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AU CBD duo our kids of the future

Property Here - Saturday, May 18, 2013

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RYAN Riley, 13, and sister Isabella, 11, are the kids of the future.

They hang out with their parents at The Print Hall funky cafe under the skyscrapers on St George's Tce and they wake up to the vibrant hum of city traffic and the smells of dozen nearby coffee houses springing into action.

This new-millennium duo are among the first wave of kids growing up in the city.

Home is a an uber-cool apartment on King St, where a bright red pool table overlooks the elegant buildings housing Perth's most high-powered fashion labels.

Like a growing number of other children, they will grow up in the heart of a city under construction. 

Ryan and Isabella's father, Paul, said his family moved to the city for some action and the opportunity to spend more time together.


"We had lived in Mandurah for 10 years and loved it, but we wanted to leave suburbia for a bit,'' Mr Riley said.

"We were just over getting up everyday and mowing the lawn and doing all the other chores.

"The apartment is really low maintenance and we're just 10 minutes' walk from Kings Park, the shops are all right there and City Beach is just 15 minutes away by car.''

The Rileys chose their funky King St apartment and say there are other families with school-aged children in the building.

"It's very unique  almost like a warehouse,'' Mr Riley said of the elegant block.

"We looked at a lot of other apartments but this was like something you'd see overseas, smack bang in the middle of everything.

"There was nothing else like it.''

Mr Riley said Perth has become more cosmopolitan, with people out in the city every night of the week.

"We can walk down and get an icecream or a book or anything whenever we want, or walk across to Northbridge,'' he said. 

"We have to walk across the horseshoe bridge at the moment but give it a couple of years and the Northbridge Link will be in; it's going to be quite exciting.'' 

The family didn't have concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour or noise.

"We've never had any problems,'' Mr Riley said.

"If we close the curtains you don't hear anything  but if you want to see that element, it's there. 

"The only downside is sometimes the traffic in peak hour.''

Read more: http://www.perthnow.com.au/realestate/news/the-kids-of-the-future/story-fndbaln9-1226645606534#ixzz2Ten0Kbiy