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Blackwood

"Easy to the city, cloe to Flinders University"

Blackwood is a great area and is has the price to match. Up in the hills close to Flinders University, it has some of most beautiful scenery Adelaide has to offer.

Well located close to flinders University and only 20 minutes drive to the city and 10 minutes to Marion Blackwood has it all. It is also a place to see some wildlife. I've seen plenty of koalas and possums walking the streets so take care at night.

There is good public transport up here with the train and buses. There are also good local shops.
The night out locations is likely to be down at Marion rather than at the end of the street.

Blackwood is a hilly suburb and there can be a few windy and steep streets. Its beautiful country but if you're not keen on steep slopes Blackwood may not be for you.

Given it’s in the hills there can be a number of houses on split levels so you'll get stairs in your house. Perhaps a matter of choosing the right on in the right street if you don't want split level homes and stairs.

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Highbury

"parks, schools and some lovely homes"

Up lower northeast road, Highbury is well and truly into the foothills. For me it is a lovely area but I grew up in the foothills down south. There are well established gums, linear park is close by and there are plenty of other parks around.

There are plenty of nice family homes on good sized blocks around Highbury, but it’s not for anyone that will have trouble with steeper slopes. Homes are often on split levels being built on hills so it’s not the ideal retirement spot for retirees. However, good sized blocks and a history of families make it the ideal spot for family living.

Tea Tree Plaza isn't too far away and there are plenty of other shops near by. It is a well established area.

It’s a reasonable trip into the city but it’s not far from the Obahn making the trip in on public transport probably quicker than taking the car. It’s easy to get down to the city.

Nightlight is limited out here but it’s a family area. There are some places to get out and eat.
A great place for young families

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Paradise

"Obahn to the city in a matter of minutes"

The suburb that lends its name to the Paradise interchange for the obahn is a nice area for families. Lining Linear Park there is plenty to do and with the obahn right there getting to the city or tea tree plaza is a breeze.

The houses tend to be the 3 bedroom cream brick homes built in the 70's and 80's making it a good family area.

The blocks are a good size, the streets are lined with Australian natives and it has a generally good feel about it. It is what I would call a typical Australian family suburb.

It’s not far to Newton shops, or Gilles Plains so getting the essentials is easy.

There isn't much of a nightlife but you can easily get out for a good night into the city or across to Norwood or north Adelaide.

A good area for families.

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Marden

"Tree lined streets in a great location"

Marden is a nice area. Not far from Linear park and close to the city, there is a lot to offer.

The shops service the area well and there is even a Dan Murphy's for a good range of beers and wines that you simply can't get anywhere else.

Public transport services the area well and it is a really quick trip into the city down Payneham road.
There is the local pool not far away and the local library which makes Marden a great place to be.

There are some nice takeaways in Marden as well as some restaurants close by. There is even a basketball stadium close by.

The streets are quiet and attractive making this an appealing area.

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Agreed.One thing many of you overlook is the O'Bahn Buses out of Klemzig into the City that in good traffic conditions especially during peak hour work out that little bit faster than a Payneham Rd Service.

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Tranmere

"A good area for families and young professionals alike"

A feature of Firle is its shopping centre, proximity to the city and easy living. In the inner east it really is a nice area.

There are some newer houses and townhouses as well as a few older houses.

Firle is close to the city and the trip in is quite easy and quick. It is also not too far from Norwood with its wealth of eateries and shops, as well as the Cinema and bars.

In off the main streets it is quiet and feels nice and secluded.

Firle is a nice area for young families and young couples and singles that want the proximity to the city and Norwood but can't afford the suburbs that little bit closer in in the east.

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Windsor Gardens

"A hidden gem being redeveloped in a great location"

A hidden gem that is being redeveloped. Just up Northeast road past Klemzig there were a lot of trust homes in here. A few nice rises and fall in the area makes it seem like you are in the foothills. It’s well established and nice and green. While there are still some unattractive streets and a few old trust homes they are definitely in the minority now. There are a lot of new courtyard homes which have been well built and have made the area much for attractive.

There are also some amazingly attractive areas with 3 bedroom homes.

There is a bus route that runs through Windsor Gardens and Northeast road provides a good run into the city.

It’s an easy drive to the city and there is easy access to both Klemzig and paradise stations on the Obahn making the trip into the city really quick.

There are a few good shops close by and even a stadium for indoor cricket and netball.

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A hidden gem hey? Well that depends on were you live. I personally haven't seen that 'hidden gem'. Overpriced in my opinion!

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Walkerville

"Green, beautiful and close to everything - when can I move in?"

One of the premier locations in Adelaide. There is a reasonable blend of houses around from the lovely Tudors on big blocks to the units and townhouses. All of which are maintained and the roads are nice and wide. Walkerville shops service the area well although there isn't that big supermarket in the area.

