> 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. The local council, the City of Vincent, have just redone the main park at the corner of Leederville Parade and Oxford Street, which was much needed, and they organised for heaps of great new murals around the place, some international artists [see the walking map here]. 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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