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Right, time for my 2 pences worth.
Research, research, research followed by homework, homework, homework. Do not rush your decision.
Make your decision on personal experience alone.
Be open minded on all suburbs, you may end up somewhere unexpected.
Don't be constrained by your choice of school, a lot of people commute with their children. The same can be said for your choice of workplace.
Define your budget and stick to it, compromise where you have to. Do you really want your dream move to be tainted by putting every last cent on your mortgage.
Expect to have difficulty getting a rental, it's a competitive market at the moment as demand is high.
Get the family balance right, there's no point in having happy kids if the parents are unhappy with work/school/suburb etc.
Adelaide and its surrounding areas are beautiful, there is something here for everyone, but to be truly happy you need to find that something.
Some people find it hard to adjust, some people never do. Give it time, compromise and change things if you can.
It's getting unsteady up here on my soapbox so i'll get down now.
Paul, Sam, Elliott and Lily
Living in Woodcroft
my husband has managed to get hold of an old friend who has been out there for a year now and has moved a few times apparently, he is now in happy valley and says its nice there , and the surrounding suburbs like flagstaff hill are just as nice , he loves it there so it is just finding somewhere that suits you ,we are heading that way so when we finally make it i`ll let you no what we think x x
I lived and worked in adelaide as a hawker of all things and so I went to every district in Adelaide selling c**P, it depends where your from to your view on a rough area - I'm a Londoner and lived in Kings cross in Sydney - Supposedly the 2nd worst place to be in NSW!! - after Redfern
It was not a scratch on London and though a bit daunting at first I still feel more threatened walking about at night here than I did at any time in Kings Cross.
The only issue I ever saw with Adelaide was the Gypsie Jokers shooting other biker gangs over drug money, I even went selling in their "home" area and though the people were nervous of me they treated me with respect and gave me no hassle whatsoever, I can't remember the area though someone on here may know it but they had a Fort made of wood around a few of their houses, other than that I never had an issue with any other suburb, though I wouldn't like to live near the "Fort". The Biker gangs were like the Uk gangs of old, they take pot shots at each other and leave everyone else alone generally.
Defineitly visit the area you are going to move to first but apart from being quiet Adelaide was great all over - an Ozzie once commented to me:
Adelaide is almost like living in nirvana - every so often something happens that reminds you that your not in paradice but the rest of the time you wouldn't be able to tell.
Quite fitting really.
If You Could Tell Us Here In Adelaide What Kind Of Life Style You Are Hoping For Then I Think We Could Help More.
Things Like Country Life Or Sea, Near Work , Schools Etc Then I Think You Will Get More Of An Acurate Picture
3 kids age 16,10 and 6 so close to schools would be great and work is not to much of an issue as i'm going to go mobile but nere to a shopping area would be great, also we like the outdoor like , thanks Jo
There is lots of pt time salon work (which suits me) and a few full time places.
There doesnt seem to be much difference between hairdressing in th uk and here from what I can tell