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Perry Groves Jan 26th 2015 12:24 am

Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
Hi, Can anyone tell me if there are any reasonably safe areas in Auckland for someone looking to buy a house with a budget of around $500,000 for 3-4 bedrooms?

A Rush And A Push Jan 26th 2015 2:11 am

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
Do you know whereabouts you would be commuting to for work? Can narrow down areas then

Affordable areas in Auckland are few and far between I'm afraid.

Perry Groves Jan 26th 2015 4:45 am

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
Most likely the CBD

Parnell Jan 26th 2015 5:45 am

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 

Originally Posted by Perry Groves (Post 11545386)
Most likely the CBD

Check out trains from britomart

bearskin Jan 26th 2015 6:53 am

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
You may have to go a fair way out of Auckland to get those requirements.. An hours commute I would guess. Not a great time to be looking.

A Rush And A Push Jan 26th 2015 7:30 am

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
Yeah, I'm struggling to think of a decent area where you will get a stand alone house for that. A unit (single-storey terrace) or townhouse (two or three storey terrace) maybe but not a place with a garden.

Bo-Jangles Jan 26th 2015 8:00 am

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
With $500k you really are looking at the bottom end of the Auckland market. You'll either have to travel far or take on a project.

Depending on how far you are willing to travel and how much traffic you're willing to put up with you might find some places up the Hibiscus Coast / Whangapaoroa Peninsula. There's new and so called 'affordable' homes being built at Hobsonville (starting at around $700k)

Other than that you'll likely find something down South in the 3Ps Papakura, Pakuranga, Papatoetoe or out west Te Atatu and Henderson but you'd have to check them out yourself to see if those places would make the grade.

Perry Groves Jan 26th 2015 8:57 am

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
Thanks everyone. I was also think the 3 P's or maybe further south. But I guess not Otara

Chocoholics Jan 26th 2015 8:29 pm

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
I agree with BO-Jangles. You will struggle to get anything with a reasonable commute to the CBD. Public transport is gradually getting better here but it is a long way from the transport networks in the UK so it is likely driving could be your only option. Something to keep in mind when you are looking. Having said that, looks like you have already done quite a bit of research which is good and figured some of this out.

scrubbedexpat094 Jan 27th 2015 3:33 am

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
Hibiscus coast is great for young families. Ferry journey from Gulf Harbour to CBD is 50 mins. Have had a quick check on a couple of real estate websites and there isn't a lot around for $500k, which surprised me as I didn't think house prices had gone up that much around us.

davros1984 Jan 27th 2015 6:58 pm

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
You'll definitely struggle to get 3 bedrooms in Auckland for 500K.(I'd know!). Suggest you lower your requirements or look into buying an apartment for that money.

Funnily enough we've just had an offer accepted on a 4-bed detached house in the UK (in a great area and location) for a far lesser amount than 500K NZD. Auckland = crazy money!

Stormer999 Jan 27th 2015 8:12 pm

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
I fail to see the relevance...:huh:

davros1984 Jan 27th 2015 8:51 pm

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
The posters question is the same challenge we faced in Auckland. We got out. The poster will be hard-pushed to find what they're after for around 500K NZD in Auckland that's commutable to the CBD. Its an expensive place to be.

garethwm Jan 27th 2015 9:58 pm

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 

Originally Posted by davros1984 (Post 11547100)
Funnily enough we've just had an offer accepted on a 4-bed detached house in the UK (in a great area and location) for a far lesser amount than 500K NZD. Auckland = crazy money!

Likewise, I can buy similar in Invercargil for less than $200k NZ. Youve got to compare oranges with oranges relative to the country. I think Auckland is to NZ what London is to the UK, although on a different scale, obviously.

davros1984 Jan 27th 2015 10:10 pm

Re: Auckland reasonably affordable areas for families
 
Useful advice to the original poster. Are you definitely set on Auckland or are other areas an option? Your money will go a lot further outside of Auckland.

I don't necessarily agree Auckland is like London, Auckland is more like a Cardiff or Edinburgh, but take away at least 50% of the restaurants, pubs and other facilities that Cardiff and Edinburgh have, then give it London property prices. Although Auckland does have some stunning beaches and the Waitakere ranges ;)


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