8.9 out of 10

Hawthorndene

Ranked 87th best suburb in Adelaide (Greater)
-35.023071163511 138.629604992394
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Schools
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
Sep 13, 2015

"Wow! I could live here forever!"

Recently purchased a house in Hawthorndene and we absolutely love it here! So quiet and peaceful with so much bird life and koalas roaming in the tall gums.Lovely to walk around the suburb with plenty of families doing the same with a friendly 'Hi'. Every house has its special charm and most gardens are lovely mostly in their natural state. Blocks are massive 1200+ . Streets are quiet with no thru traffic. We all feel very safe here and its a very community orientated area. So many parks and creeks for the kids to explore too. All this 12km from the city and very very well priced. Get in quick before prices go up and the secret gem is well known!!
Pros
  • safe and peaceful
  • Proximity to shopping, services and employment.
  • Quiet, slow pace
  • Small and not well known !!
  • Peaceful
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
Sep 10, 2015

"Peaceful atmosphere that makes you feel at home"

We lived here very happily for 10 years, and could have made much better use of the idyllic area. We lived on the main stretch of Hawthorndene Drive, which receives a moderate amount of traffic at peak hour, but the majority of the streets are very quiet and you can always see the dappled light coming through the large trees. Joan's Pantry and the Fruit and Veg co-op really the only stores in the suburb itself, but it's super close to Blackwood for all shopping/medical/banking/etc. needs, and 20 mins drive to the city or the beach. Central but not too close! Kind of a hilly, quieter version of Unley. many amazing schools in very close proximity, both high schools and primary. The public transport links are also fantastic, with Blackwood and Glenalta Train stations at the edges of the suburb, and a bus route to the city. This was probably my favourite part of living here! There are also many parks/reserves, such as the Hawthorndene Oval, BMX park, and Apex Playground, as well as a picturesque trail following the Minnow Creek. Additionally, it's about a 5 minute walk to Belair National Park! the blocks are large and at quite a reasonable price compared to similar land sizes in Stirling or even Blackwood. Sincerely, Reluctantly leaving!!
Pros
  • Peaceful
  • safe and peaceful
  • Proximity to shopping, services and employment.
  • Quiet, slow pace
  • Small and not well known !!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

""A quiet sleepy refuge, near the action""

The Dene is Adelaides best kept secret. It is really a large valley consisting of large (ave 1200m2) low density allotments, that quietens down at night, emitting little light or noise except perhaps for wildlife sounds. It is 15km to the city or beautiful Brighton beach, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the plains. The many trees are green and the air is clean. Property is tightly held here as people rarely leave. If you like a highly ordered environment then the Dene is not for you. Council rarely sweep the streets or mow the verges here and a great percentage of the streets do not have any footpath (let alone paving like say in Unley) to walk on. However there is only local traffic anyway. A few ferals around living cheaply in the remaining 1950s bungalows that sprang up as weekenders for visits to the National Park, but they are few now and being redeveloped continuously. Well serviced with a wonderful local primary school and adjacent shopping, dining, medical, educational and fitness facilities. Should be relatively impervious to the SA governments disgraceful "Densification of existing suburbs" population growth housing plan for 2012 and beyond. If you move here you need to have a realistic expectation about the reasonable requirement for yard maintenance (Weeding, leaf litter etc) particulalry in the lead up to the summer fire season. Overall the Dene facilitates an enviable lifestyle that can be enjoyed as Dinks, then as a family and then as retirees.
Pros
  • Quiet, slow pace
  • Proximity to shopping, services and employment.
  • Small and not well known !!
  • safe and peaceful
Cons
  • Peak hour traffic issues, relating to exiting the suburb
  • No local deli anymore....
  • In Mitcham council (Should be AHC)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
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 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Leafy and Country feel but so close"

I think its the most under rated suburb going. Close to Flinders Uni,Belair National Park, great pubs and cafes and parks and playgrounds all over. 15 mins to beach and city. The only thing different about the Dene and the big money suburbs is it has less pollution and more recreation
Pros
  • safe and peaceful
Cons
  • small and not well known
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A really nice part of the hills but still quite close to the city."

A beautiful leafy and green place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
2yrs+

"Feels like a little village - but so close to everything!"

It is filled with trees and a lovely "feeling". We are a stones throw away from buses and trains, and a 15 minute drive to the city.
The Hawthorndene Oval is a fantastic spot to meet fellow residents and their dogs, or to simply have a stroll and take in the surroundings.
I feel really safe in this suburb and in my experience neighbours look out for one another.
It is only a little suburb, but I would recommend living here to any one.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids