The best of both worlds
Nairne is a growing town that retains country appeal with city access, reports Lachlan Pryor.
NAIRNE is the perfect distance between the city and country, residents and real estate experts say. Nestled in the Adelaide Hills just outside Mt Barker, Nairne is about a 40-minute drive from the city centre but maintains the charm of a secluded country town.
Latest RP Data statistics show that in the 12 months to May, 92 homes were sold in Nairne and the median house price was $345,000.
There has been long-term growth in house prices, with a rise of 1.8 per cent in the past year, 13.5 per cent in the past three years and 46.8 per cent in the past five years.
The Mt Barker Council approved 1369 land use approvals between 2001 and 2010.
Homes still are being developed in Nairne, with 76 new allotments at the Fairmont Homesdeveloped Fox Hill and Oakford Homes releasing 29 allotments in Megan Circuit.
Ray White Mt Barker real estate agent Anthony Coleman says properties are selling well in Nairne.
‘‘Despite caution in the market, properties are still selling within realistic expectations,’’ he says.
‘‘The majority of the buyers are generally moving from within the Hills for different personal reasons. They may be upsizing or downsizing.’’
Mr Coleman says Nairne is one town in the area to maintain its country feel. ‘‘There is a lot of controversy with what’s happening with the development in Mt Barker and people are looking for something with more of a country town feel,’’ he says. ‘‘Nairne has this, along with more of balance between affordability and land size.’’
Mr Coleman says one of the main reasons for the consistency of sales in Nairne is the freeway connecting commuters to the city.
‘‘The demand in the market has been dramatically upgraded since the travel time has been cut,’’ he says.
‘‘About 40 minutes is really not a long way to travel compared to some people who live up north or down south.’’
Tricia Waters says her familiarity with country towns drew her to Nairne.
‘‘The actual town is like a small country town. Because we lived in Mannum, I was used to that
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Ms Waters, who works in Murray Bridge, says Nairne is a convenient location for people who want access to the hills and the city.
‘‘We chose Nairne because it was the same distance to drive from where I work at Murray Bridge and where I lived at Mannum,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s also so close to the city. It’s sort of like the halfway point. Either way, everything’s close by for me.’’ Ms Waters says she hopes to settle in Nairne. ‘‘I think I’ll stay here for a while and I think it will never lose its little town atmosphere,’’ she says.
Mt Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson says Nairne has wonderful history, which needs to be cherished, recorded and maintained. ‘‘It’s very accessible to the city but parts of it have more of an urban aspect to the rural side of the area,’’ she says.
Mt Barker Council services general manager Greg Parker says Nairne will continue to experience residential growth. ‘‘The recent Mt Barker Ministerial Urban Growth Development Plan Amendment re-zoned an additional 50ha of residential land for Nairne,’’ he says.
PERFECT LOCATION: Tricia Waters says living in Nairne has been convenient for commuting to work.