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