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Guest the dobbas

what are the good and bad parts of sa ?

thanks

dobba

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Guest majortom57

Iv'e been in Adelaide just over 2 years now and live in the North east suburb of Wynn Vale.

 

Most people will tell you that there is a divide between North and South, with the North allegedly having more "rough spots" but more employment for people. The North is quite industralised and most areas seemed to be tarred with the same brush.

 

All my 10 pound pommie family have lived and raised their children in Salisbury and parts of Elizabeth, these being the 2 main ares singled out as bad areas.

I do to a certain extent understand people's feelings towards these areas, but can't justify people slagging the area of when they have'nt seen it.

 

I cant say too much about the southern suburbs, apart from Henley and West Beach which are lovely beaches that we go to often.

 

The driving culture in Adelaide can have you pulling your hair out at times, if lane changing was an olympic sport they would come home with a lot of medals. Its such a lovely country I cant see why some people are always in a hurry.

 

Our city is lovely and clean and the public transport seems to be OK. We are surrounded by some lovely hills that deserve a day out to see some of the beauty they hold.

 

Our suburb is just right for us, my daughter is thriving at school and has taken australia as her home with both hands. Im pleased that we moved to Adelaide it seems more laid back then the other cities ( so Im lead to believe ) and after 2 years I still open the curtains and think " this is great"

 

Wishing you well in your plans, hope it all turns out for you

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Guest the dobbas

hi

we are going to adelaide in april and im only now starting to realise just how big this place must be!

thanks for the info

dobba

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Guest Guest9973

Hi Dobba

 

Good advice by Majortom there.

 

Adelaide is very spread out.

Be fair to the city and it's suburbs and have a good look around,there is something for everyone here,just takes some finding at times.

I've lived in the south for over 8 years now,love it,suits our needs but would never defend it against the north.

I was just drawn to a suburb called Onkaparinga Hills - semi rural but 35 mins into the city,5 mins to the beach.

One appeal is that we are closer to the beaches and house prices in the more southern suburbs can be cheaper - but further away from the city.

 

Work and schools will be a decider on the suburbs you look at.

Most coming over will take a 12 month rental - giving a try before settle.

 

Take time to go off the main streets of Adelaide,there are some real hidden gem streets.:smile:

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We too are looking towards Adelaide any help is most welcome, we will be looking at semi rural and we will also be bringing two dogs with us :wub:


Oz is Beautiful, but the uk is home :wubclub:

Returned to Bournemouth 20th August 2010

 

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Hi There

 

It is the north for me! Similar to the other poster, some of my own family have been over here for 40 odd years and raised their kids in Smithfield - another area like Elizabeth that gets slagged off all the time. I would not say it is particularly rough compared to where we lived in the uk. For god's sake it is not exactly Hackney or Brixton lets face it!!

 

We are building in Munno Para West on a 1/2 acre block, it is semi rural but developing fast and the older 'rougher' parts of the north are also being redeveloped fast. A lot of money is being invested by the Government in the infastructure, eg. schools & shopping centres & landscaping wetlands and park areas.

 

I like it up here, traffic is light, there are 3 main routes to the city which takes 30 mins outside rush hour, my husband says it takes him about 40-60 mins in rush hour. It is an easy drive down to the city for a night out which we have done several times since the fringe has been on.

 

I am walking distance to the train station, the local shops are a good size mall, and Elizabeth is only 10 mins away with 180+ shops. The Barossa valley with all the wineries & cellar doors & attached restaurants is only 15-20 mins away. The beaches, Semaphore, Henley etc are only 20-30 mins away. St Kilda with its fantastic wooden fort, zip lines and wrecked boat built for the kids (but secretly enjoyed by my 17 boy and daft husband) is about 15 mins away.

 

Don't know much about local state schools as my daughter goes to Trinity in Gawler which is an excellent private school, and about 15 mins drive, or 4 stops on the train, but at $3000 pa private education is not the preserve of the very wealthy only, something we could not afford in the uk but can here.

 

As ever, this is just how l have found it, others will disagree, but then hey life would be boring if we all liked the same things!!

 

Hope this helps!

 

Mel

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I agree! We lived (and hubbys family still do) in Salisbury North. I love Salisbury itself, it has a good shopping mall (Parabanks), and a shopping street with fruit stalls, grocers, salvo's, library, banks etc. Also lived and have family in Elizabeth Park and Elizabeth Vale, and had no problems. Not an affluent area compared to some places, but nice just the same. We are now settled in the UK, but if we went back we would probably go back there, unless we decided on Tassie! Look around as you drive and you will be able to see the "bad areas"...we found some of the suburbs in the north and north-east were fine.

