7.6 out of 10

Kilburn

Ranked 170th best suburb in Adelaide (Greater)
-34.8644121858039 138.588315129421
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2/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
5 days ago

"Dangerous, unkempt and sketchy all while being close to most amenities"

Located in the inner northern suburbs of Adelaide, Kilburn is a good 10 minute drive from the CBD and although that may sound interesting, it is associated with problems. Crime, abuse from the neighbours and uncleanliness are one of the many factors why Kilburn is not a good place to live. We will get to those later on. First of all, shopping options are close by to Kilburn, with Prospect Road boasting small shops and eateries, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza at Modbury only 30 minutes, Northpark Shopping Centre at Prospect 5 minutes away, pretty good for daily shopping such as groceries as it does include two major Coles and Woolworths supermarkets along with 50 other stores to choose from and the newly-built Churchill Centre located seconds away. Public transport runs smoothly along Churchill, Prospect and Main North Roads into the city, schools are also good to choose from as well, with the most local schools being Rosary School, Prospect Primary School and Blackfriars Priory School (all in Prospect). Others include St Gabriel's School in Enfield, St Paul's College at Gilles Plains, Woodville High School at Woodville, amongst others.

Unfortunately, Kilburn has a high crime rate, as well as pretty abusive and aggressive neighbours in some parts. The housing in this area are not up to the standards if your looking for a clean, tidy home and a nice green strip with gardens that'll keep your neighbourhood looking attractive; Kilburn does not offer that. Moreover, there is lots of Housing Trust in the area and the houses are unkempt and there's lots of furniture and junk in front of people's homes. There are some good parks and recreation in the area, but just be careful as you could approach some very funny locals who wouldn't enjoy your company (that's based on experience after visiting friends and going to the local park after being abused by the locals there). There is also a high amount of poverty in the area as well, after experiencing many homeless people sitting on footpaths and drinking. This is also very dangerous as some of them can get pretty threatening and violent. If you don't want to be fequently woken up by loud parties, screeching tyres and screaming neighbours on a Friday or Saturday night, Kilburn is NOT the place for you.

All in all, I would definitely not recommend Kilburn as a place to grow and live comfortably in. If you need to live around this area, try Prospect, Nailsworth, Enfield, Clearview, Northgate, Oakden or Walkley Heights. They are much more better alternative as the streets are clean, neighbours are friendly and it's generally safe majority of the time. However if you don't need to live around here and have the soul intent of buying somewhere nice and comfortable with friendly neighbours and it being safe, check out the southern suburbs. Pasadena, Panorama, Oaklands Park, and so on are the better areas to choose in Adelaide overall. Good luck and I hope this helps to anyone out there needing an honest review about Kilburn and not sugar-coating it with positives which aren't true.
4/5
2yrs+

"Don't believe all the negativity...look beyond & see the potential!"

Location, location, location! Close to Prospect and North Adelaide, CBD just 8km away, let's not forget Adelaide Oval for all the footy fans out there. Soon-to-be-built shopping centre on Churchill Road.

Multicultural it is, cheap housing it is, housing trust, yes there is but housing trust homes are located all over Adelaide, including our expensive suburbs.

There are some undesirables but, we all see a undesirables around from time to time, even in some of the expensive suburbs.

Those who judge the area based on negative people with negative attitudes, will miss an opportunity to buy into a cheap suburb, which one day will be expensive!

Lets not forget that Bowden and Prospect for instance, were once considered low income areas.
Pros
  • Multicultural
  • Cheap, up-&-coming suburb
  • Potential
  • Convenience to everything
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North
North No one should believe you. You can't even give the right information!
And P.S, Prospect and Bowden are listed in the Top 10 best suburbs in SA, but "Kilburn" is listed in the Top 170. Your loss.
2yrs+
CherylW
CherylW I don't know why Kilburn is rated so low as Prospect comes up in the media more often for crime, especially drug related.
2yrs+
AnnaT1
AnnaT1 That is actually correct. Prospect DOES come up more in the news for crime than Kilburn.
2yrs+
m_re0
m_re0 North! Move on already!
2yrs+
BillB1
BillB1 North the original POINT was Prospect and Bowden were once upon a time in the same boat as Kilburn is today i think you need to re-read understand then comment! As for the area realestate.com.au are advertising that tgey need more listings in Kilburn. A family member who lives in kilburn gets letters every other day regarding selling now that tells me there's much interest in Kilburn
Sep 22, 2015
thesuburbreviewer25
thesuburbreviewer25 BillB1, have you even ever been to Prospect? Or are you just denying the fact that Kilburn is pretty much better than Prospect? If not, I don't need to hear a stupid "comeback" you might decide to throw at me because guess what? I won't care.
Back to topic. My father lived here with his parents and purchased a home in Prospect in the mid 1970s. His parents actually still live here today. As you claimed to have said that "once upon a time, Prospect and Bowden were in the same boat as Kilburn" will be something absolutely ridiculous you have said. My father and his parents, sorry to hurt your feelings, had NO PROBLEMS/ISSUES/INCIDENTS. None. No crime, nothing. Houses were beautiful, clean and tidy. And this was "once upon a time". Not sure if you actually lived here or someone else of whom you know lived here to elaborate on your "quote".
Mar 03, 2017
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Nothing is good to say for Kilburn..."

