Northgate (Lightsview) a popular pick for Adelaide’s first home buyers

Hotspot in Focus: Northgate (SA)

Northgate is a suburb located only 10kms North-East of the Adelaide CBD in South Australia. Lightsview is a suburb located next to Northgate, which was created in 2016 from parts of Northgate with the new development.


Disclaimer: This article is general nature and should not be relied upon. FHBA is not qualified or licensed to recommend locations for your first home. If you do not know where you want to buy your first home, you should speak to a licensed professional.

Why Northgate?

Boasting lovely parks, shopping centres and city light views, this suburb of Northgate prides itself on community and safety.  Some reasons why first home buyers might find Northgate as a suitable first home choice include:

Variety & Lifestyle – One of the key features of Northgate is the fact that it has everything that you need close by. It has a lot to offer for first home buyers:

  • Green Acres and North Gate Shopping Centres are accessible by public transport as well as by car and have ample car parking spaces on site.
  • Plenty of supermarkets, specialty stores and a wide range of dining choices
  • Plenty of sports facilities for your children and adults to enjoy

Transport & Location – Bus services run regularly through the township of Northgate and commute to all directions. Main services run from Grand Junction Road and Fosters Road.

As Northgate is only located about 10kms to the Adelaide CBD, commuting by bus and driving is the preferred method of most residents living in Northgate.

Schools – All levels of educational services can be found in Northgate & surrounding suburbs, including childcare centres and early learning centers, primary schools & high schools. The area has a combination of private and state schools that are very accessible by either foot or public transport with Cedar College situated right in the heart of the suburb.

There are a number of primary schools and several secondary schools servicing the suburb of Northgate.  The most popular schools in the region include:

  • Cedar College
  • Northfield Primary School
  • Hillcrest

Northgate hotspot

Cedar College is one of North Adelaide’s most popular schools

The Northgate economy

With the centre of Northgate being approximately 8km from Adelaide’s CBD, the city’s employment opportunities are easily accessible by car, bus or bicycle.

As part of SA’s 30-year development plan, the Gepps Cross Trade Centre is underway and has been master planned over 7ha of land which sits adjacent to the Gepps Cross Homemaker Centre. The sites have frontage to Port Wakefield Road and the newly constructed Matthews Road. The Trade Centre is being marketed to light industrial and hardware users and retailers,which is expected to create plenty of jobs for local residents.

The median age in the suburb of of Northgate is 33

With the suburb median age at only 33 and with 84% of the population under the age of 50, the area is suitable for young/middle-aged first home buyers looking to settle in the area.

Northgate first home buyer housing

Northgate does offer affordable living options for first home buyers who are looking to live in the inner ring suburbs of Adelaide. There are plenty of established and a few brand new house & townhouse options for first home buyers looking to buy in this region, especially in the new development of Lightsview.

According to APM Data, the median house prices are as follows (as of July 2018):

Northgate (Houses) – $557,680

Northgate (Units) – $415,000

Lightsview (Houses) – $480,000

Lightsview (Units) – $339,000

The median prices mentioned prices mentioned above are higher than Adelaide City’s median price, but they do offer benefits such as the proximity to the Adelaide CBD.  For first home buyers looking to buy a house in the suburb next door, Lightsview there are opportunities well under $500,000 – an option for first home buyers looking for entry-level housing. There are also some new townhouses & apartments in the area for those looking for low maintenance living in the suburbs of Northgate and Lightsview.

First home buyers can take advantage of the $15,000 FHOG in SA (for a total purchase price below $575,000 for houses). This means there is plenty of supply for first home buyers to take advantage of when buying their first home in the region. More importantly, for those looking to buy an established property, unfortunately no assistance is available for first home buyers.

Previously voted Best Master Planned Development in Australia, Lightsview is a multi-award winning development located approx. 8km from Adelaide CBD. Designed with the Community in mind, this sought after area has cycling paths, town centre as well as 15ha of public open reserves, all which have been carefully considered in this development and is seen to be setting the benchmark in modern, sustainable living.

Lightsview Estate

The Lightsview development has plenty of opportunities for first home buyers, starting from $455,610

Looking to determine if you have saved enough for your first home in Northgate or Lightsview? Click here to use our Eligibility Estimator.

How can FHBA help secure your first home in Northgate or Lightsview?

Buying your first home can be quite tricky. That’s why at FHBA, we are with you every step of the way, even as far as helping you move into your first home!

First Home Loan

Your FHBA Coach will explain all the steps, determine your borrowing capacity, offer suitable loan options, compile your loan application paperwork and even assist you with applications for the FHOG in SA. Click here to get pre-approved with a no-charge assessment!

FHOG eligible brand new home

We have access to a range of brand new property opportunities for aspiring first home buyers looking to buy in Northgate and surrounding areas (all with FHOG eligibility + the FHBA 50 Rebate!). Be sure to complete the form at the bottom of this page if you are interested and want to know more about the exciting apartments, townhouses and house & land packages we have access to. Alternatively, search our large range of properties by clicking here.

Established homes

FHBA assists first home buyers looking to buy an established home – regardless of budget, property type, or property location, we will not rest until you have successfully settled on a property you have chosen & you have comfortably moved into your first home.

If you are looking for more information or if you have any questions, please complete the form below to speak with an FHBA Coach.

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First Home Buyers Australia