Looking for opinions on Suburbs - have done a little research already!
I have been doing a bit of research around suburbs in Adelaide. After thinking long and hard we decided that we would like to live beside the sea. I picked out a number of suburbs and was just looking for an honest opinion in relation:
1. Good Secondary/High Schools in the area - my daughter is interested in Photography, Swimming, Music, Art & Marine Studies - so if there are schools in the area strong in these subjects she would like to go to these.
2.Nice Beach - can you swim in the sea??? :-)
3. Good facilities or youth clubs for young teenagers (she will be about 12/13 when we move)
4. Nice parks - (for running and walking), restaurants, pubs (1 decent one will do ;) )
5. Shopping Centre - a fairly large on will do!! :haha
6. Transport (bus tram train) in and out of the city centre - we dont want to be travelling more than 45 mins on public transport.
7. Is there public transport from suburbs to schools or do the kids walk.
8. Resonably priced houses - we are not looking to live in an extremely wealthy area - we dont want to stick out like a sore thumb :lol: - somewhere nice and middle of the road with families that have kids and teenagers around so it is easy enough to make friends for my daughter.
The areas we have been looking at are:
Glenelg - I know I know its pricey there so might be a wish more so than anything else
Are there any other areas near the sea that are ok?
Thanks for your help
Sellicks Beach? never been but there was a house there I liked and it has been sold. About an hours drive from Adelaide I believe.
HOLY MOLY - FAB house - wonder how much it costs!!
We have been here for 9 months now, when do you arrive? We are currently living in Woodcroft about 40 mins out of the city (south)
I will try to answer some of your questions
firstly the areas you have researched Henley is nice,Glenelg is exspensive for small property, but beautiful for a nice stroll down the esplanade, and loads of good resturants and cafes. Hallet cove is pom central!! it is quite elevated so can become quite windy, we have friends there and every visit it has been windy but some gorgeous houses most with sea views. We found that the closer to the beach the more costly the property, if you move inland by say 5 kilometres the price of a rental can drop by 50 dollars or so per week.
My wife used to commute on the tram and it is reasonable price but can get seriously packed at rush hour.
Shopping centres there are plenty!! the big one close to areas that you have chosen would be Marion.
Swimming in the sea, Sharks are what you are thinking right!!! dont wear speedos made from red meat! lol. Henley beach has had shark sightings but then most have, We like to go to port Noarlunga beach there is a reef there, and not heard any bad things yet, lets put it this way you have as much chance of being run over as being eaten by a shark. anyway sharks only eat surfers LOL.
cannot comment on schools in that area, you will have to do some more research.
Hope this all helps, and this is only my view, some other poms may have different views.
Dave and Family
It amazes me that many say Hallett Cove is full of pommes, we lived in Hallett Cove, I only knew one other UK family living there, all our neighbours were Aussie!!! Hallett Cove is quite a large suburb, you cannot class it pomme city when I know of loads more Pommes living in Henley Beach area!!! the OP should look around when they arrive and make their own minds up, get a feel for the place 1st & then decide!!!!
Originally Posted by The Steeles In Adelaide
Have a look at Grange too (nr Henley Beach) .................
Other nice surburbs with public transport, access to shops, city, school choices in vicinity include ....
Flagstaff Hill (v nice but I'm biased as this is where we live), Seacombe Gardens seems quite popular too, Brighton (but might be pricy) so try Hove (next door), Marion (nice bits), Glengowrie
These are all south
Northern suburbs are further from the beach in general though access to the city can be quicker
I too get a little p***** off when people refer to Hallett Cove as "pom central".We have lived in Hallet Cove for 4 years, yes there are a lot of poms, but I am afraid we are all over SA. Have you been to Blackwood recently or Happy Valley or Flagstaff, it is a fact that we have all migrated and have to live somewhere!!! I love Hallet Cove and have chosen to live here, are others just jealous of the fact that we live in a lovely suberb . Each to their own !!!
Nothing wrong with living in a large pom community. Thats something the UK can't offer anymore !!!!
I agree that it is a lovely suburb, but hardly dominated by the British. However, look out for our Tesco shopping bags in the shopping centre! You can't really swim at the beach here unless you are very determined, because it is rocky, though it is a fantastic beach for views and natural rugged beauty. The nearest swimming beach is Seacliff, 5 minutes (literally) drive down the hill, but Seacliff, like all suburbs with swimming beaches that are reasonably close to the city, is much more expensive to live in. So Hallett Cove is a great compromise for us.
Originally Posted by george&mildred
Originally Posted by passionate pom