Whether you’re a young family or have teenagers, starting a new life anywhere in Australia is a big change, and where you’re going to live is one of the big decisions you want to get right. If you’re moving to Perth, here are the top 5 suburbs to live in in the city.


A young family can take advantage of the beach setting in Cottesloe. Fabulously conserved, you can go running, cycling or walk the dog the entire length of the beach, or just enjoy sitting on the golden sands every weekend with Perth CBD a mere few minutes away on the train. Due to the location and lifestyle, houses don’t come cheap, but you do pay for the high quality.

South Perth

You can find many 3 and 4 bedroom homes in South Perth away from the Swan River. A nice 2km away from the CBD, you’re surrounded by parkland, leafy roads and close proximity to Perth Zoo, but can take the ferry to get into the city within five minutes.

Mount Hawthorn

Tree-lined streets, great shopping and self-contained from the city centre with a 10-minute train ride, Mount Hawthorn is a desirable place to live for families. The schools and parks are great for kids, but there’s also enough cafes, pubs and live music venues for the grown ups. Expect period homes and townhouses ranging from affordable to expensive.


Despite being just off from the city centre, Subiaco is a great place to live as long as you have the money to do it. Think designer shopping, gourmet restaurants and large period homes, but also take in mind that the local primary school hosts the weekly farmer’s market, so there’s a great local community feel too.


Houses in Applecross are lucky to have river views, and as a result prices can be high, but not as high as more inner city locations. Leafy streets, good schools and a good distance from the city, it’s an ideal suburb to raise children.