After nearly 2 years (yes we have been here nearly two years) we are moving out of Claremont (and our one bedroom apartment) to Tuart Hill (to a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom duplex).
We may be without internet for up to two weeks so I thought I would do a quick update today and then post a bigger blog (with photos) of the move once we get internet back.
So- a few things about the suburbs.
Claremont, established in 1898, is located 10 minutes' drive southwest of Perth's centre (more in peak hour traffic). Claremont covers an area of 4.9 square kilometres and is nestled around Freshwater Bay on the Swan River, in the midst of beautiful parks with an abundance of mature trees.
Claremont is an attractive and sought after residential suburb, noted for its village atmosphere, shopping and entertainment precinct, educational establishment and facilities such as golf, swimming and yachting.
Shopping includes upmarket retail, particularly clothing and designer boutiques, home ware and designer gifts, jewellery, collectibles, arts and crafts and bookshops. In Claremont you can be parked at a set of traffic lights with a Bentley, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi and a Porsche and no-one bats an eyelid. So there is lots of money in fancy Claremont.
In Claremont we are 1km from the Swan River and 2.2km from the beach.
Tuart Hill, established after WWII with rapid growth through the 1960s and 1970s, is a tidy, mostly-residential suburb, about seven kilometres north of Perth’s CBD. From the centre of Tuart Hill, it’s a quick drive into the heart of the city... it’s only nine kilometres or so to some great beaches, such as Scarborough, Trigg and Floreat, and just three kilometres from extensive recreation areas around Herdsman Lake and Lake Monger. Like most Perth suburbs, there are swags of open areas and parklands throughout Tuart Hill.
So we are definitely making a move into suburbia. But we get 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a separate dining room and laundry and a back yard for a BBQ and some outdoor living. I will miss the boutique shops of Claremont and neighbouring Cottesloe. But I will really enjoy having a house again and no longer having to have 4 bikes in our bedroom!!