Another Leedy landmark is the Luna Palace Cinema, which you can see below – an art deco gem for Perth and a cinema that shows great independent films, respect. Kailis Bros Fish Market is well-renowned too, founded by a prominent local Greek family. Kailis even invented ‘fish and chip’ ice-cream [read here], haha. The Japanese in the arcade is out-freakin-standing + Tom’s Cafe does great coffee [Tom is a real character]. I get my camera + other gear from Leederville Camera House – ask for Lidio, he’ll help you out.
> Leederville is a great little ‘urban village’ – mainly centred around Vincent and Oxford streets – which has avoided gentrification for an impressive amount of time, considering Perth’s recent boom. It’s gritty, has some soul and is pretty active, a definite Perth hub. There’s plenty of cafes, a few good pubs, a couple of clubs, plenty of restaurants, some great boutiques + shops. Leederville offers a real a slice of inner city Perth life. In mid December the local network – ‘Leederville Connect’ – organise the Light Up Leederville Carnival, check it out, it’s amazing! There’s a cute Farmer’s Market every Sunday morning in the town centre.The suburb itself is outstanding – so many beautiful old heritage homes and some stunning new developments – a great mix of of residential housing styles. There’s a tension [in all of Perth’s inner city suburbs] between developers who want to knock down the old houses and build multi-unit dwellings > versus those that want to keep heritage properties in tact, maintain the streetscape and character and stop their streets getting crowded out by heaps of cars. It’s tough – as the state government has housings quotas for these inner city areas that they have to fill [they want more bodies to be able to live near the city]. You can see the results of this battle throughout Leederville – old places right next to new ones, etc. I like the mix, very cool.
There’s about 3,000 people in Leederville and the average age is 33. About 20% of households speak more than one language at home; other languages include Italian, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese and French. The median family income is $2,567 – pretty high as the WA average is $1,722. 50% od dwellings are separate houses – the rest is split equally between semi-detached (like a townhouse) and units/apartments. 82% of dwellings have 2 or 3 bedrooms.
> You’ll see some town centre shots below, then we’ll move into the suburb itself… probably my biggest gallery – so many great houses! Love the ice cream spilling on the dad’s head in the shot just below too!
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