Forget posh Peppermint Grove — a study claims the best suburban lifestyle in WA can be found between the CBD and the Swan River in East Perth.
Realestate.com.au based its lifestyle rankings on proximity to parks, waterways, educational institutions and the city.
What East Perth lacked in schools and universities, it more than made up for with green spaces, riverbanks and inner-city convenience.
Neighbouring suburb Highgate was next on the list, followed by Ashfield in the town of Bassendean. Ashfield recorded scores equal to or better than East Perth in every category except proximity to the CBD.
Crawley, Rossmoyne, Burswood, North Fremantle, Maylands, Woodbridge and Leederville rounded out WA’s top 10.
Young mother Jiyeon Lee had high praise for East Perth, comparing it favourably with Paris.
Ms Lee, who is in Perth with her daughter Lowa while her French husband works on the Prelude liquefied natural gas project off Broome, said Paris was gloomy and cold.
“People have many fantasies (about Paris),” Ms Lee said. “Of course it’s a nice place, but with a baby I’ve found it’s not very convenient, not a friendly city.
“Here the weather is nice.
“There’s easy access to parks, I guess that’s a big part of it.”
WA did not have an entry in the national top 10, which was dominated by waterfront and inner-city suburbs in Victoria and Queensland. Top spot went to St Kilda West.
Peppermint Grove, ranked 66th in WA, was let down by its scores for education and proximity to the CBD.