Vendors, Debby and Stephen Howard, in front of their home at 21 Mount Malvern Rd, Aberfoyle Park (Harcourts). PICTURE DEAN MARTIN.
Aberfoyle Park offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and has a mix of large allotments, trees, walking trails and reserves.
Just be prepared to share them with a few koalas…
Debby and Stephen Howard are selling the four-bedroom home they built in Mount Malvern Rd in 1994.
They’ve got used to the koalas visiting their trees, especially “Kev the koala.”
“He’s due back about now,” Mrs Howard says. “We’re only selling because we are now getting close to retirement. But we love it here.
“We don’t need the space anymore. So we’ve decided to downsize. When we bought we were looking for a bit more yard space and fell in love with the views here. They are so pretty. We can see from Port Stanvac to Port Adelaide. It all lights up in front of you from the rear areas of this home.”
“It’s got that beautiful, relaxed, Australian country feel,” Mrs Howard says. “But you’re not far from anything. It’s only about 10 minutes to the Aberfoyle Hub shops and schools, but it feels like you’re further away. It’s really very central to everything in the south.
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“You can be at Westfield Marion in 15 minutes to shop or catch a movie. It’s handy to Morphett Vale and McLaren Vale, where we have friends that we visit.”
Mrs Howard says the area is blessed with recreation areas, including Minkara Reserve with a dog park and a skate park.
“Schools here have got lots of green yard space for the kids to play in, and it looks even better with big trees,” she says.
The median house price has risen a steady four per cent in the last 12 months, according to CoreLogic data.
Sales agent Liz Reece of Harcourts Tagni says Aberfoyle Park is a very family-friendly, affordable area.
“Families are particularly attracted to its many parks and playgrounds, and because of the excellent transport links to many city colleges,” she says.
“You can find affordable homes on 700sqm blocks with a big backyard, near lots of walking trails and parks.”
Vendors, Debby and Stephen Howard, in front of their home at 21 Mount Malvern Rd, Aberfoyle Park.
ABERFOYLE PARK FACTS AND FIGURES
Aberfoyle Park is quite a modern, hilly suburb about 18km south of Adelaide’s CBD, near Chandlers Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Coromandel Valley, Craigburn Farm, Happy Valley, O’Halloran Hill and Cherry Gardens. It is bounded by Windebanks Rd, Manning Rd, Black Rd, Main Rd and Mount Malvern Rd.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE
AVERAGE HOLD PERIOD
MEDIAN ASKING RENT
$370 per week for houses.
$280 per week for units.
ORIGIN OF SUBURB NAME
German migrant Christian Sauerbier owned land near Happy Valley after arriving in SA in 1845, says historian Geoffrey H. Manning. His son, John Chris Sauerbier, changed his name to Aberfoyle after an area in Perthshire, Scotland, during World War One. The suburb was laid out in 1924 by James Henry Browne.
There is a good cross section of public and private schools within a 4km radius, including Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School (primary), Our Saviour Lutheran School (primary), School of the Nativity (primary, Catholic), Pilgrim School (primary, independent), Meridian School Incorporated (combined) and Aberfoyle Park High School.
Undulating streets, lots of big trees, grass and reserves are everywhere. You know you are out of the city, with views of the coastline a feature of some properties that enjoy a high perch. CoreLogic data shows that detached houses make up nearly 90 per cent of homes in the suburb, with semi-detached homes comprising close to five per cent. Some 16.3 per cent of homes are rented.
It’s brimming with reserves and walking trails. Thalassa Park, bordering Windebanks Rd, is one of the largest, offering lawn and barbecue areas, a playground and walking trails.
You can also use green spaces like Parkway Reserve, Peppermint Grove Park and Simpson Reserve offering playground, tennis courts, barbecue areas and basketball and netball courts. The Hub shopping precinct offers supermarkets, a library, a newsagency, a high school and eateries and cafes. Happy Valley Sports Park, Tennis Club and BMX club facilities are also central. The suburb is also home to its share of retirement villages, while Flagstaff Hill Golf Course and Happy Valley Reservoir sit close to its eastern border.