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