Heavenly Heritage: Why We Love East Freo

21 August 2021

Steeped in rich history, the precinct of East Fremantle has long been an attractive proposition for its iconic heritage homes, stunning waterfront vistas and community connectedness.

Established in 1897 after separating from the greater Fremantle area, East Fremantle is a quaint locale in its own right, set aside from the busy hubbub of its port city neighbour.

Originally, the early settlement comprised of large farm holdings. But as the colony flourished during the 1890s gold rush, its make-up changed to a residential area with workers cottages and more stately homes, including the renowned Woodside and Richmond estates.

Today, its historical context marries perfectly with a contemporary, urbane vibe and some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars in Perth.

Here’s four reasons why we love East Fremantle:

 

Community

East Fremantle’s strong sense of community has long been the cornerstone of the suburb. One of the pinnacles on the annual calendar is the much-loved George Street Festival, which has been staged since 1989. The event draws hundreds of locals and visitors to the charming strip for a community celebration with George Street traders, local artisans, street food and entertainment. The festival is due to take place on December 5 this year.

Recreation

Bounded by the Swan River to the north and west, East Fremantle provides opportunities aplenty for waterfront living and recreation. Its position provides first-class riverfront views and open space along Riverside Road and Preston Point Road, as well as some of the most elite clubs including the East Fremantle Yacht Club, Swan Yacht Club and East Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club.

In addition, East Fremantle Football Oval has been mooted for a $20 million redevelopment into an integrated community, sport and leisure precinct. The exciting plan incorporates the East Fremantle Sharks Football Club, bowls and croquet clubs, health services, a community hall, hard courts, dog exercise area, community garden, skatepark and playground.

Out and about

Much-loved George Street is the main entertaining strip in East Fremantle and offers a range of retail and food choices, including Hubbles Yard Café, Ethos Deli & Dining and the vibrant Young George Bar & Kitchen. But the suburb is also home to a plethora of eateries that attract both locals and visitors. Check into the Tradewinds and The Left Bank as your local watering holes, or try Numero Uno Café in Petra Street for classic Italian fare, ready made meals and catering. For boutique bars, The Duke of George and Sweetwater Rooftop Bar are must stops, as well as the suburb’s newest drawcard – Jetty Bar & Eats at East Street Jetty.

Call East Freo home

East Fremantle has made every effort to resist the push for infill development, actively embracing the charm of its many heritage homes, gardens and streetscapes. As well as quaint heritage homes and impressive modern waterfront mansions, East Fremantle also has has a multitude of other housing options including villas, townhouses and low-rise apartments.

Real Estate Institute of WA data shows the median house price for East Fremantle is $1.25 million, while the median price for units is $515,000. For land, the median price sits at $850,000.

REIWA figures show in the past year alone, East Fremantle has enjoyed 6.4% growth.

Mont is a big advocate of East Fremantle and is available to help with any part of your property journey, please feel free to contact us.

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