Median house price: $498,000
Joondalup is the heart of the northern suburbs - and can be regarded as a separate city, albeit a small one.
Joondalup hosts two university campuses, a major hospital, local government offices, a library, sporting facilities and the Lakeside shopping complex.
A number of sidewalk cafes and bars have sprung up around the main thoroughfare, Grand Boulevard, complemented by well-designed townhouses and apartments.
Around Lake Joondalup and further north of the city centre, we find more traditional suburban housing. The main residential area has a primary school and a number of attractive parks. The train station is located in the centre of Joondalup and the journey into Perth takes 22 minutes. By road, join the Mitchell freeway at Grand Boulevard - the journey is about 25km, but traffic does get heavy at peak commuting times.