• The top 10 suburbs with the highest number of sales under $400k


    A view of the tranquil canals in Mandurah, with two storey homes backing out onto the water front and boats lining the jetty
    Mandurah is one of Perth's most popular suburbs for houses under $400k

    Despite increasing house prices in Perth, Western Australia is still the most affordable state for housing in Australia, according to the latest REIA Housing Affordability Report.

    In more good news for first home buyers, in 2021, 24.4 per cent of total house sales in Perth were under $400k and, some suburbs saw as much as 95 per cent of their housing stock sell below $400k.

    While all of this sounds very encouraging for first home buyers, it can still be daunting buying a house in such a competitive market.

    To help narrow down Perth’s most accessible suburbs for first home buyers, we have pulled the 10 suburbs that recorded the highest number of sales under $400k in 2021.

    1. Gosnells

    For individuals, couples or families seeking affordable housing options, Gosnells is a great option with a median house sale price of $330,000. In 2021, 79 per cent of total house sales in Gosnells were under $400,000 (355 out of 452 house sales).

    Gosnells is located 20 kilometres south of Perth CBD. There is something for everyone in Gosnells and there is no shortage of things to do.

    For those who crave the outdoors and nature there are upwards of 30 parks, reserves and wetlands within the area for you to explore, as well as fitness centres, recreation facilities and an array of schooling options.

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    2. Baldivis

    In 2021, Baldivis was Perth’s second top suburb for sales under $400k. Out of 918 total house sales, 333 were under $400k, accounting for 36 per cent of all house sales.

    Located 42 kilometres south of Perth, Baldivis has a median house sale price of $427,250 and is one of the most sought-after property locations south of Perth.

    With a population of over 30,000 people, Baldivis is a desirable place for first home buyers, with many lifestyle attributes great for young couples and families.

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    A view of an estate in Baldivis with a green park and houses in the background
    Baldivis, Western Australia

    3. Armadale

    Last year, 318 out of 333 house sales were under $400k in Armadale - that’s 95 per cent of all house sales. This makes Armadale the suburb with the highest percentage of sales below $400k on this list.

    Armadale is a relaxed suburb with a bustling urban centre, situated 25 kilometres southeast of Perth. Constantly evolving, the suburb is a great option for those looking for something more affordable, with a median house sale price of $279,000.

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    4. Balga

    Another option for house hunters looking under $400k is Balga. If you are looking for something relatively close to the city but is also affordable, look no further.

    Balga is located 11 kilometres away from the Perth CBD, the shortest distance out of all the suburbs on this list.

    In 2021, out of 338 total house sales in Balga, 287 were below $400k, which is 85 per cent.

    With a median house sale price of $345,500, Balga is a well serviced suburbs for features and amenities and is a 15-minute drive to the new and improved Karrinyup Shopping Centre.

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    A birds eye view of homes within the suburb of Balga
    Balga, Western Australia

    5. Warnbro

    Having a budget under $400k doesn’t necessarily mean you get to miss out on that coastal lifestyle. In 2021, 70 per cent of house sales in Warnbro were under $400k which is 213 out of 304 house sales.

    A charming slice of suburbia with a beautiful beach backdrop and plenty of parklands awaits in Warnbro. Removed from over urbanisation, yet a short drive to the Rockingham town centre, Warnbro provides a family-friendly lifestyle at a median house sale price of $364,500.

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    6. Greenfields

    Greenfields recorded 210 house sales under $400k in 2021, which is 84 per cent of its total house sales for that year.

    At a median house sale price of $312,500 you can find a quintessential 'suburban lifestyle’ and family friendly atmosphere in Greenfields.

    Despite being 64 kilometres south of Perth, residents are well serviced in Greenfields and can easily access Mandurah for any major attractions.

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    7. Ellenbrook

    If you’re on the hunt for a house under $400k in a quiet, peaceful suburb, then you should consider Ellenbrook. In 2021, Ellenbrook had the sixth most house sales under $400k, with 207 sales.

    A recently developed suburb in Perth’s east, Ellenbrook has been designed to function as a self-sustainable community.

    With a median house sale price of $430,000, Ellenbook is plentiful with features and ameniteis which cater for all.

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    A view of a park in Ellenbrook with a water feature in the middle and some clean grass and paving
    Ellenbrook, Western Australia

    8. Mandurah

    The heart of the Peel region, Mandurah is an ideal place for buyers looking for a first-class sea change, with an affordable median house price of $311,500.

    Mandurah had 191 houses sold last year that were under $400k, an 85 per cent portion of its total house sales.

    The property scene is filled with developments from family homes, to modern apartments in new estates and luxurious mansions with canal views.

    The tourist destination is located 95 kilometres from Perth CBD, but residents would hardly have to leave the suburb, with many things to see and do in Mandurah.

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    9. Maddington

    Removed from the hectic nature of city living, but retaining the facilities that make city living appealing, is Maddington.

    Maddington proved to be quite a popular suburb for houses under $400k, with 185 sales in 2021 – making up 73 per cent of its total sales.

    If you are looking for a diverse suburb with plenty of opportunities, Maddington is a great option. Located 18 kilometres from the Perth CBD, the median house price for the suburb is $350,000.

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    10. Butler

    Rounding out Perth’s 10 most popular suburbs for house sales below $400k is Butler, with 184 sales in 2021.

    Located 38 kilometres north of Perth, Butler has undergone significant development in recent times. Butler is a safe, family-oriented suburb dominated mainly by newly built homes and housing estates. The median house price in Butler is $400,000.

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    A view of a human-made water lake with a seating area and the Dome cafe in the background
    Butler, Western Australia

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