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A well-connected, well-serviced suburb packed full of amenity

Tuesday, 28th Nov 2017

BatemanBateman is a family suburb benefiting from excellent educational facilities, attractive parklands and a well-connected public transport system. It’s one of the premium lower-density suburbs of Perth with a median price under $1 million and room to grow.

Located in the City of Melville, Bateman is approximately 12km south of the Perth CBD, with a median house price of $805,000. Its neighbouring suburbs include the similarly-priced Brentwood to the north, Murdoch to the west and Bull Creek to the east, with the southern periphery being Murdoch University and Fiona Stanley Hospital, which are part of the suburb of Murdoch.

With a population of 3,717 Bateman is a medium-sized suburb compared to the surrounds. 34.8% of the population identify themselves as professionals, which is well above the WA and national averages of 20.5% and 22.2% respectively. Due to the area being popular with the Baby Boomer generation, there is currently an abundance of empty-nesters which has pushed the suburb’s median age to 40 — much older than Perth’s overall median of 36.

The suburb is well connected, being bordered by three main arterial corridors allowing efficient access to the area. It is situated between Leach Highway and South Street to the north and south, with the Kwinana Freeway making up the eastern periphery. Buses run frequently along these roads, providing convenient public transport to the CBD, Fremantle and other major amenities. Two train stations, Murdoch Train Station and Bull Creek Train Station, also service the area as part of the Mandurah Line. More than 70% of the suburb is within walking distance (1km) to either of these stations, making the area highly accessible and favoured by CBD workers for efficient public transport to their place of employment.

The area is mostly zoned R20 (low density), with a few pockets of R40 zoning near Bull Creek Station. Dwelling stock comprises 87% houses, 13% semi-detached dwellings, and no units — making the area extremely low density. The whole area is built out to its current residential limits, with very few development options besides updating older stock. However, the City of Melville has released its Murdoch Activity Centre Structure Plan, which identifies residential areas within walking distance to the Education and Health Centre to potentially receive a zoning upgrade, creating greater development opportunities in the future.

Construction is dated from the 1970s with redevelopment common in the 2000s as well as high levels of renovations to the aged stock. The typical streetscape is a mixture of single- and double-storey houses.

Bateman benefits from abundant amenity in its neighbouring suburbs, including Murdoch University, Fiona Stanley Hospital, Garden City Shopping Centre and Stockland Bull Creek Shopping Centre. The suburb is also within the catchment zone for Rossmoyne Senior High School, which is one of the top-rated public high schools in the state. This high level of amenity has made Bateman a highly desirable suburb to live in.