AN inner suburb barely more than 5km from Adelaide’s CBD that lets you walk comfortably to supermarkets, cafes, primary schools and preschools — Cumberland Park offers all that and more.
That’s why Kay and Ron Doherty want to live nearby after selling the four-bedroom home at 16 Edward St they bought 45 years ago.
“I’ve got mixed feelings about moving,” Mrs Doherty says.
“But we need to downsize as the maintenance and garden has got a bit too much for my husband. We are not moving far because we want to stay close to family and friends. It’s a very peaceful, quiet area — I grew up in Cumberland Park.
“It’s just close to everything. It’s about 6km from the city centre and probably only 15 minutes or so to Glenelg and Brighton beaches,” she says.
“You are also within walking distance of Cumberland Kindergarten, Westbourne Park Primary and Colonel Light Gardens Primary School.”
Avenue Rd Reserve nearby offers barbecue area, playground, oval and a skate park. Kay uses the nearby Romeo’s Foodland in Daw Park, Castle Plaza and Cumberland Park’s Big W retail complex.
“The bus that runs along Edward St can take you to Glenelg or the city, which is very handy,” she says. “The Goodwood Rd buses can take you to Flinders University and Westfield Marion easily.
“We’ve got lovely neighbours and have always been blessed with good ones.”
The suburb’s median house price has risen 7.2 per cent in the past three years.
Sales agent Stephen Venn of Harcourts VennMillar says the suburb offers many updated homes on large allotments, appealing to families as it’s close to the city and plenty of schools.
“It’s gone through a transition in the past three or four years, with a new wave of young families buying in,” he says. “There are still plenty of 700sqm-plus blocks around because the area has been protected from mass redevelopment.
“And it’s still relatively affordable compared to some neighbouring suburbs like Colonel Light Gardens.”
Cumberland Park facts and figures
Cumberland Park is an inner, older suburb about 5km south of Adelaide’s CBD, near Daw Park, Westbourne Park, Colonel Light Gardens, Clarence Gardens, Kings Park, Clarence Park and Melrose Park. It is bounded by Goodwood Rd, Cross Rd, Edward St and Winston Ave.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE
AVERAGE HOLD PERIOD
MEDIAN ASKING RENT
$410 per week for houses.
$293 per week for units.
ORIGIN OF SUBURB NAME
The name originated in Wales says historian Geoffrey H. Manning. It means “land of Cymry” or land of compatriots or fellow country men. Cumberland was a subdivision created in 1913 which later became a part of what’s now Cumberland Park, laid out in 1929 by Thomas Baulderstone, according to Manning. There is also a Cumberland region in northern England.
There is a strong selection of quality private and public schools within a 2.8km radius, including
Westbourne Park Primary School, Edwardstown Primary School, Colonel Light Gardens Primary School, St Therese’s School (primary, Catholic) and Cabra Dominican College (combined, Catholic), Scotch College (combined, independent), Walford Anglican School for Girls (combined), Pasadena High School (combined) and Mitcham Girls High School.
Older, post-war homes, especially from the 1950s and 1960s still sit on traditionally, larger blocks, many measuring at least 700sqm.
According to CoreLogic data, detached houses account for about 63 per cent of total homes in the suburb with semi-detached homes and units making up more than 27 per cent. About 25 per cent of all homes are rented.
The Kingswood Tennis Club is in neighbouring Westbourne Park is a highlight, but you could also join the Hope Ward Tennis Club in Tweed St, near Cumberland Kindergarten.
Avenue Road Reserve offers barbecue facilities, a basketball ring, an oval, an updated playground and a concrete skate park.
There are ample supermarket, takeaway food outlets, cafes and restaurant options along Goodwood Rd, including the Big W complex near the Cross Rd intersection.
It is a 20 minute drive west to the beach at Brighton or Glenelg and 15 minutes to the city or Westfield Marion further southwest. Flinders University is less than 15 minutes drive away.