Finding an affordable home can be a challenge in inner-city suburbs, but a new development on the border of Perth and Highgate will provide prospective buyers with a host of opportunities.

The four-storey apartment project at 12 Smith Street, Perth is being developed by the Department of Communities and a consortium of Encon Project Management, Matthews & Scavalli Architects and Alliance Builders.

The Department of Communities is improving housing affordability and diversity in Perth to ensure more people have a place to call home in established inner-city communities.

The Smith Street development will feature 23 contemporary apartments comprising eight one-bed one-bath, five two-bed one-bath, seven two-bed two-bath and three three-bed two-bath. A lift will provide access to all floors and nine of the apartments have been specially designed with accessibility features to allow independent living for buyers of all ages.

Affordability is a key aspect of this innovative development with around 50 per cent of the homes to be a mix of affordable sale and social housing.  

Residents of Smith Street will enjoy living in a prime location only 2km from the Perth CBD. Travelling by public transport couldn’t be easier with regular bus services just two blocks away on Beaufort Street, and the East Perth train station is only a 750-metre walk.

12 Smith Street is being delivered through the State Government’s $394 million METRONET Social and Affordable Housing and Jobs Package. The development is expected to be completed in November 2021.   

Quotes from Ben Rooke, Assistant Director General Assets:

“The Department of Communities is bringing about real and lasting social change by providing quality homes in safe, inclusive neighbourhoods that are integrated with the environment and with access to jobs and services.

“The location of 12 Smith Street couldn’t be better with a range of amenities nearby including the Beaufort Street café strip, HBF Stadium, Hyde Park, Highgate Primary School and North Metro TAFE.

“By partnering with industry experts like Encon Project Management, Matthews and Scavalli Architects and Alliance Builders, the Department will continue to deliver sustainable and affordable housing that contributes positively to the surrounding community.  

“The consortium will use WA-made products and skills for the majority of the materials and labour in this construction project, ensuring economic benefits flow on to our community.

“I am also pleased to report that the Smith Street development is expected to contribute approximately $12.2 million in economic activity and support 30 jobs during construction.”

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