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24. October 2014 15:20  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (1)

An Ellenbrook woman received a death threat in her letter box from a neighbour claiming they would ‘take matters into their own hands’ if her dogs did not stop their continuous barking. The neighbour was caught on camera delivering the note which threatened to kill the dogs if they didn’t stop barking.

The contents of the note was reported to Ellenbrook police. The woman caught on camera was then cautioned by police. The note writer claims the dog owner had taken no notice of written warnings from the City of Swan. The dog owner has stated she did not receive the warnings and that her dogs are good dogs.

City procedures for neighbours to deal with dog complaints can be lengthy. An information pack is provided to the complainant, who can then tick boxes to describe the time and length of the nuisance, after which a letter is sent to the dog owner. If the problem persists, complainants can maintain a logbook, which the City can use to act. The RSPCA encouraged owners to seek training courses if their dog’s barking had become an issue.

Source; Ellenbrook Advocate Sept 24th 2014

24. October 2014 15:11  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Woodlake Shopping Centre finally has a new cafe’. Chit-Chat cafe’ has now opened. I can personally vouch for the great coffee as I have grabbed a few on the run after home opens in Woodlake. Next time I visit I want to try some of their delicious cakes. They look devine!

22. October 2014 14:55  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the artist, designer and earth ambassador for Green Embassy, Australia’s first internationally recognised organic fashion label. Zuhal loves working with her herd of Alpacas and buys locally organically produced merino wool and organic silk from silk worms in the Swan Valley. She combines these textiles with her organically grown alpaca wool which she spins on site at her home in the Swan Valley.

Local Aveley girl and eco-model for Green Embassy Madi Carroll is off to Paris to strut her stuff for seven days this month on the catwalks. Madi, a year 10 student at Swan Valley Anglican Community School views the opportunity as a once in a life time chance to achieve her dream to be a model.

For more information about Green Embassy and organic designs from WA go to www.ate-lierzuhal.com

Source; Article and photo courtesy of Ellenbrrok Advocate September 24, 2014

20. October 2014 10:07  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Little Alex Watson (4) of Ellenbrook needs to find a suitable bone marrow donor to cure him of a rare genetic condition called chronic granulomatos. Alex is the only person in WA with this rare condition that effects his immune system and prevents him from effectively breaking down bacteria and flushing it from his system. Since he was diagnosed with the condition in April last year his parents Shelly and Rob have taken him to the hospital about 150 times.

The good news is that there is a 90% survival rate for people with CGD who get bone marrow transplants from a suitable donor. So Alex’s father Rob is on a mission to find a suitable donor for Alex and others. He has organised a bone marrow donor drive, with a goal to educate and ask suitable donors to register on the day.

Representatives from the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and a local Elllenbrook bone marrow recipient will speak at the information session to be held at 33 Comserve Loop, Ellenbrook from noon to 4pm on October 26th.

Let’s do what we can to spread this message about a local boy in need of the communities assistance.

Source; Ellenbrook Advocate 1st October 2014


20. October 2014 09:58  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (4)

Well let’s not get our hopes up too soon. Although WA Premier Colin Barnett has confirmed the State Government will fund a new public swimming pool for Ellenbrook, there is still no time-frame for the project.

An aquatic centre will eventually form part of the leisure centre componenet of the Ellenbrook District Open Space. The City of Swan expects to have a price tag for the aquatic centre by the end of the year, along with the 15 per cent design for the dry area.

Source; Ellenbrook Advocate Oct 1st 2014


17. October 2014 15:47  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

I have written previously about how Ellenbrook is the most awarded new town in Australia. This was due to a collaborative approach between town planners, builders, architects and developers from Ellenbrook’s beginning and continues today. In my position as a Real Estate Sales Representative in the area I see evidence of this approach on a daily basis. Beautiful street scapes and well designed gorgeous houses. My new listing at 7 Woodlake Blvd is another testament to Ellenbrooks appeal. 

