With a mix of jaw-dropping views, generous sections and competitive pricing, these one-bedroom homes for sale across the country are full of potential
One bedroom houses are more popular than ever, with potential buyers attracted by the chance to get on the property ladder at a competitive price, or freeing up capital and downsizing. They offer a lot of pluses that you don’t get with apartment living — the potential for attractive outdoor living areas, storage options, and no body corporate.
Many also can act as a stepping stone to building something bigger, with generous sections offering lots of possibilities. Small homes are great lifestyle options for a wide range of people. Here’s our pick from around the country.
1. Lifestyle calling
This little Far North beauty in Taipa is renovated and raring to go. With a new kitchen, bathroom and laundry, it is modern and bright with the kitchen opening out to a lovely paved outdoor dining area.
There’s a wood burner for winter evenings and the tiled floor in the open plan living area is heated. There’s also the bonus of a stylish plywood-lined, fully-insulated sleep out.
Add two sheds, a veggie garden, orchard and easy walk to lovely Taipa beach and you have all the ingredients of a great lifestyle property.
2. Charm and potential
Built-in the 1880s, this kauri butler’s cottage in Kaipara is as pretty as a picture. Sure it needs work but it has so much charm and potential. The wide, covered verandah that spans two sides of the house has a lovely outlook and with a bit of TLC could be a special spot to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Inside the original paned windows frame the leafy outlook, and kauri floorboards, doors and detailing evoke another era.
The loft-style bedroom has an exposed ceiling and a dreamy view. There’s a shed and plenty of land for a pony, pets, chooks and a veggie patch.
3. Views to die for
All you have to do with this one bedder in Ngunguru is move in and enjoy the spectacular view over beautiful Ngunguru Estuary from the living room, bedroom and expansive front verandah.
This is a unique offering on the waterfront, built on top of a humungous three-bay boatshed.
You can live upstairs and enjoy the modern light and airy fit-out and while you sit on the deck mull over your options for all that space downstairs.
4. Start planning now
Sitting on a large sun-drenched section with fabulous views over Te Mata Bay and out to sea, this original 1960s bach in Thames is the ideal starter for those dreaming of a place to get away from it all.
The one bedder has all you need to start making those holiday memories now — you can pitch a few tents or move on a caravan for extra accommodation while you make plans for the future.
5. Just delightful
What a little cutie! This delightful Ohariu cottage is in such a pretty setting, surrounded by 1.6ha of land, yet still close to nearby Johnsonville and city rail links.
The cottage is deceptively spacious with a generous eat-in kitchen with log burner, separate living with original fireplace, and spacious light-filled bedroom.
You can look out at your horses grazing in the four fenced paddocks, savour the harvest from your veggie garden and store extra gear in the two-bay barn. There is so much potential, or you can just enjoy living here as it is.
6. Perfectly small
This fabulous little house in Christchurch isn’t strictly in the same category as the other properties as it doesn’t have any land but it is a great example of thinking laterally about what you need in a home.
Just 7.3m long x 2.5m wide it’s incredibly well designed and stylish. Clever storage and making the most of every available space is the key and this tiny treasure really gives food for thought.
7. Master class with views
Wow! With views like these you’ll never want to leave home. This lovely off-grid Motueka home is a master class in how appealing a house with a small footprint can be.
Finished in 2018, the stylish ply-lined interior features an open plan kitchen and living opening to a deck and a spacious bedroom.
The kitchen and bathroom have quality finishes and there’s extra accommodation in a sleepout, plus a shed for storage. Nothing has to be done here except to kick back, relax and enjoy those views.