Build your dream home, design an extension or make plans for the future, these one-bedroom properties on large sections are full of potential
Property prices virtually all around the country have seen substantial gains in recent years which has made the prospect of home ownership seem out of reach for many.
But considering properties that have limited accommodation but very generous sites suitable for building a more substantial home can offer a gateway to ownership if you are open to an extended time frame for making future plans a reality.
Here is our pick of one-bedroom properties on very generous sites where you can live while you prepare to build your dream home, or plan extensions.
1. All taken care of
Relax in the sun on the front deck and soak up the lovely views of the surrounding countryside from this sweet little Paparoa cottage. It is all set up for the easy life with nothing to do.
Built in 2007 it has a cosy living area with wood burner, bright double bedroom, immaculate bathroom and useful laundry. The large section has been landscaped and has the convenience of storage sheds and a level driveway.
Perfect as a holiday getaway, for downsizers or step on the property ladder with plenty of room to expand if you desire.
2. Whopping site
Set on a whopping bush-clad site with a stream this rustic cottage on Waiheke Island is just the ticket whether you intend to commute to Auckland for work or have it as a hideaway.
There’s so much potential here but it is charming as is, with the lush setting and proximity to beautiful Onetangi Beach.
There’s a spacious deck for summer barbecues, wood burner for winter nights and the bonus of a separate studio. Settle in and relax while you plot your next move.
3. Lots of options
This Waiheke bach has plenty of space both inside and out. The roomy living area is sunny and has a wood fire to beat the winter chill and you’ll love cooking in the smart kitchen with views over the valley.
The generous site offers plenty of options for development in the future and in the meantime there’s the bonus of an additional studio.
Close to the buzz of Ostend and all the wonderful attractions of the island, you’ll love entertaining friends on the generous deck.
4. Just chill out
You’ll feel you’re living in a tree house in this sweet Waiheke cottage that is surrounded by a grove of nikau palms. The living area with double ranch sliders makes the most of the peaceful setting, and flows to a deck perched among the fronds.
A concrete driveway has already been laid so access is no problem if you decide to build a bigger home to make the most of the idyllic site.
In the meantime this is a wonderful opportunity to get a foot on the property ladder, or enjoy weekends chilling out.
5. Avocados anyone?
Situated down a long driveway and surrounded by mature trees, this Whangamata home is the perfect stepping stone to a beach lifestyle at popular Whangamata.
The kitchen and living area is in a cottage separated by a deck from the studio sleep out which has another living space, so there’s no risk of feeling cramped here.
The large site has a lovely level lawn, vegie patch and fruit trees, including avocados, so you can enjoy your avo smash on toast on the deck while you contemplate future plans.
6. Choices galore
This Waikanae property offers choices galore with the option to buy one or both sites, and maybe look at business opportunities too.
The main property has a very functional one-bedroom home plus a studio and both open onto a delightful paved courtyard area. The adjoining 1106m2 section is undeveloped and zoned commercial so possibilities are boundless.
There’s also the chance to buy the two containers that are presently located on the site. Bring your imagination to this one!
7. Sounds hideaway
This Marlborough sounds home is an ideal opportunity to enjoy a hideaway in gorgeous Kenepuru Sounds without breaking the bank. You’ll love the mesmerising water views from the spacious open-plan living area and deck and the smart kitchen is perfect for easy entertaining.
As well as the master bedroom there is another bedroom and a covered caravan both of which are unconsented so you have some homework to do here.
There’s also a huge garage with concrete floor and power, as well as other outbuildings, further increasing your options in this desirable location.
8. Great start
This little Kaiapoi cutie is on a level, fenced site and offers first-home buyers a great start. It’s been well maintained and the sunny open-plan living area is light and welcoming.
Just add your own personal touches to make this a lovely home. There’s plenty of off-street parking and the bonus of a garage for storage or a workshop.
Dig in a vegie garden and you’re on your way, with lots of future options to consider.
9. Double section
This Dunedin batch is on a substantial double site — enjoy holidays here while you think of further development. The cottage has a nice open-plan living area with wood burner and a generous double bedroom.
Outside there are three outbuildings which offer some instant options. This is a great chance to enjoy beach holidays while you ponder how to make the most of all that’s on offer.