The suburbs you mention are more established and therefore land opportunities are few and far between. Seaford is the exception as it is primarily a series of new building developments. There are older properties there but by far it is new building. Christies Beach is being developed currently. It is an older suburb and has had some issues in the past. However, there is a lot of money being channelled into CB and it is on the up and up now.
Hallett Cove used to be incredibly popular with Brits but priced itself out of the reach of many who chanelled their money into Woodcroft or Seaford. Morphett Vale is very nice, some not so nice areas but that is to be expected in one of the largest, if not the largest suburb.
Hi we chose Seaford Rise for all of the reasons that you mention. It ticks all of the boxes. Flinders Medical Centre 25 mins up the expressway. House prices around $350k for 4 bed property, lots of new housing developments, local shops etc and schools good, ours at Moana Primary, check out it's web site and yes they do go down to the beach for lessons and events quite often which they love.
Wow this all sounds fantastic.
Just booked our flights for 2nd Oct (arrive on the 4th) VERY VERY excited now.
Thanks to everyone for all your advice & info.
Check out The Point by A V Jennings In Noarlunga Downs , we are renting here at the moment but also have a block on the outside over looking the river all the way down to Port Noarlunga, there are lots of blocks of all sizes available, But its still good to check out an area when you arrive , We do know people who have brought from the uk and its worked out well for them , but also some have since moved on. good luck
West is best, near to beaches and the sea plus you are more central to the hospitals ( i too am a nurse and the QEH is a good place to work.) Great places to dine and more limited in the South. I am I will get a roasting for saying that.
Originally Posted by Hansonhouse
Lessons on the beach sound great - wish I'd had that instead of grotty porter cabbins!!
I see you children are all school age - do you know of any childcare in Seaford rise thats pre school age? My eldest will only just be three by the time we come over in Oct.
comments on Hallett Cove
With regard to Hallett Cove having 'priced itself out" this is surely one person's opinion and as such must be taken as just a comment. If you want an established strongly built home with nice big trees, sea views and easy rail links to the city, it is a great place to be. Properties can be bought for around $380k upwards. Seaford downs is a very new suburb with small blocks hastily constructed matchstick homes, no mature trees and the feel of a caravan sight with little boxy houses rather than vans. Sometimes there is less than 20cm between the eves of adjacent homes. There is no railway line so a car is a must.
However, that is one person's opinion too!
Fact is, there has been a mini-housing boom - party in anticipation of the mining boom (decision pending) and partly due to the influx of british migrants. When you get here, you'll be the estate agents best friend as soon as he hears your accent
At this time, in the south, the suburbs from Hallet Cove to Flagstaff Hill were popular choices for what were perceived to be "cashed up" pommy migrants looking for beach side or hill views. This tended to drive the price up - basic supply and demand and is something that was seen in and around Seaford Rise recently. This is how I understood it.
We chose Seaford Rise not beacuse HC was "overpriced" but we didn't actually like Hallet Cove (or the other Southern beach areas) enough to see ourself settling there - it wasn't us. We knew once we saw SR that it was going to be right for us. It's a personal choice that only you will be able to make when you see them in the flesh. You may well come here and hate the southern suburbs altogether and wonder to yourself what all the fuss is about.
Seaford Rise is a very young suburb adjoining the older burbs of Seaford, Moana and Port Noarlunga South. It is a work in progress, with many new developments (and new tree plantations :)) around the area and further south. It boasts a couple of new shopping malls/plazas and will soon have the much debated train link extension. Even we (veterans of two years in Seaford Rise) can see the changes in that time!
There are many "modern houses" (even some McMansions) although the majority are still what you would call traditional, but as DH mentions, there are pockets where many are on small blocks only suitable for "higher density housing" such as villas or town houses. This has lead to some that are literally toe-to-toe with the neighbours as you would see on the subdivisions that are popping up in the older burbs. Our plot is better than some I guess but we did still change tack to a 2-storey to get over building on the boundary! As a bonus we get sea and creek views from the balcony.
Seaford Rise does boast one of the best beaches in Adelaide (in my opinion), and many houses give you views over the sea and the Willunga hills. Dining out, not quite on but pretty close to Moana is a wonderful experience in the summer - very nearly Shirley Velentine ;)
My opinion, and being as I'm an engineer by trade rather than an economist, realestate specialist, or council development manager, should not be seen as being the definitive word.
Last edited by nishman; 22-05-2009 at 03:34 AM.
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