The folks who live in the Hills

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The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Mabel St, Stirling - TOM DOUGHERTY

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.’’

Pic­ture: TRI­CIA WATKINSON

IDYL­LIC: Kathy and Ja­son Kraft fell in love with their home - and the life­style in Stir­ling.

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