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      Just going to add that the reality of living within walking distance of local shops, playgroups and so on... might not be what you are used to.

      The way the newer suburbs are designed, how they sprawl and so on, many people don't walk to the shops or playgroups etc. Car is king here and honestly, in many of the suburbs I visit or that we looked around when we were looking to buy a house, the shoppping centres was a car drive away and defo not somewhere you'd walk, especially in the hotter months or in the hotter parts of the day. We live a 5 minute drive from local shops but its a 40 minute hilly walk. I've walked it a few times and its horrible in the warmer weather.

      Some of the older suburbs have main town streets with lots of shops off them, small malls and so on (I rather like Blackwood for this) but still somewhere most will drive to and then walk round the shops.

      Playgroups are dotted all round, often at churches so its again a drive to many of them. I'd not walk the 20-30 minutes to some nearby ones in summer or on a 30C day with a little one in a pushchair with the sun beating down. I'd drive. Alas. Its one of the downsides of living here for me but I've got my work around and having the dog means we get our walks in and we also walk to school a lot (15 minutes or so) and so long as its not stinking hot, we'll walk home too, but I leave the dog at home if its warm then.

      Corner shops in some of the newer suburbs don't exist. Its not like there is a small local PO and store round the corner although if close enough to the shops in a suburb you can experience that but often those houses are in demand and hard to come by. Or its a local servo with an On The Run store based at it

      Its not to say its horrible or that we hate this, but it is noticeable. Our first 7 months were spent in Glenelg and we lived across the road from Jetty Road and all its shops and I was able to walk to the shops every day. However, this was the exception as if we had lived 4 or 5 streets further away, in hot weather we'd never have walked in the daytime to carry shopping home. It'd have melted or cooked before we got it home And I'd have had to slather myself in sun screen and been out in strong UV in the middle of the day. Not my ideal.


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      I think i lost my last reply somehow.

      Thanks so much everyone for taking the time to give such comprehensive replies it's brilliant food for thought and we will take a look at the areas you have suggested. Instinctively i think we default to what our priorities are here in the UK and the reality is they may be different when we get there. Here we bought a house so that it is in the catchment for an outstanding high school and primary school. Our children have lots of schoolfriends who are neighbours as do we in their parents. I think we probably have to try not to get too overwhelmed by the details of everything but i am most guilty of this at the minute, and trying to research everything and every possibility when in reality we will only get a feel for what we like and dont when we have been over a while.

      Our biggest priority will most likely still be school & having talked it over, on the occasions we have moved before, we have always gone for older, established areas rather than newer developments. That said, we dont want to live in a fab pile of brick in a zone for a great school with no budget to fully throw ourselves into activities, making friends and getting to know our new home.

      Our children go to Catholic school at the minute so we have considered whether budgeting for this might make the transition easier on them but again it is a big chunk of change with 4!

      We need to heed all your advice, it has been great thankyou, and not try to pre-empt our decisions.

      You make a great point Snifter. Much as I love walking to school and then a stroll to the park and shops i dont fancy a 40 minute melt in the searing summer heat just for the sake of a coffee or a little shopping.

      Your comments have all been really helpful folks thanks so much again.


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      Our son goes to a zoned school now. One thing that has been nice about it is because they enforce the zone, it means the kids he is at school with who become his friends, all live in the area. His old school here they came from all over. Only one of his friends at his old school lives within a reasonable distance of it, all his other friends, their parents opted to not go to their nearest primary as they didn't like them and so went further afield. It means many kids are not so local. Including us at the time. What I'm enjoying with the new school is that we can walk to friends houses, some live quite close by and we can also get them to meet up in the play parks and other things. We can also walk to school, walk home with kids in his class and other things.

      Guess what I am saying is that if a school isn't zoned, you could find kids from all over so making friendships possibly a little more interesting if you were hoping for more local friends.

      We have plenty to do even though we are not on the flat or that close to the city. We don't mind jumping in the car to go places, are often out and about and I love to head to places like Blackwood and Mitcham for coffee with friends or a bit of shopping. We have local parks, ovals, a BMX track not too far away, access to the hills and city but also the peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle. And the beach is about 10-15 minutes in the car when we want it. Took us 3 months of looking to work out everything we wanted and find what we were after but sure glad we did.

      Also lots of bigger playparks and activities and things for kids will mean a trip in the car or train to get to them. Its not a biggie once you are here and zipping round. We've done things in the CBD this school holiday, headed north to Port Adelaide and on to St Kilda playpark. Also visited up in the hills, headed down to Glenelg and the beach a few times, done the cinema, a few clubs run for kids around the city and other things. Also a fair few playdates.


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      hi, i need your opinion about Brighton Secondary school and Unley High School.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Delima1212 View Post
      hi, i need your opinion about Brighton Secondary school and Unley High School.
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      Both schools have really good reputations and are generally considered to be among the better high schools in Adelaide. I don't have any personal experience of the schools though so cannot really comment further.

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      which suburbs would you recommend for an elderly couple no longer driving a car, transport to medical facilities and friendly environment. We could only afford up to $300,000.

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      Quote Originally Posted by libbyfr View Post
      which suburbs would you recommend for an elderly couple no longer driving a car, transport to medical facilities and friendly environment. We could only afford up to $300,000.
      If you're completely dependent on public transport, the only areas I would really consider would be Glenelg, Norwood, Adelaide, North Adelaide and perhaps Henley Beach or Goodwood to some extent. However, none of those areas are cheap, but a unit could be affordable. All of the above have amenities within walking distance and good public transport links (I lived in Glenelg for 2.5 years without a car, and still live in Glenelg and share a car with my partner).

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      I second all of what has already been said, and agree Adelaide is very much a place where driving everywhere is the norm. However, there are some small pockets where driving everywhere isn't a necessity, but not many - and not many of these are in the east or south (I would suggest central areas of Glenelg, Norwood, North Adelaide, Adelaide itself, Goodwood, Henley Beach, Semaphore). I have lived in Glenelg with no car for 2.5 years and currently share one car with my partner - and Glenelg is one of the few areas we really can walk/easily use public transport to do a lot of what we want to do. There's not many suburbs in Adelaide we'd manage the same level of convenience as a one/no car family.


      Also - it'd be great if you could learn more about what's meant by 'south' and 'east' - east could either mean eastern suburbs close to the city (eg Norwood, Magill, Rose Park etc) or the foothills and hills themselves. So we could be talking walking distance to the city up to fairly rural in the Adelaide Hills. Also, some would consider Brighton a Southern suburb, whereas I consider that metro south-west, and to me consider the 'proper' southern suburbs to be Hallett Cove and further south to Noarlunga, Seaford etc where a lot of English ex-pats settle.

      Knowing where you need to be near, and refining your budget, would both really help us give suggestions.

     

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