Why We Love Bicton
Famous as one of Perth’s most affluent riverside suburbs – Bicton has always been a popular spot. It’s location just 10km from the Perth CBD and connection to the water make it the perfect lifestyle destination.
Prior to European settlement, the indigenous Beeliar and Noongar people fished from the river edges and gathered water. The sandbar at Point Walter – known as Place of White Sand – was used as a river crossing and featured in local creation myths.
Bicton was settled by Europeans in the 1830s when four land grants were given to John Hole Duffield. Duffield named the area after a village in East Devon and in 1845 planted a vineyard of 5700 vines in the sandy soil. But the suburb’s reputation for sport and recreation began in 1904 with the establishment of the former Bicton Racecourse and it’s still home to one of Australia’s most successful sporting clubs, the Melville Water Polo Club.
Here are five more reasons why we love Bicton:
Great access to the water
Whether it’s a swim at the historic Bicton Baths, fishing from the Point Walter Jetty or boating, Bicton is a great place to enjoy life out on the beautiful waters of the Swan River. The suburb has great access to the river, particularly at Point Walter. There is a boat ramp, together with picnic and barbeque facilities dotted along the riverside. There is also stand-up paddleboard hire and you can even learn to kite surf locally.
Famous reserves and parks
The Blackwall Reach Reserve extending around the edge of Bicton is roughly 20 hectares of beautiful natural bushland that extends along the Swan Coastal Plain all the way up to the sand spit at Point Walter and beyond. As well as water sports, the area is a beautiful place for walks or cycling, and there are golf and tennis facilities at the Point Walter Golf Course. In addition to this green space, Bicton is blessed with five parks including the very picturesque Bicton Quarantine Park.
A history of sporting excellence
The Melville Water Polo Club was founded in 1946 and is based at the Bicton Baths in a pool specially designed for the sport. The club is famous for being a powerhouse of Olympic water polo competitors, producing 14 Olympians since the club was started. Including most recent Olympians, Zoe Arancini and Joel Swift who represented Australia in the Rio Olympics. Both started by playing ‘flippaball’, a fun and social way to get kids started in water polo which is played in two x 12 minute halves.
The most popular cafe in the area is undoubtedly Little Stove which is a home away from home for Bicton-ites and a great place for breakfast or lunch. It’s regularly packed on weekends for breakfast and brunch with its emphasis on fresh ingredients and stunning presentation. Check out the Strawberry & Hibiscus Pancakes or delicious Bacon & Egg Brioche Bap. It also has an awesome Instagram account destined to make you hungry!
Property in Bicton has something for everyone. Prices start at around $370,000 for entry-level apartments and townhouses and stretch well above $3million for riverside residences in and around the blue ribbon Blackwall Reach Parade strip. According to REIWA, the median sales price for a house in Bicton is currently $872,000 but the upper quartile median is $1.24m. Bicton’s original architectural style was dominated by homes built after WWII but increasingly, these are being stylishly renovated or knocked down and rebuilt into stunning modern properties with every luxury.
At Mont Property, we’re proud to be part of the Bicton community and love living locally. If we can help you with any part of your property journey, don’t hesitate to let us know.