Es­cape rat race at Aldgate

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The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Leamington Rd, Aldgate - TOM DOUGHERTY

LIV­ING in the Hills at Aldgate of­fers the best of both worlds, Mark Dawkins says. ‘‘The prop­erty of­fers you the best of both worlds, you have peace and quiet and there is a lot of things to do in the area as well, both with shops and cafes,’’ he says.

‘‘If you want to get out of the rat race it is a good op­tion.’’

Mr Dawkins, who is sell­ing his sin­gle-storey, three-bed­room fam­ily home, says he was at­tracted to the area to be close to na­ture.

‘‘Peo­ple that use the road are only the lo­cals re­ally, so its quiet and peace­ful,’’ he says.

‘‘There is a lot of wildlife, koalas, that type of thing.’’

He says there are pub­lic trans­port op­tions near the prop­erty, which pro­vide ac­cess to the city.

‘‘There’s a bus stop in the heart of the vil­lage... it’s only a stroll down the walk­ing track to the main street of Aldgate,’’ he says.

De­spite be­ing in the Hills, Mr Dawkins says there are still a lot of ameni­ties nearby.

‘‘There’s a Coles, a Wool­worths, and you have Aldgate Vil­lage it­self, and you also have food shops and the Aldgate pub, so there is a lot of places to have a bite to eat,’’ he says.

In­for­ma­tion from RP Data and the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics shows that Aldgate has 11 parks cov­er­ing nearly 4 per cent of its area. The me­dian sale price for houses in De­cem­ber was $655,000, which is above the $470,000 for the Ade­laide Hills coun­cil area.

The me­dian price for units is $270,000, which is less than the $295,000 for the coun­cil area.

Toop&Toop Real Es­tate sales con­sul­tant Marlisa Sei­del, who is sell­ing Mr Dawkins’ home, says Aldgate tends to at­tract fam­i­lies.

‘‘It’s a well-es­tab­lished com­mu­nity with a vil­lage-type life­style,’’ she says.

‘‘It is peo­ple that are af­ter a ‘treechange’, the qual­ity of life­style, it’s peace­ful and there’s fresh air.’’

She says it is a ‘‘highly-de­sir­able’’ sub­urb and that the low num­ber of rental prop­er­ties get snapped up quickly.

Pic­ture: ROY VAN DER VEGT

HILLS RE­TREAT: Si­ra­nee and Mark Dawkins with their son, Tyler, at home at 22 Leam­ing­ton St, Aldgate.

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