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Manningham

"A bit of everything for everyone"

Collinswood is a mixed bag for me. Close to the city and well established this should be one of the premier suburbs of Adelaide but to me it falls down a bit. Perhaps it is the ABC building, perhaps it is the units or perhaps it’s the streets themselves. Don't get me wrong, I would love to live here and know people that do and it is lovely. It’s quiet, close to the city and has some lovely houses. But there are a few places in Collinswood that seem to bring the rest of the suburb down.

Transport is easy with buses along Northeast road but if you're energetic you could easily walk to Adelaide city or North Adelaide for a meal or a night out.

Prices in Collinswood would now be out of reach for all but a few, but for me if you have that much to spend I think there are probably better places to go. If you want to buy here you could easily build yourself a quiet little oasis, one that is well sought after, including by me.

A great spot but I'm not sure...

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Prospect

"A wonderfula area that is still improving"

A great inner city location that is still on its way on the up. It is getting more a more expensive in here and in many ways it is still worth it. Depending on the street, you could be in the most beautiful street in Adelaide that betters its rivals in the inner east and south east or just another inner northern suburbs street.

Prospect road is a great street for a lot of things and has some wonderful little cafes and restaurants.
I have long looked at trying to buy in Prospect but it has forever been just beyond my reach and will only get furtehr out of reach for many.

The blocks are often of a good size and the older houses are stunning. However, while many have been restored there are still a number that need a bit of work.

Prospect has some great facilities close by and some good schools. However, crime is still a problem here. It often features in the Messenger for the wrong reasons.

It is close to the city and well serviced by public transport so if you work in the city this is a great spot. Eastern suburbs lifestyle but without the price tag...yet.

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Broadview

"A great suburb close to the city"

A great inner city location that is still on its way up. The houses in here are beautiful and the streets wide and tree lined. This has long been on my wish list.

There is good public transport service here and it is a short trip into the city.

The prices are continuing to rise in here as more and more people realise the value on offer. Good size blocks and older houses.

There aren't masses of good places to eat or drink in Broadview but Prospect Road isn't far away and neither is the city.

Nightspots are all in the city so the area is a quiet one. For the families with young kids there are parks and playground and a toy library nearby with are worth joining.

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One Tree Hill

"Great little town not too far from the bright city lights"

A quaint little town well out from central Adelaide this is the spot for a tree change. You are more likely to see a roo on your travels than youngsters looking for trouble.

A great spot for retirees and families with young children. But it’s not for people with older kids as they'll get bored.

The closest major shops are at Elizabeth and Tea Tree Plaza and the places to eat are a bit of a drive away too. However, One Tree Hill is a good spot to be for me.

While you can get some places on standard blocks a lot of places in the area are likely to come with a bit of land so be prepared for the upkeep and stay alert to bushfires.

One Tree Hill has also become popular recently with wineries planting vines, making for a lovely site. Public transport is non-existent out here so the only way into the city is to drive or to drive to Tea Tree Plaza and the obahn.

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Uleybury

"I love it here, the ideal tree change."

Well and truly out of the city but still within 40 minutes drive, this is tree change material. It is quiet and peaceful and there is a good chance you will see a roo in your top paddock. That's right, paddock, you won't be here on a standard block.

Wide open spaces and beautiful landscapes make this a great spot. However, it is certainly not the spot for the youngsters looking for a spot to go out. There are no nightspots and it’s a long trip to get anywhere.

Tea Tree Plaza and Elizabeth are the closest major shops. so if you need it its within 20 minutes.

There are some great places to eat around the place but you need to be prepared for a bit of a drive, so no drinking.

It’s not too far from the Barossa making it an ideal spot for wine lovers and it’s not unusual to see vines in the area. So if you want to plant a few vines this could be the spot.

Not for families with older kids who are ready to go out on the town, but young children and retirees would love the rural lifestyle not too far out of the city.

The downsides, if you can all them that. No mains water, so you're on tank which of course all the hosues have and they are of course all plumbed. No mains gas. In a potential fire area but work with the neighbours to limit the risk in the area and you're set.

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West Croydon

"A top spot recently rediscovered by some"

My sister lived here for a while and it was a great place to visit. Parks, wide streets and old houses made for a very appealing area. The run into the city is fast and there is reasonable public transport. Shops aren't too far away and neither are schools and some reaonable places to get soemthing to eat.

The streets are quiet and tranquil and I think recently it has been noticed as a good place to be. There has been a bit of an injection of new people into the area revitalising it and some older houses and blocks have made way for newer courtyard homes.

I have seriously considered buying in here but now I fear I may have missed the boat. A great place for young families.

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Alberton

"Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised...I was"

A surprisingly pleasant area to walk around. Alberton has a bad reputation, probably solely because it is home to the working class Port Adelaide Footy Club. But the streets have lovely old gums, are nice and wide with plenty of street parking. I've spent a lot of time down this way at various times. Coming to the oval to play or watch its always looked ok. But having recently gone back after so long, I was surprised how good the vibe was, how safe I felt with my kids. I think this is a great area ready to go boom.

