Don’t fence me in – where to find home on a big block

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IF want land, lots of land, under starry skies above, look no further than these suburbs, identified by CoreLogic as having the largest average block sizes in Adelaide.

According to the data for the 12 months to February, Auldana, in the leafy eastern foothills has the largest average block size in metropolitan Adelaide, at 1503sqm.

Eden Hills, 14.6km south of the city, has the second-largest block sizes, at 1493sqm, ahead of Belair (1461sqm), Glen Osmond (1384sqm) and Unley Park at 1330sqm.

LJ Hooker Kensington/Unley agent Gabrielle Overton said large blocks within easy reach of the city were becoming increasingly popular.

“A lot of people that aspire towards the eastern suburbs are looking at the hills face zone now because it offers families and children room to move, and they offer really good value because you get a lot more for your money than you do on the plains,” she said.

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Mrs Overton said, while infill development was necessary, it was important there were protections in place to make sure we don’t lose our large blocks.

“There needs to be a common-sense approach, but there will be infill development progressively because people are so time poor and they generally like lock-up-and-leave living,” she said.

“That makes these large slabs of land all the more special.”

By contrast, Campbelltown City Council, which has Adelaide’s smallest minimum block size of 150sqm, is looking to have it increased to 250sqm.

Margaret Amey is currently selling her 30 Traminer Way, Auldana property, on 1240sqm, through Ms Overton and said she has enjoyed the home’s sense of space.

“We bought a block of land 34 years ago and built on it and we loved that it had a view across the valley and I like that it feels like you’re in the country but you’re still so close to the city,” she said.

“I’m downsizing now and I’ll really miss the sense of space, I could find something smaller in the same area I’d be very happy.”

Where to find metro and regional Adelaide’s biggest blocks.

When it comes to Adelaide’s hills and outlying areas, Lewiston 47km north of the city, offers Adelaide’s biggest allotments – at an average of 9068sqm.

It sits ahead of Two Wells, 48km north of the city, which has an average block size of 3577sqm.

The suburb has recently attracted new interest due to the Eden development, which when complete will contain 267 allotments ranging from 900sqm to 2ha.

The development has just opened its new display village and Two Wells project manager and Hickinbotham Group design director Ruth Vagnarelli said its larger blocks had been a hit.

“We’ve sold about 40 per cent of the estate and people are falling in love with the quarter acre block – they love the space and having room to kick a footy, park a caravan, grow veggies and store a boat,” Ms Vagnarelli said.

“A five bedroom home, on a quarter-acre block – you can get into that for under $400,000, so people really love the value.”

Closer to town, large blocks can be found in Crafers West, which has an average allotment size of 3164sqm, Roseworthy (3139sqm), Aldgate (2943sqm) and Upper Sturt (2530sqm).

Of the top 10 metropolitan and hills and outlying suburbs, all but three recorded value growths or holds over the past 12 years.

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