Interesting to hear your thoughts on Perth. Boxing Day was very hot 44.2c. It was the start of a heat wave which lasted a few weeks. Seemed longer because our air/con packed up & not enough air/con repair guys to repair it. Gave up finding one & flew to Adelaide for a month. Thought it wonderful to get away from the heat - - then Adelaide got a heat wave which went on at least as long as Perth's. But without the afternoon "Freemantle Doctor" (as it is called) which is a sea breeze that makes it more comfortable. I'm sure the heat follows us around!
We are retired, so not in the work force. However, when I see pages of employment available here I regret we were born too early. I feel confident in saying that there is plenty of work available in every field. Especially air/con repair men!!
Personally i would not want to live in the sterile new northern suberbs. I think there is more character in the Southern seaside towns ie. Rockingham. Or Mandurah (the Gold Coast of the West). Bunbury if you like a busy town/city on the coast a few hours drive from Perth. And Albany (400klms South) if you like a cooler climate. There seems to be plenty of employment in these places.
I do agree that Perth feels isolated but it IS closer to England! Joking aside - - when we lived in Adelaide we only visited Melbourne. So it's probably all in the mind.
Re. house prices - - Perth prices were half the cost of Adelaide houses 20yrs ago. Things change. They may be more comparable now. Or going that way.
Looking forward to our annual visit to Adelaide next month to see our new Grand daughter. Also, 5dollar 'all you can eat' Chinese at the Central market. Paula x