Flagstaff Hill delivers big on leafy living in an undulating environment within easy reach of Adelaide, its southern beaches and McLaren Vale wineries.
Helen and Brian Werner bought their 680sqm slice of paradise almost three years ago and are now reluctantly selling their four-bedroom Longleaf Court home.
“We have retired recently and we’re going to downsize and move closer to family and friends, including our grandchildren,” says Mrs Werner.
“We love it here. It’s so peaceful and quiet and we live in a lovely, tree-lined estate (Flagstaff Pines).
“We’ll miss the feel of it. There are no front fences here and it’s nice and green.
“It’s a little bit of a secret, being tucked away. There are no overhead cables in the street. The first time we drove into the estate, I had a great feeling about it.”
According to property market analysts Core Logic, Flagstaff Hill’s median house price has risen 13.6 per cent in the past three years.
“You’ve got that country feel here, yet you’re not far from anything,” Mrs Werner says. “You’re only about eight minutes away from Westfield Marion and also close to Flinders University and two hospitals.”
She says there are also small clusters of shops nearby at O’Halloran Hill, Old Reynella and Flagstaff Hill.
“We’re within easy reach of the wine estates down south and beaches. It’s only about 15 minutes to Seacliff from here,” Mrs Werner says. “There’s a beautiful park at the end of The Boulevard that’s got a little creek in it and a popular picnic area. It’s a place where you can also walk your dog. We’ve always found everybody here pleasant.”
Sales agent John Muscat of Phil McMahon Real Estate says Flagstaff Hill offers quality homes and value for money.
“It’s chance for people to upgrade and get a newer, bigger home minus the price hike they’ll pay on the plains,” he says.
“And they still have the convenience of being just 20 to 25 minutes from the wineries down south, the beaches and other attractions of the Fleurieu.”
FLAGSTAFF HILL FACTS AND FIGURES
Flagstaff Hill is a hilly suburb about 14km south of Adelaide’s CBD, near Aberfoyle Park, Bellevue Heights, Craigburn Farm, Happy Valley, O’Halloran Hill, Darlington, Seacombe Heights, Darlington, Coromandel Valley and Bedford Park. It is bounded by Main South Rd, Flagstaff Rd, the Sturt River, Murrays Hill Rd, Black Rd and Happy Valley Dr.
MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE
AVERAGE HOLD PERIOD
MEDIAN ASKING RENT
$410 per week for houses.
ORIGIN OF SUBURB NAME
The subdivision was created in 1967 and named after the hill in the area where Colonel William Light erected a flagstaff during his survey of the area in early colonial days and used as a trig point. This trig point location became known as the Flagstaff in the 19th century.
There is a good mix of schools within a 4km radius, including Flagstaff Hill R-7 School (primary), Seaview Downs Primary School, School of the Nativity (primary, Catholic), Our Saviour Lutheran School (primary), Thiele Primary School, Meridian School Incorporated (combined, independent), Seaview High School, Aberfoyle Park High School.
Trees, shrubbery and grassed verges are part of most streets’ scenery among the suburb’s undulating terrain. The area includes homes usually sitting on generous, traditional size or even larger allotments, and pockets of estates that offer clusters of homes more exclusivity and privacy. Many homes offer over the surrounding neighbourhood. CoreLogic data shows about 90 per cent of homes are detached houses with about three per cent listed as semi-detached or units. About 11 per cent of homes are rented.
Sturt Gorge Recreation Park offers scenic walking and cycling trails. Flagstaff Hill Recreation Ground includes a football oval and tennis facilities, while the Flagstaff Hill Golf Club can be accessed through Memford Way. You’ll find a bank, post office and Foodland supermarket among the retailers at the corner of Ridgway Dr and Memford Way, while the Happy Valley Reservoir and the O’Halloran Hill tennis Club lie just beyond Flagstaff Hill’s western outskirts. It’s just under a 10 minute drive to the Westfield Marion shopping complex and about 10 minutes to the Seacliff foreshore.