Inglewood

Inglewood

Living in Inglewood

The Vibe

More laid back and less self conscious than it’s upmarket neighbour, Inglewood is the suburb you choose if you can’t quite, or don’t want to, afford Mt Lawley. It has a popular café and restaurant scene along Beaufort Street (minus the noise and late night shenanigans of small bars), great local amenities (Inglewood has a library, Coles Supermarket as well as IGA, the popular MacAuley Park, a Pub, two garden centres, more beauticians than you can poke a tweezer at, Bunnings, legendary butcher Mondo di Carne, pet shop and more…) and buses every six minutes during the work week down Beaufort St to the City. Ironically, the Mount Lawley Tennis and Golf Clubs are both located in Inglewood and the suburb extends to include the Terry Tyzack Leisure Centre too.

In a nutshell? Inglewood is content to be the local beauty pageant runner-up because its never felt the need to win the competition – it’s pretty comfortable with who and what it is, thank you.

Who lives there?

With a population of just over 5,500 and covering 2.9sq kms, Inglewood is a relatively small suburb located 5km from the Perth CBD which is best described as a family orientated area with over 60% of households being classified as such. Relatively affluent, its median house price at 30 June 2012 was $725,000 (as opposed to an overall Perth metro median of $475,000) and it has a median household income of $1573 per week. The median average age of residents is 37 – the same as for WA overall. Inglewood is bordered by Mount Lawley to the south, Dianella and Yokine to the North/East, Bedford to the North/West and Maylands to the West.

The Lifestyle…

Terry Tyzack leisure centreLiving in Inglewood is all about quality of life – you’ve got everything you could possibly want and more within walking distance and the proximity to the city means that you’ll never spend half your life stuck in a car or bus again. If something’s not already in Inglewood you’ll be able to find it close by and nothing you’re likely to want is more than a 15 minute drive away (including the beach).

It’s suburban but it’s not. It’s affluent but it’s not. It’s family oriented but it’s not – there are plenty of singles and couples living there too that enjoy the slightly more chilled and quieter vibe than you find closer to the city but without the loss of amenity. All in all, it’s a suburb that most people would consider themselves happy and lucky to live in.

The schools…

A piece of art in Inglewood

In terms of schooling, Inglewood has two very popular local primary schools – Inglewood (public) and St Peters (private). For public secondary schools, students attend either Mt Lawley Senior High School or John Forrest Senior High School in Morley, depending upon which zone they fall into (see buying in Inglewood below). Perth College in Mt Lawley, Chisholm College in Bedford , Trinity and Mercedes Colleges in Perth or Guildford Grammar in Guildford are the closest private secondary schools and all easily accessible via public transport.

If you’re looking to buy property in Inglewood…

One of the attractions of Inglewood is the predominance of early 20th Century character homes on attractive tree-lined streets, many of which are pre-war Federation or California Bungalow style. Approximately 70% of Inglewood properties are stand alone homes on green titled lots and those on larger block sizes (typically 700sqm+ in the Avenues) are highly sought after. Like Mount Lawley, Inglewood is part of the City of Stirling and it too is designated as a Heritage Precinct, with streetscapes being rigorously protected in planning laws and demolition of older dwellings all but impossible.

For more information about heritage and building approvals, see the City of Stirling’s page on heritage protection areas.

For those non-family dwellers, there are a smaller number of villas, townhouses and/or units and apartments typically situated close to Beaufort Street to choose from. Popular with investors and owner-occupiers alike, they range from 1 to 3 bedrooms and were typically built from the 1960’s onwards. As land in Inglewood is scarce, some homeowners with larger blocks are taking advantage of higher density zonings (where applicable) to subdivide their lots and build new homes at the rear of existing dwellings, thereby further diversifying the amount and type of housing stock available.

Many newcomers to Inglewood make the mistake of thinking that the suburb falls solely into the Mount Lawley Senior High School catchment area which is NOT the case. Only those homes south of Dundas Road do, with those lying North part of the catchment of John Forrest in Morley. If school zones are important to you, check out where you can buy before you start looking. Click here to access the Mount Lawley SHS boundary map.

Want to know more?

If you’re thinking of buying in Inglewood and want to know more, call me, Natalie Hoye, on 0405 812273 and I’ll be happy to provide more information or answer more specific questions you have about living in the area.

Disclaimer

This information contained in this overview was believed to be correct at the time of posting but may have been changed or amended since – it also contains the personal opinions of the author. No warranty is provided as to the accuracy of this information and it should be taken to be indicative only. Readers should undertake their own due diligence investigations and not rely on the information provided on this page for the purposes of making personal or business decisions.

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