ALLAN Green and his wife Jane moved to Crawley from City Beach 16 years ago.
“We had a multi-level home with a pool and garden and felt it was time to downsize,” Mr Green said.
“We wanted something near the river or beach with a view of the water.
“I was initially a little reluctant about moving to an apartment and told my wife I’d give it five years, but we’re still here.”
Their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has plenty of space and river views.
The apartment complex was opened in 1972 and has been regularly renovated and well maintained.
It includes two pools, an entertainment area, herb garden, lawns and a lovely creek with Japanese-style bridges.
There are only two apartments on each floor.
“It’s a lovely community; we keep an eye on each other, but don’t live in each other’s pockets,” Mr Green said. “We think of it as a vertical village.”
Mr Green said Crawley was a wonderful location and offered an incredible lifestyle.
“One thing we particularly like is the walks,” he said.
“You can walk along the river, through the grounds of UWA and Kings Park.
“We like to walk through the park to Subiaco and have a coffee; it only takes 20 minutes.
“Or you can also walk to the cafe in Kings Park and we also walk to a bakery on Broadway, where we enjoy a pastry and coffee and buy fresh bread.
“If you are a member, the UWA Club is also a great place to have a meal with friends.”
Crawley residents have easy access to the city and beyond via public transport, and it is a short drive to the beach and major shopping areas.
“You can often do without your car,” Mr Green said.
“I take the 950 bus into the city and the art gallery and you can also take a bus to the Subiaco train station and catch a train to Fremantle or Perth.” n