The redevelopment design of Balcatta Senior High School has won an Australian Institute of Architects WA award.

Suburb Introduction

Balcatta: From Rural Roots to Bustling Suburb

Where History Merges with Modern Living

Before the bustling 1970s, Balcatta was a serene land, largely dedicated to market gardening and rural pursuits. It wasn’t until the late 60s, spurred by the housing demands of blue-collar workers, that the region began its rapid transformation into the suburban haven it is today. While homes in the area are predominantly brick and tile, a touch of southern European design influence is evident, and charming character homes—often timber-framed—can still be found east of Main Street, a nod to the suburb’s agricultural past.

As Balcatta grew, it naturally welcomed an array of commercial and community facilities. The Primewest Northlands Shopping Centre and Amelia Heights Shopping Centre cater to the diverse needs of residents. Several green spaces, like Richard Guelfi Field and Rickman Delawney Reserve, offer recreational facilities ranging from playing fields to tennis courts. For families, the area is equipped with four primary schools and the renowned Balcatta Senior High School. Notably, the suburb’s northern sector is an industrial hub, housing important establishments such as the Water Corporation and Western Power offices. Among the suburb’s unique landmarks, the limestone pinnacles at Balcatta Senior High School stand out, having been revealed in the mid-20th century as the surrounding sand was excavated.

Population

10,813

Median Age

39

Number of Dwellings

5,153

Median
Sales Price

$613K

Median
Rental Price

$650 per week

Median Time on Market

8 Days

Data obtained in 2024 from Real Estate Institute of Western Australia and Australian Bureau of Statistics

Deep Dive

Balcatta: Origins in Land Grants

In the mid-19th century, Balcatta’s beginnings were rooted in significant land grants. In 1844, Samuel Moore was granted a vast expanse of 780 acres, which now forms a portion of present-day Balcatta. However, following Moore’s demise in 1875, the land found a new proprietor in John Charles Mews, who acquired it for £300. It wasn’t until Mews’ offer for sale in 1888 that the name “Balcatta” began to emerge in historical records. Another part of Balcatta’s landscape can be traced back to a sizable grant awarded to T. R. C. Walters in 1840.

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