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Maintaining a small town feel with a sense of community

Enjoying a strong connection with the coast and sitting just north of prosperous Mindarie, Quinns Rocks is the City of Wanneroo’s oldest and most well-established coastal suburb. It is home to just over 9000 people, with just under a quarter hailing from the United Kingdom.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the suburb comprised two areas of very different history and character.

“‘Old Quinns, as it is affectionately known, was established in the 1940s and declared a townsite in 1962,” she said.

“It is characterised by its unique mix of houses which include beach shacks from as far back as the 1940s through to architecturally designed masterpieces set within the surrounding undulating landscape.

“The Norfolk and Quinns Beach estates were developed in the 1990s and their character is in line with that period of development, including some smaller lots and more uniformed streetscapes.

“Both areas of Quinns have a ‘small town’ feel about them, with a great sense of community.”

With the magnificent Indian Ocean sitting along the suburb’s entire western border, the beach plays a large role in the daily lives at many in the suburb.

Mayor Roberts said this proximity to the beach was very attractive to residents and there were a selection of cafes and restaurants set up to make the most of the ocean views, including Portofinos, Blue Vue Cafe and Quinns Shack.

“There are several fantastic dining options where you can watch the sun set over the beautiful Indian Ocean,” she said.

Quinns Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club is based at the southern end of the beach, with volunteers and career surf lifesavers patrolling the area between October and April to provide a safer place for swimmers and beachgoers.

Joining the Surf Life Saving Club at the southern end of the beach is the recently opened Quinns Mindarie Community Centre. Mayor Roberts said it provided a fantastic facility for residents and local community groups.

“In the short time it has been operating it has become a true neighbourhood hub for the residents of Quinns Rocks, Mindarie and surrounding suburbs,” she said.

Over the last couple of years the northern suburbs have benefited from either development announcements or the introduction of new infrastructure projects, such as the extension of Mitchell Freeway to Hester Avenue in 2017.

Mayor Roberts said this delivered more direct access to the rest of the Perth metropolitan area and reduced the weekly commute time for residents by hours.

“It has enabled them to spend more time where they have chosen to live, doing what they enjoy,” she said.

“Quinns also has great public transport links, with Clarkson train station just a short drive away, and is well serviced by multiple connecting bus services.”

Each year the City of Wanneroo conducts a number events and social activities, including the City of Wanneroo Presents Concert; Dog’s Breakfast; Retro Rewind; Global Beats & Eats.

“The Marina, Mindarie, in the neighbouring suburb of Mindarie also hosts fantastic events year-round,” Mayor Roberts said.

Capturing a lifestyle worth living

With an undulating coastal landscape, sparkling waters, crystal sands and friendly locals, there is something quite fantastic about Quinns Rocks, according to Kerry Davey Real Estate Licensee and Director Kerry Davey.

“It is very affordable and close to a variety of great amenities, including shops, walkways and dog-friendly spots,” she said. “Quinns Rocks captures a lifestyle worth living.”

Asked about the current state of the property market, Ms Davey described it as steady.

“Buyers have always been attracted to Quinns’ refined coastal lifestyle and affordable housing options,” she said. “If the home is priced right, it will sell.”

Of the planned infrastructure projects further north, including the widening of Marmion Avenue to Yanchep and the extension of the railway to Yanchep, Ms Davey said it would entice more buyers to consider living in Quinns Rocks.

“It will certainly add growth to Quinns and its surrounding areas,” she said. “With many of these new developments catering to families of all ages, I think we’ll see more of this demographic moving into the area.”

If families do choose to move to Quinns Rocks in the coming years, they will be in familiar company, with City of Wanneroo figures indicating the majority of residents in Quinns Rocks are couples with children.

Ms Davey said the next two to three years would provide moderate growth for the suburb, but it would eventually become one of Perth’s sought-after suburbs on the back of planned infrastructure.

“Now is the time to buy, as pricing has stayed as it is for almost a year,” she said.

“With eastern states markets slowing down, there seems to be a lot of people moving to WA, so I predict supply and demand will increase as Quinns Rocks becomes a hot spot for these movers.”

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