Safety first when choosing area to live in
For many homebuyers, the desire to live somewhere they can eventually raise children can heavily influence the type of home they buy and its location.
Speaking with West Real Estate, REIWA President Damian Collins said finding the perfect family-friendly suburb largely depended on personal preference.
“There are several factors which make a suburb family-friendly,” he said.
“Generally, families are attracted to suburbs that are part of a nice community, with good schools and safe streets.”
According to the latest realestate.com.au Life in Australia Index report, most Perth residents believed living in a safe area was the most important factor in deciding whether an area was a good place to live.
The report surveyed 9515 Australians and found, of those who lived in Perth, 72 per cent ranked feeling safe as their number one consideration.
This factor was placed higher than the availability of affordable, decent housing (57 per cent), high-quality health services (56 per cent), good job prospects (39 per cent) and access to the natural environment (34 per cent). Perth residents also valued safety more than residents in any other major Australian capital city.
For those in search of a safe and family-friendly suburb to live, Mr Collins said to speak with other people living in that suburb to get their view before you buy.
“You can get a pretty good idea of a suburb’s reputation just by talking to the people who live there,” he said.
“Speaking to a local REIWA agent will also give you an insight into the suburb you’re looking in.
“If you are unsure of how to find a family-friendly suburb, you can search for a property on reiwa.com and find a list of nearby schools in the area.
“These suburb profiles also give you a breakdown of what ‘family-friendly’ features are in any suburb.”
While the suburb you choose to raise a family in is different for everyone, Mr Collins said most families were drawn to the below components.
• Easy access to amenities like childcare, recreational facilities, health facilities, shops and public transport.
• A good range of local schools, including primary and high school.
• Quiet streets and low crime rate.
• Local sporting clubs.
• Parks and playgrounds.
• Easy and safe access to local transport.
• A good community feel and neighbourhood.