Imagine a leafy lifestyle close to Adelaide’s most popular beaches. You’ll find this and more in Novar Gardens, which is just 15 minutes from the shores of Glenelg, Brighton, West Beach and Henley Beach.
Theresa and Geoff Matthews have made the most of the suburb’s enviable lifestyle since buying their four-bedroom home in Stanford Ave 16 years ago.
“We actually found it by chance while looking at another property in the area,” Mr Matthews says.
“Besides it being a modern home at the time, we liked the convenience of living halfway between the city and the beach. The location is all positives. But our children have grown up and moved out, so we’re downsizing because the house is just too big for our needs.”
“It’s central to everything. It’s only about five minutes to Glenelg’s restaurants, shops and beach, 10 minutes to Westfield Marion Shopping Centre and 2.5km to the West Beach boat ramp facility for the boaties.”
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Novar Gardens Village is a handy shopping spot within walking distance, he says, including an IGA supermarket and pharmacy. The nearby tram line has been a bonus to attend events like Supercar races and the Fringe Festival in town.
“Younger families have moved into the locale in the last five years, wanting to take advantage of the proximity to quality schools like Immanuel College and the beaches,” Mr Matthews says.
CoreLogic data shows Novar Gardens’ median house price has increased 17.2 per cent in the past three years. Agent Simon O’Donohue of Harcourts Packham Glenelg says Novar Gardens’ star is rising.
“We’re seeing great interest in neighbouring areas like Glenelg North and West Beach have a flow on effect in Novar Gardens,” he says.
“People are catching onto it due to its great lifestyle near prime beach areas and quality schools. The inquiry level for homes in the area has jumped up astronomically in the past year.”
NOVAR GARDENS FACTS AND FIGURES
Location: Novar Gardens is a leafy suburb about 8km southwest of Adelaide’s CBD, near Camden Park, Glenelg North, Glenelg East, North Plympton, Plympton, Netley, Glengowrie and Morphettville.
Median house price: $661,900.
Average hold period: 13 years.
Median asking rent: $438 per week for houses.
Schools: There’s a good mix of private and public schools within a 2.3km radius, including St Leonards Primary School, St John the Baptist Catholic School (primary, Catholic), Immanuel College (combined), Plympton International College R-12 (combined) and Emmaus Christian College Inc (combined).
Typical features: Novar Gardens features a large pool of modern homes (most minus front fences) in tree-lined streets, among ample reserves with sports and playground facilities.
Location attractions: Glenelg Golf Club offers an 18-hole course. Heritage-listed Cummins House (from 1842) is used for weddings and corporate events. Lindfield Reserve includes a walking trail, playground, basketball court and barbecue area.
The nearby city-Glenelg tram offers a handy transport option close to Anzac Hwy and Adelaide Airport is about 10 minutes away by car.