By Luke Tedesco
They say that in order to start you need to begin at the beginning. I have chosen the northern suburb of Wanneroo for my first suburb profile as this was the place I spent growing up.
Wanneroo is located approximately 29km north of Perth and has undertaken a significant facelift in the last 15 years. A quiet, spacious and rustic suburb, growing up in Wanneroo had a tremendous community feel to it. It has now transformed into a bustling and modern suburb which facilitates neighbouring suburbs Sinagra, Ashby, Hocking, Tapping & Mariginiup.
Wanneroo Central, Wanneroo Library, the City of Wanneroo and St Anthony’s Primary School have all been upgraded since 2000 and are all located in close proximity.
The sport & leisure centre located behind Wanneroo Central also undertook a makeover in recent times and its aquatic facilities are an integral community icon.
In 2014, Café Elixir was announced as the WA winner of the Foxtel LifeStyle FOOD Channel’s I Love Food Awards. This is a favourite meet up place for many local (and non-local) residents and continue to receive rave online reviews for its food, coffee and service.
The Wanneroo Agricultural Show is always a big community event and has been running for over 100 years highlighting the community’s rich heritage in agriculture, horticulture, livestock, hobbies, arts & crafts.
An abundance of parks, gardens and lakes gives Wanneroo a very relaxed lifestyle. The Wanneroo Botanical Gardens provide amazing scenery and is a popular wedding venue. It also has been a parents haven during school holidays with mini-golf also available.
Whilst growth rates have declined slightly in the past 12 months, Wanneroo has experienced a 5.2% growth over the past 10 years which is slightly above the Perth Metro Region average of 5.0%.
The suburb consists predominantly of houses (87%) with 75% occupancy either those who have purchased or own outright. For the past 12 months, the median price range sits at $455,000
Wanneroo is a recommended suburb for families with kids, those who like to be close to nature and looking for sizeable blocks of land.
Information used from REIWA, RP Data & Homely