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Old May 21st 2011, 9:48 pm
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We have been here for about 5 months and are living in Warkworth (which I love) whilst DHB commutes to Auckland CBD. We were hoping to by a largish section but house prices are high here so are considering moving west towards Helensville area.

Does anyone know what the Helensville area is like, including schools etc ? If I am honest I haven't heard great things, but haven't spoken to anyone actually living in the area. We can't afford Riverhead, Waitoki, Waiuku type areas unfortunately so are looking in and around Helensville.

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Old May 22nd 2011, 9:21 pm
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I'd quite like to know about this too! We've been looking out that way as the prices are so much more affordable but like you are a little wary without knowing much about the area.
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I've only ever driven through it but it always reminds me of a desolate American town with tumbleweed blowing through! Sorry, not very helpful I know but it wouldn't be somewhere I would want to live.
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Yes unfortunately I haven't heard particularly good things about the area or the schools, but it is soooooo affordable in comparison. I was hoping that someone living there would give me some positive news but its looking unlikely
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It's obviously the reason why it's so affordable!
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It's obviously the reason why it's so affordable!
I know....though there is that part of me which wonders how long it can remain like that with the Auckland sprawl and cost of houses.....maybe its a good idea getting in whilst its still cheap ? (or am I just kidding myself!!!)
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Personally don't much like Helensville and think the commute would be harder but others might know for sure.
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I tried to like Helensville, because there is seemingly nothing wrong with it - however I agree with Vital there; you feel like you stepped off your horse and walked into the wrong town and everyone knows you're a stranger.

It does most certainly have that 'poverty stricken' Northland town look and feel to it and if you've travelled a bit North of Warkworth, you'll know what I mean. That's not to say there isn't plenty of money thereabouts, with many people having baches and second homes out on the West Coast beaches.

If I was wanting a rural property,then by all means I would not rule the whole area out perse as it has a lot going for it simply being close enough to the larger Auckland amenities should you want or need them. For the right property I would consider that North/West area as a whole and then use Albany as my base for shops and other amenities. I would simply avoid the centre of Helensville completely.

Have you looked at Dairy Flat or Kumeu?
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I tried to like Helensville, because there is seemingly nothing wrong with it - however I agree with Vital there; you feel like you stepped off your horse and walked into the wrong town and everyone knows you're a stranger.

It does most certainly have that 'poverty stricken' Northland town look and feel to it and if you've travelled a bit North of Warkworth, you'll know what I mean. That's not to say there isn't plenty of money thereabouts, with many people having baches and second homes out on the West Coast beaches.

If I was wanting a rural property,then by all means I would not rule the whole area out perse as it has a lot going for it simply being close enough to the larger Auckland amenities should you want or need them. For the right property I would consider that North/West area as a whole and then use Albany as my base for shops and other amenities. I would simply avoid the centre of Helensville completely.

Have you looked at Dairy Flat or Kumeu?
We looked at Dairy Flat.......OK if you have about $600k upwards ;-) I have heard good things about Kumeu but haven't looked their yet.
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Kumeu is expensive too. How much do you want to spend?
What about Franklin? Awhitu? it's a way out but you can till get a bargain out there. And hubby might be able to drive to Pukekohe and get the train in
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