Hi to all the people who are about to embark on Adelaidean shores. It's funny, this time last year we were in the same boat not knowing what we were letting ourselves in for, and here we are a year later! What we did was look at the schools and started conversing with them via email before we left home shores. We knew that we wanted to be near the sea, so only looked along the coastline areas. We found a school that was brilliant in answering all our questions, met us when we got here, took loads of time to settle our daughter (and us actually) into life here.
So, we chose the suburb due to the school as we didn't mind having to commute to work (at most it's a 40 min drive really) if our daughter was happy. As it turned out we found the school suburb (Henley) too quiet, so we moved slightly down the coast to Glenelg, but the school were happy to let her stay on.
Deciding on a suburb really depends on what you are into, where you'll be working, your interests. As already mentioned houses can leave a little to be desired (especially in the winter months!!!), but, all tend to have large outdoor areas, which is brilliant. Our main concern/bemusement was to find bathrooms with electrical sockets next to the sink!! go figure......!!