Allenby Gardens serves up inner suburban living within a 15 minute drive of the beach and less to the city centre.
Proximity to the city and a spacious block prompted Pam Korreng and husband Mark Fenwick to buy their partially-renovated, three-bedroom bungalow in Lewanick St 21 years ago.
They are now selling the home they updated further, including a swimming pool, with an eye on retirement.
“We’re downsizing. We don’t need the big garden and yard anymore as we transition into retirement,” Pam says.
“We’ll certainly miss it. It’s a lovely environment and great to be able to just jump on the nearby tram and head into town without worrying about parking.
“There’s a real sense of community around here,” she says.
“Our neighbours are good friends and we look after each other’s pets and homes while away.
“It’s a very family-oriented suburb with a big mix of age groups in it.”
CoreLogic data shows the suburb’s median house price has risen a steady, 9.2 per cent in the past five years.
“It’s been a huge advantage to have so many services and shops so close to us,” Pam says. “We’re only eight to 10 minutes away from the city and have a large choice when it comes to shopping.”
This includes Welland Shopping Centre, Westfield West Lakes, Brickworks Marketplace and revamped Port Adelaide.
“We’re also only about 10 minutes away from the beaches at Grange and Semaphore, which we use regularly to walk and swim at,” Pam says.
“The airport, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Linear Park Trail are also close along with schools and reserves.”
Buses run on Grange and Port Roads.
Sales agent Michael Rehberg of Harcourts Aqua Semaphore says it is a peaceful suburb, near almost everything.
“It’s only about 10 minutes drive into the city centre but you’re surrounded by modern homes, lots of great shopping and the Linear Park,” he says. “It’s a tightly held enclave that retains a good ratio of homes on larger, traditional size blocks, attracting more investors,” he says.
Allenby Gardens is an inner suburb about 5km west of Adelaide’s CBD, near Beverley, Welland, Flinders Park, West Hindmarsh, West Croydon, Croydon, Underdale and Torrensville.
It is bounded by Port Rd, East Ave, Grange Rd, Way Tce, Frederick St, Torres Ave, Tasman Ave and the River Torrens.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE
AVERAGE HOLD PERIOD
MEDIAN ASKING RENT
$380 per week for houses.
ORIGIN OF SUBURB NAME
Named after British Field Marshal Lord Allenby, who led an army in Palestine during World War One. Historian Geoffrey H. Manning says the suburb was laid out in 1922.
There is a good balance of public and private schools within a 2.2km radius, including Allenby Gardens Primary School, Kilkenny Primary School, St Joseph’s School (primary, Catholic), St Michael’s College Primary (Catholic), the Islamic College of South Australia (combined), Our Lady of La Vang School (combined, Catholic), Nazareth Catholic College (combined, Catholic), Adelaide Secondary School of English and Thebarton Senior College (secondary).
There is somewhat of a generational housing divide, with the northern end including many older bungalows and other character homes while the southern section is crammed with later homes, built mainly in the 1990s.
There are many tree-lined streets though they’re also dotted with Stobie poles.
CoreLogic data shows detached, homes comprise about 66 per cent of the suburbs’ homes with semi-detached homes and units making up more than 25 per cent. Almost 25 per cent of homes are rented.
Lewanick Reserve offers tennis courts, a football oval, children’s playground, undercover barbecue area and is fenced for dog walking.
The River Torrens Linear Park Trail forms part of its southern border with Torrensville. River Park Reserve with playground and tennis court (off Moorfield Tce) offers access to the Linear Park with its walk and bike trails.
You find nearby restaurants and shops along Grange Rd, Port Rd and Frederick St and trendy cafes on Queen St, in neighbouring Croydon.
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Brickworks Marketplace and Coopers soccer stadium in Hindmarsh are all within five minutes drive too. Grange Beach is under 15 minutes further west.