First off, how old are your children. Second, do you hVd any idea where work might be for commute reasons?
Then have you a preference for coastal or more inland and what kind of budget are you thinking?
I'd get a short term rental sorted as a starting point.
I would suggest as a starting point you spend a few hours reading, reading, reading on here, there is LOTS of information on all of those things and more.
Once you have a bit more of an idea of what you actually want/need then ask more specific questions which you will get a better response to.
Good Luck and Happy Reading!
Now I have a bit more time and am at a computer :) Was running around this morning trying to get sorted for school run and work.
It can seem and be overwhelming but it usually falls into place the further along the process you get. C&T made a good suggestion to read around the forum. The search function can be handy with regard to finding older threads on specific areas, schools and so on. Bear in mind though that some stuff from a few years ago might no longer really be relavant or correct now so feel free to ask questions.
When do you hope to arrive in Adelaide? Christmas period tends to be slow work wise according to posts on here in the past and rentals are usually booked up well in advance. Other times of the year may be better but bear in mind the holiday times again as holiday rentals can be booked out.
Short term rentals are the starting point for most when they are planning their move here. We have a few forum members with short term furnished rentals but also sites like Stayz are popular and I think can offer a wider area to choose from as there is a lot more choice and listings. I'd consider when you hope to arrive and try and research where appeals initially (and possibly in the longer term) and see if you can find a short term let in those areas. Although many people end up moving further afield from where they start off, it is at least a place to get you going to find a rental in the longer term etc.
For us, we have had a lovely 7 months or so starting off in a popular suburb but living here long term is not an option. House prices are high here and unless you have a big budget, you don't get much for your money. We initially wanted to be around the Marion area but having spent months in the area and using all the facilities etc and viewing property around there, we decided to rethink and looked elsewhere. We didn't want coastal at all as its not a priority for us, we wanted a more rural feel and hills, scenery and so on. We also didn't want to be too far out and further than a certain distance/time from the city etc. It means we are moving our son to a different school next term as it will be too far to drive him each day in the long term to his current school but we bought in area for a fab zoned primary school and with 2 others to choose from also. Plus a really good state high school and options for private not a million miles away if we wish. We are really happy as we have found an area that ticked our boxes, school options aplenty and right on the edge of countryside and away from the hustle and bustle of the Bay, which while lovely in many ways has also become rather draining in others. But also only 15 minutes drive or so back to Glenelg and only 25-30 mins to the CBD, traffic permitting ;) And still easy access to lots of places and facilities we use and visit.
Good luck with everything :)
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I know someone who used Google Earth to look at areas in Adelaide. It showed Terrain, housing density, road networks, schools, hospitals etc, etc, etc.
From this, they decided on an area to start off in, love it as it has just what they wanted and have now bought a house in the same suburb. When they were first here, they already knew names of roads, relationships of suburbs to each other and how to get from A to B, just from spending time of Google maps. They recognised streets such as Frome Rd as they had already "driven down it", virtually. (Very distinctive trees for those who don't know, Frome Rd)
I thought this was all pretty amazing, they obviously had a clear idea of what they were looking for and couldn't be happier with their chosen location. They had never been to Adelaide before.
Not for all, but an idea.
In my mind, choosing the place to live in, both renting to start with and then buying was one of the hardest parts of the whole move. Adelaide is big, sprawled, varies in costs and you will get so many differing opinions. The good news is that a year in and we did find the place we wanted to be in so don't panic...all part of the journey.
"Don't stare at it for too long.....you'll go mad".
Surely it all depends on what you do for work hence your commute.
You could move down south, be surrounded by POMS , and live in the suburbs. Life could be so normal it would hardly be worth moving half way across the world. Or you could live in the glorious Barossa where there are few English, few vile metal 'Goodneighbour' fences, and lots of glorious space. And wine.
Where ever you move life could be a chore if you have a long commute. After all isn't that one of the things we all came here to leave behind.
Thankyou for all the advice all and any help is very much appreciated...snifter our children's ages are 18 14 3 1, I would preferably like the coast and we have be looking around aberfoyle, Hallett cove area as my partner has a few friends in that part and possible work opportunities,we're hoping to move out there in august.
Claire-n-tel I've started to read some of the threads on here, some are good and then others jet confuse me more lol.
howde I've also been using google earth it's brilliant, I just wish I could please everyone and not have to keep moving around.
Zebedee I'm sure it will work out I just hope I don't have to move around a lot, would be nice to wave a magic wand and stay in the first house.
Our eldest will be 18 in July and wants to join the police force and also plays football at present he's at college doing a sports coaching coarse, our eldest daughter will soon be 14 she is really into her sports she currently plays football,and would also like to get back into her kick boxing/boxing again and eventually would like a career in sports/sports science, the 3 year old loves singing and dancing and loves going to her pre-school and mixing with other children so that is a must and the little one will be 2 in August and loves all her play groups and play centres,I'm a hairdresser and even though I can turn my hand to anything would love to either teach hairdressing or become a teachers assistant, my partner works in data/voice cabling etc. I'm hoping I can try and settle somewhere that can cover everyone's needs but I can see myself doing a lot more research.
Personally I think if you settle somewhere where your kids will be happy then it will make your life a lot easier. I have seen a few posts where people are very unsettled due to kids not settling. I know there is a good football club for girls and boys in Christies (which is not that far for from Hallett Cove). There is also a boys football team in. Hallett Cove as my friends son plays there. It really all is down to personal choice, hope you get it all sorted and I am sure you will get a lot of help on here. Good luck
Steve, Sarah, Zoe and Abbie
Arrived in Adelaide August 2009.
If you are looking for renting/buying based on good public schools around then you can use http://www.findschoolzones.com.au - a mobile friendly app/website which puts school zone/catchment information at your finger tip. The app shows and sorts state zoned schools based on their latest NAPLAN results which as you would already know should not be used in isolation but can be good guide to start with.
It provides the basic info on the school (website, phone, address etc) and links to the properties for sale and rent (uses realestate.com.au) around that school catchment area. Also if you enter a home address, the app can help you find all the schools which are zoned for that address along with latest NAPLAN results and school route using google maps.
Also look out for other useful apps in this thread which I started and hopefully can be built on to include some other useful apps.
Hope this helps in someway with your headache of settling in a new place. Good luck!!
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