It’s not far from the developing Port Adelaide area with plenty of shops and markets. It’s also an easy drive down Port Road into the city. There are some wonderful shops down at the Port so you should be able to get everything cheaply and of a high quality.

In can get a little busy around Alberton Oval on game days but not as bad as it once was.
I think this is an area to watch, as my last visit I was pleasantly surprised. One for families, dobn't dismiss it because it's Alberton...

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I agree rulesix a great place to live!

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Woodville West

"Full of character homes - this will be the next big boom suburb"

Not a bad spot but it’s not for me. It is an older area and it hasn't received that new injection of people to make it that 'place to be'. There are still a lot of older people in the area and it shows in the gardens and houses. They are all starting to look a bit run down.

I looked for houses over here for a while because it is one of the last places you can get character homes, on good sized blocks at reasonable prices. It just looked to be to much work for me.

In terms of location it is pretty good. Not far from the Port and Arndale making shops in easy reach. It’s not far from the city and the ride down port road is easy and quite short.

However, the local places to go aren't much to write home about and probably are best avoided at this stage. There hasn't been that revitalising effect.

Despite the negative, they are older houses that could be something great and they are on larger blocks. It will just take a bit of work and you may have to put up with a bit until there is that fresh injection of young families.

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Marion

"A suburb with a lot to offer but some work to do."

Marion is not an attractive area but it has a lot to offer. Just about every street I have seen in Marion lacks the trees lining the road, someone simply forgot all those years ago. Sure there are some majestic gums around but from what I've seen Marion lacks that green feel.

The roads are wide and the blocks are a good size. There are also a good number of units and townhouses in the area so there is a bit for everyone. Although, given its proximity to Marion Centre it is slightly overpriced in the area in my opinion.

Marion Centre, in nearby Oaklands Park, offers everything you could need, from shops, to great places to eat and some good night spots and a big cinema. Marion Centre is the best suburban shopping centre in Adelaide.

It is a short trip to the beaches, including Glenelg and with MarionCcentre a public transport hub it’s easy to get around. There is a frequent bus that runs across to Flinders University. The buses into the city and to Flinders run often and on time. Marion almost has it all.

However, you do pay for what you get; it is usually much more expensive than the surrounding areas.

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Port Noarlunga

"THE best beach in Adelaide...bar none"

You wouldn't always associate anything with Noarlunga with anything nice. However, Port Noarlunga has a lot to offer. The beach is the best in Adelaide in my opinion. It has a bit for everyone. You can go out to the reef to snorkel, you can head down the beach a bit for some great surf and if you just want to hang out the reef protects the main beach of white sands from the surf. For the fishermen, there is plenty on offer as well.

Noarlunga centre isn't far away, and there are great places to eat and drink.

The houses in the area are a bit of a mixed bag. You could find your self with something that looks like little more than a shack, but it will be beach front, or you could end up with a wonderful family home.

There is a tendency for a bit of hoon activity down this way but it has improved along with the property values as more and more people look for something close to the city.

Transport is a bit trickier out here but get to Noarlunga centre and you’re set with trains and buses.

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Glenelg
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"a thriving beachside suburb."

The most attractive of the seaside suburbs in Adelaide. There are streets lined with pines giving it a cool feel during the summer. The beach is one of the best in Adelaide, wide expanses of white sands and blue sea.

The nightlife is great down at Glenelg with plenty of places to eat and drink so you are guaranteed of a good night out. Add to that the biggest and best public new years party and those that are out for a good time will be in their element. If you want to get into the city the tram will have you there in 25 minutes and the drive is an easy one.

The downside is if you are too close to jetty road it will be busy year round but especially in summer and weekends. However, as you move back away from Jetty road it gets quieter making it a great place to be. Despite being quieter, the streets will ever be full of cars as people froma round Adelaide park where they can to get to this pristine beach.

There are big blocks and old houses making it the best spot for everyone from singles to retirees.

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Colonel Light Gardens

"Heritage listed area with a lot to offer"

A small and odd shaped suburb but a real highlight of the southern suburbs. It is certainly a sought after area and with good reason. Tree lined wide streets, not far from the city with heritage listing across the entire suburb. For some that may be a negative but the houses have a wonderful feel and one of the reasons the area is so sought after is the fact there are so many lovely old houses there.

I really like Colonel Light Gardnes, it is well serviced by plublic transport and nice and close to the city. Set up as a 'garden suburb' it is one of the greenest you'll find.

Good sized blocks and close to the city, it’s a great spot. It will be too expensive for many but if you have the dollars it would be on the highly recommended list.

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Daw Park

"Good for young professionals"

Daw Park has a good blend of houses but there are a lot of units in the area making it affordable for the new home buyer. However, a lot of them are cream brick and a tad uninspiring. I looked a lot here while looking for units and it always felt a bit off to me. Perhaps it was the streets with rows and rows of cream brick units.

Being close to the city with good public transport service it’s easy to get into the city so it is perfect for the young professional and couples. But is not a spot for someone looking for a beautiful house on a beautiful street.

