8.0 out of 10

Middleton

Ranked 9th best suburb in Outer Adelaide
-35.5119664419404 138.717133670286
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Apr 24, 2012
Editors Choice

"Excellent investment and place to live by the surf!"

Wow! - where else in Australia can you buy land this cheap, this close to the beach, within an hour of a capital city?

Land currently priced from $149,000 for 730m2+ blocks that are mostly flat and easy to build on. There are basic guidelines to ensure consistent, quality housing throughout the big new Middleton Shores sub-division, however you can still build a clad style beach house as long as it has a decent roof pitch/deck/verandah and looks good. So it can be quite cheap to build here this way. There are also excellent quality near new brick homes for sale (from $275,000) and permanent rentals ($250-$350 per week).

Some people say that there's not enough work around and that's why its so cheap to live here, but people haven't worked out that they could sell they're house elsewhere and probably buy a similar home here (or build a new, better, bigger) and have $100,000 - $200,000 in their pockets in some cases. Such a massive mortgage reduction can mean some people are almost immediately debt free. Loan payments may be so low that you only need to commute 2-3 days a week for work and enjoy more quality time with their partner, family and walking on the beach with the kids. There are plenty of jobs here in health & aged care and this will get even bigger, as will construction, renovations and home services/maintanance.

Excellent buying right now - it wont last forever. Last time we had a boom here 8-10 years ago it was started by investors from interstate who realized how under priced it was, by the time Adelaide people caught on the best properties were already being snapped up and prices soared. Land is really selling again and it feels like a new upswing has started.

As for living here, I've been in the area for 12 years and love it. Once you live here you'll never go back to the city (or many other places for that matter). Middleton has a good general store open every day of the year, surf shop and hire, medical clinic, chemist, bakery and an excellent, pub. Victor Harbor (12 min drive) has everything you need - Woolies, Big W, Target, cinema, etc. Hundreds of fine cafes and eateries in the area. Several private and public schools, lots of sporting teams, excellent recreational options, fishing etc. Big skate park on the beachfront in Victor for the kids also. Crime rate? I think we've got some (laughing) - you'd really have to look hard to find it though. Its a pretty place too, beautiful views everywhere.

As for the beaches....My God - from flat, sheltered swimming beaches (Port Elliot & Victor Harbor) to awesome surf beaches along the Middleton stretch (which is great for beginner to intermediate surfers). Chapman Road end (locally known as "Day Street") sees most of the action in busy periods and is a beachy break that has mostly rights and a few lefts on average at 2-3 feet. "The Point" has rights, "The bay" has lefts - so you're pretty much covered as there is nearly always surf here, often it can be a bit bumpy right out the back, but nearly always surf when you need to get some waves. I personally think its the BEST spot for kids on bodyboards and most kids splashing around in the shallows as the beach doesn't get deep too quickly (unlike Port Elliot) - just take care if the surf is strong (you will feel the mild rips at chest depth).

In winter you see a lot of whales and in spring/summer/autumn you regularly see dolphins and seals while sitting out on your board - if you're lucky they'll swim right next to you or under you.

As if that's not enough, its clean, no litter, and a long, white sandy stretch of beach with heaps of room - excellent for running, cricket, ball sports etc (except for high tide) and mostly you can run dogs off their leads and give them some freedom. Everyone is friendly and there is no surf rage or bollocks - there's plenty of room for everyone and people are happy.
Pros
  • cost of living
  • quiet quality living
  • excellent beaches and surfing
Cons
  • lack of singles in the 22-40 age group
  • nightlife
  • public transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 20, 2012

"Great holiday spot could easily live here!"

Great place to spend days off plenty to do, quieter than Victor or Goolwa traffic wise. Only about an hour to town.
Always love the drive down. Offers options for all walks of life.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Jul 25, 2010

"See the surf, stars, walk along the beach, play on the street, enjoy yourself."

Great place to live & visit. Surf, swim make sandcastles on the beach. Friendly laid back town, love the quirky surfboard seats. Walk the bikeway or beach, either to Goolwa or Victor harbour. Get fuel & all other provisions from the local store. Play cricket on the street, see the stars(in the sky). Great friendly pub, good food, just as good as the city maybe better. Read a book, talk to a neighbour or two. Just love the place
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
Aug 27, 2009

"Top surf beach, beautiful views in a lovely area"

Just beyond Port Elliot and Victor harbour, this beachside town is the spot to get down and have a splash in the surf.

For younger couples and singles it is great over summer. But it would be limited to the summer months. The rest of the year it is probably more suited to retirees.

Middleton beach is not for young children that best left to nearby Port Elliot.

There is a good range of shops but Victor harbour has most of what is needed, or the other way to Goolwa.

Well out of the city it’s not the place for anyone working in Adelaide, it’s simply too long a commute.
There are some nicer houses and some more shack like places. If you're on the beach, you've got a bit of cash and some great views.

I like Middleton, but for me it’s a place to visit. But even if I wanted to, I’m not sure I could afford those places closer to the beach anymore.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
Aug 23, 2009

"A relaxed surf spot on the southern coast"

Sandwiched between the ever-encroaching urban sprawl of Goolwa and Victor Harbor on the South Coast, Middleton has become a popular residential location and holiday spot.

Middleton is just 80 kilometres to the south of Adelaide, and a comfortable 70 minute drive.
This seaside suburb fronts the stunning Southern Ocean, with a long sandy beach and rolling waves. It is a popular surfing spot, and the Esplanade is frequented by the surfing crowd all year round (despite the cold temperatures in winter!).

There has been an explosion of modern holiday homes in the area. You will also find solid brick residential homes and the occasional shack.

There is a small collection of shops for the basics, as well as a pub and café. Victor Harbor to the west and Goolwa to the east are both just a 10 minute drive away and offer a huge range of shopping and essential services.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
purrfect
purrfect Middleton is a great place, surf, swim , walk along the beach, the streets, walk or ride a bike along the new bikeway to Goolwa or Victor harbour

A great layback place, play cricket in the street, watch the stars so many its so hard to believe only 80kms from Adelaide.

You can buy fuel at the local general store.

The surf board seats are quirky, many art objects dot the town.

A great friendly pub, great food on a weekend you need to book a table, just as good as the city.. maybe better.

Overall we love the place, just a pity we dont live there always
Jul 25, 2010
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