The good points of Kilburn is:
1. There are lots of parks to be used, but are very, very dangerous at night.
2. Close to the city.
3. Public Transport is non stop.
4. The Cost of Living here is cheap, that's why there are lots of house trusting homes.
5. Convenience to everything.

The very bad points are:
1. Its not peacefull, you will hear a lot of hoons doing doughnuts for 2 mins (roads are messy due to skids)
2. It is incredibly not safe. Don't even think about the nightlife here in Kilburn, OHHH the night life (which I mean terrible, because I've got all this information from my friend)
3. Hoons. Hoons are NON-STOP at night. My friend told me it can go up to 7 hours straight.
4. JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING.

Well, what can I say. Kilburn is one of the roughest suburbs in Adelaide! So if you would love to listen to hoons all hours of the night, drunks, and so on, then move to sunny Kilburn. NOT!
Pros
  • Convenience to everything
Cons
  • Burn outs and hoons
  • Incredibly full of crime
  • Drunken drivers
  • Housing Trust in Kilburn North soon to be demolished
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Sa8522
Sa8522 Have a look at this website : http://www.ocsar.sa.gov.au/CM_Enter.html . You will find out that crimes are high for such a small suburb. The website is one of the government websites.
2yrs+
North
North Thanks
2yrs+
m_re0
m_re0 So you got all your information from one person!? You are so negative!
2yrs+
North
North No! I said thanks to Sa8522 because, he/she wanted to show me something on a website! I'm not negative. You just don't know, that's all
2yrs+
North
North And FYI, yes, my friend DOES live in Kilburn, so, someone that I know who lives in Kilburn has gotta give me this information!!
2yrs+
CassM
CassM North, your ignorance is astounding. Kilburn is certainly diverse in its residents, but no worse than more reputable suburbs. I own a home in Kilburn and have found the 'hoons' you speak of no more prevalent than in my previous homes in Goodwood and Stepney. There certainly are pockets, this is true, but your blanket dismissal of an affordable, diverse and friendly suburb is amusing. Review what you know, not rumours your 'mate' perpetuates.
2yrs+
CherylW
CherylW I live in Kilburn but I don't hear a lot of hoons. The worst noise near me is the train, now the neighbours aren't fighting frequently like they were. When I first moved here about four years ago my place was vandalised (a broken window when I first moved here about four years ago, then raw eggs and dirt thrown) by a teenager up the road but that has stopped since he has matured (touch wood). I have heard there a lot of drug addicts and some drug dealers here, but the house was the most affordable closest to the city that I could get to buy. That's why I chose it, but there is a park up the road and shops and transport isn't far away if needed, so it could be worse. And the new Churchill Centre opening will make this area even more convenient. It's just a pity Coles Express doesn't sell LPG. Madness! And I don't like more McDonald's and KFC's opening up. We have enough junk food outlets as it is. How about more healthy options, especially vegetarian or vegan? I wasn't asked my opinion of what sort of shops I wanted nearby.
2yrs+
AnnaT1
AnnaT1 I have never seen such ignorance like you, North.
2yrs+
AnnaT1
AnnaT1 CherylW, can you please give me some information about Kilburn, because I am looking around that area to rent, as well as Clearview, ect. But I found one at Kilburn that was good. Can you give me a little bit of information about Kilburn, please? Much appreciated!
2yrs+
AnnaT1
AnnaT1 (6 months I am looking for)
2yrs+
CherylW
CherylW Hi AnnaT1. What street did you find a good house?
I don't recommend living near I am if you don't like the sound of noisy trains, but it's not as bad as constant traffic noise on a main road. The train station is a short walk up the road though and there are regular buses on Churchill Road. The buses run more frequently than the trains at night time.
The Churchill Centre is convenient as it is only a ten minute walk for me or five on my bicycle. I go through Jack Watkins Reserve, which is the park at the end of the road which is at the southern end of Railway Terrace and the end of Carroll Avenue. The park is good if you have dog(s) as there are two well fenced enclosures for dogs with watering facilities, seats and poo bags. The park also has a barbecue, gazebo for shelter nearby, gym equipment, taps, rubbish bins, toilets and trees. It is open from sunrise to sunset. I noticed the park is being overtaken by African men refugees who may intimidate you though. Luckily I was safe when I walked through a large group of them. One of them spoke to me but he may have just been trying to be friendly.
I keep to myself most of the time here as I have had trouble with inconsiderate neighbours, mainly due to noise and gardening issues. The noise from one neighbour has improved to what it had been as they don't have frequent domestics now. Fortunately the drug issue here hasn't affected me, except from the noise issue. Touchwood.
Kilburn is quite multicultural. I went to a couple of house auctions nearby and most of the people there were Indians, including the buyers. One of the new residents (not Indian) who was at an auction next door to him was trying to be friendly as he invited me and a few others to his place after the auction. Unfortunately I couldn't go though as I had other plans.
There is a BP service station with a Subway inside and the Albion Hotel and bottle shop across the road from there, within walking distance from me. I like the Albion Hotel but the meals aren't as cheap as the Empire or Challa Gardens Hotels. There is a sex shop not far from there (I haven't been in there) and lawnmower service and sale shop. I went to the lawnmower shop a few years ago to get my whipper snipper serviced but won't go back there as the man who has the shop was very rude to me.
I hope you get the house you want to live in AnnaT1. Kilburn is not the best area but it has its benefits and certainly could be much worse.
2yrs+
thesuburbreviewer25
thesuburbreviewer25 Why did you give me all this information??? This is totally irrelevant of what I was trying to say. Sorry, but I don't need this. Don't try and make me buy a house here because you live here. I hate people like you who are trying to give people the best advice when it's not even true! Keep facts to yourself!
2yrs+
CherylW
CherylW I don't understand your comment AnnaT2. AnnaT1 (is this you too?) asked me for this information so I gave it to her, and it IS true! I am not trying to make you buy a house here at all. There is something wrong with you, going by your rude attitude.
2yrs+
thesuburbreviewer25
thesuburbreviewer25 For your information, I am AnnaT1. I've just changed the number. My rude attitude? Or yours? Good bye.
Aug 17, 2015
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
2yrs+

