CRAIGMORE offers an affordable avenue into the housing market, near large shopping hubs, recreational facilities and convenient public transport routes.
Grandfather of eight Grant Robinson, has enjoyed the comforts of living close to work, shops and family for three decades.
But he’s now selling his three-bedroom home in Birch Grove, set on a 600sqm lot.
“It’s simply time to move on with the next phase of life with my new partner,” Grant says.
“I bought the home 24 years ago when I was an aircraft technician in the (Australian) Air Force and updated it.
“So it was close to work at Edinburgh Airbase, being about a 10 minute drive.
“Everything was really handy, including Munno Para Shopping Centre which was being redeveloped, and Craigmore shopping centre. The schools were nearby for the kids, too,” he says.
“The proximity to the Barossa Valley was also an attraction.”
CoreLogic data shows Craigmore’s median house price has grown by 8.2 per cent in the past three years.
“Craigmore is and was very affordable,” Grant says.
“So you can pursue other things because you won’t be tied down to a big mortgage.
“It’s a pretty quiet area. If you put a gate at either end of the street, you’d have a gated community,” he says.
A number of “longstanding neighbours’’ add to the stability of life.
A big gully with walking trails is set near Smith Creek, off Blair Park Drive.
“We thought Craigmore had everything nearby and it also had reasonable prices,” Grant says. “So it was an attractive way into the housing market and the home was quite modern then.”
Sales agent Clinton Barker says Craigmore offers value homes for first homebuyers, near major shopping hubs and recreational facilities.
“It is a little underestimated,” he says.
“Other buyers are attracted by the generous blocks and vicinity to major shopping like Elizabeth and the Edinburgh air base.
“Once the northeast connector is finished, this will make the area much more accessible.”
Craigmore is an outer suburb, about 27km north of Adelaide’s CBD, near Blakeview, Elizabeth Downs, Elizabeth Park, Smithfield, One Tree Hill, Munno Para and Davoren Park. It is bounded by Uley Rd, Adams Rd, Turner Dr, Whitford Rd, Alfred Crt, Yorktown Rd and Smith Creek.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE
AVERAGE HOLD PERIOD
MEDIAN ASKING RENT
$320 per week for houses.
ORIGIN OF SUBURB NAME
The name was taken from an early homestead in the area, says SA historian Geoffrey H. Manning, with a Scottish link. There it means “big crag’’ he says. The suburb became a subdivision in 1977.
There is a large range of schools within a 2km radius, including Catherine McAuley School (primary, Catholic), Playford Primary School, Craigmore South Primary School, Craigmore Christian School (combined), Trinity College Blakeview (combined) and Craigmore High School.
Mostly contains housing from the 1980s and 1990s, with many homes getting updated treatment in recent years. Undulating terrain adds to the suburb’s appeal with parts bordering the foothills. The accent on easily-maintained landscaping is evident through most streets.
CoreLogic data shows detached houses make up about 94 per cent of all homes in the suburb.
About 22 per cent of all the homes are rented.
Walking trails abound near Smith Creek.
The Munno Para Shopping City contains many large stores, including Kmart, Foodland and Harvey Norman, while even larger, Elizabeth Shopping Centre is also close by. A Woolworths store and pharmacy are among stores in the neighbouring Blakes Crossing shopping complex. There’s a dog park and sports ground near the corner of Hanson and Uley Roads that’s well patronised. Craigmore Park runs through the centre of the suburb. The linear park known as the Elephant Walk can be followed from Craigmore to Anderson Walk in Smithfield by bike. Bordering the Adelaide Hills, there are lookout points on Craigmore and Uley Roads. Gawler is about 16km away while Tanunda’s main street in the Barossa Valley can be reached in about 35 minutes.