We came back from our week long recci in Adelaide last week. I just wanted to share what we found, what emotions we went through and get some feedback if possible.
We landed on Tuesday 18th and found a nice bright winters day. We then spent 6 days doing all sorts of typical recci things:
- Looking around all sorts of different suburbs (north, south, hills, coast etc)
- Meeting Recruitment Consultants
- Looking round the city
- Looking at shopping versus UK etc
I would like to be honest and see if our feelings are normal as I have read many over the top 100% optimistic reports in the past.
For us the recci was a real eye opener and emotional roller coaster. One minute we were thinking it was the best thing in the world and the next thinking that the grass was a lot less green than we thought.
It started positive, we thought the city ctr was very nice, shopping on Rundle mall was good and a lot better than many reports on here which were negative about shopping quality, the green areas were lovely and the general atmosphere was great. We spent an afternoon in Glenelg which was also great (eating in the Strand was brill).
Day two was a low, we found the areas around Norlunga, Raynella (where we had been thinking of living) and other near buy areas pretty rough in places (sorry do not want to offend anyone just our taste was not met hear). We then got a shock at how close the new build houses were together. Also we clearly found out electricals (TV's, Dishwashers, Washing Machines etc) are a chunk more expensive.
I don't want to go into too much detail as it would take too long, but needless to say each day we went through an emotional chain of "yes this is defo for us and the qaulity of life will be great through too, this is a tad dissappointing". It was an up and down emotional journey.
We are now at a point where we are ready to make a decision. We ended up very happy with the areas around Seaford (rise, meadows) and Maclaren Vale. We also found houses that would be suitable and schools that sounded good. We are now far more "eyes wide open" in terms of the upsides and downisdes. We think we will proceed but just wanted to know if others went through a similar rollercoaster?
P.S. We met some friends on day three which was great other than a story that has haunted my wife every since. The wife of our frinds found a brown snake in her lounge about 3 months earlier and the husband got bit by a red back in the same week. That didn't go down well.