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Urban Living: Best Suburbs to Live Near Adelaide CBD

Find culture, dining and easy access to the CBD from these nine great neighbourhoods around Adelaide.

Those looking to be in the heart of Adelaide’s city centre, these nine suburbs are some of the most sought-after by students, young professionals and growing families. Combining excellent lifestyle amenity with a seamless commute to the CBD, residents here can enjoy the best of both worlds.

To help you with your property research, here are the best suburbs to live near Adelaide CBD.


Just 4km east of the city centre, Norwood continues to be a popular pick among established families and stylish singles. The Parade runs through its heart offering a medley of trendy restaurants, alfresco cafes and high-street shops, while directly linking the suburb to the CBD. Throw in grassy parks and a lively community atmosphere and you’ll see why this is one of Adelaide’s most coveted pockets.

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Enticing foodies from across town, Prospect has garnered a reputation for its flourishing café and gourmet dining scene. It has a dynamic community feel with a jam-packed events calendar, indie fashion boutiques and plenty of green space for locals to spread out. Close to esteemed schools as well as the city, Prospect is highly desired among hip young professionals, families and first-time buyers with a good mix of housing to choose from.

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North Adelaide

Cross the River Torrens and you’ll find yourself in the prestigious and picturesque enclave of North Adelaide. Lined with trendy restaurants, cafes and historic pubs, locals here are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and entertainment. The suburb was once reserved for well-heeled families, yet today attracts everyone from young professionals to students, lured by its stunning scenery, vibrant village atmosphere and close proximity to the CBD.

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The enviable inner-city neighbourhood of Unley combines suburban charm with everyday urban convenience. Cherished by families, empty nesters and professionals, its postcard-perfect streets showcase some of the city’s best preserved Victorian bungalows. Life here centres around King William and Unley Roads with myriad cafes, restaurants and one-off boutiques selling everything from designer threads to artisan homewares.

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Westbourne Park

The peaceful and tightly held neighbourhood of Westbourne Park is brimming with historic charm. Its pleasant streets are dotted with art deco and Tudor-style homes, while everyday essentials are taken care of along nearby Goodwood and King William Roads. Westbourne Park has a strong family-friendly vibe with excellent primary schools, playgrounds and leafy reserves. Residents can hop on the train from Unley Park Railway Station and be in the city in under 15 minutes.


Lying 10 minutes north of the city centre, exclusive Medindie is considered Adelaide’s richest suburb. It couples excellent amenity with easy access to the city centre and has lush Adelaide Park Lands on its doorstep. Those privileged enough to move in can enjoy top tiered private schools as well as the dining and shopping precinct of North Adelaide right next door. Property here is a mix of historic homes and mansions with the price tag to match.

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Mile End

Multicultural Mile End sits less than 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre and is a fantastic spot for first-time buyers looking for convenience and community spirit. A mix of character bungalows and new developments, this fast-growing suburb is a little slice of suburban heaven with local parks, a shopping centre and mouth-watering restaurants serving dishes from all corners of the globe.


Pretty Parkside is walking distance or a short bike ride into the CBD. Known for its tree-lined streets and heritage homes, families flock here for its top public schools and abundant leisure activities all within easy reach. The suburb is lined with popular cafes and much-loved pubs along Unley Road and has Frewville Foodland – considered Adelaide’s finest supermarket – just minutes away.

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The city fringe suburb of Bowden has become a hive of culture and creativity. Home to music venues including The Gov, boutique wineries and coffee shops and the famous Plant 4 weekly markets, Bowden is a hotspot for students, young professionals and first-time buyers. It’s close to the city with excellent public transport links and walking distance to Croydon’s numerous eateries along Queen Street. Residents can feel good living here too – Bowden tops charts as one of the most environmentally sustainable communities in Australia.

*All statistics sourced from Core Logic, and Domain.

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