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Drive and the beach, or those areas
within walking distance of the proposed
Butler train station, in the northern part of
¿ WHO’S BUYING THERE?
The demand for property in Butler
is coming from young families, first
homebuyers and migrants, according
“These groups are chasing an
affordable home, to take advantage of the
State Government’s First Home Owners
Grant construction incentive, and who
like the close proximity to the ocean,”
In addition, the future rail link and closer
proximity to job centres has also enticed
professionals to the area, resulting in more
demand for services and accommodation,
The affordability of the area has also had
an impact on demand.
Hold says owner-occupiers are the
largest group buying property, followed
“The buyers are frequently migrants
and they’re looking for four-bedroom,
two-bathroom homes with a pool and air
conditioning,” Hold says.
“With all the new building there are
a lot of covenants in the area with
specifications around things like
keeping the same height fences.
“I think Butler has a lot of strengths,
especially the proximity to the ocean
and the fact that it’s an up and
Phillips says she believes Butler is very
much first homebuyer territory, offering
larger blocks and value for money
compared with suburbs to the south.
A new start
First homebuyers Ettienne and Yolandi
Myburgh plan on calling the suburb of
Butler home for many years to come.
The couple and their three-year-old son
John Joshua moved into the suburb in
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom
house on a 660-square-metre block was
purchased for $585,000, which Ettienne
says is a much better deal than what he
would have found closer to town.
“The one thing that was really appealing
was the age of the area. It was a fairly new
area, but established,” he says.
“We got value for money compared to the
suburbs closer to the city. This meant we
could get a fairly new spacious house, four
bedrooms, two bathrooms, for the same
price you’d only get a three-bedroom, one-
bathroom house closer to the city.”
Ettienne works in Perth and makes the
one-hour commute to work from Butler
“It’s a bit of a commute if you’re working
in the city compared to where we are. It’s
a one-hour trip. I drive to Clarkson at the
moment and park, but the new station
opening later this year will make it a lot
easier for Butler and surrounding suburbs.
“Our house is only about one-and-a -half
kilometres from the new station and when
it opens it will shave 10 minutes off my trip.
“The travelling time is a bit of a trade-off
but it’s not too bad. It’s a comfortable ride
to the city on the train. You can drive in, but
parking is a bit expensive.”
Ettienne says the family-friendly aspects
of Butler were also why he chose to
“There’s a lot going for Butler. There are
new shopping complexes opening up and
bigger retail stores like Big W and so forth.
“It’s a really beautiful area and Brampton
Park is lovely with ponds and ducks and it’s
great for the kids. People are always walking
their dogs or bringing families here. It’s a
Ettienne and Yolandi moved to Australia
from South Africa and were renting a home
in Quinns Rock for $550 a week prior to
buying their principal place of residence.
They’re now happy to own their home
and are looking forward to their new life
“We’d like to stay in Butler and raise our
family. I’d like to stay here for at least the
next 10 years.”
Names: Ettienne and Yolandi Myburgh
Location: Butler, WA
Purchase date: November 2013
Purchase price: $585,000
Strategy: buy and hold
Number of properties: 1
“Although it’s still very much the
northern fringe of the city, it’s likely to
improve in value over time, especially
once the train line extends through Butler,
and the next suburb north, Alkimos, gets
developed,” she says.
“Reflecting the fact that it’s popular with
first homebuyers, it’s a young suburb,
with 37 per cent of residents in their 20s
“Although 53 per cent are Australian
born, it’s especially popular with people
from Britain who comprise 27 per cent of
“The typical resident is most likely
to have built the property and have a
mortgage. It’s less popular to tenants, in
view of the distance north, with less than
23 per cent renting,” she says.
¿ BUILDING A COMMUNITY
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts
says while the suburb of Butler has a great
deal of urban development and residential
housing, it’s also surrounded by bushland,
rural properties and market gardens, and
the close proximity to the beach gives the
suburb real appeal.
Roberts says the City of Wanneroo grew
to 80,000 in 2001 and in the past 12 years
the population has more than doubled
Council data shows statistics for the
North Ward of the City of Wanneroo,
of which Butler is in, has a current
population of 25,000, which will soar to
116,000 by 2036.
In addition, the number of dwellings will
go from 9000 to just over 43,000 and the
number of people in all age brackets will
almost triple over the next 20 years.
“An overwhelming 87 per cent of
residents who took part in a recent
community consultation process were
happy living in the City of Wanneroo,
which is wonderful to see,” Roberts says.
“Our residents enjoy their city and
are very proud of it. People love the
parks, bush, beaches, facilities, schools
and housing, but most of all they love
“Throughout the community
engagement there was one clear message
that constantly came through – ‘the City
of Wanneroo offers residents choice’.
“Residents have chosen to live here,
they value the lifestyle the area offers
and this is where they want to build their
future,” she says.
The City of Wanneroo has 56 per cent of
residents born in Australia, while 21 per
cent are born in the United Kingdom, and
98 per cent of all North Ward residents
A family-friendly home
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