Image: Life in Henley Beach | Source: Joes Henley Beach

Dream Lifestyles: The Best Suburbs in Adelaide

Adelaide is the definition of a lifestyle rich city. With low unemployment rates, a thriving economy, a relaxed atmosphere, large outdoor spaces and access to the coast, it’s hardly surprising the city was named Australia’s most liveable city and the world’s third by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index for 2021. While growing in culture and opportunity, Adelaide retains a quieter charm that so many of us are searching for. While it’s hard to go wrong with settling in one of Adelaide’s suburbs, let’s introduce you to our favourite few.

North Brighton

North Brighton is a sunny, beachside suburb that provides the best of city and coastal living in one package. Being only a short 20-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD, the suburb gives residents the chance to work in the city and live by the coast. With some of the best schools in Adelaide in the catchment zone, along with a surf life-saving club, sports facilities and welcoming social centres, you will have no problem settling into this family-oriented community.

Image: A characterful North Brighton home Source: Real Estate

North Adelaide

If you’re after inner-city living then you can’t go past North Adelaide. This cute hilltop suburb is located on the edge of the Adelaide CBD, attracting a community of young professionals and creatives to the area. North Adelaide boasts a mixture of Victorian terraces, character homes and contemporary apartment buildings, all in walking distance to the River Torrens and its sprawling parklands, lively historic pubs and Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

Image: A property in North Adelaide Source: TOOP + TOOP


Glenelg is one of Adelaide’s most popular tourist destinations but it’s also a wonderful place to live. Sought after for its coastal location, the suburb also has a popular amusement park, trendy cafes and large parklands to enjoy. To get into the city, residents can choose to undertake a short 20-minute drive or take advantage of Glenelg’s public transport and be in the office in 25 minutes via the tram. While families enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the suburb, young people are catered for with an exciting dining and nightlife scene.

Image: Glenelg beach and marina Source: Real Estate


Prospect’s tree-lined streets, community events and heritage architecture make the suburb popular with all demographics. With great schools, gourmet grocery stores, boutique cinemas, parklands and reserves, you are also just five minutes away from the Adelaide CBD. While this enviable lifestyle does push the price of Prospect’s properties into the higher median house price for Adelaide at A$800,000, compared to other Australian cities, buying a home in the lifestyle rich Prospect is a definite bargain.

Image: rows of townhouses in Prospect Source: Real Estate

Henley Beach

Henley Beach is all about taking it slow. If you like the sound of long balmy evenings spent in seafood restaurants and sipping your morning coffee beside the beach then Henley Beach might be the suburb for you. With cute boutiques, ice cream shops and beachside cafes, life here revolves around the sea. Families have a choice of good schools, with an endless array of outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained on the weekend. Life here sounds like an extended holiday, and that’s because it pretty much is.

Image: the popular Joes Henley Beach cafe Source: Joes Henley Beach

If you enjoyed reading about the best suburbs in Adelaide, then you might enjoy reading about our favourite neighbourhoods in Sydney, PerthBrisbaneCanberra and the Gold Coast while you’re here.

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