I thought I’d set the scene for our future home….
Gone are the days of the beach shack in Mandurah.
These days Mandurah, is full of double brick homes, floored with tiles, built in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, “naughties” and, yup, you guessed it, we are still building the same kind of construction now. It’s very practical and tolerates our coastal weather, but it’s not very interesting.
Not that long ago, Mandurah was a small fishing village and holiday camping destination, so if it’s old homes oozing character that you like – Mandurah is not your place. But what it lacks in architectural style and history, it makes up for in the great outdoors. We have the Indian Ocean to our West, with sandy, white beaches. The town sits on the Peel Inlet and a large estuary, home to dolphins and blue manner crabs, respectively. And, as if that is not enough water already, we have an extensive network of man-made canals. Our canal has direct access to the ocean and is accessible by sailboat.
The climate is Meditteranean. Think hot, hot, hot in Summer – dry and regularly over 35 degrees celcius. Winter is wet and cool, but nothing serious.
Mandurah now has a population of over 80 000. Compared to most Australian cities, there is little cultural diversity. It’s a popular place for the English to immigrate and there are a few New Zealanders, South Africans and Scots. Honestly, I find it a bit isolated and I used to worry that my children’s view of the world could become a little narrow. But after 8 years of international travels, and schooling in 5 different countries, I think we’ve nipped that potential issue in the bud! So now, I’m completely and utterly looking forward to returning to live in clean, clear, sunny, beachy, green Mandurah with my family.
If you fancy being my neighbour, here’s a little sample of some nearby houses:
These canal homes are all currently for sale. The pictures are from realestate.com.au. These houses aren’t going to make the pages of Dwell, Grand Designs or any other design magazine, but I did find one local house with some originality and a bit of Wow factor. Check out the house below by Iredale Pedersen Hook (photos from Dezeen). I love the interesting frame for the ocean view and, in keeping with the original beach shacks of Mandurah, the exterior is clad in fibre-cement sheets. Think of the solar power and rain water collection potential of this place!
But back to our little spot in the world: