Adelaide Area Profile: Inner Southern Suburbs. Wayville, Clarence Gardens & to Melrose Park.

The inner southern suburbs of Adelaide located in the Mitcham and Unley Council areas between South Road and Goodwood Road are fast becoming some of the most sought after in the state.

The area has a great blend of early 1900 character homes, renovated, un-renovated and large allotments. The council development plans in these areas don’t allow for the constant chopping up of allotments (especially in the Mitcham Council areas) which makes the area very attractive for families as the likelihood of rows of townhouses popping up is quite unlikely. Home owners enjoy larger allotments, much more open space than others due to the council development plans protecting this.

The majority of the streets are tree lined with beautiful blooms such as Jacaranda and Plane Trees, similar to those that flank Cross Road.

Some key attraction points are the infrastructure and the access to amenities. This is one of the few areas with where the train and the tram lines intersect proving residents with easy access to the city, metro and southern coasts. It is actually quicker (during the morning commute) to get from Clarence Gardens to the CBD than it is from the top of Duthy Street in Malvern if using public transport. The access to public transport allows residents to travel to the city and as far away as Glenelg and Noarlunga without even using a car.

Of course, you can’t go past the famous Farmers Market at the Wayville Showgrounds where you can get the freshest produce direct from the growers and farmers every Sunday.


Picture: Adelaide/Glenelg Tram

A telling factor of how well an area is doing in regards to popularity is generally in the renewal of old businesses and commercial development. We have seen development taking place on Goodwood road and with the recent article in the Messenger Press (click here to read the article) indicating that the renewal of old sites and the emergence of new eateries along the Winston Avenue and East Avenue strips is due the more affordable property prices compared to the eastern suburbs attracting younger buyers and creating a brand new café scene.

Unfortunately the Messenger article missed out on one of the best places in the area getting a wrap so from a residents point of view;

Carnevale Coffee – East Ave, Clarence Park
Carnevale, the site once a run-down video/DVD store is now the most popular café on the strip. Offering great coffee and food all set in a funky, eclectic setting it’s the pick of the bunch for Sunday brunch and easy parking makes in the perfect stop off for a takeaway on the way into work. Friendly staff and great owners have all fitted well into the community and the place is always a buzz. Residents agree that business was probably the first in the turning point for the strip.

Other Trendy cafes and restaurants;

  • Vinh Xuan Pholicious, 54 Winston Ave, Clarence Gardens
  • The Little Fig, 90b Winston Ave, Melrose Park
  • Rice Bar, 90f Winston Ave, Melrose Park
  • The Middle Store, 118 Winston Ave, Melrose Park
  • And just a bit further north:
  • Dear Daisy, 66 Leah St, Forestville
  • Cherry Darlings Bakehouse, 5 Aroha Tce, Forestville
  • Sublime, 55 East Ave, Millswood

Winston Avenue and East Avenue combined now rival Duthy Street as the top non main road strips in the region. This in itself will drive interest in local property and real estate for years to come.

Picture: Goodwood Oval

With parks aplenty the area has loads of ovals and playgrounds adding further attraction points for new owners and family owners. Goodwood Oval, Paige Park, The Orphanage & AA Baily Reserve all offer playground and some having BBQ areas. In addition to this they are Dog friendly meaning you can run the pooch off the lead without any hassle.

The School zoning is highly sought after with the area providing access across Black Forest, Westbourne Park, Edwardstown and Goodwood Zones while proximity to private schools such as Cabra is also convenient.

Considered as one of the most tightly held pockets of real estate in the metro area, the inner southern has much to offer and with such broad market appeal and attractive lifestyle options, it is hard to go past it as far as places to live.


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