SOme interesting potsts on here. I wold just like to add my 2 pennies worth !!
We came without a reccie ! lilke may others and in a week or so are coming up to our first year anniverysary.
In that time we have compromised..we would have loved to live in Glenelg or brighton BUT we cant afford it. However, we have now bought our own house in Aldinga Beach and it is on a big block 650 sq m, as it is a new house the garden is huge needs a lot of work as did the house need lots of money ! with hind sight a house already lived in is easier and cheaper.
Aldinga Beach is lovely in the summer and we have that to look forward to now. I prefer to say "country people" and not feral ! One of the reasons I moved away from the UK was the pretentious very materialistic people. The country ozzies are "take me as your find me" and I lilke that.
Yes there are a few tatty areas in reynella, christies beach etc but beleive me it is much better than Moss side which was part of my patch for my work in the UK, although I did live in a Lancashire village, miles away and a long dark miserable drive to work along the M6 & M62 where I always thought I would die, ealry one morning in the ice wet snow and darkness ! Now I drive to and from work in the day light all year round.
Also, I absolutley delight in the Roselles and parrotts in the trees near where I work in Blackwood, which is only half an hour from Aldinga, driving in the morning sun mosrlty ! and home watching the sunset in winter. I delight in the flying Pelicans arounf the Onkaparinga river and the Koalas int the trees in the hills and the roos out in the coutry side when we drive out most weekends.
One bug bear I have is that some things like disconnect and re connect of services to the home seem to cost so much, internet costs so much and there are too many old cars that would never pass an MOT on the road. I also hate the hoons ! If you are looking to rent or buy a house look out for the tyre marks on the road ! and try to avoid living there.
No it is NOT utopia and YES I think it is a better and healthier life style. I do think money makes youe life easier no matter where you live and coming here do cost a bit and takes a while to replace. If you have children, it has to be a better life and future for them..
Good luck all and hey have a great day !