What’s need to commute. Education. In Glenelg itself,

What’s so
good about it?

Glenelg is the most well-known beachside suburb in
Adelaide. Set on the sandy shores of Holdfast Bay ten kilometres from the
centre of the city, it has a population of over 3,500 people. It is 20 – 25 minutes’
drive from central Adelaide and using public transport it is a 25 minute tram journey
or 40 minutes by bus.

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The
suburb is as old as the city of Adelaide gets and has become a tourist destination
in its own right. It has a youthful feel with outdoor cafes, quality
restaurants and a diverse housing stock. It is considered to be the most attractive of
the seaside suburbs in Adelaide and the beach is one of the best in the city
with wide expanses of white sand and blue sea. Pine tree lined streets give the
area a cool feel during the summer.

Linguists
will be pleased to note that Glenelg is one of the few suburb names that can
boast of being a palindrome.

What’s
the flip side?

If
you are close to Jetty Road it will be busy throughout the year but especially so
during summer and at weekends, although it does get quieter the further you
move away. Parking can be an issue due to the number of visitors drawn by the
local attractions. Glenelg used to be a quieter location but developments since
the 1990’s have transformed the area and some locals think that the changes
have not all been aesthetically pleasing.

Transport

The Anzac Highway takes you to Adelaide city centre.
Adelaide Metro bus service
operates services to various destinations including Adelaide Airport.

Glenelg
Tram line is the only line still operating in Adelaide. It is about a 25 minute trip
and departs from Moseley Square in Glenelg, runs along the local commercial
spine of Jetty Road and then takes you into Victoria Square in the heart of
Adelaide. This tram connection makes Glenelg an especially attractive location for
those who need to commute.

Education.

In
Glenelg itself, St Mary’s Memorial School is a Catholic Primary
School – ICSEA value 1132. St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School is an
independent primary school – ICSEA value 1139. Other schools are nearby such as
Glenelg Primary School in Glenelg East.

Relaxation
and Enjoyment

Glenelg
has been a place for recreation and leisure for a long time and the locals tend
to young and active. The Glenelg Esplanade is regarded as one of the most
beautiful strips of coastline in Adelaide. While the beach itself does not
offer much in the way of surf, the white sand and clear water makes it an attractive
spot. In
summer, beaches are patrolled by the Glenelg Surf Life Savers.

There are
a multitude of activities to engage in such as sailing, fishing charters, beach
volleyball, walking trails, cycling, the dolphin swim or watch, the twilight
cruise, enjoying the barbecue and play areas and of course, the water slides at
the Beachhouse Fun Park.

There
are two supermarkets in the Glenelg area. The main shopping strip is Jetty Road
which has something going on every day of the week. It is full of fish and chip
shops, clothing stores and cafés and restaurants.

There
is a fast-food strip closer to the seafront, along with pubs which attract large
crowds on summer nights. Mosley Square has a couple of bars and alfresco
eateries, while the bar-restaurants along Holdfast Shores Marina tend to be a quite
plush. Every New Year’s Eve there is a public party in the area.

Social
snapshot

·        
Café
– Zest Café Gallery is good for breakfast and coffee. 2a Sussex Street, just
off Jetty Road.

·        
Restaurant
– Cardone’s Seafood & Grill focuses on fresh and seasonal local produce.
Friendly staff and excellent food. Shop 4, 108 Jetty Road.

·        
Bar
– Marina Sunset Bar for views both over the bay and the marina, with pool table
and live music. Shop 3, Holdfast Shores Marina.

Location,
location, location

Glenelg’s
streets offer an interesting mix of heritage listed manors, old bluestone
cottages, modern townhouses, new apartment towers and Art Deco units.
Nonetheless, the character
and history of the area remains intact with a mixture of federation houses
and colonial cottages on the back streets

Apartment
blocks and old houses are common. There has been a large amount of more recent
development along the seafront taking advantage of the coastal views such as
those on Holdfast Shores Marina. Anything with a beach view is prime real estate,
with the uninterrupted outlooks along the Esplanade and Holdfast Promenade
being the most sought after.

Adelphi
Crescent offers views over Patawalonga Creek while the back streets such
as Richardson Avenue and Tod Street to the north and Partridge Street and
Pier Street in the south offer seclusion. These side streets host fabulous renovated
two-storey Art Deco houses, many divided into units and the old stone cottages
that were once home to the state’s early colonists.

Real estate and rent prices

·        
Median
house price $842,500.

·        
Medium
Unit price $427,500.

·        
Weekly
median advertised house rent $460.

·        
Weekly
median advertised unit rent $390.

Limited budget – Three bedroom, two storey apartment
with carport space on Gordon Street. Seconds from Jetty Road, air conditioning,
built in wardrobes. $270,000-$290,000.

Unlimited budget – Penthouse apartment at Holdfast
Promenade. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, balcony, outdoor entertainment area,
garage space and additional car spaces. Wonderful south western ocean coastal views,
encompassing the Glenelg foreshore and beyond. Excellent complex facilities
including indoor swimming pool. $2,395,000.

Insider knowledge

Eamon: “There is a great community feel to the
area.”

Eugene: “Glenelg is a fantastic place to raise a family and the people
are very friendly. The local beach attractions make the area very popular with
families and young people, so it can get lively and busy which suits more
social people, but maybe not those looking for a quieter place to live.”

Fiona: “The beach is amazing and the coast line is beautiful.”

Figures and prices
quoted as of January 2018

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