Property seekers who wanted a slice of Western Australia are checking out Wembley, which was named the most searched spot in the state over the past year.

Figures from the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) showed that Wembley had the highest number of searches in 2022 at more than 38,000.

REIWA CEO Cath Hart said Wembley’s main selling point its proximity to the beach and the city and its accessible public transport.

“Wembley understandably attracts a lot of attention — it’s a great community and has some very attractive homes,” she said.

Wembley is in the catchment area for Bob Hawke and Shenton Colleges, adding to its appeal particularly for young households.

Medical professionals are also interested in the area, given its proximity to the freeway for access to hospitals north and south.

The suburb also served as an “entry point” for first-home buyers and investors given its reasonably priced apartments.

“Demand has seen prices increase in the past two years, and this has had a ripple effect as people gravitate towards neighbouring suburbs that are more affordable,” Ms Hart said.

REIWA listed other most searches suburbs over the past year and most of them are lifestyle ones like Scarborough. Here are the other most sought-after suburbs:

  • Subiaco
  • Mount Lawley
  • Duncraig
  • Wembley Downs
  • Como
  • Karrinyup
  • Floreat
  • Hillarys

These suburbs recorded searches ranging 28,000 to 34,000 over the past year.

Ms Hart said while these searches may not always translate into sales, suburbs in this list have the features that buyers find attractive, such as proximity to schools, the beach or river, entertainment and dining precincts, and transport.

“People may not go through with a purchase in those suburbs for various reasons including affordability or availability of properties, but their initial search often leads them to neighbouring areas where they can still enjoy those lifestyle benefits," she said.