west perth

Suburb Introduction

West Perth: The Evolution of Elegance

From Elite Enclaves to Bustling Business District

Historically the domain of wealthy merchants and politicians, West Perth has undergone a significant transformation. Today, as a part of the inner mixed zone, it primarily boasts office blocks, pushing out the earlier residential landmarks. The streets, like Colin Street, Ord Street, and Outram Street, are a blend of office spaces and high-density residential structures, reflecting the suburb’s modern character. The area is also a hub for professionals, with a notable concentration of miners, consultants, and notably, medical specialists when compared to the Perth CBD.

The retail heart of West Perth pulsates along Hay Street, catering primarily to the office-going crowd. As we edge closer to the CBD, notable landmarks include the Watertown brand outlet complex and the City West complex. Interestingly, this very spot was once the bustling epicentre of the Perth Metropolitan Markets from 1929 to 1989, before they relocated to Canning Vale. The suburb’s dynamic evolution from an exclusive residential enclave to a commercial hotspot captures the spirit of progress and adaptability.



Median Age


Number of Dwellings


Sales Price


Rental Price

$650 per week

Median Time on Market

17 Days

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

Deep Dive

West Perth: The Seat of Government and Decision-making

West Perth proudly hosts the majestic Parliament House on Harvest Terrace, serving as the pivotal point of political discourse in Western Australia. Initially, the Swan River Colony’s original Legislative Council was modestly stationed in St Georges Terrace, while the Legislative Assembly found its home near the Town Hall on Howick Street. However, an 1897 Royal Commission set the stage for change, deliberating between relocating the houses to either their present location in St Georges Terrace or the elevated Harvest Terrace. The persuasive voices of politicians John Winthrop Hackett and George Leake championed for Harvest Terrace, and their vision prevailed, solidifying West Perth’s status in the annals of Western Australian governance.

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