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The 10 Best Suburbs to Live in Adelaide

From Black Forest to Bowden, these are the best suburbs to live in Adelaide that cover every lifestyle and need.

Unley
Unley

In the South Australian capital, a number of neighbourhoods seamlessly blend the best of both worlds: stunning landscapes, abundant amenities, and convenient proximity to the city centre.

Some sit along the coast, catering to those who savour the relaxed beach ambiance. Meanwhile, others embrace a bustling, urban inner-city lifestyle, complete with a profusion of dining, and entertainment options.  

Whatever you need, we've rounded up the best suburbs to live in Adelaide that epitomise the essence of a busy and vibrant lifestyle. Discover the diverse experiences each has to offer as we guide you through the most liveable areas of this charming city. 

North Adelaide
North Adelaide

North Adelaide

The hilltop neighbourhood of North Adelaide sits on the fringe of the CBD, giving young professionals unrivalled access to culture, endless dining options and entertainment, and sports nuts who will love the proximity to Adelaide Oval.

Dotted with charming Victorian homes and terraces, it has a refined atmosphere with the River Torrens on its doorstep. North Adelaide locals are spoilt for choice when it comes to cafés and pubs and can keep active at Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

Interor Dining Area at Joe's Henley Beach Restaurant in Henley Beach Adelaide
Joe's Henley Beach

Henley Beach

Punctuated by green open spaces and the sandy shoreline, Henley Beach offers seaside living at its finest. It’s just 10km from the city centre yet feels as though it is a world away. Crystal clear, calm waters entice swimmers, kite surfers and stand-up paddle boarders, while a flourishing food scene ensures plenty of choice to refuel.

Henley Beach has become a popular pick for families and empty nesters looking to lap up the holiday lifestyle. It booms come summertime, but locals enjoy the quiet time in winter too, when Henley Beach feels secluded and tranquil.  

Aldgate
Aldgate

Aldgate

Beautifully positioned in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, Aldgate has become an alluring magnet for newcomers drawn to its irresistible blend of charm, rich history and community-led lifestyle. Only 20 kilometres southeast of Adelaide, it offers the perfect balance—proximity to urban conveniences while enveloped in the serenity of this burgeoning suburb.

With its small-town charm, Aldgate boasts local sporting teams and clubs and engaging community events that bring a sense of togetherness. Surrounded by lush nature, this suburb is a haven for those seeking the perfect blend of tranquility and accessibility, making it an ever more coveted corner and one of the most liveable suburbs in Adelaide.

Prospect
Prospect

Prospect

Lined with Edwardian and Victorian homes, pretty Prospect is coveted by growing families looking for excellent amenities, proximity to the CBD and a vibrant community atmosphere. With Prospect Road at its heart, the suburb has everything you need, from stylish wine bars and charming cafes to independent boutiques and gourmet grocery stores, while also being close to excellent schools, parks and reserves. It’s a suburb loved by families, young professionals and those who have called Prospect home their whole lives.  

The Kensington Hotel, Kensington
The Kensington Hotel, Kensington

Kensington

The leafy, pocket-sized suburb of Kensington is renowned for its village-like feel and attracts a mix of young professionals and families vying for a spot at the local high school. Along The Parade locals get to enjoy a strip of shops, cafés and pubs, while Kensington Park means there’s plenty of opportunity to keep active. It’s just three kilometres from the city centre with easy bus connections, making this the perfect spot for those seeking a vibrant inner-city lifestyle with a little extra space. 

Coast Glenelg
Coast Glenelg

Glenelg

Laid-back Glenelg couples a pristine coastline with a bustling food scene and an active outdoor lifestyle, making it one of the best suburbs to live in Adelaide. It attracts locals and travellers year-round for its spectacular sunsets, seaside charm and bountiful array of things to do and see, and has become highly sought out by young independents looking to put down roots. The tram runs along the commercial strip of Jetty Road straight into central Adelaide, making for an easy commute for CBD workers. 

Semaphore Beach. Image credit: Gabrielle Walsh
Semaphore Beach. Image credit: Gabrielle Walsh

Semaphore

Those looking to make the most of the year-round holiday vibe should head for Semaphore. This beachside suburb sits just 20 minutes from Adelaide’s city centre and lays claim to sparkling waters, a bustling foreshore and popular cafés, pubs and boutiques lining Semaphore Road. Older couples and families are moving this way for a relaxed way of life and a fantastic sense of community. Semaphore offers a good mix of housing from low-maintenance residences to stunning character cottages directly by the sea. 

Bowden
Bowden

Bowden

With its artsy vibe and eclectic dining scene, Bowden is fast becoming one of the best suburbs in Adelaide to live in. It’s attracting progressive young professionals looking to enter the market, with a good mix of new apartment buildings as well as home and land packages. The youthful atmosphere and sense of community is palpable at the weekly night markets. Bowden has its own train station and tram line ensuring an effortless commute to the CBD. 

At its epicentre there’s Plant 4 Bowden, an industrial warehouse now home to eateries, artisan stores and a weekly roster of markets and events. Bowden locals can enjoy an eclectic lifestyle, from live music at The Gov or the Wheaty to a tipple or craft beer at Oddio.

North Brighton
North Brighton

North Brighton

Prized for its superb beachside location and just 25 minutes from the CBD, residents enjoy the good life in North Brighton. The suburb boasts excellent education facilities – including one of the best schools in the state, Brighton Secondary School – lush parklands and fantastic community centres, making it popular among families.

Many of the houses sit on generously sized blocks and are within walking distance of friendly local shops, and the beach is a dream to keep cool on those hot summer days, or for a leisurely morning stroll. 

Black Forest
Black Forest

Black Forest

Black Forest conveniently lies in the inner city with beautiful tree-lined streets, friendly locals and easy access to the CBD. Small in size, it has a close-knit community and excellent schools nearby, making it popular amongst families and young couples. The homes are brimming with character and cement the neighbourhood’s enduring charm; a coveted combination of bungalows, Victorian and Tudor-style architecture.

Black Forest is well serviced by public transport, making it easy to access the city, surrounding suburbs and Glenelg from the tramline close by.  

Doing your research on the best suburbs to live in Adelaide and looking for more helpful property advice? Check out our explainer on what you should look out for when buying a house. Then, have a read of our guide on what to look for in a suburb before buying there.

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