26 Jan 2010 6:22 AM
|During our rekkie trip in April we want to look SOR at areas with half decent schools. We have researched the NOR but feel we can't go all the way over without at least looking South. Can anyone recommend some areas within commuting distance from the CBD that are not too expensive and are within the catchment of a good primary/secondary.
26 Jan 2010 3:08 PM
We live SOR currently in atwell and looking to build in Aubin grove! takes 20 mins on the train into the city from Cockburn Central!! as for the schools we have a 13 year old girl in Atwell College and a 10 yr old in Atwell primary, Emmanuelle is not that far from here you also have somerville and leeming high, just try and avoid south lake!|
26 Jan 2010 4:24 PM
|Good state secondary schools include, Melville, Willetton, Leeming, Applecross and Rossmoyne. |
28 Jan 2010 10:17 PM
|I second kayandandy. We live in Leeming and it has 2 very good primary schools and a very good state high school. Great family area with good access to almost everywhere. I've cycled to the city (30 minutes), train 15 min and car 15 min (off peak). BTW you have cycle paths that take you all the way to the city both NOR and SOR. I'm a cycist and you can pretty much cycle to Mandurah these days along cycles paths. It's amazing! Bull Creek is another option.
My wife works in Belmont which is 18km and I've taken her in a few times during peak traffic and it's taken no mor ethan 30 minutes and it's a very easy drive.
Great thing about South is when you drive/train into the city it's a lovely drive over the swan river and then the pretty city hits you front. If you are driving in from the North you drive into the back end of the city. BUT, the north also has lovely suburbs.|
28 Jan 2010 11:47 PM
|And according to Myschool leeming primary school is well above average in league table. seems leeming is an excellent choice with prox to city, train line and gateway to south.
have friends who live there and recommend it as a great family place to live. |
29 Jan 2010 7:36 AM
|Thanks for that Kempo. We will add Leeming to our list of places to visit when out in April. Any places we should definitely stay clear of?
11 Feb 2010 2:03 PM
I live in Bateman (near Leeming) and SOR. I have lived in WA for nearly 4 years and have lived in Bateman, Ardross and Mount Pleasant since arriving.
In terms of schools, Rossmoyne is THE BEST state High School SOR (http://www.rossmoyne.wa.edu.au/), so any area that is a catchment area will be good to settle in. Of course, because of this house prices are not cheap. In fact, WA is not cheap. I would recommend Rossmoyne over any other state school SOR. It is also going to turn independent and so will achieve even higher results once the Principle is able to run it as he sees fit. Other than Rossmoyne, look at Applecross High School over Leeming and Willetton ...
In terms of primary schools, I would recommend Bateman Primary over any other. My little girl goes there, and although the buildings look a little tired (through a new music and arts building and early years building is being built as I type), the teaching and general social/friendliness of the school is unbeatable... they also have places!!! The new Principle is a 'mover and shaker' and standards have improved more than any other school since he's been there.
Areas I would look at for the catchment area (check where the boundaries end) are Bateman, Bull Creek, Rossmoyne, Brentwood, Shelley and Riverton. These are all good, solid areas.
Remember, anything near Rossmoyne and Perth are going to be more expensive. Any suburb in Melville is good and worth looking at first ... the further South you go the more 'dodgy' *very subjective*... I would stay clear of Thornlie, Atwell and Canning Vale. Although Canning Vale is nice and new, house prices can't sustain their price, it's huge and the transport links are fairly dire ...
Hope this helps!!|