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Top 10 Most Liveable Suburbs in Adelaide

Whether you’re looking for city convenience or seaside bliss, these are the most liveable suburbs in Adelaide.

Glenelg Beach - Josie Withers
Glenelg Beach - Josie Withers

The South Australian capital is home to numerous neighbourhoods that represent the best of both worlds – gorgeous scenery, plenty of amenities and easy access to the city centre. Here we reveal 10 of the most lifestyle rich suburbs in Adelaide.

North Adelaide

The hilltop neighbourhood of North Adelaide sits on the fringe of the CBD giving young professionals unrivalled access to culture and entertainment. Dotted with 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 cafes and pubs and can keep active at Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

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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 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 mature families and empty nesters looking to lap up the holiday lifestyle.

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Prospect

Lined with Edwardian and Victorian homes, pretty Prospect is coveted by growing families looking for excellent amenity, proximity to the CBD and a vibrant community atmosphere. With Prospect Road at its heart, the suburb offers myriad cafes, independent boutiques and gourmet grocery stores, while also being close to excellent schools, parks and reserves.

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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 enjoy a strip of shops, cafes and pubs, while Kensington Park and Norwood Pool mean there’s plenty of opportunity to keep active. It’s just 3km from the city centre with easy bus connections.

Glenelg

Laid-back Glenelg couples a pristine coastline with a bustling cafe scene and active outdoor lifestyle. It attracts locals and travellers year-round for its spectacular sunsets and seaside charm 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.

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Semaphore

Those looking to make the most of the year-round holiday vibe 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 cafes, pubs and boutiques lining Semaphore Road. Older couples and families are moving in for its relaxed way of life and fantastic sense of community. Semaphore offers a good mix of housing from low-maintenance residences to stunning character cottages directly by the sea.

Bowden

With its artsy vibe and eclectic dining scene, Bowden is fast becoming one of Adelaide’s trendiest neighbourhoods. 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.

Malvern

The picturesque suburb of Malvern is desired among young families for its access to top schools, shops and the city centre. Covered with jacaranda trees the neighbourhood sets a benchmark for easy, inner-city living. Along Unley Road there’s an abundance of fashion stores, beauty salons and restaurants, meaning locals have everything they need on their doorstep.

Nearby Glenelg
Nearby Glenelg
North Brighton

Prized for its superb beachside location and proximity just 25 minutes from the CBD, residents can really 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.

Black Forest

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

*All statistics sourced from Core Logic, Realestate.com.au and Domain.

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