Mitcham delivers leafy living close to Adelaide’s CBD, the Adelaide Hills, large retail hubs, renowned schools, parks and walking trails.
Christal and David Cheh are reluctantly ceding the area’s tranquil lifestyle as they sell their updated, four-bedroom house in Northbrook Ave, on an elevated, 1040sqm block.
“We migrated from Malaysia, so we were very new to Adelaide,” Mrs Cheh says.
“We started renting a house at Parkside and wanted to stay near the city when we bought this house in Mitcham, in 2003.
“It’s been fantastic. We have lots of space and fresh air here.
“We chose Mitcham to be near quality schools like Glenunga International High School and convenient, public transport for our three children, who were at school.
“It’s time to downsize now with just the two of us left in this large home.”
CoreLogic data shows Mitcham’s median house price increased 13.6 per cent in the past three years.
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Mrs Cheh says buying a pet dog soon after settling into their home also proved a great way to make friends in the neighbourhood.
“We love our walks and there are lots of scenic walking trails around here like the Wirraparinga Trail, near Brownhill Creek,” she says. “We even walk to the Mitcham Square Shopping Centre at times. It has a very comprehensive range of things, including three supermarkets.
“We really liked it being a no-through road here, so we enjoy lots of privacy and the surroundings are so natural. We feel very secure here.”
Their property offers views of the city, Carrick Hill and Brownhill Creek.
“It’s so close to nature,” Mrs Cheh says. The birdlife and koalas that visit our garden is amazing, yet we are only eight or 10 minutes from the city centre.”
Sales agent Kris Casey of Harris Real Estate says Mitcham is popular because it offers easy access to everything, from prominent schools to the city and shops.
“It attracts lots of people who are upsizing, including younger professionals starting families,” she says.
MITCHAM FACTS AND FIGURES
Mitcham is a very green suburb about 6km south of Adelaide’s CBD, near Kingswood, Springfield, Torrens Park, Netherby, Belair, Lynton, Lower Mitcham, Clapham and Highgate. It is bounded by Truro Ave, Haig St, Birdwood St, Hill St, Fullarton Rd, Carrick Hill Dr,
Old Belair Rd, Brownhill Creek, Parkers Rd, Anderson Ave and Muggs Hill Rd.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE
AVERAGE HOLD PERIOD
MEDIAN ASKING RENT
$490 per week for houses.
$340 per week for units.
ORIGIN OF SUBURB NAME
Named after Mitcham in Surrey, England. Historian Geoffrey H. Manning says the village of Mitcham was established in 1840 by the South Australian Company. He says the name is derived from the Old English word “micel-ham,’’ meaning large house.
There’s an excellent range of private and public schools within a 2km radius, including Mitcham Primary School, St Joseph’s School (primary, Catholic), Scotch College Adelaide — Junior School, Scotch College (combined), Mercedes College (combined), St John’s Grammar School (combined) and Unley High School.
Elevated blocks are common in this near-Hills area, with the lengthy Brownhill Creek traversing its centre. Heritage walk routes remain an integral part of the suburb, including the Brownhill Creek Heritage Trail starting from Mitcham Reserve. Detached houses make up more than 51 per cent of all homes according to CoreLogic data with semi-detached homes and units comprising more than 36 per cent.
More than 22 per cent of homes are rented.
Historic Carrick Hill homestead and gardens sit on the suburb’s eastern border, in Springfield.
Mitcham Reserve (between Old Belair Rd and Norman Walk) includes a duck feeding park and barbecue facilities. Brownhill Creek runs through the middle of Mitcham, and Brownhill Creek Caravan Park is a popular camping spot set among wildlife like koalas and colourful birds. Randell Park Trails, in Mitcham’s southeast corner, contains scenic, bicycle and walking trails that often take you to old quarry faces. Mitcham Square Shopping Centre at Kingswood includes supermarkets, cafes and cinemas. Torrens Park and Mitcham train stations offer extra transport options to the city.
The upgraded Mitcham Library is also popular.