Suburb Profile: Alkimos

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‘Strong’ history began with a shipwreck

Did you know the word ‘Alkimos’ means ‘strong’ in Greek? Perth’s northern suburb of Alkimos was named after the wreck of the Greek freighter Alkimos.

Although the suburb was earmarked for development in late 2008 (with the first homesites released by LWP Property Group at its Trinity at Alkimos community in 2010), the Alkimos was shipwrecked took place 55 years ago.

The freighter was considered ‘jinxed’ following a run of bad luck. In May 1963, after two decades at sea and many recorded incidents, the Alkimos hit bad weather while being towed from WA to Asia for scrap. It eventually wrecked itself on Eglinton Rocks, 4.95 nautical miles due north of Mindarie Marina.

Five decades later, almost all of the wreck is disintegrated and can no longer be viewed from the coastline. The wreck site remains a point of interest however, thanks to ghost stories and unusual events experienced by some visitors to the area.

Idyllic coastal location, great facilities

Located about 20 minutes from the regional hub of Joondalup, Alkimos is known for its tranquil, unspoilt beaches and proximity to the Indian Ocean.

Local attractions include Alkimos Beach, Alford Park and the Alkimos Beach Foreshore Reserve. The Mindarie Marina and Yanchep National Park are also easily accessible by car.

A choice of private and local schools, cafes, shops and entertainment options await in Alkimos and the established suburb of Butler, just a five minute drive south.

Catching public transport is also breeze thanks to the northern rail line which stops at Butler station, only 500m from Trinity’s southern boundary. Work on the future Alkimos station (to be located 500m north of Trinity) is expected to start in 2019.

Located within the City of Wanneroo, Alkimos is also close to the Mitchell Freeway, offering residents easy access to Joondalup, Perth and beyond for work or fun.

Who lives here?

Alkimos is located in one of Australia’s fastest growing residential corridors and more than 8,600 people called the suburb home by the end of 2017. An estimated 57,000 people are expected to move there within the next 25 years.

Thanks to its affordability (the medium house price is $385,000) and stunning coastal setting, Alkimos boasts a mix of professionals, families, retirees and beach lovers alike.

According to latest figures*, about 26 per cent of residents are ‘maturing couples and families’, followed closely by ‘young families’ (20 per cent) and ‘established couples and families’ (20 per cent).

Living at Trinity at Alkimos

Trinity at Alkimos is made up of three small, premium villages, designed to encourage traditional neighbourhood living and can be accessed from Santorini Promenade, off Marmion Avenue.

 “Life at Trinity is very much about the outdoors and establishing a connection to nature and a connection to art,” said Project Manager for Trinity, Alf Lay.

“For example, our newest village, Atelier, features a large collection of public art for all to enjoy and the Agora bushwalk through banksia woodland has been popular with residents.”

Trinity at Alkimos is also home to a primary school, new shopping centre (Trinity Village Shopping Centre) and a second shopping centre (Agora on Santorini) is currently under construction and a secondary school is set to open in 2020.

Future of Alkimos

Big plans are in place to help Alkimos become a bustling regional centre, built around the train station. Marina facilities have been discussed, along with essential social and community infrastructure and more public open space.

In addition, the WA Opposition government recently announced a plan to extend the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Road in Alkimos, if elected in the future.

 

*Source realestate.com.au April 2018