Riverfront gem a sought-after spectacle at Blackwall Reach, Bicton

6 November 2021

For 30 years Richard Russell and his wife, Lyndsay, have enjoyed the incredible vista of Blackwall Reach and living on the doorstep of a water playground.

But as the couple edges into their twilight years, they have decided to list their beautiful two-storey Bicton home for sale and embark on a sea change, spending six months of the year in WA’s north-west and downsizing to a smaller property when in Perth.

“It’s a wonderful spot. We really like living here,” Mr Russell said.

“I muck around in the river. I’ve got a kayak and I swim in the river and I catch fish in the river in a boat. I go prawning in the river. I’ve had a good 30 years of it.

“Now we are looking for a sea change,” he said. “We’ve been going up north for years with our caravan and we thought, because we’re getting older, that we might buy a place up north and spend six months up there and downscale at home in Perth.”

Perched atop an elevated 965sqm landholding, the Russells have curated the four bedroom, two bathroom residence at 61 Blackwall Reach over the past three decades, completing two significant renovations and incorporating a spa and sauna, a delightful courtyard with an outdoor shower and an enchanting garden with citrus, banana and mango trees.

Mr Russell said they would miss the views and the close proximity to the river.

“One thing that people don’t realise is that the house in front of us is subject to a height covenant so they’re not allowed to let anything, which includes trees, grow higher than the height of the house that it is now,” he said.

“It will be gut-wrenching for us to go because we’ve made it our home. We’ve got a sauna, we’ve got a hot tub, we have a lovely garden. It’s about the little things, like the shower in the  backyard when I come up from the river after a swim, I can have a shower before I go inside and wash the sand off me.

“We will still buy another place in this suburb because we love it here. We’ve had it pretty good for 30 years with river views and having the river right on our doorstep.

Real Estate Institute of WA data shows Bicton has been one of the most lucrative suburbs in Perth in the past year, with price growth amongst houses surging by a staggering 39.7% in the 12-month period. The median house price for the suburb is now $1.24 million.

The growth rate for Bicton blitzes the Perth metropolitan area, which recorded an increase of 8.2% in the past year. Mont Managing Director Matthew Podesta said the property’s position was part of a highly sought-after riverside enclave, where homes were traditionally tightly held.

“Given the current market conditions and the good growth seen in Bicton in the past year, I expect strong interest in this property,” Mr Podesta said.

“It really is the package deal. It has breathtaking river views, incredible proximity to the waterfront, Bicton Baths and Point Walter, is a generous landholding and has everything you could possibly need in home.”

61 Blackwall Reach Parade, Bicton is due to go to auction on Saturday November 20 at 11am.

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