Making Waves

  •  For seaside living, spectacular views, eclectic cafes serving up top quality fare, and just a convenient 15km from Perth, it’s easy to see why Latitude is going the distance.

    If it’s a seaside lifestyle you’re after, look no further than Leighton Beach in Western Australia. Located only a few kilometres from the thriving hub that is Fremantle, Leighton is one of the best family beaches in the West.

    It boasts pristine white sand and the bluest of blue water, and is a perennial favourite with families escaping on weekends to a tranquil spot where aquatic activities are the order of the day.

    Patrolled during the spring and summer months and with plentiful parking, the beach is famed for its gentle waves and popular dog area at its northern end, where your canine friends are welcome to run off their leashes to their hearts’ content.

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  • It’s a popular spot for kite surfing and you’ll often find the locals enjoying warm afternoons watching the colourful kites traverse the bay. There’s a little-known snorkelling spot at the northern end that’s definitely worth checking out on a fine summer’s day.

    The beach foreshore has been recently transformed, with the State Government providing an upgrade which has created a new community area for visitors and local residents, including BBQ facilities and generous green open spaces for all to enjoy. Complimenting the foreshore upgrade, at the heart of the beach, the new Fremantle Surf Life Saving Club was spearheaded by Mirvac who designed, constructed and contributed funding towards the new facilities.

    For memorable sightseeing take the ferry on a day trip to Rottnest Island. If you’d prefer a gentle stroll or bike ride, there are well-maintained paths that link Leighton Beach to Cottesloe and Swanbourne.

    This idyllic setting is home to Latitude, where Mirvac is currently selling luxury beachfront apartments within the Prima and Meridian buildings. For water babies, Prima boasts a swimming pool for resident use only, while all Latitude residents have access to an exclusive gymnasium.

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  • Mirvac Design Director Mark Young says much thought has gone into the design and environmental credentials of the development to ensure it complements the pristine beauty of the natural surrounds.

    “I love the purity of the white sandy beach at Leighton so we wanted the buildings to reflect this both in form and materiality. The built form provides scale and relief to the beachfront, while balancing the demands of view, privacy and the environment. A landscape courtyard in he central space between the buildings provides a private oasis for the residents,” he said. 

    Another reason for the growing appeal of Leighton Beach is the recent arrival of s number of polished cafes and eateries serving surprisingly high quality fare. One such haunt, popular with locals and visitors alike is Bib and Tucker, is named for local bushranger duo the Bib and Tucker who roamed the sand dunes in the 1800s. But they weren’t the usual troublemakers we usually associate with bushrangers. Rather they valued good wine, women and song and it’s this ethos on which the spirit of the restaurant is based.

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  • Today, The Bib and Tucker restaurant prides itself on its preference for locally grown ingredients. Boasting incredible ocean views, meat lovers will find it hard to go past the rotisserie grill. The venue also has a celebrity connection, being co-owned by Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts an extensive win menu.

    If something a little more casual is your taste, why not check out The Shipping Lane? Word is it’s the favourite local spot for brunch, so get there early if you want a good table with views. The venue roasts its own coffee and offers an extensive menu with something to suit every palate.

    Excitingly, Leighton Beach will also become home to Australia’s first Hyatt Place boutique hotel which has been recently approved by the City of Fremantle, along with the sale of the Caltex terminal operations site to the south of Latitude, continuing the precinct’s metamorphosis.

    For luxury living, magnificent views, eclectic cafes serving up high quality fare, and just a convenient 15km from Perth, it’s easy to see why demand for apartments at Latitude is so strong. Especially when you mention this is also one of the best spots in the country to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

  • This article first appeared in The Right Place by Mirvac Winter 2015 magazine.

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