Education and employment hubs aplenty

Tuesday, 7th Jul 2015

St JamesThis suburb is close to a major education hub as well as the Perth CBD and would greatly benefit from a slated light-rail system.

St James is located within the City of Canning and has a population of about 4,500.

Being located next door to Curtin University’s Bentley campus – the western border of St James is less than 500 metres to the campus – the suburb has a high concentration of younger residents with a median age of 30 years.

Subsequently, about 47% of properties in St James are leased, often to university students.

As well as being in close proximity to the university, St James is also just 7 kilometres from Perth’s CBD and is connected by Albany Highway, which runs through the suburb to East Perth.

The Welshpool and Cannington industrial zones are also other significant employment hubs that are nearby.

The suburb’s major retail hubs are the Bentley Shopping Centre and the Cannington retail area, however the larger Carousel Shopping Centre is just a few kilometres down Albany Highway.

Zoned mostly low-density residential (R30 and under), St James has more than 75% of dwellings listed as houses.

The suburb is well serviced by high-frequency public bus transport, primarily because of its proximity to Curtin University.

A light rail project slated for the area, which would service the university and Perth CBD, has been deferred but remains part of the long-term development plan.

There are also some pockets of state housing, which investors must be aware of.

In addition to the university, St James also has multiple primary schools nearby.