I've always thought its warmer in the North, unlike the UK
I've always thought its warmer in the North, unlike the UK
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This North-South banter really makes me laugh!
I have lived in Adelaide since 1971, and to be honest, I had never really heard talk of a "North-South", one is better than the other, type talk, until I happened upon the 'Pom' websites. I really think it is in the mind of the Brits, and I'm not sure why. Is there a thing about whether you live North or South in Britain?
I have lived in a number of homes from Elizabeth in the north, to Clarence Park in the near south. OK, to be honest, I wouldn't live in Elizabeth now, but really, most places are okay if that is where you have made your home, and if you are happy there. Funnily enough, Elizabeth got a bit of a bad name partly because it was mostly Brits and descendants of Brits! Although, I think it was more that it had a lot of cheap and government housing, and therefore attracted some of the 'ferals'.
There are places in the south that also have a bit of a reputation, but I don't know exactly which ones, so can't name any.
There are a few suburbs in the north, and the north-west, that I wouldn't want to live in, but, especially in the north-east, there are a lot of really lovely suburbs with easy access to the hills and the Torrens walking/cycling tracks.
I can't really comment about the southern suburbs, having never lived in them, but there are probably good and bad there as well, and yes, they are closer to the beach if that is what you want.
Commute time could be an issue if you live far south, or even far north.
What about East and West??? There are some nice Western suburbs near the beach, and there are no Eastern suburbs that I would want to avoid - they are generally leafy, close to the city (Adelaide extends mostly north-south, as you are restricted in the east by the hills, and in the west by the sea.), and close to the hills. If you are far enough east you might get a good view as it becomes elevated. Also, if you live in the east, and work in the city, you never have to drive to or from work with the sun in your eyes!
Anyway, I would wait until you get here before trying to work out exactly where to live, and see how you find it yourself. Different people like different things.
Thank you everyone for taking the time to reply. I'm thinking from the replies that if we find accommodation somewhere central when we move out then we can take the time to travel round and make a decision when we know better about work opportunities, as suggested.
You can also use www.whereis.com.au to find the location of any particular suburb online, and zoom in and out to get an idea of surroundings. The RAA also has a good trip planner - http://www.raa.com.au/maps/ - so you can put in to and from destinations to get an idea of travel times, but bear in mind that you probably need to add 10 mins or so onto most times - what used to be the "20 minute city" only a few years ago is sadly nearer the "30 minute city" now!
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I personally like 'old' Adelaide. It was what I knew first about the city and I guess it got under my skin and so its formed my preference for when we'll be looking for a house. Hubby used to live in the centre/CBD for a couple of years when we were dating, just a few minutes walk from the Central Market and Rundle mall with the parklands only a few minutes walk away also. I used to love wandering the streets exploring there. Really gave me a taste for the older style Adelaide houses. The wooden floorboards, fireplaces, high ceilings, inventive room shapes... So my not wanting to go too far out is more down to type of house that we'd like. I don't like newer builds, until the past few years I've always lived in older houses. So although we probably won't be in as old a house as I'd like, it will still hopefully not be a recent new build in one of the further out suburbs. Also hubby's family are all in the south and heading down the coast that way so it makes sense for us to stay south.
From what I read there are plenty of people on here who live in the northern end and like it. And I've seen some good houses on the property websites. And the fact people are happy there, as others are in elsewhere around Adelaide tells me its a decent area to live. Just some prefer or need to live elsewhere. World turning, everyones different and all that :) Good luck with it all and be sure to keep us posted :)
I live in the western suburbs and work in Elizabeth which is a 30 min drive,it would take about the same to drive down south so its pretty central for most area's
Isn't the North/South divide just a POM thing? After all, it happenens all the time in the UK and in every country they settle in.
Jane and Clive
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I totally agree. My Australian husband finds it all quite strange that British migrants on this site have such heated North v South debates. If anything it used to be an Eastern suburbs v Western suburbs thing.
Maybe it's because the northern and southern suburbs are the cheapest places to settle, with more new housing estates where you can build your "dream" home. I think it all depends on a) where you will be working and b) whether you want to live in the countryside, or in a newer housing estate type environment or in an older more metropolitan environment. You have to get here and look around and see for yourself what you like.
Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.