8.5 out of 10

Subiaco

Ranked 85th best suburb in Perth (Greater)
-31.9478638298318 115.822880182284
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Good combo of the best of the suburbs with the best of the city"

I've thoroughly enjoyed living here for the past three and a half years. Subiaco combines my favourite aspects of suburbia (relaxed, safe, leafy, good community, lots of parkland) with the best of inner city living (excellent public transport & quick to hop onto the freeways or to drive to the beach, great shopping and dining, very close proximity to work & entertainment).

The neighbourly spirit is the best I've seen, with strangers regularly smiling at me as they pass or chatting to me in supermarket lines, most of the neighbours in my apartment block have introduced themselves and regularly chat, and my street even has a 'meet and greet' Christmas function that runs each year. Combine that with the free concerts most Sundays over the summer holidays and other community events such as the street festival on Rokeby, and it's a very lively and friendly place to live.

I'm in one of the noisier parts of Subiaco (near Rokeby) and although ambulances are fairly common, they're not a nuisance. Other than that it's pretty quiet. The rare group of people returning from a night out are loudly cheerful, but brief and well behaved. I've yet to encounter any antisocial behaviour and haven't heard of any break-ins. Despite being a young female I feel comfortable walking home from the train station around midnight, as the streets are well lit and often still have multiple people walking them.

Cost of living is surprisingly cheap, after you deal with the accommodation costs (whether that be purchase cost or rent). The Subi markets let me spend only $10/wk for a big supply of fruit and vege to last the week, Farmer Jacks has amazingly good value for money (I regularly find things cheaper than Coles, despite FJ's products being more gourmet, and milk [local southwest WA brands!] was almost always on special for $1/L long before the big supermarkets started their price wars) and the location & good transport links mean that I spend very little on fuel or public transport. There are even two Op shops plus Cotton On for those on a clothing budget.

A downside is definitely the parking - the ticketed parking is a rip off so I highly recommend finding a side street and walking a bit further if you're dining on Rokeby. That tip is for visitors, as if you live locally it's nicer to just walk to dinner.

The only other downside I can think of are the cockroaches - they're less prevalent than they are in Nedlands/Crawley, but I still dislike encountering them at night. Maybe this is unavoidable for all inner city areas though. I found that keeping my courtyard clear of large piles of leaf matter helps hugely, so now I only spot them on the streets sometimes when walking.

Something that may not be known to non-locals: Subiaco's absolutely brilliant for retirees. There is so much support (eg. free community programs for exercise & education, cheap social events, clubs) and infrastructure (everything's in walking distance, good public transport), combined with safety and proximity to lovely walking areas (Kings Park & Lake Monger).
Pros
  • short walk to shops/dinner/transport
  • saves you huge amounts of time & money when travelling to/from work
  • relaxing - doesn't feel like you're right next to the city
  • Great choice of restaurants and bars
Cons
  • traffic generally slow on Loftus & north end of Rokeby at peak hour
  • Nowhere to park for visitors
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Subi's great but not for all."

Subiaco is one of the reasons Perth is such a great city. It's vibrant but not overwhelming, has beautiful parks and gardens (Lake Juilbup), some of the best dining and night life in Perth. Only a few minutes by train to the city, ten minutes drive to the beach or river. Subiaco pays the price for popularity, with parking in and around Rokeby Rd difficult and traffic heavy at peak times and if the footy is on at Subi Oval. With a few billion dollars being spent on world-class hospital facilities nearby, if medical treatment is high on your list, Subiaco is perfect. But Subi is expensive to buy or rent, you won't get much change out of a million bucks for any three bedroom home.
Pros
  • Great choice of restaurants and bars
  • relaxing - doesn't feel like you're right next to the city
  • saves you huge amounts of time & money when travelling to/from work
  • short walk to shops/dinner/transport
Cons
  • Prices are severely over-valued
  • traffic generally slow on Loftus & north end of Rokeby at peak hour
  • Traffic from AFL
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Safe and clean"

