Adelaide Suburb Guide

ADELAIDE

MAWSON LAKES

(12kms north of Adelaide CBD)

Mawson Lakes is a recently built suburb. It is designed for optimum convenience and is filled with new brick homes.  The property prices are in the medium range and residents can choose between apartments, townhouses and stand-alone properties with yards.  Public transport is adequate; however, most residents prefer to use cars.  The people who live in Mawson Lakes are the full range of professionals, students (the University of South Australia is here), couples and families.

What makes Mawson Lakes special is it’s been specifically designed and built with humans in mind.  It contains everything a suburb needs: a community-oriented shopping plaza, running track, corporate buildings and plenty of recreational parks and open areas.  If you like living in an organised space where everything works, this is the suburb for your family.

The schools in the area are:

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

Mawson Lakes School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Average

Endeavour College

Co-ed

Secondary

Private

Above Average

Overall, this suburb is for those families who like the feel of planned living and ‘newness’.  There are many people with English as a second language living here, giving it a community feel.

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NORTH ADELAIDE

(3kms north of Adelaide CBD)

North Adelaide is cosmopolitan.  Established and old, the streets are leafy and wide, the architecture has a colonial feel and the housing ranges from small apartments to full-sized homes.  Public transport is excellent, being so close to the city, but street parking can be tight.  Property prices in North Adelaide can range greatly according to what type of property you’re looking for and residents are professionals, couples, families and artistic-types.

North Adelaide stands out for its boutique shopping, cafes, 14 pubs, restaurants and assorted retail.  There is a private hospital and the University of Adelaide is walking distance, so there is a large student population.  Another of North Adelaide’s attributes are the city parks that surround the suburb so exercising and outdoor activities are easy to access.

The schools in the area are:

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

North Adelaide Primary School

Co-ed

Primary

Public

Above Average

St Dominic’s Priory College

Girls

K-12

Private

Substantially Above

North Adelaide has a village feel.  It’s a place of many different groupings that generally accept each other.  If you’re the type who likes inner city living with a community character, this is the suburb for you.

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ATHELSTONE

(10kms from Adelaide CBD)

Athelstone is made for raising families.  Located in the foothills of the Adelaide Hills, it boasts large, established blocks with generous homes and quiet, wide streets. The property prices are reasonable and you can buy an existing house or build a home of your dreams on the new blocks.  Public transport is adequate but most people prefer to drive.  Families and retirees are most likely to live here.

There is a small local shopping village for convenience and large shopping centres are only a short drive away.  For outdoor activities, residents are boarded on all sides by the River Torrens, the Adelaide Hills, Wadmore Park and several other recreational parks.   It’s a suburb that encourages health and well-being.

The schools in the area are:

School Name

Gender

Group

Classes

Public/

Private

NAPLAN results

Athelstone Junior Primary School

Co-ed

R-2

Public

No accessed

Athelstone Primary School

Co-ed

3-7

Public

Average

St Ignatius College

Co-ed

R-12

Private

Substantially Above

Thorndon Park Primary School

Co-ed

R-7

Public

Below Average

This suburb an excellent choice for new migrant families to Australia.  It’s only ten kilometres from the CBD but feels like a country town and it allows children space to run.

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