Well guys what a trip a big roller coaster to be honest, I have thought how do I attack this post..? Well me being me I am going to be honest and say it how it is or how we found it, seeing as so many are not going to make it out before the big one, any info will help. So this is our account and feelings, if anyone disagrees is offended or I am wrong then…….sorry.:p
Right ….big deep breath grab a cuppa and here we go….What ever picture you have of Adelaide forget it now, our vision was very open minded but we were still shocked by what greeted us , and many people already here have said the same, but not often admitted , and one PIA member who had done their reccie said the same to us and I never knew what he meant but it was soon very obvious,. Don’t panic its not all bad just not what we thought . I think it was Lisa (mod)who said she knew someone who wanted to leave the next day and I can see why, but this was a snap judgement and as the days have passed we have taken to Adelaide a great deal .There is not many likenesses if any to the uk, more like the USA ,except for the fact the number of English here. As we left the Airport the inner city is pretty much as any other, layout wise, the roads were not busy and the streets were clean, very quiet for the time of day which was 9.00 AM. After leaving the airport we were keen to get as much done from day one so started nosing around before we had even got to the rental .
After collecting our rental car from the airport, we drove into the suburbs and stopped at Glenelg. The houses are closely packed ,the high street has a great feel and one of the few uk likenesses in the way of a uk high street , the beach is great the housing is mainly existing not much new…..encouraging start.
Moving down south we soon realised that it was not what we imagined, not by a long way, the layout the housing everything was very different. As you travel south the suburbs follow gentle undulating hills, with the Adelaide hills to your left all the way south as far as the eye can see.
After getting lost as the sign posting for the suburbs is bloody awful we stopped for a cuppa and rang Keith (guzzler) and was greeted by a cheerful “gooday mate” and he soon arrived to take us to the rental at Huntfield Heights.
We took a detour along the cliff top at Seaford to Port Noralunga and then inland to the rental (home), at this point I looked at Jac to see a tear running down her cheek, and after her wobble a few weeks ago I feared the worst, after all even I was thinking it was not my vision so what was she thinking…!!!?.
We got to home, a very clean well laid out small estate with a few houses still being built, but with no disturbance to us the house was just what we needed, clean, brand new and everything we could want, we had a cuppa with Keith and Sarah but we were so jet lagged we needed to get to sleep. Warning re the jet lag it might not affect all but it might hit you hard and with small ones it could be a rough first three or four days, but it does pass, but just be prepared.
After they left we both said it was not what we expected but it was early days and we were very tired , so after unpacking we went to bed and after a 12 hour sleep we woke to a clear sky and scorchio sun.
The first day we set off to the southern most area we wanted to look at which was Sellicks Beach, a very quiet easy drive for about 30 mins and we arrived, a bit desolate flat area ,lots of new properties going up, and one for the future I am sure but not enough there for us.
Onto Aldinga beach , a few years ahead of Sellicks Beach, house wise and this is a much more developed area , but not for us only because it is a little too far out for us but still only 20 mins from Seaford, there is 3 or 4 schools, shops and a fantastic beach. The land bloc prices are slightly cheaper than a lot of the other areas , but only because it is further from the city.
On to McLaren Vale an inland drive for 15 min , grape vines all around for miles this was a fantastic area a uk style high street and some very nice properties, at McLaren flat there is a land release so there is new property going up, and still available. This area ticked most boxes but for one just not close enough to the sea, in the UK we live 5 min bike ride from the sea and this is our No 1 criteria - we’re all water babies.
The above 3 areas are almost the only spots we found that are separate from any other , town s on there own as almost all other suburbs are just rolled into one.
Onto Seaford and Moana, it is hard to explain the surburs because from the uk we have got it VERY wrong there is no visible break between each one and some very nice areas that are never mentioned, Seaford, Seaford Rise and Seaford Heights is a nice spot some old and lots of new properties with on going land release ,The Esplanade (where Lisa lives) is a fantastic cliff top drive which you don’t realise from the maps down to the beach (heading north) and surf club at Moana, the beach is great and at the weekend all the locals take their 4x4s onto the beach, lots of families, with people fishing.
Forget the fact that “someone said” there might be council housing in that suburb, there might be and you would never know you could be 2 streets away and you would never know, today as I was having my haircut the hairdresser commented on how not to bother with Huntfield Heights as some of the people are “not so nice “….I didn’t tell her that’s where we were staying . Where they are who knows as Paringa view where we are has a great feel to it small at the moment but I am sure it will expand in time, So we need to drop that snobby attitude ,when we(in the uk) think it’s a not such nice an area, how do we know when we have never been…?, and I am sure how much money we have in the kitty affects how people view different areas…!!!! what we should say is its just a little older and some of the properties need tidying up so change that line of thought. Moana is very small rising from the beach up the other side of the cliff 99% older properties but looks and feels great. Port Noarlunga, and Christies beach are also nice spots not many new builds but very nice feel and again a touch of the uk style high street, the Onkaparinga river that arrives at the sea here is Picture post card, there is a large play fort for the brats, lots of dads and lads fishing. Up the river and out to sea there were always school classes in there canoes , and if you follow the river inland to Old Noarlunga I cant describe this jewel, very small on the river very few new properties, a school and a few shops, we walked into the National park 10 mtrs from the houses to look up and see a Koala and baby in the tree, we will never forget that moment…..I popped back there one morning to see another Koala and a kangaroo popped out of a bush, he took one look at me and hopped off op the hill.