Before I go on about areas to live and houses I just want to say this is really a matter of personal choice and what you are looking for so please donít be offended if you live in an area we discounted itís only my opinion!!!! :roll: I recommend you buy a map we bought one from the internet before we went so that we could look at the areas when looking at houses on realestate.com.au the other website they use is domain.com.au.
Our must haves were: pool or room for one, a garden, lawn area for our little girl and an outdoor entertaining areaÖ (I know we want it all!!!!!) So I was looking for a house on a plot bigger than 800sqm. The other thing on our list was we had to be a maximum of 20 minutes drive to the CBD as Mike will probably be working in this area and a max 15 minutes drive to a nice beach. Before we went we were looking at the following areas: Golden Grove, Mawson Lakes, and suburbs to the west of Adelaide CBD Glenelg, Brighton, Hove and the costal areas and Flagstaff hills, Happy Valley and surrounding areas.
The first morning we arrived (Saturday) we got the Adelaide Advertiser and looked for all the open houses that weekend we looked at 5 houses on the Saturday and 6 on the Sunday you just turn up and look round with everyone else, itís a great way to get use to the way they show houses and also an eye opener as the pictures on the web can be very deceiving!!! :shock: Also itís a good, quick learning curve to ask about the process of buying and the etiquette used. We were told that there was only 70% of the normal number of houses available at this time of year (typical when I want to buy!!!)
We found a fabulous house in Golden Grove with a great pool. Golden Grove has a bus which also goes on tracks into the CBD and takes about 40 minutes, it has a big shopping centre with lots of clothes shops and also some smaller local shops, it has good schools, day nursery, swimming pools and a number of playgrounds and parks for the kids, I really like it but upon reflection it was too far from the good beaches which is on our must have list (due to the road layout). We found West Lakes a bit run down (good candidate for re generation which is happening in a lot of places so could be a property boom area) and were also concerned if it was in the flight path for aircraft noise. Mawsons Lake we discounted it was lovely very new again and good parks close to water and the CBD but the plots are generally really not big enough for a pool and by the time we looked at this area we decided we loved the beach and cafes around Brighton. So we decide to concentrate on the eastern suburbs and coastal region.
Glenelg was unfortunately a bit noisy from regular aircraft takeoffs and more of a tourist area (bit built up) but a nice place to go for a day trip or evening out. In fact we found that nearer (walking distance) to the beaches the houses were packed in a bit and didnít really have the space we wanted in the gardens, This included Brighton which was our favourite place to go, less busy than Glenelg but has some great cafes (restaurant quality food and wines) lovely pier and beach and park nearby. Further down the coast towards Hallet Cove and surrounding areas it eases and these areas looked nice, we found Hallet Cove toward the end of our stay but this area through Seacliff and up to the bottom of Brighton, could have been a possibility. But we wanted to also be nearer to the CBD (I know how fussy are these people!!!).
Flagstaff Hills (established area) and Flagstaff Pines (very new area still building) Loved the areas bigger plots with a nice amount of open space for kids, smaller amount of local shops so you would probably have to drive to the main shopping centre for your weekly shop (about 5 minutes away) but this doesnít bother me but we just couldnít find the right house. Itís a nice area well established there are some hilly areas. Itís about a 10-15 minutes drive to Brighton beach.
We bought our house in Blackwood Park which is close to Flagstaff Hills and Craigburn Farm, itís a lovely leafy suburb close enough to the CBD well established with local shops, schools close by and also some nice Day Nurseries, it is a little further to the beach but the main roads take you there in about 18 minutes (approx!!!) and close to the bigger shopping centre.
Well I have gone on for ages so I will sign off now but if anyone wants any more info just let me know. I hope I havenít confused anyone any further or put you off any areas this is just my opinion for our lifestyle choice :D