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Bowden is an inner north-western suburb of Adelaide under the local council area of the City of Charles Sturt. Situated only 2.5km from the City and located directly adjacent to the Parklands, it is the closest suburb to the CBD when travelling north-west along Port Road.



History and background

The 'Village of Bowden' was established in 1839 by James Hurtle Fisher, who named it after his native village in Northamptonshire. Bowden has historically been a semi-industrial area and, until recent years, has comprised a mix of workers cottages, factories and the Brompton Gasworks.

In October 2008, the SA Government announced the purchase of the 10-hectare Clipsal factory site in Bowden to become a new "green village". They announced plans for up to 1,500 medium and high density sustainable and energy-efficient residential apartments, with retail outlets and commercial offices set around a town centre, for the former industrial site. The $1 billion Bowden Development was designed to be a "transport-oriented development" (TOD) and was expected to take 12 to 15 years to complete.

Construction on the first stage and parks were officially opened in May 2013 by Premier Jay Weatherill. Construction commenced on first residential dwellings in 2013. First residents moved into their homes in 2014.

Bowden is fairly unique in Adelaide being designed as a medium to high density inner suburb comprising predominantly apartments and townhouses. As such, the target market is predominantly young professionals and families who want to enjoy the benefits of apartment-style living in a safe, walkable urban neighbourhood close to the CBD and a reduced level of car dependency.

For more information on the Bowden development, refer to the Life More Interesting website: https://lifemoreinteresting.com.au/






As it has been specifically designed as a Transport Oriented Development, Bowden is exceptionally well-served by public transport.

Trains: Bowden train station is currently being completely rebuilt and, when re-opened in late 2017/early 2018, will enable residents to travel directly to Adelaide CBD in approximately 4 minutes. As there will be no other stops between Bowden and the city, passengers can take advantage of '2 section' fares which are approximately half the price of a standard ticket ($1.92 as of April 2017). In the opposite direction, trains run to the cruise ship terminal at Outer Harbor, via the historic city of Port Adelaide and the bustling beach-side town of Semaphore, or via a spur to Grange with its quiet beach and pleasant 2km walk to the busier Henley beach.

A two minute walk across Park Tarrace, North Adelaide Railway Station provides access to the Gawler Line, with services running both to the CBD and north as far as the country town of Gawler.


The new Bowden railway station


Trams: The nearest tram stop is at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, a 2 minute walk from Bowden 'village centre'. Whilst the journey is a little longer than the train (10 minutes) it is a free service and therefore popular with commuters. The tram line runs past the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the UniSA City West Campus and the footbridge to Adelaide Oval. Trams are free all the way to the southern edge of the CBD, but continue on to the beach-side suburb of Glenelg thereafter. Due to be completed by 2018, the North Terrace tram line extension will add an additional spur to the free service – this will run past the University of Adelaide campus to the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site and the Botanic Gardens. Frequency of trams is approximately every 10 minutes in peak hour.


Entertainment Centre tram stop


Buses: Multiple and regular buses run along Port Road, providing additional direct access to the CBD.


Cycling: The suburb is perfectly placed for commuting to the CBD by bike – a trip takes approximately 10 minutes at an average pace, with the route entirely along off-road cycle paths through the Parklands and along the River Torrens. A dedicated cycle path to Queen Street in Croydon is currently under construction with the first phase due for completion in mid-2017 and the second phase by the end of 2018. Once completed, it will be possible to cycle to the popular Queen Street shopping and dining precinct in Croydon without riding on a road.



Amenities and leisure

As well as all of the amenities and attractions of the CBD within very close proximity, Bowden has its own 'village centre', the main feature of which being the very popular Plant 4 building. This converted industrial building houses a bar, various eateries, clothing, craft and produce markets and a well-stocked IGA supermarket. Various other community events such as yoga classes and outdoor cinema screenings are regularly held.





For more information see: https://www.plant4bowden.com.au/


In the parklands directly opposite the Bowden Development are a small skate park, tennis courts a children's playground and a community garden.

A 5 minute cycle or 10 minute walk along the River Torrens is the very popular Bonython Park featuring a large kids adventure playground with zip wire, a lake, communal BBQs, a kiosk selling snacks and refreshments as well as ample open space for ball games or picnicking.





For the adults, the popular Gov hotel is located a few minute's walk away on Port Road. As well as being a great traditional pub, it is also a very popular live music venue, attracting many famous overseas and Australian artists.



Across the road from the Gov, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (capcity 12,000), has hosted some of the biggest music acts to tour Australia.

For live music fans who also love craft beer, the Wheatsheaf Hotel is in George Street, Thebarton - a mere 5 minute tram ride away.




Whatever your age, if you're looking for vibrant, apartment-based living a stone's throw from the CBD with easy access to parklands, pubs and live music, Bowden could be the suburb for you.

If you're under 35 then I strongly suggest this should be your first port of call when looking for your new home in Adelaide.

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