7.7 out of 10

Salisbury

Ranked 174th best suburb in Adelaide (Greater)
-34.7610691445801 138.634916052514
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Tourists

Reviews

1/5
Jul 29, 2017

"Gradual improvements in some parts, but will always remain the same"

Salisbury is a northern suburb in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia. Located approximately 35 minutes from the city centre, To introduce, Salisbury has become well-known as a place for high crime and unemployment. It has been notorious lately for bad drivers, as there have been many reports over the last few months of car crashes or killings in the area. The northern suburbs, such as Salisbury, tend to have a "stereotypical" behaviour of this and often can be offensive to some people.

To get the stereotypical but true personality of the area out of the way, Salisbury is located in the northern suburbs, and as this suggest, is a very dangerous suburb. Crime, murders, and assaults are one of the many forms of crime that do happen around here. The area still continues to remain sketchy and dodgy, I wouldn't feel safe driving or parking my car in the area without fearing if I would be attacked. The area can be pretty loud at times, especially with barking dogs and argumentative neighbours who don't really keep to themselves. There's always some sort of litter floating around the area, which is unpleasant. I think what you should be concerned with the most of Salisbury is your safety, especially at night time. If you need to do night-shifts in the area, be very careful as the gangs and dangerous people tend to hang out.

With amenities, Salisbury is close to local major shopping centres such as Hollywood Plaza (Salisbury Downs), Elizabeth City Centre (Elizabeth) and Munno Para Shopping City (Smithfield). Late night shopping in the centres could be an idea, but you'll just be more self-aware of yourself due to the many strange people you could come across, fearing for your safety of some shopping time of coffee time. Medical facilities and distance shouldn't be a problem, with Lyell McEwin Hospital at Elizabeth Vale. However, this can be a sketchy hospital at times. There are a few restaurants in Salisbury, with Asian Central, LB Vietnamese Food Dine In & Take Away and Maranello Cafe Restaurant to name a few, but you could head out to the shopping centres for other small eateries, too. There is quite a few parks around Salisbury to enjoy some time at the park, but once again, still being overly self-aware of your surroundings. Lastly, there are many but average schools around the Salisbury area, and to name a few are Salisbury North R-7 Primary School, Salisbury Park Primary School, Tyndale Christian School, Salisbury High School and Salisbury Preschool, all located very close by. There are train and public transport stations in Salisbury as well which gives you access to the city and the northern suburbs

In conclusion, Salisbury is not a recommended area for most types of people, unless it is the only option since the houses are so cheap. Salisbury North, Salisbury Plains and the others are pretty much the same too. Salisbury Heights is good, but lies close proximity to the sketchy Salisbury. If you need to live around these areas because of work or because you can't afford anywhere else, your best bets in the northern suburbs would be Golden Grove, Wynn Vale, Modbury Heights, Greenwith or Salisbury Heights. Mawson Lakes and Walkley Heights are also pretty cheap at times and mostly safe areas, especially Walkley Heights. If these don't suit your fancy, I recommend checking out the southern suburbs (more outer, but is closer to the city) such as Hallett Cove, Sheidow Park, O'Hallaron Hill, Seaford, those areas. You have the best beaches in Adelaide right at your doorstep and its very safe...with fresh air!
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Apr 25, 2017

"Village atmosphere with a lot to offer!"

While Salisbury often has been regarded as a typically stereotyped Northern suburb due to media and also the once prominent "housing trust house" stigma, Salisbury has grown so much since then, and continues to develop into such a vibrant place to live. And mind you, the "bogan" population do not simply exist in the northern suburbs, despite urban folklore.

With amenities so accessible, as well as access to a plethora of parks, sports facilities, clubs and groups, Salisbury is truly thriving. Within 25 minutes on the Adelaide Metro, you can arrive in the city, be it for work or to take advantage of the many things our capital has on offer. Parabanks Shopping Centre serves as the major shopping centre to Salisbury's CBS and is currently undergoing an 18 million dollar upgrade, including 20 more stores, such as Priceline, Radio Rentals etc. There is a nearby complex of various restaurants and shops in John Street and in the Cinema Complex including the recently opened Mobara Japanese Restaurant. Additionally St Jay's Recreational Centre is also receiving an update as well as several playgrounds, walking trails and roads within the area. Nearby Hollywood Plaza is another shopping centre nearby though it could use another major department store. What it does lack, however, is made up for at Elizabeth Shopping Centre 15 minutes away.

There are some very good schools in Salisbury area, including those in the public sector, just last year one of Salisbury High School student received an ATAR of 99%. Notable private schools are St Augustine Parish School, Bethany Christian School, Tyndale Christian School with Endeavour College and (the two best schools in the Northern area) Kings Baptist and Pedare Christian School a short commute away. Many of these schools offer extra support programs for new migrants. Some also host their own childcares and out of school hour facilities. Of course there are these facilities readily available in another parts of the suburb as well. The Salisbury Youth Council and Twelve25 Youth Enterprise support young people in the community to work, study or volunteer in their area. There are also 200 sporting clubs to chose from. There are cultural programs for migrants, support for the elderly etc. In the past few years, we have had some big events occurring throughout Salisbury that have drawn the crowds, such as The Salisbury Christmas Pageant and Fair, Australia Day Picnic, International Women's Day Breakfast, (The Fringe) Secret Garden Concert with Thirsty Merc and a plethora of other events including night time children's movies outdoors on the town green etc.

