a whopping total of 40 hectares or parkland. There are two neighboring primary schools to choose from and plenty of childcare options. Take your dog for a walk to the park or along the foreshore, where you’ll meet plenty of like-minded and friendly people within the community.
A blend of old and new homes can be found on Floreat’s tree lined streets. A neighbour to our #1 pick Churchlands, this suburb is within easy reach of the beach and Herdsman Lake, with abundant parkland and access to nature available. If you like sports, you’ll love being close to the Western Australian Athletics Stadium and Floreat Oval, where you can work on your fitness throughout the week. Or if taking it easy is more your style, grab a coffee at one of the local cafes or a pint from the pub, sit back and relax.
To the south-west of Shelley is Rossmoyne, a suburb known for its balanced lifestyle and focus on fitness. Play a game of tennis and then head to the local bakery for lunch, or head to the Village Shopping Centre and visit the hairdressers for some self-care. Grab your bike and cycle along the river, or head to one of the gyms or fitness centres for a yoga or Tai Chi class. Families have access to the local community kindergarten, as well as a primary and high school, making this a great place for all ages.
Beach lifestyle awaits you here, with gorgeous sunsets and sea air to enjoy. A variety of properties are available across this suburb, which means you might just find yourself with those ocean views you’ve always wanted. Swanbourne’s train runs regularly and is a quick trip to the Perth CBD for those who work in the city. If golf is your thing, Cottesloe Golf course is close by and highly regarded.
This petite suburb is a renowned hub for the local Jewish community, surrounded by beautiful parkland. Menora was originally designed to be a garden suburb, and has many heritage listed buildings that have significant cultural value. There are plenty of schools nearby to choose from, for children of all ages, as well as the Mount Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University. With beautiful homes and strong neighbourly spirit, Menora is a great place to raise a family.
#10 Mount Claremont
Rounding out our list is the green suburb of Mount Claremont. If space is what you’re after, then you’ll find beautiful spacious homes here. There’s a delightful farmer’s market to enjoy every Saturday, where you can buy seasonal produce and a variety of handmade arts and crafts. Parks and schools get the big tick here too. Mount Claremont is close to the WA Institute of Sport and various sporting clubs in the surrounding area and has great public transport access for when you need to get around.
Data and methodology:
Data range used in calculations encompasses all suburbs within exactly 10km of Perth CBD underground for a total of 76 suburbs.
Playgrounds data sourced from https://www.playgroundfinder.com. Primary school (public and non-governmental) data from http://det.wa.edu.au/, last updated on April 19th 2019.
Crime data (offenses against property and against the person) is sourced directly from the WA Police website (https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Crime) and refers to the YTD 2018/19, last updated on July 6th 2019.
Population data is sourced from the ABS 2016 Census (http://www.abs.gov.au/census).
Suburb rankings were calculated using the above data sources to return results per 100 residents.
Additional suburb data and information sourced from Reiwa.com.au, https://www.stirling.wa.gov.au/your-city/about-stirling/suburbs/menora and reviews featured on homely.com.au
Whilst every care is taken with the data used, the Moving Man makes no claim nor holds responsibility for the accuracy of any data featured on this article.
Gordon Crawford is the figure behind The Moving Man, a family operated removalist located in Perth with more than 30 years of experience in moving people’s homes from Perth city to anywhere in WA, including to rural towns in the South West.