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Adelaide is a great place to live. I lived there for 12 years when moving from UK, I have now lived in Sydney for 15mths and really miss Adelaide. I lived in Craigmore it is a really nice area, my son went to Trinity College (Private School - but very affordabe) it is an excellent school catering for all kinds of students. Like all places there are good and bad there are both bad places in the North and South but when you compare with the UK it's all good

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Guest migration angel

Lots of great advice there form the people who know from experience what the areas are like.

If you want to do some research on house prices in the different suburbs

domain.com.au is a good starting point and the maps there are useful.

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Guest Vee

Real Estate, Property, Land and Homes for Sale, lease and rent - realestate.com.au is also a great site to start some research.

 

I grew up in country SA, but have lived in Adelaide and surrounds on and off for 8 or so years. Some of the northern suburbs have previously had a bad name and I guess to some people they still do. Having said that, housing is more affordable (in a lot of areas, but changing quickly) and there are some lovely areas. The northern area has expanded a lot over recent years and there are some good shopping centres, housing estates and from what I hear good schools.

 

It is close enough to the city and accessible by public transport.

 

The south is also lovely. Close to the city homes are more expensive, but if you are prepared to live away from the city centre a bit I am sure you can find something affordable.

 

I really think you just need to find some places on google maps, or the real estate websites and then research that area as much as you can. The internet provides such a wealth of information and makes it so easy to find out info.

 

If you have a couple of areas you are interested in, I am happy to try and help or direct you as to where to find further information. I am by no means an expert, but am happy to try help where I can.

 

Good luck

Vee

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Guest burnsb

Hi,

 

Lived in Adelaide for 8 years left in 97 so things would have changed. we lived in Hillbank in the northern suburbs . I liked it also Campbelltown, Modbury and Golden Grove Banksia park and Redwood to name a few had family in Elizabeth and they moved to Munno para west I didn't like theses area and as far as i can remember Burton Had a smell from the sewers. Some areas not too nice at all. Give me a shout if you want any more info. It's been a while so I hope I haven't offended anyone.

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kevo here, im a carpenter moving to adelade and was wondering if you saw many construction sites there? and where would be a nice place to live? near a beach preferably,?:confused:

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Does anyone have an opinion on Adelaide hills? We don't want to be near a beach (as don't want to pay the premium for having the beach on my doorstep) instead we would like to have a little more acreage & great views... Also I am hearing that hills are a little cooler than the flat parts, don't know if there is any truth to that or if it's just a myth... Any neighbourhoods in the hills we should check out? We dont want to be further than 30 min drive from city centre...

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Does anyone have an opinion on Adelaide hills? We don't want to be near a beach (as don't want to pay the premium for having the beach on my doorstep) instead we would like to have a little more acreage & great views... Also I am hearing that hills are a little cooler than the flat parts, don't know if there is any truth to that or if it's just a myth... Any neighbourhoods in the hills we should check out? We dont want to be further than 30 min drive from city centre...

 

There are some lovely places in the hills!!

We live on the foothills in Onkaparinga Hills.Sea views/ feeling a little tucked away but not far from anything at all.Beach 10 mins away.

To the back of us it turns to larger acreage that's mainly horse property with some places tucked away into gully's.

 

There are loads of areas to choose from,Blackwood,Belair are not too far from the city but pricier.

 

Clarendon has a lovely "village" feel.

 

Further out you might look at Cherry Gardens,Stirling and areas around Hahndorf.

These are easily commutable to the city but again pricier.

 

I've only been general with the areas and only know the more southern ones.

 

It is a little cooler in the higher areas,it is very Autumnal in the hills at the moment.

 

You'll be doing a lot of driving around exploring i!

 

The only downside is bushfire danger,in the leafier/wooded areas it is a real and present danger.You will have to factor that risk into your choices I'm afraid.

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Guest red back

Take your time, dont jump in. There are plenty of paces to stay on a temp basis.

Check the area out with the local Police station, ask a pommie cop and he will more than likely give your the crime stats. If not watch his face,if his nose curls as you mention the suburb, then stay clear.

There are plenty of options, beach living city living, you have to decided what floats ya boat. Stay well clear of places like Mansfield Park, Ferryden Park,Pennington and around that area. Cheap houses but I would rather live in the Uk, less diversity..

