Semaphore is primarily a residential suburb, although its seaside location makes it a popular local tourist destination, with numerous restaurants, takeaway food outlets and other tourism-oriented businesses. It is adjacent to Semaphore South, Glanville, Exeter and Largs Bay. It falls in the Port Adelaide Enfield Council area. Semaphore is a north-western seaside suburb approximately 14km from Adelaide CBD. Semaphore’s white sands, family-friendly shallows and colourful foreshore make for a classic Adelaide beach escape.
Semaphore has a population of 2825 residents, with an average weekly income of $824. The median price for houses is $570,361 and the median price for units is $282,599. House prices in Semaphore have grown by 14.25% in the past 3 years and 1.50% last year. Unit prices in Semaphore have grown by -9.36% in the past 3 years. The average house in Semaphore is rented for $410 per week and returns a rental return of 4.08%. The median weekly rental price on units is $325 and the rental return is 5.82%. Houses in Semaphore take an average of 42 days before selling and the average time for a unit to sell is 182 days. There were 32 houses sold last year and 7 units sold last year in Semaphore.
The local public primary school is LeFevre Primary School in the neighbouring suburb of Birkenhead. The local high school is LeFevre High School in the neighbouring suburb of Semaphore South. The only school located in Semaphore is Dominican Primary School, a private school run by the Catholic Education Office. Another nearby faith-based private school is Portside Christian College in neighbouring Ethelton, a primary and secondary school.
Semaphore is served by the historic Semaphore Library, and a small cinema, the Odeon Star. Semaphore Road contains a large number of retail stores. Some are aimed at the large number of summer visitors, with a large range of food vendors, clothing boutiques and gift retailers. Residents appreciate a butcher, bakery, fruit shop, post office, gym, newsagency, supermarkets, chemists and hairdressers. Semaphore also caters to the seaside attraction during the summer months, with Fish and Chips, Ice Cream, Coffee shops, a public playground that was redone in 2014, and the Semaphore Water slide Amusement Park, there is no wonder Semaphore Road was voted the People’s Choice Award for best Main Street in South Australia for 2014.
Semaphore’s history isn’t confined to a museum. Even from the end of the jetty you can see the Timeball Tower, the oldest working carousel in the southern hemisphere, the glorious 1920s Palais bathing pavilion (now the Semaphore Palais hotel), historical buildings along Semaphore Road and the Ozone Theatre building.
Semaphore Road – one of Adelaide’s widest boulevards – is finding a new sense of style. Funky boutiques have opened their doors alongside famous ‘old salt’ pubs. Contemporary cafes are serving beneath the tin ceilings of century-old buildings. Indulge in high quality food in a beachside atmosphere, where fine dining and great pubs mix with quirky cafes and good old-fashioned fish and chips.