The Adelaide property market is running hot, thanks to an influx of buyers from the unaffordable east-coast capitals. If you love the clean, green lifestyle and have been eyeing of the South Australian capital for a possible tree change, we’ve found the top five suburbs for nature lovers in Adelaide – but you’d better get in quick, before the market leaves you behind!
Glenelg is a real seaside paradise, 11 kilometres south-west of the Adelaide CBD. The sandy beaches are the ideal spot to laze away the summer days, and there are plenty of gorgeous walks and bike tracks to keep you amused during the cooler months.
Set off from Holdfast Marina on a dolphin-spotting adventure, or let the kids run wild on the amazing playground at Wrigley Reserve while you sip on a coffee from one of the many nearby cafes. With a median house price of $900,000, it’s pricey by Adelaide standards, although units are more affordable and should leave you with plenty of change from half-a-million dollars.
Another beachside oasis, Semaphore offers residents a glimpse into Adelaide’s charming past, perfectly blending old-world nostalgia with quirky modern living. The long, grassy foreshore has waterslides and a fabulous old carousel, circa 1920s, and the shallow waters make it a safe spot to take the kids for a dip. Hipsters will feel right at home in the many organic, wholefood cafes, while beer connoisseurs have several historic pubs to choose from.
Semaphore is 14 kilometres from the CBD, on the LeFevre Peninsula, and travel into the city is a breeze, with regular buses running through the suburb, as well as trains from nearby Glanville station. The median house price is $625,000 in this family-friendly suburb for nature lovers.
Right beside the picturesque Adelaide Park Lands, North Adelaide is one of the most prestigious locales in the City of Churches, with a median house price of $915,000, and it’s a must-see suburb for nature lovers. The entire suburb is enveloped by the Parklands north of the River Torrens, where there are seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.
Check out Rymill Park, with its gorgeous tree-lined bridge, or Possum Park, where you’ll find the Adelaide Golf Links. For the sport lovers, Denise Norton Park has all the cricket, tennis and swimming facilities you could ever need, and children can’t get enough of the Bush Magic playground.
The tiny suburb of Mount Osmond, high in the Mount Lofty Ranges, is a real hidden gem, just five kilometres from the centre of town. On the weekend, you can explore old mineshafts or take a stroll through one of the many walking trails to Waterfall Gully or Cleland Wildlife Park.
There’s also an exclusive gold course, if you enjoy a put. Public transport options are limited, but you can always dust of the old bike and ride into work along the bike track which runs alongside the South Eastern Freeway. The median house price is a touch over $700,000, but the amazing views and serene, secluded lifestyle make Mount Osmond well worth the investment.
The German-inspired town of Hahndorf is technically in the Adelaide Hills, but at just 28 kilometres from the CBD it’s a great spot for nature lovers who need to commute – especially those who are accustomed to trekking into town from the outskirts of Melbourne or Sydney! From the quaint, historic buildings to the eclectic craft and antique shops on Main Street, it’s easy to see how Hahndorf has become one of South Australia’s premier tourist destinations.
It’s a mecca for foodies, and home to the Beerenberg family farm where some of Australia’s most delicious jams and sauces are made. You can even tour the strawberry patch and pick your own fruit! Some of the spectacular natural wonders in Hahndorf include Pioneer Memorial Park, great for picnics, and Alec Johnston Park, with a water fountain splash pool the kids will love! The median house price in Hahndorf is just $595,000, making it the perfect place for a young family to put down roots.