Vendor Adriana Crescitelli and partner Scott Gardner out front of her home at 170 Marion Rd, West Richmond. (AAP/Emma Brasier)
WITH the city centre, airport and coast within similar range, West Richmond ticks many lifestyle boxes.
Handy transport routes along a main arterial route were among the buy-in attractions for Adriana Crescitelli (above, with partner Scott Gardner), who’s selling her two-bedroom home on Marion Rd after nine years.
“I was familiar with this side of the city and I liked the area because it’s midway between the city and the beach and close to good transport routes,” Ms Crescitelli says. “I’ve got a bus stop in front of my house taking me to work in the city.
“It’s also quite an affordable area that’s close to quite a few schools and shops.
“The convenience is fantastic. You don’t feel like you are far from anywhere.”
170 Marion Rd, West Richmond is on the market with Magain Real Estate and has an asking price of $379,000 to $409,000.
Ms Crescitelli says she has loved the area but is now selling to be closer to her family.
“I’ve always felt safe here and people are always walking by along Marion Rd and often wave and say hello,” she says.
Situated less than 10 minutes from the airport, the suburb also offers easy access to beachside eateries and bars. There are also major supermarkets nearby at Hilton and Kurralta Park.
“There’s been lots of redevelopment going on here for years,” Ms Crescitelli says.
“And more blocks are being carved up as there are still lots of large allotments.”
31 Trennery Street, West Richmond is on the market with Smallacombe Real Estate and has an asking price of $310,000.
According to CoreLogic, West Richmond’s median house price has increased by 14.5 per cent in the past three years.
Sales agent Melissa Brennan of Magain Real Estate says West Richmond is a more affordable slice of western suburbs living.
“First homebuyers and executive couples are particularly attracted to its lifestyle, between the city and beach,” she says. “Prices are gradually rising on the back of the increasing regeneration of homes in the last three to five years.
“Investors are also being attracted more, due to being able to get similar rental returns to homes on the eastern side of Marion Rd (in Richmond) but for slightly less price,” she says.
West Richmond is a small suburb about 5km west of Adelaide’s CBD, near Netley, Richmond, Marleston, Brooklyn Park, Cowandilla, Kurralta Park, Hilton, Lockleys and Adelaide Airport. It is bounded by Marion Rd, Richmond Rd, Morley St, Keswick Creek and the airport.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE
AVERAGE HOLD PERIOD
MEDIAN ASKING RENT
$360 per week for houses.
$265 per week for units.
ORIGIN OF SUBURB NAME
Comes from the London suburb of Richmond, next to Twickenham, applied to Richmond and West Richmond. SA historian Geoffrey H. Manning says early settler Robert Fletcher Bradshaw laid out part of Richmond in 1842 into one acre lots as the Village of Richmond.
There is a solid mix of public and private schools within a 2.6km radius including Cowandilla Primary School, Richmond Primary School, St John Bosco School (primary, Catholic), Lockleys Primary School, Tenison Woods Catholic Primary School, Errington Special Education Centre (combined), Plympton International College R-12 (combined), St George College (combined, independent), Underdale High School and Warriappendi School (secondary).
Older, 1950s homes still abound along with some Art Deco-style homes and bungalows. But they are being increasingly joined or succeeded by more infill housing. Streets are mostly tree-lined with Stobie poles also prominent on streetscapes. CoreLogic data shows traditional, detached houses comprise 70 per cent of the suburb’s homes with apartments and semi-detached homes making up just under 20 per cent. Almost 37 per cent of homes are rented.
Adelaide Airport and nearby retail outlets, Aldi and IKEA are less than 10 minutes away by car. Adelaide’s CBD is also less than a 15 minute drive, offering quick access to major retailers, Central Market, Adelaide Oval and many cinemas. Beaches and cafes at Glenelg, West Beach and Henley Beach are 10 to 15 minutes drive away.
Kooyonga Golf Club and Lockleys Oval at Lockleys will take just over five minutes by car, while the Apex Park playground and reserve area a little further on, at West Beach.
There are also supermarkets nearby at Plympton, Kurralta Park, Torrensville and Hilton. Childrens’ play cafe venue Imagination Kidz is set in neighbouring Marleston.