8.4 out of 10

Croydon

Ranked 134th best suburb in Adelaide (Greater)
-34.895301694326 138.565160714956
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Lived here all my life"

Croydon has always been a great area but unfortunately lately alot of drug addicts have moved in and I have been finding needles and drug rubbish on the footpaths. Croydon is fantanstic for hipsters and alternative people with queen st full of different cafes and various shops
Pros
  • Great Shops
  • Close to transport
Cons
  • Drug rubbish everywhere
  • High crime
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Not a very nice area to live..."

Pros
  • Nothing
Cons
  • High crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A tightly held suburb"

I feel a little smug when walking around Croydon knowing that I own a property here. The houses are beautiful and historical, Queen St attracts customers from all over Adelaide, we have nice parks and shopping is a breeze at either Foodland or Welland Plaza. A concert at the Gov or the Entertainment Centre or a soccer match at Hindmarsh Stadium - all minutes away.

It is a beautiful neighbourhood to walk in, with beautiful trees, quiet streets and lovely homes as a backdrop. Neighbours say hi when prompted but tend to keep to themselves.

Getting out onto South Rd can be painful at the best of times. Alternatively there is the train. It is so convenient having the train station so close and then a quick 6 minute ride and you are in the city.

It is truly a charming location only minutes from the city and just a little further to the beach.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"excelllent suburb full of life"

have lived here all my life just about would not want to live any where else.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quirky Croydon"

Archetypical old Adelaide suburb on the inner industrial side of the city. Just 5 kms out of town. Not a domitory suburb but a real mix, even though the few factories and warehouses have all but disappeared. Multicultural - Italian and Greek, then Vietnamese and now African and other refugees. You'll still see packs of elderly Italian people going for an evening stroll on hot summers nights - no doubt fondly reflecting on thier post-war lives in the new country (and perhaps longing to see Italy once more while they still can).

The area has its fair share of high income rennovators who have been attracted by the generous sprinkling of prestige old homes of yesteryear located in "Croydon proper" and parts of West Croydon. Croydon boasts some great rennovations. Infill hasn't gone crazy with lots of residents holding on to their big back yards.

Architecture is a mix of 1900s villa's and 1920s bungalows. The orginal village was surrounded by grain fields and pastures with dairies remaining in the area well into the 1920s and 1930s.

Its past boasted the Croydon village in Queen and Elizabeth streets. It's now revived with a couple of cafes and retailers and even a fitness studio. It's a tiny and intimate little precinct with a great feel - it's probably one of Adelaide's most sublime spots. You still get the feel of the economic struggle that has characterised this quintessential working class suburb throughout its life. The old shops in the street, boasting cheap rents, have incubated many a young business hopefull's dreams of grandeur.

You get the sense - in its early days - the residents of Croydon looked down on the neighbouring suburb of now-trendy post-industrial Brompton/Bowden as its "slummy" poor cousin.

Rostetta Street subway is a heritage feature. In the old days this was a major recreation of the bored local lads - riding their bikes up and down (the old world equivalent of today's skate bowl).

Today the area is set to boom with the inner west being revived yet again by the establishment of the new government led Transport Oriented Developments adjacent to the rail corridor that runs right through Croydon. It's near trendy Brompton, and facility rich Hindmarsh and North Adelaide, not far from the CBD, and is transport friendly.

Its almost certain that its lack of resaturants will soon be made good.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids