Imagine being able to go for a morning stroll through one of Perth’s leafiest suburbs, stopping for a latte in a café that everyone is chattering about on social media, spending the afternoon doing laps in a world-class pool, then finishing the day off with a live show and dinner at a first-class restaurant – all without once stepping into your car.
Such is the lifestyle enjoyed by residents of Menora, a suburb with so many amenities and leisure offerings in such close proximity, it evokes a European capital or, because of the area’s Jewish heritage, New York City.
Established in 1954 as an offshoot of Mt Lawley, Menora is one of those rare Perth suburbs which offers the open space, peace, safety and hustle and bustle of traditional Australia inner cities. Step across Walcott Street and within minutes you’ll be in Angove Street, one the most stylish and vibrant café, restaurant and shopping districts in the Perth inner city.
Head in the other direction and you will quickly run into the Yokine Reserve, a beautiful green space that’s perfect for a walk or a jog, a safe and healthy place to take children away from their devices, and a huge open area for the dogs to stretch their legs.
Adjoining Yokine Reserve is the Mount Lawley Golf Club, one of the top facilities of its kind in Australia. Set in original bushland, yet still boasting views of the city from certain links, the renowned club is a welcome oasis of relaxation, exercise and socialising.
Menora also has easy access to many of the state’s finest sporting facilities, with both the Beatty Park Leisure Centre and Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre less than five minutes away in either direction (with both boasting superb gyms).
Residents of Menora also have access to premiere grass court tennis club, Alexander Park, with the Mount Lawley Bowling Club with retirees and retro-worshiping hipsters making for wonderfully oddball company.
Another advantage of living in Menora is its proximity to the city. It’s a short bus ride into Northbridge and the CBD, with its unmatched array of shopping and entertainment offerings, including the WA Art Gallery and Museum, Perth Arena, NIB Stadium and Elizabeth Quay. This proximity to the city is even more significant as the price of parking soars.
If kicking back for you is more of the “watching-the-world-go-by” variety, Menora is in strolling distance from several of the city’s coolest café strips. Angove Street will make you think you’ve stepped on a tram and landed in Melbourne, with entertainment venues ranging from the ultra-chic Old Laundry, through to the funky jazz haunt Satchmo, and the famed live music venue, The Rosemount Hotel.
Head in the other direction and you will hook up with the Beaufort Street experience. Centered on the intersection of Walcott and Beaufort Streets, this most vibrant of inner-city districts features the Astor Theatre, Perth’s historic live theatre venue (and occasional cinema), a dazzling array of cafes and restaurants, superb fresh food vendors (such as the legendary German deli Elmar’s) and so many clothing stores it challenges for the title of Perth’s fashion district.
Away from the myriad of lifestyle offerings, there are plenty more essential services for families. There’s Mt Lawley High School, which always comes up in discussions of Perth’s best government schools, and Perth College, which consistently rates amongst the top educational institutions in the country.
And for parents who worry about their children having to cross the city for their secondary education, Menora has Edith Cowan University on its doorstep, which is fast-rising on international rankings. Within the same Campus is the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), which is now regarded as one of the finest institutions of its kind in the world – if you don’t believe us, just ask WAAPA graduate Hugh Jackman.
Menora was named after the Hebrew lamp that is a symbol of Judaism. The many-stemmed menorah is also a wonderful symbol for the wonderfully multi-faceted lifestyle enjoyed by the residents of this hidden jewel in the Perth metropolitan area. It is the perfect place to make the transition of inner-city living simply because it retains so many of the qualities of the traditional Australian suburb. Quite simply, Menora offers the best of both worlds.
If you have the opportunity to get into Menora grab it with both hands. While you’re drinking a coffee in the Fiorentina Cafe in Angove Street, or watching a red-hot stand-up comedian at the Astor, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the move before.