A quiet achiever destined to keep kicking goals
Lathlain is an established, largely residential suburb located 7km south-east of Perth’s CBD and part of the Town of Victoria Park.
It’s the type of suburb that many people would have heard of but is probably difficult to find on a map. Victoria Park sits to the west, Burswood to north, Rivervale to the east, and Carlisle to the south-east.
Lathlain was first developed in the 1890s (when quarter-acre blocks were on sale for £25–30), but significant residential development didn’t occur until the post-war years. In 1959 Lathlain Park, the most prominent natural feature of the suburb, became the home the Perth Football Club, which it remains today.
The suburb has a primary school and a growing number of local shops, but most commercial and other services are provided by nearby Victoria Park and Belmont.
The suburb has great access to the entertainment facilities of Burswood (and the site of the future stadium), and it’s just a quick trip to the airport for the suburb’s many fly-in, fly-out workers.
Lathlain has the convenience of Victoria Park train station on its south-western edge, and is serviced by various bus routes.
The median house price in Lathlain is $710,000, with a median rent of $500 per week. The real estate market has consistently outperformed the Perth average over 1 year, 5 years and 10 years.
Data released at the start of 2014 by RP Data reveal that units in Lathlain had a bigger annual growth in value than anywhere in the city.
The suburb is predominantly zoned R20, making it of lower density than neighbouring suburbs, but there are still lots of post-war houses on big blocks being demolished and the land subdivided.
The future looks bright for Lathlain. The West Coast Eagles and the Town of Victoria Park recently signed a Heads of Agreement which proposes that the club’s new training, administration and community facility be built at Lathlain Park.
Construction on the project is likely to commence in late 2014 or early 2015, with an expected completion date in early 2017.
The development, which will include a museum, café and sports medicine clinic, is part of a wider plan to transform the area around Lathlain Park and ensure the long-term desirability of the suburb.