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7 large Auckland properties for sale that have development potential

Article by Property Press

Thanks to the new unitary plan, these Auckland properties for sale offer a wealth of possibilities for subdividing and developing the land

Many of us dream of building our own homes so we can get exactly what we want in terms of layout and finishes, adapted to our unique way of living. In Auckland a major hitch is that the easiest way to do this is to buy a section in a new subdivision or development.

This often means living away from communities, family and friends in suburbs you love that are already well established. The new unitary plan has opened up opportunities for the development of house sites in many of our favourite older suburbs. The plan often also offers multiple options for how the site can be used, subject to council consent, so there are lots of avenues for development.

Here’s our pick of Auckland properties for sale that offer a wealth of possibilities for those with a bit of imagination who aren’t afraid to step outside of the square to create a home that’s really special.


1. Waiheke Island opportunity

Make the most of this whopping site in the heart of Auckland’s island playground. There’s plenty of potential here to either renovate and expand the current dwelling, or start afresh and build something really stunning.

The 2-bedroom house has been well-maintained so you could enjoy spending time enjoying all Waiheke has to offer while you get a feel for the site’s sun and aspect.

This is a very affordable step towards building a home and becoming part of this vibrant beach community.


2. Greenhithe dream home

Once New Zealand was known as the quarter-acre pavlova paradise and although we still enjoy a slice of pav the quarter-acre section is now a rarity.

This 1198m2 Greenhithe property is a special offering, right on the boundary of Collins Park, so as well as having a huge section for your dream home, you can borrow some green views as well. The existing home could be a useful source of extra rental income while you make your plans.

Close to the local shops and Albany and only a 30-minute commute to the city this is a unique chance to create your own modern take on paradise, or explore possibilities for further development.


3. Hauraki holiday lifestyle

It’s not often you see a generous site of this size in Stanmore Bay with the wonderful bonus of captivating views over the blue water of the Hauraki Gulf.

The current home offers a lot of potential to renovate and imprint your own style and there’s plenty of space to extend.

Landscape the gently sloping site to create a tropical ambience that makes the most of those sea views and you have the perfect chance to create a year-round beach holiday lifestyle within easy reach of the city.

4. Sleeping beauty in Te Atatu

This 1950s brick and tile Te Atatu family home really is a sleeping beauty. It’s the first time it’s ever been for sale and now is the time to make the most of the wonderful views out over the estuary towards the city.

Sited at the street side of a whopping 1062m2 site this property has potential stamped all over it. Put your thinking cap on, check out the zoning and get an architect on board to asess your options.

This is the chance to make something very special in a great location close to local amenities and a comfortable commute to the city.


5. Multi-use in Avondale

This site in buzzing Avondale is zoned for terraced housing and apartments so there’s plenty of options here for multi-use of the site while incorporating your own pad.

The three bedder that is currently on the site has had lots of the essentials like insulation done so could be a great little renter while you consider your options.

The level site is in a great area that is currently seeing a lot of development.

6. Hillsborough quarter acre

This lovely sunny, gently sloping quarter acre site in Hillsborough is zoned mixed housing suburban and there’s a feasibility report available. What’s not to like about the location, close to motorway on-ramps and walking distance to schools?

There’s so much potential here and what’s even better is that the 3-bedroom home has been well maintained and offers very comfortable living as is.

This is a great chance to really challenge yourself and see what can be done to promote the lifestyle you want while maximising returns.

7. Pt Chev winner

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to do your own thing in the trendy suburb of Point Chevalier with its proximity to the CBD and motorway links, lively shopping centre, lovely local beach and parks.

The three-bedroom home on site is neat and tidy and a perfect accommodation option while you plan your next move. Or rent it out and enjoy the extra income while you consult with your architect and the council.

The site is zoned mixed housing urban subject to council approval so there are a lot of options here — build your dream home taking advantage of the size of the site, or subdivide.

Words by: Sarah Beresford.

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