Elevated, lush retained gardens frame the delightfully appealing street view of this home. Inside a light airy spacious feel is created by vaulted ceilings and ample windows encasing the west side of the house. This lovely generously sized three bedroom two bathroom home is on the market for $490,000. 

Feel free to call me on 0438 080 921 for further information


16. October 2014 12:39  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The Swan Anglican Community School is currently undergoing construction of the next stage of it’s capital development. Due to open early in 2015 is a brand new state-of-the-art Design and Technology Centre.

The Centre will accommodate a Woodwork Classroom, Metalwork Classroom, two Machine Rooms, two Food Technology Classrooms (inclusive of a Commercial Kitchen), Maintenance Workshop, Staff Offices and Information and Technology new Server Room.

These facilities will assist the school to support the extension of the Vocational Education Training Programme with the introduction of Certificate 1 and 2 courses.

Source; echo newspaper Sept 20, 2014

15. October 2014 16:43  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

The Boutique Travel Cafe in Aveley (the first cafe’ with an integrated travel agency within it’s premises in WA) has just had a liquor licence approved. They now plan to open up for Tapas two or three times a week as of next year. 

Currently they are open from 8am – 7pm Monday to Friday, from 8am – 5pm on Saturday and 1.30pm – 5.30pm on Sunday. Apart from the delicious sandwiches, wraps and fresh salads available they now also provide a small range of cooked breakfasts all week and weekend.

I like how they are keeping it local by using coffee supplier Fiori, which roasts it’s coffee in Middle Swan.

Source; Echo Newspaper Sept 20


30. September 2014 11:40  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (1)

Who wants to age gracefully? Not a bunch of Ellenbrook residents who have formed a group called Classy Tarts. The group consists of women over 50 who want to inject a bit of fun and friendship into their lives. They are part of the Red Hat Society that was established in 1998 in the United States and the group’s philosophy is based on a Jenny Joseph’s poem – the opening lines of which read, “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me”.

Of course when the group meet for their outings they attend in purple outfits and red hats. Sheryl Olsen who has lived in Ellenbrook for ten years said in that time she hardly made any friends. Now though the group has been a great network for her to meet people. 

Sounds like wonderful fun! For more details about Ellenbrook Classy Tarts, call Ms Olsen on 9297 1050

26. September 2014 14:32  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (1)

766 Ellenbrook Primary School Children broke a Guinness World Record by creating a human forest. It was all part of a wider effort to involve children in a creative endeavor to get their imaginations and energy inspired and to promote reading. Author Andy Griffith, who originally suggested the idea and has written a book called The 52 Story Treehouse, said it was great to see the tree theme and record attempt captivating young minds. Chris Sheedy, an official representative for Guinness flew in to Perth to witness the attempt and make it official.

19. September 2014 12:20  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

It’s great that Ellenbrook is growing and thriving but with growth comes some issues with traffic congestion and the need for more infrastructure and services. So i’ts good to know that the following will be occuring soon.

Gnangara Rd is closer to becoming a dual roadway. Now that the excision of 19.8ha of state forest has passed both houses of Parliament all that is needed is a notice to be published in the Government Gazzette and then the works can start. The road will become a dual roadway between Drumpellier Dr and Alexander Dr. It is expected the construction will commence this year and be completed in 2016.
Anybody who has driven down Main Street outside of Ellenbrook Secondary College during school starting and closing times will be aware of the hazard it has been posing to students. After a spate of near misses and a low speed collision between a student and a a car earlier this year, the school is set to get flashing LED school zone signs and an application is in the pipeline for two manned school crossings. Hopefully this will reduce the risk of a more serious accident.

18. September 2014 12:42  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Well done and good luck to these local families!
An Aveley mum has been nominated for an award for the 2014 AusMumprepeur Awards.The awards celebrate and recognize mothers who are successful in a business while also managing to balance motherhood and family life. Natasha Burns has been nominated for her business Ladybug Literacy for Kids which is a program designed to develop pre-literacy skills in pre-school children. Classes are held in Aveley and Bullsbrook. Good luck Natasha!

