The coun­try comes

There is de­mand for de­vel­op­ments not far from the city’s fringe, writes Ben Hyde.

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SOUTH Aus­tralians are em­brac­ing semi-ru­ral liv­ing, with de­mand pick­ing up for hous­ing de­vel­op­ments on Ade­laide’s out­skirts. Steady de­mand in north­ern ar­eas around the Barossa Val­ley and Gawler helped push up me­dian prices last year in such towns as Freel­ing, An­gas­ton, Wasleys and Gawler’s satel­lite sub­urbs.

East of the city, de­vel­op­ment is go­ing ahead at Mt Barker and Mur­ray Bridge as com­muters search for a tree change with­out head­ing north and south of the city.

Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of SA pres­i­dent Greg Nybo says many com­muters are happy to live up to an hour’s drive from the city if it is more affordable and of­fers de­sir­able life­style traits. ‘‘I think one of the big­ger at­trac­tions at some de­vel­op­ments has been the larger al­lot­ments,’’ he says.

‘‘With the North­ern Ex­press­way open­ing, it is a quick com­mute from places like Gawler and the Barossa Val­ley into the sub­urbs for em­ploy­ment.

‘‘Up at Mt Barker, you have the Hills life­style, the gums, the el­e­va­tions, that coun­try feel and all those things ring true at Mur­ray Bridge as well.’’

Mr Nybo says buy­ers re­ceive more bang for their buck in coun­try ar­eas.

‘‘It’s a great place to raise the kids and to live, and it’s affordable,’’ he says.

‘‘The price points aren’t as ex­pen­sive as metropoli­tan Ade­laide so that means you can get a big­ger block and big­ger home. A lot of peo­ple are at­tracted by the coun­try en­vi­ron­ment and val­ues, with the lo­cal footy club and a cou­ple of pubs.’’

Lanser Com­mu­ni­ties’ Freel­ing Es­tate and Ri­d­ley Mill es­tate at Wasleys are two ex­am­ples of coun­try hous­ing de­vel­op­ments lur­ing buy­ers with larger block sizes and a semiru­ral life­style. Blocks at Ri­d­ley Mill start at 1200sq m and range in price from $117,500 to $141,000. Freel­ing Es­tate blocks start from $107,500.

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