8.9 out of 10

Byford

Ranked 54th best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-32.2262750016587 116.011955956171
Great for
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 19, 2015

"Wonderful place to raise children"

I was raised in Byford. We moved there in 1966 and had an acre block at the top of Park Road, near the "Pit" (disused quarry). I have fond memories living in (then) a quiet country town, which had about 200 population. Most people had chickens and some had horses. There was and still is a trotting community in Byford. I worked locally and had friends all over town. We attended Byford Primary School, then bussed to Armadale for high school. We would spend summer days at the Pit, or in cow paddocks making daisy chains or at the beach. Winter was for holidays and cutting firewood up at Jarrahdale. My Mother still lives on Byford, so our family has been there for 49 years. We loved Byford and still do.
Pros
  • Kangaroos often visit.
  • Nature close by!
  • Still small country town feel.
Cons
  • Getting too much like Armadale.
  • New areas have no character.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Semi-rural peace"

Pros
  • Nature close by!
  • Still small country town feel.
Cons
  • Becoming more like suburbia.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
2yrs+

"Getting out of the city, into the trees!"

I don't have the pleasure of living in Byford - I am merely an occassional visitor. But, having said that it is always a welcome opportunity to get that little bit closer to nature and to revisit my youth spent living in country towns. It isn't quite the country anymore, with all the new development and suburban type housing, but it is still pleasant. I don't know what it is exactly but driving into a sleepy country town after coming off the highway has a certain feel to it. This is still there in Byford, although not as much as it used to be - now we are all too aware that Armadale is not too far away and that there is the 'new' Armadale shopping centre and a heap of extras there as well. Still, ther is a feeling that there are people around, but not much outside activity as you drive through to do your own house call to family. The more rural properties are still there, but now there is a good deal more modern housing - and the occassional swimming pool to go with it! Most of the streets still have a good proportion of trees, which thankfully retains the natural look. Unfortunately the newer areas are just a bunch of box like houses on small blocks. there has not been any real attempt to maintain any pretence of greenery in those streets. There are most of the services that you need living in Byford on a day to day basis, like schools and medical services. However, Armadale is just down the road and is the place to go for major shopping and if you need more specialist services.
Pros
  • Still small country town feel.
  • Nature close by!
Cons
  • Becoming more like suburbia.
  • New areas have no character.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
LornaNicholas
LornaNicholas My family and I have lived here for four years. We love it. Peaceful and relaxing. When I open my front door I get such a sense of peace and yes, being in the country. Great if you like being in the suburbs. The street I live in is lined with mature trees. I have 3 in my front garden, our driveway sits right between 2 of the trees. The estate I live was the only estate in Perth to win a Water Conservation award. A lot of thought has been put into the layout. Basically it is just a friendly place. If you prefer to be closer to the city, you won't like it. If you want that semi-rural experience you may just feel at home. Comes down to personal taste.
2yrs+
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