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Old May 11th 2014, 12:15 pm
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There are decent areas in Auckland where you could buy for $600K - but they tend to be on the outskirts and would mean a long commute. A area like the Whangaparoa peninsula is lovely - safe, great for families, nice beaches, good schools - but it's probably a 45 min drive to Mt Wellington on clear roads so in rush hour I have no idea how long it would take - 1.5 hours maybe?

But up there you can get a house like this for $575K

http://www.trademe.co.nz/property/re...-699334814.htm

You could maybe go south to somewhere like Pukekohe which is on the train line but I don't know it well enough to know good/bad areas.

And yes, your options with $600K would have been much much better even 2 or 3 years ago - Auckland house prices are rising fast.
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Old May 11th 2014, 1:32 pm
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Whangaparoa is OK. A ferry into the CBD takes 45 minutes. However, when Blair drives, it takes him over 1.5 hours to get to the CBD.
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Originally Posted by davros1984
Whangaparoa is OK. A ferry into the CBD takes 45 minutes. However, when Blair drives, it takes him over 1.5 hours to get to the CBD.
whangaparoa to the airport took me 3 hrs in rush hour traffic.
its a nice place with some nice little beaches. just dont go to Gulf harbour (sorry bigstix)
when I lived in whangaparoa i always fancied gulf harbour as it seemed very affordable
so i jumped at it when ai got the chance to rent up there for a few months, after 3 months
I couldnt wait to get away, its a totally soulless place, i hated it.
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We like living towards the top of the North Shore. We'd say it's a great are to live - but property prices have risen a lot since we bought a house here ten years ago. It is considered that about an hour's commute into town is acceptable, but I also know a lot of people who would say that if you live on the Shore, get a job on the Shore. I guess that's true for most areas - if your job is Mt Wellington, then I'd be looking at the 'best' suburbs in the city I could afford
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Originally Posted by Justcol
whangaparoa to the airport took me 3 hrs in rush hour traffic.
its a nice place with some nice little beaches. just dont go to Gulf harbour (sorry bigstix)
when I lived in whangaparoa i always fancied gulf harbour as it seemed very affordable
so i jumped at it when ai got the chance to rent up there for a few months, after 3 months
I couldnt wait to get away, its a totally soulless place, i hated it.
How can you say that JC ??? Have to say that I'm rather over GH now. Actually I'm over NZ and looking to move somewhere with a bit of life & heat (if poss). To the OP - Whangaparaoa to Mount Wellington is not a great commute, I had a friend who did it for a while and he found it very tiring. I agree with Bearskin & look to the best suburb you can afford in the city.

Davros, the ferry actually takes 50 mins . OH getting it everyday since that numpty hit our car back in January. Can't afford a second one.
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I walked along Orewa Beach on Mothers Day. My husband was on the Mothers Day duty visit which also involved other relatives. This is why we were on the North Shore of Auckland.

I once had lunch at Gulf Harbour. Nice to visit, but I'd struggle to live there. Just not my cup of soy latte (even if that's what I drank.)

Nice day for it though.

However,

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Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix
[COLOR="Black"]How can you say that JC ???
Nothing personal my luvvy.
I'm sure there are lots of folk who would look at Cambridge and think it a terribly dull place (but rather pretty) but I love it here,
Horses for courses and all that.
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I live on Eastern Beach (about 15 mins from Mount Wellington) and am very lucky to have both a well insulated, properly double glazed warm rented house with great views to Waiheke. It's $550 a week but we had to see about 40 (!!) properties and were really lucky to get this one.

There are good rentals around but it's bloody hard work to find one. Have a look around here, Bucklands beach and Highland Park. Should all fall under Maclean's college which is a really good school.
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Hi there

We just rented a nice 4 bedroom house in Botany Downs Auckland, not far from Flat Bush. Fairly modern. No central heating though so stocked up on oil radiators. We lived in Canberra for the last 2 years with crap houses, crap heating and no insulation so we are used to it. Still long for double glazing, insulation, thick walls and decent central heating. All part of the adventure :-) There are a few good schools around here. Our daughter is enrolling in Willowbank Primary tomorrow, not really looked at Secondary Schools yet. Liking Auckland so far.
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