Fine solid homes set in well-tended gardens on wide, leafy streets define much of the delightful old suburb of Mt Lawley, just a couple of kilometres north of Perth’s CBD. In other parts, the housing is more intensive, and smaller, and the streets less verdant.
Mount Lawleyites share the advantages of being a stone’s throw from one of Australia’s most delightful cities and living in an area where half a dozen parks and other swathes of green - such as the Mount Lawley golf course - are within easy striking distance.
Mount Lawley is benefiting, too, from the Government's lavish attention to its neighbouring suburb of East Perth. In the 1980s, it was decided to rejuvenate and transform East Perth, redeveloping it from a shabby mixture of light industrial factories and decidedly working class homes to become a fully integrated urban village catering for 'contemporary lifestyles' and a trend toward inner city living.
Today, the East Perth project is considered one of Australia’s finest examples of intelligent urban renewal. It has become a model for town planning and environmental rehabilitation, paving the way for similar developments Australia wide.