Dalkeith home to dress circle

With its big blocks, perfectly manicured gardens and proximity to the city, Swan River and sought-after schools, Circe Circle's appeal is obvious.

Although the quiet Dalkeith circle has private tennis courts, sprawling lawns and lavish mansions, local real estate agents describe it as a "good street" rather than one of Perth's elite addresses.

Figures compiled by the Real Estate Institute of WA paint a different picture of Circe Circle, naming it Perth's most expensive street of last year after it notched up the most multimillion-dollar house sales.

Eleven Circe Circle properties sold throughout the year, with the most expensive changing hands for $4.125 million.

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property at number 47 sold in May, then again for $3.475 million in November.

In total, properties on the long street that wraps around Dalkeith Primary School sold for a whopping $29.482 million.

The average sale price on Circe Circle last year was $2.7 million - a figure eclipsed only by sales on Viking Road, which is one block south.

Nine properties were sold on Viking Road for a total of $27 million, with the most expensive bought for $4.5 million.

The most expensive street for multi-residential sales was Terrace Road in East Perth, which notched up 43 million-dollar-plus sales last year.

Agent Gordon Davies, who has been selling real estate in Dalkeith for 50 years, said he had never thought of Circe Circle as the street that would top the market but houses at the high end had not been selling.

He said much of the street's appeal came from its low density, many trees, well-maintained gardens and strong community feel.

"People like a bit of room to move and to have their gardens," Mr Davies said.

Agent William Porteous, who closed the most expensive sale on Circe Circle last year, said people had long built good houses in Circe Circle and Viking Road.

"It is the best street in Dalkeith and people are realising it now and building really top-quality homes there," he said.

"The properties are worth up to $10 million."

Perth property developer Paul Blackburne, who is building a house on Circe Circle after he and his wife Charmaine bought a double block there last year, said they bought the property because they were starting a family.

"We have been living in apartments for 20 years and we've just had a baby and need more room," he said.

"We bought there because it's close to Dalkeith Primary and it's a quiet family area with large blocks and is between the city, the beach and the river."

The West Australian

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