Selling points: Ballajura is a good combination of location and value for money. It’s very central for the Northern suburbs with affordable housing that is not too old (early '80s are the oldest properties). Well designed for families with schools and amenities.
It also offers a good combination of capital growth and rental return. Growth rates for the area have been fairly close to the overall Perth growth rates. Rental returns are currently over 5% for most properties with some pushing the 6% mark.
Most sought after properties: The strongest demand are the entry level houses, three by ones and also the smaller four-bed properties.
Most common properties: Brick and tile, cement slab construction. Mostly built between 1980 and late 1990s. A large amount are the smaller 100-160m2 of living properties, but there are larger properties too that move into the 200 and some even in the 300m2 of living range.
Top amenities: School selection is fantastic: three state primary schools, one private primary school and one high school. Shopping in bordering Malaga is getting better all the time with everything from multiple electrical shops to a massive Bunnings, multiple furniture shops, renovation shops (like plumbing, lighting), etc. There is becoming less and less reason to need to travel for shopping. Whiteman Park is one of the best parks in the state. Massive bush reserves, great grassed areas with playgrounds, antique train and tram lines through the park, toddler pool; all free of charge.
Local industry and business: Bordering Malaga is a commercial/industrial suburb with the above mentioned retail shops plus a number of factory/warehouse/service type small (and some larger) businesses. The list would be too extensive but everything from smash repairers, to laser tag, to battery specialist shops are in Malaga.
Recent changes: The biggest recent development was the Hepburn Avenue extension, which has given Ballajura a much better route to the freeway and the coast and has eased traffic on the alternate roads.
Best streets: The Lakes area of Ballajura offers a higher standard of property for a reasonable increase in price. North Ballajura remains popular due to location and block size and type of dwelling.
Public transport: The bus system in Ballajura is well run: frequent buses to a good variety of locations.
Main arteries: Hepburn Avenue, Marangaroo Drive and Beach Road all provide good access west to the coast and freeway. Reid Highway and Marshall Road work very well for heading east to the Swan Valley. Alexander Drive is perfect for a straight run south into the City.