What also might help, is for people to speak from their experiences of living in suburbs rather than just hear say,
Well it's getting like a Little Britain here in Onk Hills - there are four Pom families from what I know.
Seriously it is very hard to give an opinion on all suburbs here.Having lived here for nearly 8 years I only know a few well.
There is a bit of everything for everyone here- just sometimes takes some finding.
Once here it's obviously easier,but even then I'd spend a lot of time considering where to live.We drove through the suburb we live in at all times of day,asked lots of locals and so on.:):)
I have lived in.
North Adelaide : so close to the city, you can walk in and out in 10 minutes. Close to universities, thatres, cinemas,surrounded by parklands. OÇonnell st has lots of browsing shops, resteraunts and cafes. Shopping centre is overpriced. 1 primary school, 1 catholic girls school rec to yr 12, 2 kindys. Horses are kept on the nearby parklands and the playground is fully enclosed. Perrymans bakery next to the school does really nice pies, pasties and cakes. When I lived there residents of the area sent their children to private or Walkerville primary. North Adelaide primary was filled mostly with children from northern suburbs, from families that thought it would be better than their local school. The school has changed and is used by professionals. It is also zoned. This suburb is very pricey now.
Eastwood: 10 - 15 mins from town across the south east parklands. Small enclosed suburb of a bout 6 streets. 2 playgrounds, 1 kindy Used to be excellent when my kids went there. 2 shopping centres close by. some discount shopping to be had on the main road. Access to Unley High and Glenunga international high school Tightly held suburb, very quiet, fairly expensive now.
Parkside : safe to walk around at night. Low levels of crime, but usually entails break ins , car theft etc rather than physical violence. Parkside primary, Unley or Glenunga High 1 christian primary school. 1 lutheran primary school and 1 lutheran high school close by. Lots of choice of shopping centres close by. Older houses that have been redeveloped now, so prices have risen accordingly. Around $600,000
might buy you something here.
Nailsworth: worth a look, house prices $400-600, 000. Safe to walk around, lot of families moved in in the last 10 - 15 years. My mum lives here. Its 6 kms from town. 2 bus routes on either side of the suburb. A good shopping centre about 5 mins away in the car. There is 1 primary school, that is average to good, becoming more popular. 1 library and community centre. Crime again is more of the theft variety rather than personal harm. No large gatherings of menacing youths. On the edge of the zone for 1 high school, sorry cant remember the new name , they renamed it when it amalgamated with nailsworth high. People living here try to send there children elsewhere anyway for high school. There is 1 catholic girls high nearby, 1 catholic boys school.rec-yr12 nearby and 1 7th day adventist high school in the next suburb.
South Plympton. House prices are upper 300s - mid 400s. This is where I live, we bought our house here 10 years ago. very stable area, about 1/3 of the houses are still lived in by the original buyer. The suburb was developed as a war trust housing area for returned sevicemen after WW2. There is a small area of Housing trust housing, but they are loked after well and the inhabitants don't cause trouble. There are no large gangs roaming the area. These houses are solid, 2-3 bedroom homes, double brick in a good size garden, from when families expected to grow fruit tree,s have a veggie patch, keep chickens etc. it is still possible to buy a deceased estate type here, but lol the decor is usually remeniscent of the 70s so if you don't mind renovating it is a good place to look. This suburb is 10 mins by car away from Marion shopping centre( the 2nd biggest in Australia), Brighton, Hove, Glenelg beaches, the city. The train goes through here, several bus routes, and the tram(10 - 15 mins right into town or the other way to Glenelg.) There is 1 primary school, not so good, used to have behavioural probs, but a lot of asians(Far East not Pakistani) are moving into the area. Another primary school close by is Zoned but there are places sometimes, good school with lots of parental involvement (Black Forest primary). On the edge of the zone for Charles Sturt high rec - 12 school. Don't hear much