Collinswood offers easy access to the City and top schools
IF it’s a convenient lifestyle close to the city you’re searching for, look no further than leafy Collinswood on the city’s northeastern outskirts.
Being able to live only about 4km from Adelaide’s CBD was a big factor in Virginia and John Smith choosing to call it home 11 years ago, after moving from Sydney.
They are now selling the five-bedroom, bungalow in D’Erlanger Ave they have since renovated and extended on their 967sqm block.
“It almost doubled in size when we upgraded it about seven years ago,” Mrs Smith says.
“We knew the proximity to the city was good and it was well zoned to schools, including primary schools like Walkerville Primary. We also loved the suburb having many character homes at the time. The really old homes have started to be demolished more now and replaced by infill housing such as modern townhouses.”
Testament to the suburb’s popularity, CoreLogic data shows the median house price grew 3.8 per cent in the past three years.
“Collinswood is leafy, convenient and friendly,” Mrs Smith says. “You’re close to a choice of public and private schools, public transport and North Adelaide, including Melbourne St.”
Mr Smith says with three teenage sons, they are looking to buy a larger property in the northern suburbs, with a view to installing a pool.
“Our dream is to eventually own an acreage property in the Adelaide Hills,” he says.
The family uses the Sefton Park and Northpark shopping centres as regular shopping spots, and Woolworths at Walkerville.
Mr Smith says there’s a handy group of shops near the Cassie St/North East Rd corner too, including a bakery, a fish shop, a pizzeria and a chemist.
Sales agent Todd Foulds of Toop&Toop Real Estate says Collinswood’s location near quality schools and the city centre are big lures.
“Families with young children who are looking to upsize can still find properties with larger blocks, close to good schools, ” he says.
“They are still quite affordable compared to some neighbouring suburbs like Walkerville.”
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COLLINSWOOD FACTS AND FIGURES
LOCATION Collinswood is a small suburb about 5km northeast of Adelaide’s CBD, near Walkerville, Vale Park, Medindie Gardens, Medindie, Prospect, Nailsworth, Sefton Park and Manningham.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE: $690,000.
AVERAGE HOLD PERIOD: 14.8 years.
MEDIAN ASKING RENT: $390 per week for houses and $293 per week for units.
SCHOOLS: There is a good mix of public and private schools within a 2km radius, including Walkerville Primary School, Nailsworth Primary School, St Monica’s School (primary), St Andrew’s School (primary), Wilderness School (combined), Blackfriars Priory School (combined) and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College (secondary).
TYPICAL FEATURES: The suburb has tree-lined streets with plenty of bungalows on generous blocks, but that’s changing with infill development picking up pace.
LOCATION ATTRACTIONS: Prospect Oval and Broadview Oval are focal sports venues for football, tennis and other sports nearby. The River Torrens Linear Park trail provides paths to cycle, walk and jog along about five minutes away. The Adelaide Aquatic Centre in nearby North Adelaide offers a range of recreational facilities.