Clean and safe, lived there for 4 years without any security issues. People are quiet (except for the odd party) and generally keep to themselves most of the time. Council is decent, as soon as a complaint is made about something, they are on it straight away. So close to the city, but generally such a peaceful area with beautiful housing.
The only cons I have are to do with the nightlife and certain bars/clubs potentially over-serving patrons - so many times I have driven down Hay St on a Saturday night and have had to swerve around drunken men and women literally throwing themselves into traffic, usually trying to wave down a taxi (and we know how difficult taxis are to come by in Perth after dark), but sometimes they just do it for a laugh. So for this reason, I recommend taking Bagot Rd instead of Hay St on Saturday nights.
Another disruption is the Subi Oval. The football itself isn't the problem, it's the traffic it causes, as well as the parking issues at local shopping centres.
So - living in Subi is tops... you just have to have a bit of patience with the 'attractions'... the positive definitely outweighs the negative.
Pros
  • Picturesque housing and gardens
  • Clean and safe streets
  • Friendly and quiet neighbours
  • Great choice of restaurants and bars
  • relaxing - doesn't feel like you're right next to the city
  • saves you huge amounts of time & money when travelling to/from work
  • short walk to shops/dinner/transport
Cons
  • Traffic from AFL
  • Drunk people on Hay St & Rokeby Rd on Fri/Sat nights
  • Concert noise
  • Nowhere to park for visitors
  • Prices are severely over-valued
  • Roads are small/narrow
  • traffic generally slow on Loftus & north end of Rokeby at peak hour
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5
2yrs+

"Expensive old suburb"

I've been looking around Subi lately and bleeding hell, the houses are old and expensive! 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1 storey houses are upward of 1.5million with tiny gardens! Of course, Subi is a well-known area and been around for a long time, but geez, the houses are older than my mum and some older than my grandma. They're severely overpriced. The only good thing about Subi is that it's close to the city, that's it.

If you've got money to blow and waste away, get a house in this suburb, money down the gurgler I reckon.

If you want a 5 bedroom, 2/3 bathroom, newer, double storey house that's less than 1.5million that has ocean views (unlike Subi), I recommend Hillaries, Mindarie or Quinns Rocks suburbs. You get more value from your money.
Cons
  • Prices are severely over-valued
  • Roads are small/narrow
  • Nowhere to park for visitors
minlilla
minlilla Horses for courses, you either live in Subi for the lifestyle and coffee or the quick commute, or you live in Hillaries for the beach and long summer days.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Wonderful balance of leafy urban chic right on city's doorstep"

Having lived in St.Kilda Melbourne and Soho London, the Perth equivalent has to be Subiaco. Whilst it's on a much smaller scale, Subiaco is a thriving community mix of rich, poor, students, artists, geniune bohemians and wannabes. It has unbeatable access to great parks, cafes, galleries, theatres, shopping etc. 10mins to the pristine Indian Ocean, 5mins to the CBD..you can't go wrong!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"#1"

I'm a 27 year old Melbourne boy and have lived in Subiaco for the past 2 years. I've seen many, many suburbs in Melbourne along with many suburbs during my time in Perth and Subiaco ranks at number 1 for me. It's super clean - I'm always seeing the Subi council doing work and maintaining the lovely parks, you're close to the City - and a walk to the pubs and cafes on Rokeby road and Lords fitness club is a friendly and fun place!
The parks are a real winner for me, the Subi centro park is an absolute sanctuary. It's got the beautiful large pond for the ducks and the dog exercise area where the cute little dogs have their daily catch-ups. To sum it up; the parks have doggy poop bags - not too many suburbs use this initiative to keep the place clean and tidy!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Just a beautiful clicking place to live. 10/10"

A trendy happening clicking place to live. The Sydney Double Bay ( equivalent )
Just take a stroll on Rokeby Road, The clubs, the shopping, the restaurants. The cafes. Just georgious. Make mine a latte !
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees