Last edited by smit; 15-05-2013 at 11:24 AM.
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Does anyone know if the Mawsons Lake suburb is any good?
Having a look at lots of different options for us. Wish someone could do it for me lol ;)
The parking isnt bad to bad around the hospital but I woudnt fancy a drive like that every day (from the south)especially through the peak hour
Is is quite a drive?
I would think it is an hour plus in peak traffic from Christies to North Adelaide. Christies etc are what are called outer suburbs, not somewhere I would live if working North of the City. I looked at bus times and if you started work at 4pm it says you would need to leave shortly after 2pm!! I am sure some-one will tell me this isn't correct, but of course you need to get to Nth Adelaide from the city. North Adelaide is about 20min brisk walk from North Tce in the City where the train station is, or you can catch a bus. It is the opposite side of the City from Christies, Pt Noarlunga, Hallet Cove etc.
The beach is very accessible from most parts of Adelaide, you don't have to live in the South to go to the beach. North Adelaide is about 20min drive from great beaches, Henley, Grange, West Beach are all fantastic with great vibes. They are calmer beaches, if you want waves you need to go further South.
Mawson Lakes could be a good option for a start. A bus from Mawson Lakes would have you in O'Connell St, North Adelaide in about 30mins. I saw a post from some-one recently on PIA about living in Mawson Lakes and what is available there that may be helpful.
If you are working shifts, you may find it possible to park near the hospital some of the time, depending on the shift you are on. There is a lot of parking in the streets around Nth Adelaide, but not easy for day shift.
Suburbs North and North West of the City are on a bus route to Calvary. Consider Prospect, Brompton, Croydon for easy access. Also look along Linear Park corridor North East of the city. If you ride a bike it is an easy bike commute from any of these locations, many routes through parklands and you barely need to go on a road.
There are good schools everywhere. You can easily live within a 20-30 minute commute to work in and around the city, be 20-30mins from great beaches, 20 -30 mins drive to great places in the hills, 45mins from the Barossa Valley wine region and head down south to Christies or Pt Noarlunga or McLaren Vale for a day trip on the weekend.
My hubby drives from Seaford to Mawson Lakes every day - its doable and if you want to live in the South its the only way. Who knows, you might even be able to car share.
I would suggest getting a short term rental for a little while and see how you get on with the travelling and in that time you can check out the Northern Suburbs to live too!
Mum (44) Dad (41) and kiddiewinkles
Anything is doable, but why waste all that time and money driving?
In Adelaide there is not often a need to travel 50kms to work every day. That's a lot of wasted family time and money on petrol.
Also, I guess working at the Calvary most your colleagues, and possible new friends will not live that far away.
Anyway I did suggest a short term rental etc etc and checking out the North. IN MY OPINION Adelaide is a lovely place to live and there are some lovely views on the commute to work
Take it you're having a "grumpy" day?
Mum (44) Dad (41) and kiddiewinkles
You have asked for specific information on transport related to your circumstance and I have tried to supply this for your benefit.
As you already have a job in North Adelaide, which is just North of The City, you will need to drive close to the city centre to get to work (if you drive). This means getting caught in the heavy city traffic, which will add to your journey time. If you live south or east the journey will be longer with traffic than if you live North, North west, or North East as you will not have to pass through the City. Same scenario re buses, the bus can take extra 20mins to get through the city in heavy traffic times. This is very different from a journey that will bypass the city completely (such as the journey described by Howard), or one that will take you opposite the main flow of traffic, which may happen if you work shifts. You already mentioned you don't want a long commute and living in an outer suburb, whether it be Christies in the South, Gawler in the North or Mt barker in the East will impact greatly on your journey time. Using Google maps, Mawson Lakes to Nth Adelaide is 11.2km, Seaford to Nth Adelaide is 39km. If you do work night shift, this could be the difference between getting home before OH needs to leave for work or not for example. You also mentioned you are on one wage initially, so petrol costs would be a consideration to you as would the possible need for 2 cars if you need a car for work and so does OH for getting around and kids to school etc, plus the cost of paying for parking in North Adelaide - around $10-$15 per day, but possibly free at night. Rental cost may be a bit higher in the inner suburbs, but overall are you better off if commuting costs are less and you are more time rich? I am not answering this question, merely posing it.
All the pros and cons to be weighed up by you, to suit the lifestyle you want.