A former industrial site, the $1 billion Bowden development is now a thriving hub, with a focus on sustainability and community.
Within the 10 years between 2006 and 2016, the population grew 50%, as the previous Clipsal factory site has been transformed into a mix of residential apartments, retail and commercial premises. The first residents moved into the new development in 2014. Though a new suburb, Bowden has always drawn a community vibe, originally with factory workers, and now transitioning to a creative hub.
Geographically, Bowden is a small suburb and is located right on the fringe of North Adelaide. It has fantastic public transport facilities, making the CBD easily accessible.
With a large proportion of renters, the properties in Bowden represent a very different mix of accommodation style (compared to the South Australian and Australian housing composition). One and two bedroom premises make up 68% of housing stock (compared to all of SA at 22%).
Information current as of: June 2020. Data sourced from realestate.com.au, Google Maps & Australian Bureau of Statistics, based on 2016 census data
Part of the City of Charles Sturt.
In 2008 it was announced that the previous Clipsal factory site was to become a new “green village”.
Median age 33
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What the Locals Love
Great school zoning
Brompton Primary School
Adelaide Botanic High School
Adelaide High School
Arguably Adelaide’s best live music venue – if not Australia’s – The Gov has been an institution for 170 years.
Plant 4 is also known to put on a gig or two, creating atmosphere within the great industrial venue. Plant 4 hosts “Fridays From 5” with food, music, local wines, craft beers and cocktails.
With all new buildings going through the Green Star sustainability certification process, there’s a focus on energy-efficiency throughout the area.
There’s a Community Garden with shared veggie patches, for local residents to grow their own produce and get to know their neighbours.
To everything! North Adelaide is “just across the road” and to travel through the beautiful parklands on foot, is just one way to get there.
There are trams on Port Rd, buses galore, or a scenic cycle track along the River Torrens.
While originally a hub for factory workers, Bowden is now a hub for creative folk. There are bi-weekly produce markets at Plant 4, a community-run group that teaches people to build their own bikes, and plenty of basketball courts, a skate park and even an outdoor chess set…. Many opportunities to meet enhance a sense of community and wellbeing.