about this school, it has had its ups and downs. People do try to get their kids into Unley. There is 1 christian school Tabor College which is good ,but comes with the happy clappy type of religious views, that can be trying if you are not that way inclined. It has a sliding fee scale depending on what you earn. It's a popular local alternative, from REC - yr 12. There is 1 kindy, numerous large shopping centres with supermarkets, fruit n veg shops, bakeries etc. Safe to walk around in at night Crime is of the theft variety and no more than any where else in Adelaide. Small amount of graffiti usually limited to shop walls etc. Not much vandalism to personal property, your wheely bin might get stolen, mine never has but the local Community watch advises putting bin out on the collection morning rather than the night before. Some people are putting on a 2nd storey rather than moving. The houses are on the smaller side but are great starter houses if you have small children or 1or 2 teens. House prices in this suburb continue to rise at a greater rate than other areas. You would not lose money here because of the locality, and the houses although may have extensions etc are not over developed for the area. My son is 18 and goes out at night regularly with his friends, the close proximity to town and the beach with the transport options mean he is not dependent on me to drive him everywhere. Similarly my 17 and 14 yr old daughters can access town, Glenelg and Marion centres easily, and I feel that my older daughter is safe coming home on the tram if she goes late night shopping in town on a Friday( shops open until 9).
My brother lives in Hawthorndene, in the hills near Belair. Beautiful suburb, still close to everything. He has a 4br with pool overlooking a valley and the hills beyond. The area has a gd choice of schools and you can get a good house for about $400,000-500000. There are some smaller houses for around 350,000- 400,000. Very safe area.
Schools my children have been to , go to....
Linden Park Primary school.... Excellent, situated in Linden Park. This school follows the primary yrs IB curriculum fromREC to yr 5 and begins the IB middle yrs program for yrs 6 and 7. There are always a good number of students who get scholarships to private schools or get a place in the IGNITE program(accelerated learning, yrs 8 & 9 in one yr) at Glenunga High. French is the language studied at this school. It has swimming carnival and sports day with the emphasis on fun types of games for all and not just athletics for the sporty types.They enrol a lot of international students from Korea and for the last couple of years a couple of students have taken part in a tour of Korea. Student discipline levels are good with measures rarely having to go beyond sitting in the corridor, usually a verbal warning is enough. Parents are extremely involved in their children's education. About 1/3 go onto private schools.
The high schools I use are St John's Grammer in Belair and Annesley college in Wayville, I won't go into them here as I just remembered this thread is about housing lol....
Very true mate , but remember you can take the pom out of blighty , but not blighty out of the pom - if you know what I mean!
Originally Posted by Jessica Berry
Marino is nice
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any first hand experiences / thoughts on Aberfoyle Park, Woodcroft, Darlington, Flagstaff Hill, O'Halloran Hill area? 20kms south of cbd apparently.
books/internet viewed from UK paint a good picture
we're a family with a 4 year old and new edition due october. I'm a solicitor so would need reasonable access to the cbd I imagine
are the schools in these areas any good? crime, house prices etc?
thanks for any pointers
Now this answer is going to shock and horrify some people. And some of them will be ex pats who are renting out property in our far flung southern suburbs and those suburbs happen to include Aberfoyle Park, Woodcroft, Darlington, Flagstaff Hill, O'Halloran Hill, Hallett Cove:
If you are a professional worker and you're coming to Australia for a fabulous new life, then don't move to any of those suburbs. They are outer suburban and a wee bit depressing.
Depressing..... suburb after suburb after poorly designed suburb with architectural nightmares .... dull .... lifeless .... suburbia ...... .
Your kids and wife and you could be wishing like hell you were going back.
Adelaide is best taken with a pinch of beach.
