We’re not surprising anyone when we acknowledge that Perth’s property market has been pretty crazy since the onset of the pandemic back in 2020… And why wouldn’t it? It’s a pretty fantastic place to live! And while those strong market conditions don’t look set to ease any time soon, Perth and its surrounding suburbs remain some of the most affordable to buy in the country.
It means the dream of owning a home close to the coast is still within reach (especially compared to the eastern states), and we’ve teamed up with reiwa.com to look at the cheapest coastal suburbs to buy within an hour of Perth.
Mandurah ($315,000 Median Sale Price)
Over the past decade or so Mandurah has become a popular “seachange” suburb – close enough to Perth for the commute, while offering far more affordable homes closer to the beach, with all the trappings of a modern regional city. Now home to a major shopping centre, a bustling boardwalk, excellent bars and restaurants, the Mandurah train line and a variety of local schooling options, it’s the perfect city for young families looking for coastal living.
Merriwa ($375,000) + Butler ($400,000) + Ridgewood ($414,000)
At the northern end of the coastal suburbs around Perth lies Merriwa and Butler, part of the City Of Wanneroo and just a short drive from popular beaches like Quinns Rocks and Jindalee (pictured below). They’re close to a number of great primary schools, and have populations largely made up of young couples with and without kids. To go with the beaches there are also a number of large parks, small shopping centres (supplemented by the larger one in Clarkson), and they’re close to a burgeoning coastal eating and drinking scene.
Warnbro ($380,000) + Waikiki ($394,500) + Port Kennedy ($412,275)
Neighbouring Rockingham suburbs Warnbro, Waikiki and Port Kennedy all offer a slice of the quiet suburban lifestyle set against the beachside backdrop of Safety Bay. Similarly to Mandurah, Rockingham has begun harnessing that coastal living lifestyle with an array of awesome things to do around town. We’re talking watersports galore, an excellent foodie scene, a thriving marine ecosystem home to dolphins, penguins and seals and much more (check out our recent deep dive here). It’s also another great location for young families with plenty of recreational facilities and schools to choose from.
Two Rocks ($403,000)
While still within the City Of Wanneroo local authority, Two Rocks is actually the furthest northern extension of the Perth metro area. It has a small population and is right on the coast, home to the Two Rocks Marina and some great beaches. Being a little further out from Perth Two Rocks is definitely for those who love a bit of coastal adventuring (there’s some excellent surf spots in the area), with another strong population of young couples with and without kids. It’s also home to a WA icon, King Neptune!
Image via Facebook / Lost Yanchep
While Mandurah has the coastal regional city lifestyle downpat, if you’re looking for something a little more chill then Falcon just 10-15 minutes further south is the suburb for you. It almost has a down south feel, while still being super close to Mandurah, with a couple of mid-range shopping centres, some great schools and it runs all the way along a beautiful stretch of coast that offers great surfing and secluded bays in equal parts. It’s also just north of the aquatic playground that is the Dawesville Cut, and the world-class The Cut golf course.
Golden Bay ($422,000)
Similarly to Falcon, Golden Bay offers a more-chill coastal way of life just south of Rockingham (around 20 minutes). It’s great for young families with a variety of public leisure spaces to soak up the sunshine, recreational facilities, skate park and the epic Shipwreck Cove playground (pictured below), while also being only a few minutes from Secret Harbour. As Perth continues to move towards becoming one long coastal metropolis, Golden Bay will be a popular part of the chain.
Image via Golden Bay.
Getting into the property market? Head to WA’s go-to resource for real estate – reiwa.com.