Vetassess passed: 28 March 2008
VISA 475 GRANTED: 15/05/09
Permanent resident: Dec 2012
Previously lived in Campbelltown, since October 2013 moved to Melbourne, but still loves Adelaide.
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Lol another thing is that Adelaide has the great divide. You are either a north, east, south or west person. People don't generally cross the 'border' of these areas once they establish their lives. Sometimes people will hover half way like i prefer the northeast suburbs cos the areas are nice and price of living is comfortable. East is too expensive although nice old area with large property and north for me is going downhill into chav territory (sorry to offend, just my opinion). Google maps will only show you so much. It won't show you the type of people or inside the shopping centres. Decide if you want either a beach, city or hills/country life and go from there as each direction has the good the bad and the ugly. Hope that helps :-)
No it won't show what the neighbours are like.A mate of mine lives in an eastern burb,which I would consider to be the posher side of Adelaide,and yep they've unfortunately got the neighbours from hell living next door to them.I meant for the OP to virtually drive Adelaide and yes you can get a "general"idea of the house types,how old the burb is and so on.
I would suggest that you do as we did, budget for a long term rental , nearly 12 months, not short term, if you give yourself time to live here and research what YOU like and feel comfortable with would be my advice, lots of people have their own opinions about areas, good and bad, but not really your own thoughts, we rented for nearly twelve months in not the best rental property, cheapest almost we could find, kept the money in the bank, and spent the time to visit all the areas, become familiar with SA then when we found the area we were happiest in waited for a property and sure enough fairly shortly after we bought there and love it.. don't rush give yourself time....just a thought
For me the downside about Mount Barker would be the huge expansion plans which haven't taken into account the amount of infrastructure and amenities that will subsequently be required to serve the vastly increased population.
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
I used to live near Mt Barker(and for a short time lived in Mt Barker),and they're literally ruined it by extending the town.No wonder half the locals have moved on!Just turning it into another "once sleepy quiet town to looking like a burb of Adelaide"town which is a real shame.Could'nt believe whats happened to Nairne either when I drove up that way last year.Very sad!(Sorry for offending anyone who lives in these places but I knew them when they were small quiet towns).My two brothers live in Freeling,have done for nearly 30 years.That also was a quiet very sleepy backwater type place.They've now built hundreds of new builds,and my brothers have had enough.They're moving elsewhere.Before anyone has a go at me,imagine if you found your little bit of paradise,knew practically everyone in the town,kids had grown up there and so on,and then you get news someone is selling off thousands of acres to a building company to build a couple of new estates!Not nice!