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Suburb snapshot: Kallaroo

Tuesday, 7th Oct 2014

Kallaroo

Relatively unknown compared to its more prominent neighbours, Kallaroo is a small, established beachside suburb that sits in between Hillarys and Mullaloo, with Craigie to its east.

Located 22km from the Perth CBD, Kallaroo was predominantly developed during the 1970s and 1980s, and it is often considered by locals to be a suburb of two distinct halves.

On the ocean side of Dampier Avenue, which bisects the suburb, you will find many multi-million dollar homes on large blocks, especially close to the ocean. This is the part of the suburb locally known as ‘Northshore’, in reference to an earlier estate name.

If you cross to the eastern side of Dampier Avenue, towards Marmion Avenue, you’ll find smaller, less expensive homes, as well as a higher proportion of homes being rented. Many people mistakenly think of this area as an entirely different suburb.

The median house price in Kallaroo currently sits at around $700,000, however, this figure can bounce around dramatically from quarter to quarter due to the diversity of housing in the suburb. It’s not unusual for the suburb to appear either on a list of top-performing suburbs or worst-performing suburbs depending on the composition of sales.

Kallaroo residents have direct access to Marmion Avenue, a major north-south arterial road, and have proximity to the Mitchell Freeway and train network (via Whitfords station).

Some of Kallaroo’s features include Whitfords Beach, substantial parklands along the coast and a small country club. On the suburb’s border with Hillarys sits Whitford City, one of Perth’s major shopping centres.

Developers have taken an interest in Kallaroo in recent years as the south-east corner of the suburb is subject to planned rezoning under the City of Joondalup’s Local Housing Strategy.

Last year, Australian shopping centre group, Westfield, submitted plans for a $190 million expansion of Whitford City, which could provide a boost to Kallaroo. However, the plan was rejected by the City of Joondalup and a development assessment panel but the decision is currently being appealed through the State Administrative Tribunal.