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Suburb Introduction

Westminster: A Blend of Heritage and Modernity

From Timber-framed Homes to Contemporary Abodes

Historically, Westminster’s residential landscape was marked by timber-framed houses, a testament to the State Housing Commission’s initiatives. As the 1960s dawned, a shift was evident as private owners expressed their architectural flair by erecting brick dwellings, predominantly on modestly sized blocks, especially in the suburb’s northwest. Another intriguing trend between the 1960s and 1970s was the rise of unit developments, becoming a hallmark of Westminster’s residential offerings. However, the eastern expanse of Westminster stands in contrast, dominated by modern housing developments that emerged from the mid-1970s and continue to shape its present facade.

In the realm of community development, Stirling Central stands tall as Westminster’s paramount shopping destination, catering to both unique tastes through specialty stores and the daily essentials of the local populace. Complementing this commercial hub is the suburb’s emphasis on education and recreation. Westminster boasts a range of public and private primary educational institutions. Furthermore, the local community frequently gathers at the area’s diverse recreational spaces, including Matt Williams Reserve, Galluccio Reserve, and the Ted Cross Memorial Reserve.

Population

7,042

Median Age

34

Number of Dwellings

3,246

Median
Sales Price

$475K

Median
Rental Price

$550 per week

Median Time on Market

7 Days

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

Deep Dive

Westminster: From Limestone Roads to Urban Haven

Winding through the suburbs of Nollamara and Westminster Estate between 1936 and 1955 was the iconic limestone path, Westminster Boulevard. Westminster Estate itself saw its initial subdivision before World War II, yet the development was rather slow-paced until the late 1940s, largely attributed to the area’s perceived isolation. Predominantly, this vast land was the heart of market gardening and poultry farms, with timber cutting gaining prominence due to the lush jarrah and Banksia woodlands. By the early 1950s, the State Housing Commission took the reins, incorporating Westminster and its neighbours into the Mirrabooka Regional Centre, resulting in Westminster’s full development by 1970.

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