After looking on Real Estate before we came over we really looked at Hallett Cove also, but for us it was just to far from the city, we stayed with some friends who'd been here for 10 years in Gawler, and they showed us a lot of the areas they thought we would like, and we chose mawson lakes. For us it made sense as it's purpose built town, with our own pub, banks, cafe's etc all within a gentle walk around the lakes and landscaped surroundings, the beaches are 15 mins drive down the expressway (as adelaide is a long and thin city it'd be hard not to be 15mins from a beach), and most of the larger manufacturing companies are based to the north, now we've built a new house and hopefully will be getting a pool for next summer.
But like in the UK, it's all about location, location, location.. Make a list of what you want and need, good schools ? Shops Close by ? good transport ? cost ? beach ? city ? views ? and see which suburb meets your requirements the most.
Have fun choosing, the city is your oyster.
Rob and Clare
Hi Rob Clare etc
Thanks for the feedback from my posting we're find it really useful. Its really great reading about the different areas you all have decided to settle or are hoping to settle in and what you based your decision on. A question for Louiesmum I,m probably showing my ignorance here but whats an OAA.
Another question too to all those who went or are going on a reccie first if you spent 3-4 weeks there did you book a hotel,rent a house or holiday home????
Thanks for taking the time to reply
Jill,Phil,Lucy,Daniel and Thomas.
Hi, on arrival accomodation is what OAA stands for it is a service provided by South Australian state goverment for new arrivals, it is local goverment housing, basic but cheap and it is partly luck weather you get it and where you go. Have a look at the SA web site at http://www.immigration.sa.gov.au choose skilled worker from the menu on the left then services.
Originally Posted by jill wright
I think someones already answered your Question re OAA (On Arrival Accomodation) they also do a Meet & greet service where volunteers (I think they are anyway!!) meet you at the airport & take you to your accomodation all this is found at www.immigration.sa.gov.au both services have very positive feedback.
We phoned up a few real estate agents to get to low down on places to buy in, we also noted that port adelaide had a big development going on with the new apartments and the navel docs. the agents said that the western suburbs were the place to be, so we decided to go with that. Then we wanted to buy a house with the wow factor, which will all ways be wanted by some one else. so we decided to go with a sea view and ended up in Largs Bay.
It's true that you get a feel for certain places when you're actually here. We have ende up buying in the area we were looking at whilst in the UK and are very happy with the decision. Schools are important to consider, especially high schools.