Selling points: Belmont is a very affordable suburb yet is only 6 kilometres from the CBD, providing investors with a solid rental return and capital return over time. Belmont has outperformed the total Perth market for the past 10 years and should continue to do the same, due to many infrastructure works under way, such as the Great Eastern Highway upgrade, Perth Airport upgrade and planned football stadium at nearby Burswood. Belmont has had zoning changes last year, which resulted in more development activity, particularly close to the main shopping district at Belmont forum. All amenities are top notch, with schools, parks, shopping and others.
Most sought after properties: Three and four-bed houses less than 10 years old are getting the most demand, particularly from first home buyers. There is underlying demand for any property with potential to subdivide as well. Most demand in a general sense is in the $400k to $550k range at this time.
Most common properties: We actually have the entire range here in Belmont, but the area has been here a long time and there are plenty of older style homes on good size blocks built from 1950 to 1980.
Top amenities: We have a major shopping centre (Belmont Forum) and Belmont Oasis leisure centre and park, Faulkner Park, Garvey Park, Tomato Lake, youth and family centre, skate park and public library. Belmont has 309 hectares of parks as well as good schools, such as Belmont Primary, Notre Dame catholic school and Belmont S.H.S. We are also very close to the airport and have the historic Ascot Park racecourse.
Local industry and business: Many companies base their offices in Belmont due to its proximity to the CBD and airport. These include airport and freight-related businesses.
Recent changes: In the last 10 years we have seen major development subdivisions. Ascot Waters is now completed, while modern apartments continue to be built along the Great Eastern Highway in the Urban Springs development and the award winning Belgravia Estate complex, which features high quality homes. With many subdividable blocks we are seeing older properties being developed to create two, three and four-unit developments.
Best streets: For the investor, in my opinion the best places to buy will be where zoning is R20/40, which depending on block size will enable subdivision to three or four dwellings. Also, around the Belmont Forum centre where zonings have changed to R50/100. These properties will always provide solid capital growth.
Public transport: Public transport is very good and will be better with the major upgrade of the Great Eastern Highway.
Main arteries: This is one of the main benefits in Belmont. Via the Farmer Freeway, you can access the main freeways north and south in just minutes. You can easily drive to the CBD in 15 minutes. Burswood Resort and ‘future’ football stadium will be 10 minutes at most.