Strong buyer demand as our top local schools flourish

22 April 2023

Quality schools are in demand across the Melville catchment, with buyers making property decisions heavily weighted in favour of the high calibre of educational prospects in the area.

Mont Property Managing Director Matthew Podesta said the local area was laden with top-class private and public schools, which influenced the decision-making of buyers when purchasing property.

“Attadale, Applecross, Mount Pleasant and Booragoon have long been popular suburbs because of the beautiful location, close proximity to the river and standout homes in the area,” Mr Podesta said.

“Now, we are seeing a growing trend of young families making conscious decisions to live here due to the exceptional schools on our doorstep.”

Perched high overlooking the Swan River in Attadale, Santa Maria College has become an iconic landmark of the area and one of the best performing girls’ schools in Perth for students from Year 5 to 12.

Also within close proximity is Santa Maria’s brother school, Aquinas College in Salter Point, as well as brother-sister schools Wesley College in South Perth and Penrhos College in Como. All Saints College in Bull Creek, an independent co-educational school offering pre-kindergarten to secondary education, is another sought-after option.

Public schools, including Applecross and Rossmoyne senior high schools, are also hotly contested in the area.

In WA, public schools are governed by ‘local intake areas’ which mean residents who live within the geographical boundaries of the zone have priority for enrolment.

However, students who live out of the area can be accepted to public high schools as part of specialist gifted and talented programs. These programs dominate our area, with popular local drawcard Applecross SHS hosting a visual arts program, Rossmoyne SHS known for its languages offerings and Melville SHS with an academic program.

At John Curtin SHS in Fremantle, there are gifted and talented programs across the arts, including dance, drama, media arts, musical theatre, visual arts and music.

Mr Podesta said the suburb of Booragoon was in a fortunate position, attracting an influx families due to its ‘dual intake area’ within two of the state’s best public high schools – Rossmoyne and Applecross.

“For parents looking to get their children into Applecross and Rossmoyne, there is strong demand for property in these local areas, which ensures enrolment,” he said.

Mr Podesta said even people who did not have children were seeking quality homes in the area, knowing they attract solid rental returns, long-term tenants and that good local schools can influence demand and property prices.

“Homes within close proximity to top-performing schools tend to face increased demand and attract higher prices both in sales and for rentals, so opting to buy in an area where there are good schools makes sense,” he said.

While the list of WA’s best performing schools for 2022 was not published publicly, 2021 data shows secondary schools in our area were among the state’s top achievers.

In 2021, Penrhos was the 5th best in the median Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) score, achieving 91.45.

Rossmoyne Senior High School was the 12th top school with a median ATAR of 88.65, while Wesley was 13th with 88.55 and Santa Maria clocked number 22 on the list with 87.0.

Applecross Senior High School came in at 24th place with 86.85, Aquinas at 82.8 and Melville Senior High School crept into the top 50 WA schools at number 50 with 82.3.

Local public primary schools including Attadale, Applecross and Booragoon, have become sought-after, while Mel Maria Catholic Primary School campuses in Attadale and Myaree, as well as St Benedict’s School in Applecross have traditionally been popular private offerings.

“For many parents, it’s all about being in the right intake area to have the best chance of getting into a good public school and living as close as possible to the private school you choose to send your children to,” Mr Podesta said.

“We also find that farmers and those who live out of town choose this area as their Perth base because it is close to schools that their children board at or attend. There is a lot of demand across our area for quality family homes.”

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