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Living in the Kalamunda Hills: Embracing Community, Nature, and the Australian Dream

Posted by Justine Valender on 10/07/2023
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Living in the Kalamunda Hills

Living in the Kalamunda Hills: All there is to love

Nestled in the heart of Perth lies a hidden gem, a community that captures the essence of the Australian dream – the Hills. Ranked among Perth’s top 10 most sought-after suburbs by average view per property listing, the Hills beckon those seeking a change of pace and a slice of serene living.

As someone who has called Kalamunda, a charming part of the Hills, home since my relocation from the UK in 2008, I can attest to the magic of this picturesque region. Over the past 15 years, I’ve embraced the tranquility and tree-hugging goodness that defines life here. Today, I invite you to step into the world of the Hills, to experience the Australian dream I am fortunate to live.

Growing up within the Hills’ embrace has left an indelible mark on me, shaping my love for Bickley, a jewel within the Hills region. The Bickley Valley, akin to scenes from a movie, boasts rolling hills, sprawling winery vineyards, and the beloved Bickley Valley Fresh. This local gem offers a bounty of locally sourced fruits and vegetables from nearby orchards. A drive through Bickley Valley conjures images of coastal roads swapped for winding paths amid towering trees. With windows down, the aroma of Jarrah trees fills the air, an experience that truly nourishes the soul.

From Pickering Brook to Gooseberry Hill, options abound for coffee, lunches, wine, cider, and memory-making moments. The Hills community spirit thrives here, with most establishments being family-owned, exuding a heartwarming “country lifestyle” with a twist. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Hills present an array of parks, national reserves, and walking trails. I can’t resist revealing my favorite trail for a summer sunset – a truly enchanting experience that leaves an indelible mark on your soul.

But the Hills offer more than just scenic beauty; they encompass a sense of belonging. Growing up here, I’ve had the privilege of cherishing moments such as carefree bike rides, poolside laughter, and an overwhelming sense of freedom. Families find solace in the embrace of lush gardens, homes intertwined with natural bushland, and the safety that the Hills provide. The neighboring Kalamunda suburbs offer a sense of community and belonging that’s unparalleled.

For parents, the Ray Owen Sports Complex becomes a second home, where weekends are filled with cheers for the iconic Kalamunda Cougars and netball games. The Hills breed a sense of camaraderie that extends to sidelines, creating bonds that go beyond the sports field.

Living in the Hills is an invitation to slow down, to savor life’s moments and relish in the connections forged within the community. It’s a mere 35 minutes from the CBD, yet a world away from the bustling city. The hills whisper a promise of serenity, inviting us to pause, breathe, and truly experience life.

Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The Hills embody this sentiment, offering a slower pace, where life unfolds gently. And don’t we all secretly wish for life to slow down a little?

So, if you’ve ever contemplated a move that promises a warm embrace of community, nature, and a change of pace, consider this your welcome to the Kalamunda Hills. From one Hill dweller to another, I promise, you’ll never want to leave. The Hills aren’t just a place; they’re a way of life, where every day is an opportunity to savor the present and create memories that last a lifetime.

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