Heaven on Earth for keen mountain bikers

Winter 2019

After years of living near the beach, Blackwood Park was just the tree change avid mountain bikers David and Griffin were after.

The father and son pair, along with wife and mum Annie, moved to Blackwood Park after many years living on the mid south coast and say it has all they need for an active outdoor lifestyle.

“We moved from the beach to be closer to work, school, the city and university and rented at Craigburn Farm – that’s when we decided Blackwood Park was where we wanted to live,” David said.

“What started as a house hunt turned into a search for a block of land and the rest is history!”

Competitive off-road cyclists, Griffin and David now have trails at their doorstep and have the ability to train with ease each day.

David also believes the convenience of trails so close to home is a significant selling point for the area.

“There’s a vast array of mountain biking available all year round up here,” David said.

“The whole trail network is extensive – you can ride for hours across Blackwood, Eden Hills and Flagstaff Hill – it really is quite unique.”

Of course, walking the local trails is also an option, which Annie prefers to do with the family’s dog.

“Whether you’re riding, running or walking, there’s plenty to explore.”

David and Annie bought a 600 square metre block and built with Dechellis Homes, giving them the flexibility to modify the floor plan to suit their needs.

After a trouble-free six month build – the family moved in in December last year.

“We knew we wanted a northern aspect with a spacious open plan family, living and kitchen and Dechellis could accommodate this while making the process simple for us,” David said.

“We were one of the first houses in our area but now we’ve been joined by four other families and we’ve slowly created our own little community.”

“We’re also looking forward to becoming active members within the local Blackwood area community. There is so much to be involved in up here.”

Working at a local high-school, David said Blackwood Park is far enough away to take advantage of nature yet close enough to make an easy commute to and from work and other conveniences.

“We’re close enough to the city, Flinders University, the shops, parks, transport – everything we need really,” David said.

“But what’s great is the abundance of nature we have around us at home – we’ve got kangaroos and birdlife around us each day.

“It really is a beautiful part of the world.”

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