Selling points: Mount Barker is the hub of The Adelaide Hills. Country towns surround the area, so people can choose whether they wish to live close to all facilities or be out of town in the country. This opens up many doors for investors, with properties reaching 10% return in some areas. We always have good demand for rental properties throughout The Adelaide Hills and our vacancy rates are often 0%.
Most sought after properties: We have a huge range of demographics within our area; from people who want a unit, to those looking for a small acreage to rent; or even a prestige home. New homes will enable the investor to claim high depreciation rates whilst an older home may need more maintenance.
Most common properties: Mount Barker offers homes built in the early settlement era right through to new builds, so there is a huge range of homes to choose from. Areas like Hahndorf, Aldgate and Stirling offer plenty of character.
Top amenities: Mount Barker offers both public and private education and is the central hub for secondary schooling. Whilst there are numerous private primary schools, Cornerstone College and St Francis de Sales offer superb secondary education. The shopping facilities in Mt Barker are consistent with rural cities across Australia, with further development scheduled in the near future. Numerous restaurants have also opened up with Hahndorf now being well known for the array of specialty cafés and restaurants. Sporting clubs are also a huge draw card to the area – all of which are professionally run by passionate locals.
Local industry and business: Small business is the major employer of the local economy.
Recent changes: Mount Barker has changed enormously in the last 10 years with major housing developments, shopping developments, parks and walkways. It is one of the fastest growing townships within Australia.
Best streets: If you are looking for a home to live in, you would most probably look at the areas of Martindale Estate, Dalmeny Park or Waterford Estate in Mount Barker. Hahndorf, Aldgate and Stirling offer more of a community / country feel and also offer better capital growth. Whilst if you were looking to purchase an investment property, you may consider staying within the hub of Mt Barker, close to all facilities. Mt Barker offers lower prices and a strong demand for rental properties. If you want returns of 10% with some calculated risk, head to Murray Bridge. This area offers strong demand, low prices yet high rental yields, however capital gain will be much lower than that of Mount Barker and surrounds.
Public transport: The bus services run to Adelaide all day and to most schools in the Adelaide Hills and the city. The public transport has improved greatly over the past 10 years.
Main arteries: Mount Barker is only 20 minutes by car on the South Eastern Freeway from Adelaide. We are also only 45 minutes from the south coast and the Fleurieu Peninsula, which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in South Australia. The Murray River is just 45 minutes away, offering a fantastic area for water sports.