a VirtualTourist member asked on Nov 26, 2013
Where is a safe place to live for a retired, single 64 year-old woman who likes a bit of space between neighbours, but still wants the conveniences of shops, transport and health services? (Looking to buy a house for between $500K-$650K.)
browse this website realestate.com and you can see what you get for your money.
Beachside suburbs that i like are Semafore, North Haven and Glenelg.
North Adelaide is lovely but real estate is expensive. Eastern suburbs are very acceptable such as Burnside, Magill, Norwood, Trinity Gardens.
If you were remotely considering a retirement unit, the Lutheran Church at Glynde has beautiful 2 and 3 bedroom units that are more like a house, there are no communal walls, The front garden is tended by a gardener but you can plant some veg or flowers in the back. My cousin lives in one of these and loves it, she said everyone keeps to themselves, by that they are not intrusive. There is hoiuse, garage, house, garage etc.
Thank you so much for the info I'll check out these suburbs.
A lot depends on your version of 'a little space between neighbours'. I have a house in the USA in Atlanta, Georgia and it is set on almost a half acre block of land. People there think we are on top of our neighbours! Here, in Adelaide, we live in a modest, working class suburb only 10 minutes from the beach and the city in a two bedroom semi, our neighbours have an adjoining wall!
The suburbs mentioned in the previous reply are lovely, but higher end. For the money you suggest, you'll be short on the beachfront end as they go for $1m up. Eastern suburbs can be similar. The good news is that anywhere west of the city means a very small commute to city or beach and many places are available at the price range you suggest. I'd Google Map the western suburbs and do some street views.
I am happy to give you more detailed information if you need it after you've done some homework.
Where are you all from?
Do you want suburban Adelaide or if not,I would recommend the fleurieu peninsula Victor harbor,or goolwa suburbs an Adelaide is pretty crappy in my opinion there's a huge difference in the ultra trendy areas and the rest
Why do u want to move to Adelaide is it cost of living because unless u do live out of town in a little community which are lovely, there's really nothing here it's not a very community minded town it's very bland and not that friendly in the suburbs u can as a woman of our vintAge be very isolated
Thank you for replying.
I am currently living in Hobart and find it stifling. I like a lot of privacy and it is impossible where I live ie. EVERY time I go outside my neighbours rush out to see what I am doing, they even cut gaps in my shrubs along the boundary so they can see into my garden! I love my home on 1/2 acre in a bush environment, it is only an 8 minute drive to Hobart "city" centre or the beach, but the people make it unbearable. My suburb is supposed to be one of the "best" suburbs and my neighbours are all educated people, but intrusive doesn't fully describe what I am going through here ie. "security" cameras, and infra-red driveway alerts aimed at my property! People wandering onto my land to have a look around, and plants dug up when I've been away, even trees cut down on my property and used for their woodheater! No wonder Tasmanian's have a reputation of having two heads!!! I have had to put up a 2m high fence and an electric gate to keep them out! I am originally from Sydney, but have lived in Adelaide before (Highgate), and in Perth, WA. The only reason I left Adelaide (in the 80's) was because my partner at the time wanted to move back to Sydney.
I thought the Adelaide Hills might suit me, as I prefer a bush environment, having lived literally on the beach before. I like a bit of space between myself and neighbours as I like a peaceful environment and wouldn't contemplate a retirement village. Do you know what it is like to live in the Stirling or Aldgate area these days?