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[quote=marty;51006]Your ok in Salisbury heights,
Phew, for a minute there I thought I was rough!!!;)
Mike, what line of work are you in as that can make a difference to where you live? I can't comment about Mount Barker, only ever driven through. But if you are looking at newish places in the north east, which is about 30 - 40 minutes drive to the city then I would suggest you check out, Wynn Vale, Golden Grove, Greenwith, Salisbury Heights (obviously). For some slightly older burbs with bigger plots, have a look at Fairview Park, Redwood Park, Banksia Park, Highbury, Hope Valley, Paradise & Athelstone. If you want to live in newer houses and close to the city, check out Northgate, Oakden and the new supposed Eastern suburb of Lights View.
On top of the hill in Salisbury Heights
In terms of the Oscar Map - one observation: It pays to look for the type of crime. Don't just assume that a low crime area means save parks and sobriety all around. If you're going for the areas with the highest break-ins and car thefts, you'll be hitting the good parts of town (obviously, where there’s little to nick, the perps go elsewhere).
If the granularity of the map allows to list domestic violence it’s not going to give you good information either. In my opinion, there’s little use from those kinds of maps to help locate save areas. The only exception is maybe bikie and drug related offences.
As for the actual “feel” of a suburb, nothing beats visiting… Since rental costs are a fair bit below mortgage payments, you might want to start off on a rental property and “try before you buy”?
Finally, there’s a lot to be had from Google Maps – Adelaide has been covered by the Streetmap application and you can see at great detail how any particular street looks like. I personally find this by far the most useable tool in determining desirability.
im not sasying where i really like , i think its perfect and not many people talk about it , so i wont mention it as the houses arent too badly priced and i dont want a rush of brits there lol
I work in finance so need to be within good commuting distance of the city, but want a bit more for my money as will only probably have a budget of around £130-£140k...dont know what that is in Oz dollars?!!!, will need a mortgage for this as well though, is it tought to get a mortgage?