5 Ways Ellenbrook Has Changed Over the Past 25 Years

January 06, 2020

Ellenbrook offers its residents all the perks of small-town living without the isolation. While there are many grand plans in store for Ellenbrook’s future, let’s have a look at the way the area has already been transformed over the last 25 years.

We may be biased but we think Ellenbrook is pretty unique. It is an evolving suburb, offering its residents all the perks of small-town living without the isolation. It’s got the benefit of being near the picturesque Swan Valley and is 21 km from the Perth CBD.

The suburb is a planned community and the most awarded urban development project in Australia. In fact, it has won dozens of prizes in its short lifespan.

While there are many grand plans in store for Ellenbrook’s future, let’s have a look at the way the area has already been transformed over the last 25 years.

1. The Land

Before the community received its spate of accolades it was a sparsely populated landscape. The 2000-hectare site consisted of grazing land, a decommissioned sand quarry and a commercial pine plantation.

In 1991 Ellenbrook began to change incrementally. The Western Australian Government Department of Housing and Works (DHW) and the private syndicate Morella (Now the Live Work Play Property Group known as LWP) combined forces to plan a sustainable community with affordable housing.

LWP was deliberate in imbuing the area with a sense of community and the pedestrian-orientated infrastructure of the suburb is one of its major drawcards. The designers took first and second-homeowners into account and made the area particularly appealing to those looking to start a family.

2. Infrastructure

Ellenbrook is 21 km from central Perth and developers knew that for the suburb to succeed it needed to be a proper hub in its own right. LWP set aside a portion from the sales to be invested into community infrastructure.

Until the first primary school opened in 1998, teachers educated students using the available facilities, which were a mix of shops and houses. Today there are 14 schools in or near Ellenbrook giving residents with children a variety of options about their place of education.

Of course, families need more than schools to set up a home and some of the highlights that have been erected in the area in the last 25 years include:

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  • The Vines Golf Course
  • Ellenbrook shops
  • Woodlake Sports Ground
  • Ellenbrook District Open Space
  • Yagan Memorial Park
  • Coolamon Oval

3. The Population

As per the original plan, the population of Ellenbrook has exploded. The population almost doubled between the Census years of 2001 and 2006, and followed the same growth pattern between the Census years of 2006 and 2011. In 1995 there were just 1,100 people living in the suburb, while today there are more than 40,000 residents.

The inhabitants, like Ellenbrook itself, are young and 85% are under 55.

The population is due to increase again and the suburb is projected to have more than 70,000 residents by 2036.

4. The Homes

In the last 25 years, more than 17,000 homes have been erected in Ellenbrook. According to the 2016 Census, most (around 86%) of the suburb is made up of freestanding houses.

In 2018 the Housing Minister Peter Tinley launched a new style of housing in Ellenbrook called micro-lots. These lots are set on a block of land which is smaller than 100 square metres. They are expected to attract first-home buyers, young families, and those wishing to downsize.

5. The Commute

For a long time, residents of Ellenbrook felt removed from the rest of Perth. However, in August the penultimate stretch of NorthLink WA was opened.  So far, it has halved the commute time between Ellenbrook and Morley, while the accompanying bike path allows keen cyclists to pedal all the way into the CBD.

Access in and out of Ellenbrook by car, from The Promenade, is now an option.

The real transport game-changer is coming in the form of a much-awaited rail line in 2022. This will drastically cut travel time to the city, rewarding Ellenbrook’s very patient residents.

If you’re looking to make Ellenbrook your home, contact our team today.

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