The best of both worlds

Nairne is a grow­ing town that re­tains coun­try ap­peal with city ac­cess, re­ports Lach­lan Pryor.

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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


Ad­dress: 1/8 Sa­le­yard Rd. Agent: Pope Nitchske First National Real Es­tate, ph 8391 5004. Fea­tures: Three-bed­room home close to school and trans­port, mas­ter bed­room with built-in robes and en­suite ac­cess through three-way bath­room, open-plan kitchen, din­ing and lounge. kind of area,’’ she says. ‘‘You’re not in the bustling area of Mt Barker. The de­vel­op­ments in Nairne are in nice ar­eas.’’

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.

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