Housing here is quite affordable to buy; but not so much to rent. Like most of SA, the rental market is climbing and with it's proximity to Adelaide, I do believe at some point Salisbury will become quite expensive. You can get a nice house for under $300,000 here, something that is harder to do closer to the city, but it's the stigma that keeps the price low. Of course like all places, Salisbury has it's flaws, but there's so much good here as well. A wonderful community atmosphere, easily as inviting as many of the suburbs I have been to in the hills, like Hahndorf or Birdwood. Sure it does still have a stigma. Parking can sometimes prove problematic and we don't have a Kmart close by (there's one up at Tea Tree Plaza though.) We're still a community with a small-town atmosphere, where most people will say hello to you and where there are so many opportunities.
Pros
  • Small town-feel
  • Close to the city
  • Lots of events on
  • Afforable housing
  • Afforable schooling
  • Parks and Recreation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Up and on for Salisbury Downs"

With a combination of 2 bedroom units through to large and brand new luxurious homes, SALISBURY DOWNS offers many styles of living which will surely please even the hard to please!

Hollywood Plaza is a fantastic shopping centre, from big department stores to many specialised shops and services providing the essentials and for special occasions. Local transport is easy with buses heading through to Mawson Lakes Interchange or to the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I have lived here all my life"

I grew up in Salisbury North and moved with my family to Salisbury when I was 16. I attended local schools and went on the TafeSA and University. When my husband and I settled we settled in Salisbury to be close to family, work and for housing affordabilty. What we bought here would have cost us $50-$70,000 more in Port Adelaide five years ago (we bought in 2006).

There are good and bad schools in this area so do your reseach. A great deal has to do with the teaching staff and the prinicipal then just the area. There are good public schools and bad private schools whereever you go. There are more private schools popping up in the Salisbury Council area indicating the need and more affulent people moving to the area who put education first.

This is not the area if you want night life and designer shopping (more Big W, Target, Woolworths, Kmart, Coles and some boutique shops here) but it is great for families and retirees. Lots of Nursing homes popping up and retirment villages for active retirees who just don't want to manage big homes and yards anymore and want a community feel.

As a family we are blessed with great kindys, playgroups, sporting facilities (Parafield Gardens Rec and St Jays), gyms scattered throughout, public and private school and public transport. There are also lots of medical facilties, specalists and a hospital nearby.

So what about housing trust homes, half houses, semis...? These are mainly isolated to Salisbury North. Salisbury was established by John Harvery as an affulent suburb for growers and tradespeople/ professionals. The housing trust bought the land known as Salisbury North after it was used for Cabin homes to supply short term housing for factory workers during the war. The Salisbury community complained to council about how the semi detached housing had lowered the tone of Salisbury and when the housing trust requested more land they were refused...the result being Elizabeth and suburbs left of Main North Road such as Daveron Park, Elizabeth West, Elizabeth North, Smithfield, Smithfield Plains. Then the immigrants and ten pound poms came and the other side of Elizabeth/ Playford was developed into owner occupied housing.
Both Playford and Salisbury have tried and continue to try to redevelop these areas and are having some success but they will always have a stigma.

Salisbury itself is great and I wouldn't live anywhere else
Pros
  • Afforable housing
  • Afforable schooling
  • Parks and Recreation
Cons
  • Housing Trust homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
VanessaYangV
VanessaYangV Hi, thanks for your introduction. Do you know much about child care services here? Are there any bad ones that we should skip over? Thank you again
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live."

Salisbury is a great place to live. Amazingly close to super shops and schools and parks. Transport is exeptional
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5
2yrs+

"Low cost living in the northern suburbs"

Salisbury is a low-cost living area situated to the north of Adelaide. Adjacent to Elizabeth, it is just a 30 minute drive from the CBD.

Access to Adelaide is easy, with both a train line and bus routes offering multiple services every day.

The region is home many families, and offers a number of public schools (both primary and secondary). There are a number of large shopping complexes such as Hollywood Place, a huge choice of fast food, cinemas and a 10 pin bowling alley.

The area has struggled with high unemployment and crime at times, and offers a number of facilities for welfare.

There are also some quite nice areas of Salisbury too, with neat subdivisions and well-kept homes.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
DTT
DTT Salisbury is far out from the CBD and generally for the low income earners, immigrants, dolies or those who set up houses to grow dope. Sounds bad.... the drug growers and the dolies are at the lower end of the scale but it is best suited to those who want value for money on their purchase (current 700 sqm 3 bed home $270K - 2012), or as rentals. Not an inspirational suburb, and you may want to learn some martial arts prior to moving in.
2yrs+
nermal1
nermal1 Fine if you are also a New Migrant and didn't get time to check out what else was available before buying your first home in Australia but to be honest If You can within the first 10 to 15 years get out of there.I was just thinking the same money one buys a house in Salisbury or Elizabeth today used to get a home in the inner city thirty odd years ago now which today would be worth a cool million dollars.
2yrs+
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Best Streets in Salisbury

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Wall Court

3.5/5
"Nice quiet court, close to everything."
-34.7700273662 138.6447941884

Unranked Streets in Salisbury

"A reasonable street in Salisbury"
-34.76577 138.6276
"Friendly street, all home owners showing pride in their property, access to shops, public transport and schools."
-34.7636445545 138.6384421125
"Ok Place but Traffic is a Problem"
-34.7649593659 138.6548482269