However, if you think you can still live 20 kilometres away from the CBD but have a touch of quality architectural design, history, sailling, swimming etc by our beautiful beaches you might like to try the following: Brighton, Seacliff, Marino. If you want that stuff and would like a more urban setting try Glenelg, Glenelg South, Henley Beach, Prospect. If you want inner city living try Norwood, Unley, Unley Park, Hyde Park, North Adelaide, Medindie
Originally Posted by realnicegal
Sorry but I disagree with this.
Yup it did shock and horrify me and has nothing to do with the fact we have rentals in the south - based here because it is a popular area for settlement.
What will be a deciding factor is budget.
There are some lovely houses in the areas mentioned (and further south too)
I live in Onkaparinga Hills which is not too far away from the aforementioned suburbs.I've lived here 8 years now and seen some real changes - yes including some pretty "ordinary" housing.There are some gems still around and you just need to look closer.
There are some pretty awful houses in the areas you mention - you just have to pay a lot more for one though!!
There is a lot of stunning housing in the areas you mention - but the prices!!!
Also it feels too much like suburbia for most people,I often drive through those areas,can afford to buy there but choose to live down south.
Comments on "best suburbs" are best taken with a "pinch of salt"
Nothing beats seeing the city ,and what it has to offer for yourself.
I find there is something for everyone here - it sometimes just takes some finding.
We had OAA in Everard Park and I am not likely to go back there any time soon.
We rented in Sheidow Park - no shops in the suburb. What was a shopping centre was conveted to expand the school which is led by a wishy washy head with the presence of a damp teatowel but who is involved with the kids, joining the school band etc. The kids are happy and Woodend School was great at helping our youngest settle. Zoned for Seaview High School which older ones need to bus to. IMO this HS is a little rough around the edges and our eldest didn't do well here. Prices are rising in this area due to a new development. We were told by a real estate agent it is a good alternative to Hallett Cove as it is across the road (Brighton Road) and houses are about $20k at least cheaper. It is sandwiched between Brighton Road and South Road which are 2 main routes into the city with an entrance/ exit to the expressway to the city mins away. Ten mins to Colonnades, ten to Marion and no more than ten to the beach - great location.
Reynella East - a little nugget of a place IMO. On the edge of Happy Valley and Woodcroft, houses here are mostly built in the 70s/ 80s and are 3-4 beds. Some have pools. Reynella East has a good primary and a good High Schoo,which offer the IM programme. Both are girls are doing well here. Prices for a 3 bed are about $250k plus and prices in this suburb are rising rapidly. There is a park and ride at the end of the road and 2 bus routes into the city. There are shops nearby and again ten mins to Marion and 10 to Colonnades. Flatter than Sheidow Park.
The suburbs that realnicegal mentions are pricey, gardens usually have higher fences all the way around the fronts and while they are great for beach living, their prices put them out of the reach for many. I wouldn't say that anyone leaving their life in the UK is going to find anything about the suburbs she mentions that makes life in Adelaide different from the UK - personally I wanted some thing diff/ better and I wouldn't have found life any diff in the suburbs she lists. I found these suburbs full of traffic when I drove through and incredibly noisy. The houses are either old and dated or sometimes very nice. A friend of mine bought in Norwood and is bitterly regretting the decision as she has found that the lifestyle she wants for her daughter is better in the southern suburbs listed throughout this thread.
I would like to point out though that from the UK we had dismissed Sheidow and Reynella East as being too close to the city as we were from a market town and wanted a similar feel. We thought about Willunga or Aldinga. However we found that we could be closer to the city nad have the feel we wanted. All these viewpoints are from people who have a bias in some way so to be honest, totally ignore everything that is said. Come here for yourself, buy/ hire a car and drive around, time yourself getting to various locations around the city etc and make up your own mind.
Personally I found that houses in Marino,Brighton, Seacliff, Glenelg, Henley Beach were pretty dull - except those on the beach front - which we could never have afforded in a million years. But beauty is in the eye of the holder and all that .......
Originally Posted by realnicegal
Really don't like inner city living all - not for my family at all - but you need to check it out to decide for yourselves.