Coogee – a coastal suburb with growing amenity
Meaning “body of water” in the Nyoongar language, Coogee is an established beachside residential suburb located within the Town of Cockburn, WA.
Known for its lush parklands, coastal location and its proximity to the newly constructed North Coogee Marina, Coogee is situated approximately 23 kilometres south-west of the Perth CBD, with North Coogee, Spearwood and Munster amongst its neighbouring suburbs.
Coogee comprises a population of 4,597, with the median age notably higher than the Perth average at 45 years old. This is primarily due to the high proportion of retirees living within the suburb, with 21.5% of the population residing in non-working couple families.
The coastal suburb is amongst one of Perth’s more affluent areas, boasting a median house price of $817,500 (REIWA). Houses form the primary type of dwelling stock, with many of the properties located adjacent to the coast or in the newer northern pocket valued at over $1 million.
The local property market is primarily owner-occupier driven, with 84% of properties either owned outright or in the process of being purchased. The proportion of rental properties in the market is also reflective of this, sitting considerably lower than the Perth average (28%) at 12.4%.
Prior to undergoing residential development in the 1980s, the land in Coogee was largely used for market gardens, some of which can still be found in surrounding suburbs. Today, the predominant housing type in the suburb is single residential housing, comprising a mix of both single and double-storey dwellings.
A notable trend in the suburb in recent years has been the redevelopment of existing housing stock, with newer builds now coming to replace the original 1980s homes as high-worth owners build their “dream” beachside homes.
Coogee is also witnessing the addition of new housing stock, particularly in the north of the suburb. In the past five years, a pocket in the far north has been reverted to residential land, with development currently underway in the form of a new housing estate.
Although a high percentage of surrounding land remains reserved for parklands, including the renowned Woodman’s Point, Coogee benefits from its proximity to nearby amenity. Whilst bordered by the Perth Freight Line, Fremantle and the Kwinana/Henderson Industrial zone provide major activity and employment centres for both existing and aspiring residents.
The construction of the North Coogee marina has also proved a major drawcard for residents and buyers in recent years, triggering a notable increase in surrounding amenity within the suburb.