.... Adelaide High is just West of the City and is meant to be a good public school.
Although the alternative if AH is oversubscribed is the new super school - the Roma Mitchell is it? - which doesn't have quite such a good rep. I know there were a lot of people living in North Adelaide (the suburb - which is like the Mayfair of Adelaide) who were pretty unimpressed when their offspring were told the RM was their new catchment area school, rather than AH!
Adelaide High is just West of the City and is meant to be a good public school.
Adelaide High is an excellent school but much of the zone for it is east of the city. I have a colleague who lives at Maylands who's child goes to Adelaide High as there zoned school and another colleague who lives in Brompton who's children could not go to Adelaide High because they were not in the zone. The zone has changed recently, although my understanding is it has extended North rather than west. School zones are definitely worth checking on www.myschool.edu.au before committing to an area.
Diane and NicF make a lot of sense re the suburbs they mention.
I really like Magill and out that way (we have family living there) and its not so far to get into the CBD for them for work. However, housing wise, while renting may be fine when it comes to buying in that area (or those nearby), the prices are a fair bit more than what you'd pay further out or down south. How much you could afford if you are planning to buy in the future is worth considering when renting in more pricey suburbs out that way and those surrounding them. You may move into a lovely area, great schools and then not be able to afford to buy within a 20-30 minute drive of it a year or two later and so have to either change schools or spend time back and forth on school runs etc.
I also like the Mitcham area (lots of lovely suburbs round there) but again, pricing may be high for buying.
I haven't commented on suburbs south of the CBD as I don't really know them or the commuting options. However I would say that house prices tend to drop the further from the CBD you go. This is as true of the North East as it is of the southern suburbs. I definitely agree that looking at house prices is as important as looking at rental prices when deciding where to live. We could have rented in quite a lot of the suburbs I mentioned but would not have been able to afford to buy anything we would want to live in. Hence why we ended up in a Rostrevor. That and the fact that it felt right - still really nice but not quite so posh and very green but a more wild, natural green rather than the manicured green you get around some of the other eastern suburbs.