"This diamond of a suburb, just waiting for a clean up!"

One of the last cheap suburbs located close to the city, previously occupied by a majority of housing trust residences, this is now changing with a majority of them being sold off to buyers seeking cheap housing. Many immigrants appear to have purchased in the area, with a number of new dwellings being erected on old housing trust sites.

Only a few years left and we should see a very popular suburb. Also a number of major redevelopments planned in the area which should see a vast improvement in the area.
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A great Place to live for families or young professionals"

This area is overlooked and undervalued. It has a multicultural feel with a true representation of modern Australia. There are a couple of nice parks in the area particularly off Le Hunte St. They are planning major redevelopment of the Islington Rail Yards which will include Bunnings and many other stores. It has an excellent pub on the corner of Northcote St and Churchill Road which has been tastefully renovated and serves good food. Prospect Road runs straight to the city via Nth Adelaide which only takes 10-15 mins with many caf'es across Regency Road.This is the last cheap suburb in Adelaide within 8 kms of the city.
Pros
  • Convenience to everything
Cons
  • Housing Trust in Kilburn North soon to be demolished
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5
2yrs+

"A redeveloping area, still a long way to go."

It’s changing. It needs to. Just north of Regency road across from prospect there is a lot to like about the location. But there is not a lot to like about Kilburn itself compared to prospect. Kilburn still has a lot of trust homes and a lot of low cost housing. Yes, it is changing and there are some amazing houses in there. I went for one and it quickly went out of my price range. Why I don't know. Yes, it was a lovely new house but the houses on the streets all around were not appealing. There would need to be a lot of work done to bring it up to standard.

It’s easy to get to the city down Churchill road, even if it’s not an attractive drive. There are buses and trains running.

There aren't a lot of night spots but it’s not far from the city and North Adelaide.

An area to watch but it not for me now.
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