Hallett Cove is popular with people froma cross the pond, which would include the areas near there. If you can cope with the drive back up North for any work, its well worth the view as you go over Concrete Hill... Makes the day at work worth it.

Come on in the water is really warm..

Happy hunting... and dont forget your tea bags

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Does anyone have an opinion on Adelaide hills? We don't want to be near a beach (as don't want to pay the premium for having the beach on my doorstep) instead we would like to have a little more acreage & great views... Also I am hearing that hills are a little cooler than the flat parts, don't know if there is any truth to that or if it's just a myth... Any neighbourhoods in the hills we should check out? We dont want to be further than 30 min drive from city centre...

 

I think as long as you live on the coast south of brighton or seacliff the house prices will be much the same as the hills prices but if you want to live in the hills then try flagstaff hill, blackwood, chandlers hill, belair. any further north than this and the prices go north also.

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Guest lovinoz

we have lived in adelaide for the last year and have lived in both the western and southern subs so i can only comment on those areas from personal experience but most areas here seem to have good and not as good pockets, the lovely suburbs are alot more $$ and the outer subs can be affordable and nice but you do have more of a commute depending on where you work, we did look around some of the north eastern suburbs when we arrived and we liked the look of campbeltown also the cost of a good rental there seemed pretty good but i havent lived there so not sure what its like. none of our friends here said anything bad about the area though and i would still look there if we had to move from here. good luck to all who are moving to SA its a exciting journey!

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All this area-research has me :wacko:!!

 

Please can someone point me in the right direction as to areas that best fit our criteria, which is:-

 

Family of 5 -

 

Hubby is a sparks so I guess not too far out into the wilderness due to him needing to find work.

 

Kids aged 19, 14 & 10 so we will need to be in a good area for schooling - university, secondary school and junior schools

 

Budget around $500k

 

We would like to have a place on a largish plot so I guess that would mean inland suburbs but it would be nice to be within a reasonable drive from a beach.

 

Can anyone give me some suggestions to help narrow my search please?

 

Thank you

Kari :wubclub:

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All this area-research has me :wacko:!!

 

Please can someone point me in the right direction as to areas that best fit our criteria, which is:-

 

Family of 5 -

 

Hubby is a sparks so I guess not too far out into the wilderness due to him needing to find work.

 

Kids aged 19, 14 & 10 so we will need to be in a good area for schooling - university, secondary school and junior schools

 

Budget around $500k

 

We would like to have a place on a largish plot so I guess that would mean inland suburbs but it would be nice to be within a reasonable drive from a beach.

 

Can anyone give me some suggestions to help narrow my search please?

 

Thank you

Kari :wubclub:

 

Hiya Kari

 

Adelaide is a very spread out city. The suburbs have as large a sprawl as London but without the high density population.

 

It really is hard to recommend specific areas.

 

Noticed that you want to buy as well.

 

Best advice I can give is to take a long term rental for 6 to 12 months. Often first impressions don't hold up and you have bought a house in an area that you eventually don't like.

 

Have a look in the sister group PomsInAdelaide: South Australia Migration & Expat Forum

 

Lots of discussion on the area there :cute:

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Hello Kari - I more or less second what Tyke has said above, although we bought within two weeks of being here and haven't ever regretted it! That being said, we already knew where my OH would be working and he wanted to be within cycling distance. He has since changed jobs and is now working somewhere completely different, with a longer cycle ride to work, but he really enjoys the ride to and from.

 

I see you have a 19 year old and are considering Unis - if it helps, Adelaide has three Universities: Uni SA, and Adelaide Uni, with campusses (campii?!) mostly in and around the city, and Flinders Uni which is in the south. Might be worth looking at what courses sound attractive as each offers different specialisms, so that might help narrow things down a bit.

 

There are good schools all over, wherever you end up living, and work for your husband wouldn't be a problem I don't think, also from wherever you end up. You will find bigger plots both further out (obviously) and in the Hills suburbs - some of which are only about 15 mins drive from the City (Belair, Blackwood, Glenalta, Greenhill for example) but a consideration for us was - with teenagers driving - we didn't want them to be driving to and from home on steep windy narrow roads at night time.

