Family Friendly: Why We Love Melville

8 October 2021

Named after Melville Water, a significant stretch of the Swan River, the suburb of Melville is a favoured hub for families, just 11km from Perth’s CBD.

Melville Water was named by Captain James Stirling during explorations in 1827, two years before settlement of the Swan River.

Despite being earmarked for development in 1896 as Melville Park Estate, the suburb only forged ahead after the second world war.

Melville has gained momentum as a desired property hotspot since the early 1990s and today, is home to more than 5700 residents, largely couples and families, as well as older couples.

Here’s four reasons why we love Melville:

 

Community

Melville has a great sense of community and is drawing young families to the area for its proximity to well-reputed schools, including Melville Primary and Melville Senior High. There is a range of community facilities including the AH Bracks Library and Creative Space, Melville Recreation Centre and the nearby Melville Plaza Shopping Centre. Bargain hunters will delight in the weekly Melville Rotary Market in the plaza carpark each Sunday.

Recreation

The small pocket of Melville is loved for its family vibe and local reserves. Bounded by Canning Highway to the north and Leach Highway to the south, the 2 square kilometre land area has several significant parks, including the impressive 4ha Kadidjiny Park, which underwent a $9.5 million redevelopment in 2010 to include a popular playground, community barbecues and large amphitheatre. Melville Reserve, Marmion Reserve and Anthony Dodd Reserve are also nearby.

 

Out and about

Melville has a range retail and food drawcards for those looking to soak up the local atmosphere. Blend Café and Pizza Bar in Marmion Street has been a go-to for locals since 2008 when the café transitioned from a picture framer. It’s now known for its collection of bric-a-brac dating back to 1960, as well as its laid-back vibe, delicious meals and woodfired pizzas. Also on Marmion Street is Delicious Fingers, which has a tempting breakfast menu that has attracted rave reviews from locals.

Property

While much of Melville largely comprises housing stock that dates back to the 1950s, the suburb has become a sought-after location, particularly for young families. It is now one of the region’s highest demand property markets with its mix of post-war homes as well as renovated properties and newly constructed units and townhouses.

Real Estate Institute of WA data shows the median house price for Melville is $870,000, while the median price for units is $500,000. For land, the median price sits at $550,000. In the past year alone, house prices in Melville have experienced solid growth of 6.1%, REIWA data shows.

Mont Property believes Melville is a suburb to watch and is available to help with any part of your property journey, please feel free to contact us.

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