Less favoured suburbs worth a closer look | Ralph Lauren

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Perth is home to many suburbs with less than desirable reputations, but how many of them are deserved?

West Real Estate won’t name names, but readers will know the kind of places in Western Australia chalked up as havens for antisocial behaviour and rusty cars strewn across dead lawns.

Realmark Sales Associate Aaron Green said these suburbs were often stigmatised due to a legacy of crime and bad planning.

Despite subsequent moves to create socially diverse and thriving communities, Mr Green said many original hubs were still dismissed.

He said this was unfortunate, as these affordable and overlooked areas often had high-end suburbs as neighbours and were adjacent to new and accessible infrastructure.

“Many of these suburbs seen as unfashionable and snubbed by some buyers are certainly now wonderful investment areas and great places to move into,” Mr Green said.

“Many have been rejuvenated, and they offer better investment returns than their trendier neighbours.

“They should certainly be considered both as an investment opportunity and owner-occupier locations for first-time buyers and families.”

Helping to counter negative attitudes is the onslaught of infrastructure developments with positive ripple effects, including Optus Stadium, Elizabeth Quay and the Scarborough Beachfront redevelopment.

Mr Green said the building of major hospitals and Metronet extensions was also helpful, as was investment in new schools, childcare, transport, parks, entertainment complexes and retail.

Suburb affordability and price stability were also labelled big drawcards, with values zig-zagging less-than-affluent areas.

Mr Green said a lot of ignored suburbs had undergone zoning changes close to retail and public transport which had significantly reshaped these areas, while schools, recreational facilities and shopping centres had improved.

Some of the less attractive original homes of the 1960s have been elbowed in favour of fresh property, sprucing up the streets, and new families have stepped on the scene.

Mr Green said it was time to trade in the lingering stigma around lower-priced neighbourhoods for a more positive attitude, with a lot of negative assumptions now “simply not true”.

He said people still unsure about stigmatised suburbs should check in with their local real estate agent, who would be able to give them the skinny on what a community was really like.

“Sometimes people are concerned about areas that have a high level of investment properties,” Mr Green said.

“A good property manager and agent will have a selection process ready.

“Whether you are in a high-end or more affordable area, good agents will select carefully and have great tenants in all properties despite what people may think of the suburb.

“I would encourage buyers to look beyond the historical stigma that is still attached to many suburbs.

“If they do, I believe they will be pleasantly surprised; not only by the affordability of these places but also how these suburbs have changed and improved over many years.”

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