Walkerville backs up against a great part of Linear park which makes for a nice walk run or ride. However, it’s equally nice to ride, walk and run in Walkerville itself with its tree lined streets and beautiful houses.

Walkerville is within walking distance of the city and it’s not a long walk, maybe 25 minutes.
However, for all its benefits you will definitely pay for it. It is one of the most expensive areas in Adelaide.

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Hampstead Gardens

"Some potential but it needs a lot of work."

Good location, good shops and good public transport. But it is an ugly ugly area. Old trust homes and some badly planned courtyard homes on split blocks..

There is a bit to like about Greenacres, the location is the main one. It really is close to the city. Could be a 10 minute trip in.

There are some good takeaways around and the shops are the best collection in the immediate area. There are also schools and parks close by.

Despite its good points there are too many old wood trust homes that have been poorly maintained and the lawns don't get mowed. For the most part it’s as though nobody has any pride in their home. It doesn't feel overly safe and there are too often domestics spilling onto the street.

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greenacresrocks

I think an elderly population live in the older homes but keen eyed developers are buying up the older places and building some terrific new homes. In my time living there domestic problems were never a problem, but i may have been lucky. Find it a great place to raise a family. So close to the city and reasonably priced, remember that it's not Unley Park, but it's affordable for families and a great sense of community.

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Northfield

"Adjacent Northgate is all I can say"

Trust homes and some very unattractive streets let you know you've stepped out of Northgate and into Northfield. It has a lot of potential. With Northgate right next door and Lightsview coming online Northfield could be the next big thing in the inner North but most of the homes will have to go.

It is well serviced by public transport and it’s easy to get into the city down Hampstead Road. It could be done in as little as 10 minutes. North Adelaide isn't far away so a night out for a drink or a meal is an easy trip.

However, the houses are old and run down and many of them are only good for knocking down to use the prime real estate.

If you want all that Northgate has to offer but can't afford it, Northfield could be a good alternative.

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stevenp17

I grew up there before Northgate, Lights view, Oakden where added
(68-86) great suburb to grow up in lit of changes. No train from Northfield to city anymore)

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Clearview

"Some good potential here."

A reasonable area not too far from the city and well serviced by public transport. There are some real hidden gems in here. Different from some surrounding areas because it has a few hills. This makes it very appealing for people that like the feel of the hills but don't want to be that far out.

The streets are quiet and have some good well established gums giving the area a good feel.
It’s an easy drive into the city or North Adelaide for a night out or work.

It hasn't gone through a full revitalisation but it is certainly happening. There are some newer houses going up on old blocks and the beautiful older houses are being redone. An area to watch out for.

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Port Adelaide

"A lot to like, a lot of potential but it hasn't realised it yet. Give it time."

Supposedly undertaking a redevelopment, Port Adelaide could be one of the premier locations in Adelaide. It’s an easy trip into the city down Port Road. The Port River although functional could also be a beautiful spot. St Vincent street is the main shop district and it’s a nice looking street. It could easily form the foundation for a great 'village' out from the city.

There are a lot of older houses and row cottages here that aren't all that attractive and haven't been as well maintained as they could have. There are also some good sized houses around the place.
There are no worries with shops at Port Adelaide as there are some great butchers, fruit and veg places and other shops that provide some of the best value in Adelaide.

There is a lot to like about Port Adelaide; it’s just a pity the Newport Quays development hasn't lifted the rest of Port Adelaide up as it was supposed to. It will but it hasn't happened yet.

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Ferryden Park

"A nice suburb surrounded by some ordinary areas"

Ferryden Park is a newish suburb just to the north of Grand Junction Road in Adelaide's North West. There are some nice parks around and the streets are well laid out. The houses are all new in a newish area and so it’s worth a look.

Public transport is ok but not as good as some areas around town but it is there and there is a reasonable coverage.

It’s not too far from the city and it’s pretty easy to get to the city from here for that night out or work.
The downside for is its proximity to some more industrial areas and the surrounding area aren't overly attractive or appealing. Ferryden park is in a way a nice area in an ordinary location.

I looked at buying here, but the public trasnport coverage and neighbouring areas put me off.

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liladespa

Good review, but the area is changing. Seems to me that young professionals are replacing the 1950s baby boomers and older retirees who used to own here and almost all the houses are modern looking and the place well-landscaped so the neighbouring areas don't matter as much as they'll be the next to change, given the scope of the Westwood urban renewal project.

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Enfield

"A older area yet to boom"

North of the city in an older area there is a bit to like about Enfield. It is a bit further out than expected but there are some beautiful older houses around and the streets are quite nice as well.

