Crafers liv­ing a green dream

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - The Crescent, Crafers - TOM DOUGHERTY

BE­ING sur­rounded by na­ture and the dis­tance away from neigh­bours are what at­tracted Jackie to Crafers. ‘‘I liked the trees, the shade and how beau­ti­ful it is re­ally,’’ she says.

‘‘And also the space, we can’t see any neigh­bours re­ally from our house, be­ing on an acre-and-a-half it was be­ing in that Ade­laide Hills com­mu­nity but also hav­ing the pri­vacy that re­ally ap­pealed to us.’’

Jackie is cur­rently sell­ing her sixbed­room, two-storey home with an open-plan kitchen and liv­ing area, an out­door en­ter­tain­ing area, and a pool, which is on The Cres­cent, Crafers.

‘‘There is a school at the end of the street and the vil­lage of Stir­ling is ac­tu­ally a beau­ti­ful five to ten minute walk from our house down through the gor­geous for­est,’’ she says.

She says another high­light of liv­ing in the area is the com­mu­nity feel, and the ease of com­mut­ing to the city.

‘‘There is a Christ­mas party ev­ery year, there are a num­ber of peo­ple in the area with kids, and there are also older peo­ple as well,’’ she says.

‘‘Out of peak hour, it takes about 10 min­utes drive to the toll gate, and it takes no more than 20 min­utes into town.’’

In­for­ma­tion from RP Data and the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics shows that Crafers has 5 parks cov­er­ing nearly 18 per cent of its area.

The me­dian sale price for houses in Oc­to­ber was $750,000, which is more than the $505,000 for the Ade­laide Hills Coun­cil area.

The me­dian price for units is $313,000, which is less than the $293,000 for the coun­cil area.

Alexan­der Zadow, who is sell­ing Jackie’s prop­erty, says Crafers is an at­trac­tive sub­urb to pur­chase in due to the prox­im­ity to the city and the life­style.

‘‘You have those big blocks, it’s shady and nice and lush and green, and it is a lit­tle bit cooler as well,’’ he says.

‘‘I think the Ade­laide Hills in gen­eral feels like when you are go­ing home, it ac­tu­ally feels like you are get­ting away from it all.’’

He says fam­i­lies tend to be at­tracted to Crafers due to the larger prop­er­ties.

‘‘It is be­cause they want space for the kids to run around and go crazy,’’ he says.

‘‘The Cres­cent, the ac­tual road, I love that it is a very pri­vate lit­tle en­clave of prop­er­ties and there’s a mix of homes, in­clud­ing multi-mil­lion dol­lar homes and $550,000 cot­tages.’’

Pic­ture: TRI­CIA WATKINSON

COM­MU­NITY: Jackie and her daugh­ters, Zara and Piper, out­side their Hills home.

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