 

Generally it comes down to whether you want close to beach, or in a more tree-y area. If you and your family like going out to restaurants, shows, sports events, festivals etc then my advice would be to not be more than 30 minutes drive from the City, as that's where everything happens. If you stick to that, the longest you'd have to drive to get to a beach would still not be more than about 30/40 minutes even if you were right on the far side of the city from the beaches. Depends what you consider a reasonable drive. Beachwise, you could look west of the city, and south west (West beach, Glenelg, Henley, Brighton, Seacliff, Hallett Cove) - but don't go too far down or travelling distances will be an issue; trees-wise have a look at South East (Belair etc above), South (Happy Valley, Flagstaff Hill, Aberfoyle Park) or North East (Athelstone, Highbury, Tea Tree Gully, Fairview Park, Wynn Vale, Golden Grove, Greenwith) of the city. North West is a developing area with good beaches, good transport, but like in any developing area, good and bad spots. North is similar to that. East is pricey but lovely.

 

Use Australian travel maps, street directory, driving directions & aerial photographs - Whereis.com (put in "suburb name, sa" to search and zoom out to get an idea of where it is) or RAA - Travel Planner. Find location, Get directions, Pre planned routes, Places to stay and Holidays Savings. to get an idea of travelling distances to and from different places. Welcome to the Adelaide Metro Website also has a good trip planner for public transport - bear in mind everything goes via the city!!

 

HTH but probably just confused you more!!!!

Diane


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We live in Banksia park in the north eastern suburbs,,it is absolutely fantastic,great links to the city( 15 mins by bus) great shopping centres and lots to do for the kids. Realy like the southern suburbs but they seem to be a bit distant from the cbd if you dont drive! So if you ask my opinion,you cant beat the north.

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Does anyone have an opinion on Adelaide hills? We don't want to be near a beach (as don't want to pay the premium for having the beach on my doorstep) instead we would like to have a little more acreage & great views... Also I am hearing that hills are a little cooler than the flat parts, don't know if there is any truth to that or if it's just a myth... Any neighbourhoods in the hills we should check out? We dont want to be further than 30 min drive from city centre...

 

I love the hills and if i had my way I would be living in one of the little sleepy towns like meadows,,,absolutely beutiful place.

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Guest WATERFRONT Port Noarlunga

Hi I am from Adelaide and I don't think it matters so much about good or bad areas

What is important is what does your life look like whever you go.

An old Saying " it doesnt matter where you go you always take yourself with you"

So if you are happy with yourself where you are now, chances are you will be happy wherever you are and this will reflect onto your children.

If you are not happy with yourself now chances are the same will happen once the excitement of moving is off and you settle into a new place unless you change the way you view life and the way you do things.

another saying 'If you always do what you have always done chances are you will always get what you've always got.'

Come to Australia Be happy,visit the city, visit the country, visit the beaches, visit everything, go out bush, get involved and have a great life. Kind Regards Jeanette

PS I moved 2 songs away from Hallett Cove to Port Noarlunga and it took me two years to settle in as I still had my heart back in Hallett Cove, but once I let go there was no looking back

and I would reccomend both suburbs.

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Guest Midkar
Adelaide is a great place to live. I lived there for 12 years when moving from UK, I have now lived in Sydney for 15mths and really miss Adelaide. I lived in Craigmore it is a really nice area, my son went to Trinity College (Private School - but very affordabe) it is an excellent school catering for all kinds of students. Like all places there are good and bad there are both bad places in the North and South but when you compare with the UK it's all good

Hi! We r moving to Adelaide in 2012. I have daughter and son age13 yrs and 8 .

So can u suggest good private as well as public schools.

We r moving from Bangkok and they go to British International School .

And suggest a good suburb to stay.

Like Strathfield in Sydeny not so far from city and not to close centrally located as we stayed in Sydney for 3yrs.

Thks

Kavita

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For us, it has to be the south of the CBD. We moved here for a new life with a change to our way of living. So one major factor was the outside living and sea/beach was a huge pulling point. That said, i dont really know the north, well except Mawson Lakes and to me, its too new, just like toy town (lego built) and too far from the beaches.

 

However, we all have different wants and needs. i am happy commuting on the metro to get to live the beach style of living and love it.

 

But like other have already said. We are renting for 12 - 24 months to ensure we have made the right decision as nothing is forever, thing change, we what different things. Another major factor is the cost of living. To live on the sea its going to cost you, to live in a new, posh suburb, it will cost you. Some areas in the south have recently had a face lift so their homes cost more. Other areas are having major transport links put in, i suspect these areas will be the next on the price rise.


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