An air of pres­tige

Her­itage homes and ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments come to­gether in an ideal set­ting, re­ports Ben Hyde.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Spotlight On Gilberton -

SET within walk­ing dis­tance of North Ade­laide and boast­ing some of Ade­laide’s most pres­ti­gious es­tates, Gil­ber­ton’s as­pi­ra­tional traits are easy to see. Tree­lined streets, large blocks and her­itage homes are syn­ony­mous with the city-fringe sub­urb. The sale of Ivan­hoe last year for more than $6 mil­lion was an in­di­ca­tion of the de­mand to crack into the tightly held sub­urb. Its me­dian house price last year jumped 21 per cent, to $940,000.

Gil­ber­ton also has come un­der the spot­light with the ap­proval of a high-den­sity apart­ment de­vel­op­ment on the for­mer Chan­nel 7 site.

City of Walk­erville Mayor Heather Wright says Gil­ber­ton is blessed with a de­sir­able lo­ca­tion and plenty of char­ac­ter.

‘‘It’s very close to the city and parts of it are along Lin­ear Park,’’ she says.

‘‘The up­per Gil­ber­ton area, which in­cludes Ed­win Tce, is long es­tab­lished and full of man­sions, which makes it very at­trac­tive.

‘‘Lower Gil­ber­ton fea­tures lots of lovely cot­tages, many of which have re­cently been done up and are beau­ti­ful lit­tle res­i­dences.’’

Mrs Wright says the many nearby ameni­ties also make Gil­ber­ton a great place to live.

‘‘Gil­ber­ton does have the ad­van­tage, even over Walk­erville, of be­ing much closer to Mel­bourne St and North Ade­laide, where there is a huge range of cof­fee shops and cafes,’’ she says.

‘‘An­other big ad­van­tage is the num­ber of qual­ity schools in the City of Walk­erville area, which are at­trac­tive op­tions for peo­ple when look­ing at their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘Lin­ear Park is such a won­der­ful as­set. There are bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties on the river and you have the abil­ity to walk into the city very quickly or cy­cle along the paths.’’

Pre­serv­ing the sub­urb’s grand es­tates, her­itage build­ings and com­mu­nity feel are high on the coun­cil’s agenda.

‘‘There is a long list of lo­cal her­itage and many of the houses are on that,’’ Mrs Wright says.

‘‘We are try­ing to main­tain the sense of char­ac­ter in the streetscapes as well.

‘‘Also, from a coun­cil point of view, Walk­erville has re­mained a small in­de­pen­dent coun­cil and the res­i­dents feel as if they are part of a com­mu­nity.’’

The $180 mil­lion 45 Park de­vel­op­ment on the for­mer Chan­nel 7 site last month was con­di­tion­ally ap­proved by Walk­erville Coun­cil. It fea­tures three build­ings of six to 10 storeys and will in­cor­po­rate 217 apart­ments.

Mrs Wright says some res­i­dents are wor­ried about the im­pact of the de­vel­op­ment.

De­vel­oper Water­sun’s pro­ject di­rec­tor, Mick O’Con­nor, says ap­proval of the de­vel­op­ment is a big step for­ward for ac­com­mo­dat­ing more peo­ple close to the city and ex­ist­ing ameni­ties.

‘‘Its prox­im­ity to the CBD on a transit cor­ri­dor means that many res­i­dents are likely to choose to walk or cy­cle along the Lin­ear Path or take pub­lic trans­port into the city,’’ he says.

‘‘We’re look­ing for­ward to bring­ing 45 Park Gil­ber­ton to the mar­ket this year and have re­ceived strong in­ter­est from po­ten­tial buy­ers at­tracted by its lo­ca­tion and the qual­ity of the pro­ject.’’

Jock Gil­bert Real Es­tate man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jock Gil­bert says Gil­ber­ton is high on Ade­laide’s list of top ad­dresses.

‘‘Ed­win Tce has some of the most gra­cious Vic­to­rian homes in the state that are tightly held and al­ways in strong de­mand,’’ he says.

‘‘The sub­urb will al­ways be a good test of our mar­ket as it has quite a broad spec­trum of prices from cheap­ish units around $300,000 to man­sions in ex­cess of $6 mil­lion.’’

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