How To Choose Your New Swan Valley Neighbourhood ‌

The Swan Valley is one of Perth’s most unique and scenic locations. Not only does it have the distinction of being WA’s oldest wine producing region, it also happens to be positioned inside Perth’s fast-growing northern corridor. With its mix of culture, heritage, nature and award-winning wine, the Swan Valley has proven to be an attractive destination for visitors and locals alike. 

Savvy investors and home buyers have driven growth around the region, turning its neighbourhoods into thriving hubs of activity. Nowadays, you’ll find plenty of suburbs to choose from around the Swan Valley – each with their own distinctive personality. For those unfamiliar with the territory, it can be difficult to know which community is the best fit for your lifestyle and budget. 

Dayton, Caversham, West Swan and Henley Brook all share similar features and benefits, but you’ll find the vibe, living options and community is vastly different in each. So, how should you choose which Swan Valley neighbourhood to buy or build your next home in? 

Local amenities

One of the first things you’ll want to consider is the different local amenities on offer in different neighbourhoods around the Swan Valley. Think about what matters to you. Newer neighbourhoods and estates, like St Leonards, have been thoughtfully planned with connection and convenience in mind. Around Dayton you’ll find all the essentials close by; from shopping and dining options to parks within walking distance from your home to nearby schools and childcare options. Areas like Dayton benefit from being close to the Swan Valley’s existing wineries, art galleries and natural attractions like Whiteman Park, and are also well-positioned to take advantage of future amenities such as the planned Metronet train stations, which are currently under construction. 

On the flip side, you’ll find that the Swan Valley’s older suburbs are often rich with cultural heritage and amenities. Many of the region’s suburbs were established early in WA’s history and so you will find an interesting mix of history and housing in suburbs like West Swan, as well as many of the wineries, breweries and art galleries that have made the region famous – you’ll also pay a much higher premium to live there! The median house price in West Swan is $656,000 compared to just $432,500 in Dayton, according to REIWA. If you’re looking to balance affordable living and established amenities, then suburbs like Dayton are a great choice.

Housing options

The next thing to consider is the housing options available in suburbs throughout the Swan Valley. The types of land and homes available can vary considerably from neighborhood to neighbourhoods. In many of the Swan Valley’s older suburbs you’ll find an eclectic mix of homes – from colonial cottages through to modern, newly built designs. Many of these neighbourhoods have grown rapidly, with urban planning and design evolving over time to meet the demands of the population. 

In newer estates like St Leonards, careful planning and design guidelines mean you’ll typically find beautiful streetscapes waiting for you, as well as the opportunity to build a home of your own. Sizable homesites have become rare throughout much of the Swan Valley, with most of the stock being established housing, but it’s still possible to build your dream family home in Dayton. 

If you’re looking for a home in the Swan Valley then we’d recommend taking a look at the current land opportunities and house & land packages we have for sale at St Leonards. 

Local community

It’s the people that make a place special. The Swan Valley is a popular place for people from all walks of life to settle, thanks to it’s warm and welcoming community. No matter what life stage you’re at, you’ll find you fit in here. Across all the Swan Valley suburbs you’ll find a mix of demographics, from young couples and first home buyers to families and retirees. The Swan Valley’s many lifestyle options and amenities make it a great place for everyone to live. 

If it’s a lively, neighbourly, community-feel that you’re looking for then you’ll love St Leonards. For young families and first time home buyers, suburbs like Dayton have the edge. The influx of new people to the area has encouraged community groups to flourish, offering plenty of opportunities to meet new people and get to know your neighbours. Local schools, shared public spaces and beautiful outdoor spaces also encourage residents to mingle. 

Future development plans

The Swan Valley region has evolved rapidly over the last decade, and there’s a lot more yet to come! Major infrastructure upgrades like the Metronet rail line are set to further transform the area, and millions of dollars of investment has been poured into the planning and construction of major projects around the City of Swan. Dayton has been the focus of a lot of the region’s future development planning, with work on a new neighbourhood park and upgrades to the local wetlands underway.

If you’re looking to build or invest in the area, then it’s a great idea to take a look at what’s on the horizon. 

Want to find out more about the Swan Valley? Pay us a visit at our land sales office or get in touch with us today!

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