Sailed SS Australis out of Southampton 1977.Arrived October in Adelaide via Melbourne 1977.Liverpool/London 1987 - 1992
Adelaide 1992 to eternity:)and one day you'll wake up and stop counting how long you've been here.
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I think if you are going to specify an area you should be specific. Salisbury covers a large area, North, East, Plain, North & Heights. Parts are not desirable, East & Heights are nice and still affordable. The same with Elizabeth.
I wish we hadn't listened to people who said Salisbury was rubbish when we first came. We bought a house in Modbury North and sold because it wasn't what we wanted from an area. If we'd bought in Salisbury Heights when we first came we'd saved outselves a lot of heartache (and money)
On top of the hill in Salisbury Heights
So much depends on your personal preferences, where you'll be working, where you came from in the UK etc that I don't think anyone but an individual can make a choice, and others' opinions are just that, their opinions!
For what it's worth though, and in MY opinion, I wouldn't live any further than half an hour out of the City in any direction, particularly if you are moving here for better opportunities for your children. All of the best clubs, sports, arts, are based in or near the City centre, so if you want to get the best of what Adelaide has to offer, you have to be within easy reach of the centre.
Come here first, check it ALL out, and make the choice that best suits YOUR family, and YOUR circumstances.
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
We are renting in Aldinga Beach. Its nice, close to the beach, local shopping is good. It takes me 45 minutes to get to work close to town - I go in early to avoid the traffic, otherwise it would take more like an hour. If you are looking for schools our kids are at a local independent that I would feel happy to recommend. I have heard mixed reports about the local state schools.
We have just bought a block of land up in the hills. Its really pretty and my travel to work will be a lot shorter. The land up in the hills is about the same price as in Seaford and Aldinga.
It really depends on what you want in the local area. The beaches at Aldinga are great - but to us that is not a priority. We really like the feel of the hills and love the small town where we have bought.
We have decided to build as the stamp duty is ridiculously expensive, plus you end up with more for your money...... The only down side is paying rent whilst you build. Some mortgage companies will allow you to do interest only whilst it is being built. The payments are also done in stages of the build so that you only actually pay the full mortgage for a short period.
We found getting a mortgage pretty staight forward, but we had both been with current employers for over a year and living in Aus for well over 2 years.
Hope that this helps
I will get a job in the CBD and will commute on pubic transport Hubby will drive (anyone know how long drive to beverly will be from above suburbs??)
schools Charles Cambell v Norwood want leafy green area with easy commutes and great schools all comments and advise helpful thanks xx
Don`t go anywhere near Redwood Park, its a ****ehole and the people are horrible
( That should keep the median price from rising toooooo much )
Semaphore, West Lakes, West Lakes Shore and Port Adelaide area is great if you want to be near the sea, near the city, near shopping malls, near bike paths, nearcafes and restaurants and on or near a train line to the city. There are several surrounding suburbs that are up-and-coming too. We've just bought an investment property in the area and looked at a few of the neighbouring suburbs which appear to have real potential - depends if you are happy to live there while the potential is realised though...
Well thought id add some more of my experience. Ive been spending alot of time up north lately and actually really like it. I think the shops are great up there, Elizabeth actually has a fantastic shopping center and entertainment as does munno parra and tea tree gully.Ive driven many a time through elizabeth and quiet frankly cant see what all the fuss is about its hardly inner city salford is it? Ok so it has its problems but theres lots of nice areas around it, ive driven around andrews farm and it doesnt seem any different to seaford rise to be honest, just cheaper.
My brother also now lives in Banksia Park and its a great suburb. I think its cheaper up there for alot of things and seems to be more going on. I also drive around alot of the western suburbs for work and like it around there too
(hmm maybe im a fickle sod or maybe im getting out more lol)
clare 39 clinical nurse educator, Rn/mhn, Alex 7
Might be a good idea to go with your buget when making your mind up. We live in Golden grove at the mo (renting) and i love it up here but i couldn't afford to buy here unless I wanted a small garden. We are buying in Salisbury Heights its nice there but I only see it as a stop gap (might change my mind later tho) You get more for your money in Salisbury Heights and the area is a good one. Plan is to do the house up and sell on back up 'the hill'.
Look at the bigger picture if you have kids go for the area with good schools If you dont go for the area where you can enjoy life til the kids come along (all down hill after them). Ask a policeman and most will tell you to stay away from Elizebeth but all areas you get good and bad its what you make it.
Good luck with your search but the best way to find the area you like is to look but as we all know thats hard to do when your 10,000 miles away xx
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