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Our top 10 lifestyle suburbs revealed

Australia’s top lifestyle suburbs* have been revealed in the latest report from including a State by State breakdown. So how did Adelaide Fair?

Taking into account access to education, parks, beaches and the CBD by car or public transport Adelaide is seeing a shift to the Coast when it comes to lifestyle suburbs, according to REA Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee.

“Beach side living is a lifestyle element for many buyers and what we’re seeing in South Australia is consistent with the rest of the country,” she said.

“That said, in the past, coastal suburbs were always further down the list. It’s more inner suburbs and the Adelaide Hills that we see strong demand for. But perhaps there is a generational shift as people have a greater affinity for the beach and are not as much hung up on historical homes and may want something a bit more modern.”

With seven coastal suburbs in the Top 10, Adelaide’s Coast is certainly the place to be. Here’s how the Top 10 came in…

1. North Brighton
Located on Adelaide’s southern beaches, 90 per cent of North Brighton residents have education facilities as well as parklands within 500m of their front doors, are less than 1km from the coast and only a 25 minute commute from the CBD.

2. Henley Beach South &

3. Henley Beach
Henley basks in a sunny, holiday-town atmosphere with relaxed family vibes and offers a diverse range of housing. Boasting cosmopolitan Henley Square, boutique shopping, quality public and private schools, eclectic Abyssinian, Greek and Thai eateries all just 10km from the city.

4. Glenelg
This progressive beach suburb is as old as the city of Adelaide gets, but offers youthful vibes, outdoor cafes, quality restaurants and a diverse stock of apartments, houses and units. Appealing to retirees, young and active locals not to mention travelling backpackers, Glenelg with a direct route to the City via Adelaide’s only Tram is the place to be when the sun comes out.

5. Kensington
The Kensington vibe is very ‘village’. Just a short hop from the CBD, Kensington attracts city workers, students and families. The Parade defines Kensington’s northern edge – a seductive strip of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs running into neighbouring Norwood. Another major drawcard is the tightly zoned Marryatville High School, the cream of Adelaide’s public schools.

6. North Adelaide
Older independents, couples and families comprise a hefty wedge of North Adelaide’s population, but there are plenty of young people here too: share-house students and downtown workers with go-get-‘em careers, lend the neighbourhood some youthful exuberance. Grand two-storey terraces, Victorian villas and contemporary townhouses dominate the leafy streetscapes with the occasional apartment complex introducing more affordable living to this popular city fringe locale.

7. Glenelg North
Bordering popular Glenelg, waterfront views are a huge drawcard of Glenelg North. With both Ocean & River frontage on offer for a variety of homes including state of the art multi-story residences to two bedroom apartments, water sports and recreational activities here are a must.

8. Black Forest
Adjacent the Village of Goodwood, Black Forest is a hidden gem located just 6km from the CBD. Boasting gorgeous character Villas, two-bedroom cottages, flats and modern townhouses plus a bustling village vibe, Black Forest is perfect for city professionals and savvy singles.

9. Semaphore
Semaphore’s white sands, family-friendly shallows and colourful foreshore make the ultimate beachside location. Combine this with Funky boutiques, cafes and famous ‘old salt’ pubs alongside century-old buildings, Villas and modern esplanade properties. It’s no wonder everyone loves Semaphore.

10. Seacliff
Elevated properties make the most of the exceptional coastal views Seacliff has to offer. Contemporary and Character homes can be found set along the foreshore and up over the cliff tops, in close proximity to public transport, quality schools and some fantastic local eateries.


*an ABS data standard called the Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2016 was used to calculate the distances within each suburb to these main lifestyle factors.


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