Enfield is a bit like prospect except it hasn't really taken off yet. It will and is in the process of doing so.
It is quite well serviced by public transport, especially if you can get to the main roads.

It’s not far from Prospect shops and the shops at Sefton Plaza and it really isn't too far to North Adelaide and the city.

The proximity to the city makes it appealing to young families that don't want to be too far out.

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Belair

"Beautiful country with some aeras having stunning views"

Wildlife, Belair National Park and huge gums. This is a bit of the country in the suburbs.

It get cold here in the winter so be warned but the summer is much cooler as well.

Transport isn't too bad and it is quite easy to get into the city once you get down the hill - straight down Unley road.

It’s pretty easy to get to the local shops, Unley road isn't far away and the city isn't either. The combination of lifestyle and proximity to the city makes this a good place to be. However, its not for anyone that is afraid of heights and roads that hug hill sides.

There are plenty of good sized blocks with three bedroom homes around making it a great place for families. But watch them on those first bike rides and it can get a little steep in places

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Kersbrook

"An idyllic location"

An idyllic location although being in the hills it’s a little up and down. There are some great spots at Chain of Ponds including wonderful wineries with great restaurants. Some of the best food and wine you can get anywhere in Adelaide at reasonable prices. I have had some of the best Gnocchi I have had anywhere was in Chain of Ponds.

You're not likely to find you standard sized block out here, its more about land, and it’s going to be a reasonable spot for growing grapes.

There is no transport out here so you'll need to drive. The roads are of good quality but the trip back to Adelaide has a lot of bends and corners so it’s not fast.

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Warradale

"A nice green area"

This is a nice area down south. Close to the beach and Marion there is a bit to like. It is also a bit more 'green' than its neighbours with number more trees lining the street giving it a cooler feel.

Public transport services the area well with trains and buses, and it’s not a long drive into the city.

There is a good blend of houses in here with plenty of townhouses for younger people or people looking to downsize.

Being so close to Marion centre there are plenty of places to get out and have a night out, be it to have a meal or a few drinks.

The streets are quiet and well laid out with schools and pools close by

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SueBe

I have lived in Warradale now for 8 years and love it. 2 minutes to the beach or shops of Glenelg without the noise. 2 minutes in the other direction to Marion Shopping centre and cinemas, Choice of the Marion outdoor pool or the new Aquatic centre. Easy access to the city, bus, tram and train all nearby. Great dog park local too

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Kilburn

"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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Nailsworth

"Amazing suburb that hasn't quite hit its peak"

Another area on the wish list. I love Nailsworth. Good size blocks, wide streets, beautiful old houses and its close to the city. However, other people have started to discovered it and the prices are on the up.

There are plenty of shops close by, at Sefton Park and across the road. There is a library, good school and a toy library so it ticks all the boxes for young families. I'm here every second week for the toy library and cannot recommend the area enough for its feel.

My only concern would be how close you end up to Main North Road; this is a BUSY road and carries a lot of traffic at high speed. But back from the road it is quiet and beautiful.

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St Peters

"Leafty, close to the city and to Linear Park"

Very close to the city and close to Linear Park this is a great spot. It is beautiful to walk or ride around in St Peters but it is expensive so beyond most people. Even the units and apartments here are expensive.

I like St Peters and it would be on the wish list to buy. It’s very easy to get into the city by car or bus and there is a good selection of houses. You can get units, old houses and newer houses in here and they all seem to blend well.

There is a child care centre/kindergarten in close by and the shops and other services are great including some medical services.

Being close to the city its a good spot for people that want to get out for a good night out or dine in the city, but its too expensive for most people that want to party. This makes it a quiet idyllic area.

For shopping, across to Stepney, the city, Norwood, up to Marden, across to Prospect, the choices are endless and all within 5 minutes.

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Pretty Handy for Everything St Peters.You can even connect via a 174 Bus to Paradise to get a Track BUS TO Tea Tree Plaza for shopping if going into the Eastern Suburbs or the City is not your thing.

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Joslin

"If you want green, this is the spot"

Wide streets, Linear park and close to the city this suburb has a lot to offer. And it has the price tag to match.

There is a good blend of old houses and new old looking houses and units in Joslin so there is a bit for everyone. You will be sure to find what you want, just be prepared to pay for it.

There are plenty of parks and Linear Park is close by for a run, walk or ride. It is one of the greenest areas around along with neighbouring St Peters.

The city is within walking distance, as are some good pubs and specialty shops.

The down side for me is the units and apartments have been done in a very unappealing and unattractive cream brick. The plus side is they are usally well hidden behind some great trees.

There is good public transport being so close to the city. But, why bus when you can walk along Linear Park?

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