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New rail and redevelopment to gentrify suburb

Wednesday, 28th Jun 2017

Forrestfield is located within the Shire of Kalamunda and is approximately 15 kilometres south east of the Perth CBD.

It is bound by Welshpool Road in the south, Tonkin Highway and Abernethy Road in the west and Sultana Road in the north. Its main arterial roads include Tonkin Highway, Roe Highway and Hale Road.

Forrestfield has a population of 11,811 with a median age of 37 years.

Neighbouring suburbs include Maida Vale and High Wycombe to the north, Wattle Grove to the south, Lesmurdie and Kalamunda to the east and the Perth Airport to the west.

Forrestfield is an established residential suburb with settlement dating back as far as the late 1800s. The area wasn’t significantly developed until the 1950s with rapid growth occurring up until the 1970s. Population has stayed relatively stable since the 1990’s.

The majority of Forrestfield is currently zoned R20, with pockets of R25 and R30. A proposed amendment to the local planning scheme will allow for dual-density coding across the suburb from R20/30 up to R25/60.

The suburb will greatly benefit from the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link, which is under construction.

The Link will provide a brand new train station to Forrestfield, connecting it with the Perth Airport and the Perth CBD by rail.

The station will be located adjacent to Dundas Road, east of the Forrestfield freight marshalling yard and south of Maida Vale Road.

It has been designed as an end-of-line station with parking bays for 2,500 vehicles and 180 bicycles.

Houses in areas surrounding future train stations often experience above average capital growth as was seen when the rail lines to Joondalup and Mandurah were completed.

Transperth currently provides peak-hour and off-peak bus services to and from the Perth CBD, as well as bus services to Midland or Cannington Train Stations.

Approximately 90.4% of dwellings in the suburb are houses, 7.6% semi-detached, row or terrace house and townhouses and 0.6% flat, unit or apartment. The median house price is $408,500.

About 73.1% of properties are either owned outright or being purchased, 21.6% of properties are being rented.

Just 10.4% of the population identify as professionals (WA and national average is 19.9% and 21.3%, respectively), while 19.3% are technician and trades workers and 17.9% clerical and admin.

Features and amenity of the suburb include Hartfield Country Club and Golf Course, Darling Range Sports College, Hartfield Park and Recreation Centre and Forrestfield Forum and Marketplace.