Three generations of a local Henley Brook family will be competing at this years Perth Royal Show in the wood-chopping event. Rob Reynolds (78 years old) is the oldest family member and he has been competitively wood-chopping for almost 60 years. The youngest family member is Austin Reynolds who is eight years old. In the middle is Austin’s dad Brett Reynolds and along with his three other sons all six members will compete for the third year in a row. Good luck Reynolds family!


17. September 2014 12:35  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (1)

Great turnout on Saturday 13th September to the Local and General Markets in Ellenbrook. Some interesting stalls selling unique and funky products. Swan Valley Realty was there providing free snow cones and over the 4 hours we gave away 240 cones! Hope to see everyone at the next Local and General markets in November









17. September 2014 12:19  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Ellenbrook is Australia’s most awarded new town. It is the winner of 30 state and national awards.

Why all the success? As becomes evident from these photos it is due to a collaborative approach to it’s initial and ongoing design from Developers, Planners, Architects and Builders.

These parties all worked together to create seven self sustainable communities (also know as townships). Each neighborhood has it’s own center that can be reached on foot within 10 minutes from any house.

Now an urban Town Center boasts an art gallery, restaurants, tavern, and shopping center with 80 shops including one of the largest Woolworths in the state. And the amount of open space and parkland around every corner is breathtaking!


House rocks

street white arch



3. September 2014 10:46  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)


Each month this update will focus on sales in either Ellenbrook or Aveley or the Rental Market in both suburbs. When sales are the focus in this update will track what price houses are selling for, how long it takes to sell a house and the capital growth of properties in Ellenbrook and surrounds for the previous 12 months. The rental Update we will cover the average prices properties are renting for in Ellenbrook, Aveley and surrounding suburbs and look at the vacancy rates for these areas.


Ellenbrook focus from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014

In the upper quartile houses are selling for $495,000

In the lower quartile houses are selling for $400,000

The median sale price in Ellenbrook for the last 12 months is $435,000

On average it takes 46 days to sell a house in Ellenbrook

The approximate market variance in the past 12 months for Ellenbrook is 4.8%

Growth of nearby suburbs, Aveley 6%,The Vines 9%, Henley Brook 6.6%


These figures were obtained from REIWA (The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia) and are based on settled sales as at 30 June 2014.



30. July 2014 12:26  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

Swan Valley Realty has evolved from two Real Estate careers that have thrived for over 35 years in the area. Pam Mitchell is a Senior Sales Consultant and Co-owner of The Vines Real Estate and is now the Licensee of Swan Valley Realty. With the added experience and support of the Licensee of The Vines Real Estate, Rob Copley, Swan Valley Realty will focus on the exciting growth and development in Ellenbrook, Aveley and surrounding suburbs. Lisa Driehuis has come on board as a Sales Representative with a focus on delivering personalized service with integrity and  a positive attitude to achieve clients desired results. 

Sellers and Buyers will benefit from the newly formed Agency. They will be receiving the experience of long established Agents in the area combined with the energy and enthusiasm of a Sales Representative excited about being a part of this new venture that is Swan Valley Realty. 

All of the staff at Swan Valley Realty live, work and play locally. They have a strong affinity to the Swan Valley. They have watched Ellenbrook grow from some well-designed new land releases and a few shops at Woodlake to the thriving community it has become today. They understand that the beauty and uniqueness of Ellenbrook, Aveley and surrounds is that it is a bustling urban community set amongst a picturesque rural background of hills, pastures and vineyards. Their love for the valley will be a great asset to both Sellers and Buyers due to their enthusiasm in promoting the area.

30. July 2014 12:21  /  swanvalleyrealtyblog Comments (0)

With many years of local experience the team at Swan Valley Realty will provide a personalized service based on operating with integrity and delivering results. 

We are a Boutique Agency which allows us to tailor our services to meet your individual needs be they Selling, Buying or Property Management. At Swan Valley Realty we are able to offer competitive pricing to Sellers with-out cutting corners and we pride ourselves in taking the time to match Buyers to their dream home.