October 17, 2016
Mirrabooka, which takes its name from the Aboriginal name for the constellation known as the Southern Cross, was planned in the 1960s as a satellite city to accommodate the rapidly increasing post-war population.
The area was envisaged to contain over 16,000 dwellings, in addition to commercial and recreational facilities. It was imagined that workers from Perth and the northern industrial areas would be attracted to the development. In the following decades the concept was revised several times, resulting in changes to suburb boundaries and various residential developments.
By 1982 the proposal for a complete satellite city was abandoned and the suburb of Mirrabooka was formally created from an area previously known as Yirrigan.
Today the suburb of Mirrabooka is approximately five square kilometres in size, with 20 parks covering nearly 6% of its total area.
In 2006 the population of Mirrabooka was 7,801. This grew 1% to reach 7,928 by 2011. The predominant age group in this area is 0-14 year olds, with households mainly made of couples with children. They are likely to be repaying between $1,800 - $2,400 per month in mortgage repayments.
Homes in Mirrabooka are largely characterised by single detached dwellings on small to medium sized lots. The average block size is 600m², though lots of up to 890m² can be found.
Much of the area has been developed, however there are still a small number of vacant lots remaining in the eastern sector of the suburb.
Houses are predominantly of brick and tile construction and are generally single storey.
In 2011 63.8% of homes were owner occupied. Today the median sales price of houses in the area is $430,000. This figure has been relatively consistent throughout 2014, 2015 and 2016, hovering between $401,000 - $462,500.
Source: CoreLogic RP Data and City of Stirling