There are some nice streets in Daw Park making it a reasonable buy, however, if you are looking for a house, with so many units around, this would not be my first choice.

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Clapham

"Onece you get away form the main roads its a nice area"

If you were just passing by Clapham on the main roads you wouldn't think much of it. However, it’s not far from the city and off the main tracks it really is a lovely area. There are tree lined streets and some lovely older houses making the area full of charm.

There is easy access to Marion and Unley road so there are plenty of shops to buy what you need.
It is well serviced by public transport, predominantly buses, making the trip over to Flinders University, Marion and the city very easy. The train could also be an option depending on where you are in Clapham.

It’s still affordable for what it is and where it is, although it’s getting a bit expensive for a lot of people.

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Plympton Park

"A great area for families"

I like South Plympton. There are some great shops nearby and it’s an easy trip into the city. It’s also a short trip to Glenelg and Marion but far enough away from all three to make it affordable.

The blocks are a good size making for nice roomy living and a bit of a veggie patch if you like gardening. Nice wide streets and not too much traffic make for a great place for families, especially with young children.

My sister lives in South Plympton and lives it. It’s nice and flat making for an easy walk around the street and there is a gym nearby if you want to work out. It feels safe

The only downside for me is the lack of established trees lining the streets. so it can feel a little hot in summer. They have been planted so in time this will be one of the best areas of Adelaide.

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Plympton Park

"An older area great for families"

Between the city and the surf this is a great spot. There are a number of older houses in the area as well as a few newer houses. The blocks in the area are of a good size.

While a reasonable distance out of the city its really only 15 minutes in straight down Anzac highway. This still makes for an affordable area, especially given its proximity to the city and Glenelg.
Public transport, tram or bus, services the area well. A lot of the buses through here are limited stop making the trip into the city very quick.

You can get what you need at the local shops and Marion, the city and Glenelg aren't far away.
If you’re looking for a night out then Glenelg or the city are the spots to go and easy to get to. It won't cost much for a cab home.

It is very flat around Plympton park and there aren't a lot of established trees lining the streets so in the summer it can feel a bit hot.

A great spot for families.

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Plympton

"Ready for revitalising"

Between the city and the surf this is a great spot for those that like a bit of both worlds. There are a number of older houses in the area which makes it appealing for those that like a bit of history. Good sized blocks and far enough out of the city to make it affordable for a lot of people.
There are still a number of older people in the area which gives it a nice friednly and safe feeling.
It's easy to get into the city and down to the bay either by car or public transport, tram or bus. A lot of the buses through here are limited stop making the trip into the city very quick
There are plenty of shops near by making it easy to get what you need and the bay and the city aren't far away for whatever isn't close by. Marion isn't far either.
It is very flat around Plympton and there aren't a lot of established trees lining the streets so in the summer it can feel a bit hot.
A great spot for families.

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Lower Mitcham

"A great area close to the city and everything else you could want"

Similar to Mitcham it is close to the city and well serviced by public transport. Lower Mitcham is starting to get a bit of rise and fall as the flats of Adelaide rise up into the Adelaide Hills but its mostly flat.
I like Lower Mitcham, its a bit cheaper than Mitcham and so a bit easier to get in.
Windy Point restaurant is just up the hill for a great night out and beautiful views of the lights of Adelaide.
The houses are old and some are starting to show their ages but the blocks are large and it is well worth the money.
Lower Mitcham is a great spot for families and young couples but would suit retirees and singles as well that want proximity to the city but the feel of a well established suburb. I have looked in here numerous times and often come across a nice house ready for renovation but with two small children renovating is not for me, I'll let you renovate and I'll come and buy the house when you're done.

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Mitcham

"A great palce for a lot of people in a fabulous location"

Mitcham is an older well established area to the south of Adelaide. The old houses are beautiful and the streets are wonderful.
Unley road with its wealth of shops is close by and it’s not far from the city. There are also good quality local shops and Marion isn't too far away.
It is well serviced by public transport including the bus and train, a rarity in many areas. The main roads around here are reduced to a crawl in peak hour traffic but you'd be home already if you lived here.
There are a plenty of places to get out for a drink or a meal including the Edinburgh, the ever popular local pub.
Some of the houses can be a bit run down but if you can get one of those it’s a great area to be in.
Tree lined streets, close to the city and well serviced by public transport. If you can afford it Mitcham is a great place to be.

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Fullarton

"One of my favourite areas"

Fullarton is one of the best suburbs in Adelaide. It is close to the city, close to the shops, close to Unley and Parkside and it has the benefit of some beautiful streets.
Public transport services the area really well although the buses can get very full as they run down Glen Osmond road. But why catch the bus when you could walk for 20 minutes and be right in the middle of the city?
Around the corner are some great restaurants including some of the best Indian Adelaide has to offer.
The city is close so getting out at night is easy but there are a few good pubs around the corner if you want something closer.
There is a great blend of houses from units and townhouses up to larger houses on good sized blocks that are the envy of Adelaide. It is ideal for everyone.

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