Our pick of great starter homes that could help get you on the property ladder
Owning your own home is something that most Kiwis once took for granted, but over the past few years the property boom has pushed up values sharply, making the dream seem elusive.
But there are still affordable opportunities, especially if you are prepared to do a décor update. Here’s our pick of some great starters to get you on the property ladder in the North Island.
1. Lap up those views
Spectacular views over the Hokianga Harbour make this Rawene property an inviting proposition for first time buyers who work from home.
This solid weatherboard home has great indoor/outdoor flow to the wide, covered deck that focuses on the tranquil outlook.
The kitchen has a central island that connects it to living areas and although the bathroom needs an update it’s totally functional. Great for a fresh start on life.
2. Classic 60s style
This 4-bedroom, classic 60s style Raumanga home is a bit of a plain Jane at the moment but a bit of decorative flair would make it an inviting family home.
Spacious light-filled living with fireplace, polished floors, practical open plan kitchen and dining room and roomy bedrooms are all pluses.
Add the fully fenced backyard that’s perfect for kids, off street parking and garage and you’re in business.
3. Apartment alternative
The Auckland house market is punishing for first home buyers but this reasonably priced Glen Eden townhouse could offer a great alternative to apartment living – no body corporate and a courtyard that could be made into a lovely outdoor entertaining space.
The modern open plan kitchen/living area flows directly outside and upstairs there’s three double bedrooms, with the master having the bonus of a balcony.
All you have to do is move in.
4. Handy location
This brick and tile beauty in Mangere East has a great location close to motorways, the train station and amenities.
All is spic and span in the bathroom and kitchen, which flows to the generous open plan living and dining area.
Add three bedrooms, internal access garage, plenty of off-street parking and a fenced garden and you have all the ingredients you need for your first family home.
5. Calling commuters
Huntly is only a 30 minute drive to Hamilton and an hour to Manukau so this home is perfect for those commuters who want to get more bang for their buck.
This sunny, modern build has the perfect floor plan for easy family living with open plan kitchen and living which opens to wooden decking.
The master has an ensuite and the family bathroom has a separate shower and bath and toilet for rush-time flexiblity. There’s an internal access garage that has been converted into a man cave and a shed for storage.
6. Goodbye landlord
You’ll be proud as punch to own this immaculate New Plymouth home sited on a fully fenced, grassy section.
Everything’s taken care of from the immaculate kitchen/dining area that flows to the living space, through to the smart bathroom and generous bedrooms.
This home has a lovely inviting feel and is a wonderful opportunity to say goodbye to the landlord.