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.