The folks who live in the Hills
THE APPEAL of living in the Hills yet so close to Adelaide is one of the best things about living in Stirling, Jason Kraft says. ‘‘My wife lived in Coromandel Valley for a few years and she liked the Hills. We went for a drive one day and fell in love when we saw the house and that was it,’’ he says.
‘‘It has been beautiful, there is nothing like it, the winters are good and its always a bit cooler in summer.’’
Mr Kraft, who is selling his fullyrenovated single-storey family home, says the area is great for bringing up children.
‘‘It would be good for a younger couple, considering how bright and modern everything is,’’ he says.
And he adds that another appeal of Stirling is that it seems like it is a long way from a major city.
‘‘I liked the trees and the weather, and being in the township around Christmas is fantastic,’’ he says.
‘‘And you have the Tour Down Under coming through there as well.
‘‘You get wildlife like koalas walking past your window, it seems like you are 100km away from a city but really you’re not very far.’’
Information from RP Data and the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that Stirling measures 7 sq km and has eight parks covering nearly 12 per cent of its area.
The median sale price for houses in February was $597,500, which is above the $435,000 for the Adelaide Hills Council area.
The median price for units was $498,000, which is more than the $224,000 for the council area.
Toop&Toop Real Estate sales consultant Peter McMillan, who is selling Mr Kraft’s property, says Stirling has a fantastic community that appeals to many people who are looking to move to the Hills.
‘‘I just love Stirling because every time you drive off that freeway into the main street it just has a real community feel,’’ he says.
‘‘If you happen to be there on a Sunday when they have the once-amonth market, you just see the people interacting like one of those old-time English villages.’’
IDYLLIC: Kathy and Jason Kraft fell in love with their home - and the lifestyle in Stirling.