A gorgeous foreshore, killer cafes, laneway bars popping up everywhere, an arts culture that is currently exploding, and bucketloads of sun… it’s no wonder Perth has been in the world’s top 10 most liveable cities for years.
Yep, living in Perth CBD can look pretty peachy. And it gets even better if you really know what you’re doing.
To that effect - here are a few tips to help you live like royalty and make every day shine in the ‘City of Light.’
Getting the Best of Perth CBD
Ok, first let’s take a minute to go over a few reasons CBD life is desirable:
Our city looks like something off a postcard, and one big reason for that is the loving embrace of the Swan River.
Kilometres of sun-bathed parks and footpaths, views to die for, and waterside restaurants that would impress a Kardashian. This city has a waterfront, and it takes full advantage. Also, have you seen Elizabeth Quay lately? Seems like another interesting event is put on every week.
Cafe & Food Culture:
Our city’s great walkability, international influence, and amazing regional produce make for a great food scene. Check out the hashtag #pertheats to get a glimpse of what’s on offer.
Simply put, our city works well. Perth scored a 100% in ‘healthcare, education, and infrastructure’ in The Economists’s 2017 list of the world’s most livable cities. We’ve also got incredible public transit, squeaky clean streets, and fair weather that helps us enjoy it. When you live in the CBD, you’re getting the maximum benefit of all this.
Plus, millions in planned improvements mean Perth is only becoming better, more vibrant, and more desirable as a living place.
Budgeting: Where Will I Save?
A balanced budget looks a bit different when you live in the CBD versus in the suburbs.
Save - The Commute:
A daily commute from Joondalup to Perth will cost you up to $23,306 every year. This price tag varies depending on what suburb you’re in, but if you live in the CBD, you can expect to save at least $5,000 per year on your way to and from work.
Save - Transportation:
Beyond the commute, you can save even more on transportation. Walk or bike the few hundred metres to the shops, restaurants and bars and you’ll save big in the long run.
Perth operates FREE buses all through the CBD. Look up the CAT bus system - it was voted the most awesome thing about Perth in a 2017 survey by the Guardian Express.
Also, you may not need a car, which keeps a few more zeroes in your bank account.
Save - Apartment Living:
Buy or rent a unit in the next few years, and you’re saving big. Perth is a renter’s and buyer’s market at the moment, with unit prices and rates much lower than they were several years ago.
Also cut out home repairs from your expenses. You will pay strata fees instead, but this is a more predictable (and possibly lower) cost.
Choosing a modern and energy-efficient apartment can also help you save on utilities.
Spend - Rent:
Rent and real estate is high-value in the CBD, so it will cost more per square metre than further out.
Spend - Lifestyle:
All that money saved on transport, bills and parking can go towards actually living the way you want. Enjoying life and being happy - that’s what it’s all about, right?
Our Favourite Spots
Speaking of lifestyle, we’ll close with a few of our favourite spots.
Open by Duotone Cafe:
Making its debut on Francis St is Open by Duotone Cafe, a modern Australian hot spot serving scrumptious breakfasts, specialty coffee, and baked treats. Pop in Monday - Friday from 6:30am to 4pm.
Perth Cultural Centre:
The hub of entertainment and the arts is right at your doorstep. Always worth a look.
Perth Comedy Lounge:
Don’t laugh at us for suggesting this one - Perth Comedy Lounge is a cracking venue reeling in talent nationally and internationally. The space is slick, the standard of comedy is surprisingly great, and the value is incredible ($25 - $40 for a whole night of laughs).
Go Forth and Live the Good Life
Living with gusto is what it’s all about. Enjoy yourself, be happy, and put yourself somewhere interesting, exciting and engaging.
We hope these few tips help you do just that.
If you’re looking to buy in the CBD, check out Verdant Apartments. They’re almost complete and selling fast.