Living in Bedford

The Vibe…

Bedford marks the beginning of the ‘burbs, albeit I’d argue with a lowercase ‘b’. You’ve left behind the cafés and restaurants for which Beaufort St is renowned, are nearer major urban shopping centres and areas (such as Galleria in Morley and Morley itself) but you’re still within sight (quite literally, from some streets and homes) and a short bus ride from the CBD 6kms away.

Highly central, you can easily get to anywhere you want to go from Bedford, courtesy of the major roads that surround or cut through it – namely Grand Promenade (or Grand Prom for short), Beaufort St and Walter Road. It has a bowling club, parks, ovals and a smattering of take-away shops, delis and retail stores but mostly consists of relatively quiet, tree-lined residential streets – exactly what attracted residents to live here in the first place.

Who lives there?

Smaller than its suburban neighbours, Bedford has a population of just over 4,900 people and covers 2.2sq kms. In 2011 the median household size was 2.5 people, the median age 37 and the median household income $1387.00 per week. The median house price at 30 June 2012 for Bedford was $588,250 (Inglewood by comparison was $725,000).

Popular with families, couples and first home buyers alike (the latter being those with mining salaries, anyway) the suburb started to undergo a change and revitalisation a number of years ago as older homes on large 900sqm + blocks began to be sold, renovated and/or subdivided to make way for new or rear duplex and triplex developments. These new developments have allowed younger people and families to re-enter the suburb (or ageing residents to stay within it) leading to an increased demand for local schools, gradually improving retail facilities and a more efficient and frequent local bus network for easy access to Morley and the City.

Bedford is bordered by Inglewood to the south, Dianella to the North/West, Morley to the North/East and Bayswater to the East.

The Lifestyle…

People are attracted to Bedford for much the same reasons as Inglewood – proximity to the city, family-friendly vibe but better still – more affordability. Whilst Bedford contains few major amenities within the suburb itself (the Bowling Club and local IGA being the exception), its central location allows residents to pretty much take their pick from the best of the surrounding suburbs – it’s six of one half a dozen of the other between Mount Lawley, Inglewood, Bayswater, Maylands, Dianella or Morley – they’re all only 5 minutes away.

Chisholm Catholic College

The schools…

Schooling is no different. Those on Drummond Street or South of Grand Prom fall into the Inglewood Primary School zone. Others typically choose from West Morley or Hillcrest Primary Schools, depending upon which is closer. St Peter’s in Inglewood (on the Bedford border), St Columba’s in Bayswater, Our Lady’s Assumption in Dianella and Infant Jesus in Morley are all conveniently local Catholic primary schools. For Public secondary schools, students attend John Forrest Senior High School in Morley. Chisholm Catholic College is a private secondary school located within Bedford itself.

If you’re looking to buy property in Bedford…

Those parts of Bedford closest to Inglewood, Grand Prom and Beaufort Street on the “Hill” still retain a number of pre-war California Bungalow style homes with stunning character and art deco features which are highly sought after – especially those on full sized lots.

There is almost no apartment development in Bedford. Whilst the number of two storey homes is increasing, the street scape is predominantly single storey, with most homes (75%) being detached on green title or strata lots. The balance of accommodation is made up of villas or townhouses typically with one or more common walls.

Bedford falls under the City of Bayswater and more information on development and planning can be found at their website.

Many newcomers to Bedford think the suburb begins at Grand Prom and Beaufort Streets– neither of which is correct. Bedford begins at Salisbury Street south of Grand Prom bordering Inglewood, continues North until Coode Street on the border of Morley/Embleton, stretches south east across across Beaufort Street down to York Street and behind Chisholm College on the border of Bayswater and stops North West at Walter Road on the border of Dianella. Again, if school zones are important to you I would urge you to check with the local government or Catholic schools as to their catchment and parish boundaries.

Want to know more?

If you’re thinking of buying in Bedford and want to know more, call me, Natalie Hoye, on 0405 812 273 and I’ll be happy to provide more information or answer more specific questions you have about living in the area.


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