Whether you’re looking to get on the property ladder or you’ve been dreaming of owning your very own holiday home, these properties are full of potential
Getting on the property ladder in Auckland is daunting for most first home buyers, and the Kiwi dream of a bach not too far away from the city can also seem out of reach. One-bedroom homes offer the perfect solution to both scenarios and many are on sites that have a lot of potential for future development as finances allow. But many one bedders are perfect just as they are and present ideal options for a wide range of house buyers, either as permanent residences, or lovely little getaways.
1. Peace and quiet on Kawau island
If you’re looking for peace and quiet this secluded cottage could be just the ticket. Set on 1.3 ha and surrounded by bush, there are pretty views down North Cove. A pot belly stove keeps the open plan kitchen and living area cosy in winter and in summer the room opens to a deck perched up among the tree ferns.
The bedroom is under the eaves and also has a lovely outlook over the surrounding canopy. The cottage is offered fully furnished and is part of a family estate, with the adjacent house and studio also for sale separately.
2. Restful views as Hatfields Beach
This home is spic and span and features restful views from the wrap-around deck over a creek on the boundary to rolling countryside beyond. The living area also enjoys this lovely outlook and opens out to the deck through ranch sliders. The level grassed section offers plenty of space for kids to play, there’s room for a vegie garden and a generous paved area for the boat and trailer. Walk to Hatfields Beach for a swim and then come home to relax on the deck and stoke up the barbie.
3. Flexible living in Waiake
You can check out the sea before you walk to Torbay for your daily swim from this well-maintained home that’s close to all the surrounding amenities. The open plan kitchen and living is neat and tidy and opens to a sunny deck.
Upstairs there’s a generous master and office space which gives plenty of flexibility and there’s also a balcony to enjoy the views. A double garage and low-maintenance grounds complete the package — just move in and relax.
4. Cute cottage on Waiheke Island
This little cutie has a lot going for it with a delightful leafy outlook from the deck and open plan living area. The one bedroom is compact but light and airy and there’s plenty of room for storage under the house to free up space. A wide board walk makes access to the house down the sloping site easy and there’s even a little deck below.
Everything you need is here and beaches and shops are close by for a relaxed lifestyle. There’s even a caravan on site that can be included if extra accommodation is on the wish list.
5. Potential plus in Oneroa
Raised up in the canopy of the surrounding bush, this 80s-era bach is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to be part of the trendy Waiheke Island scene without breaking the bank. The light open plan living area has plenty of space and flows to a wide deck.
Upstairs the A-line bedroom offers lots of possibilities and has a sunny balcony perfect for enjoying a morning coffee. There’s work to be done here, but it’s a great starter on a generous section in popular Oneroa.
6. On the ladder in Helensville
A lot of work has already been done to make this a delightful home, including the new kitchen, revamped bathroom, polished wooden floors and neutral colour scheme throughout. There’s plenty of room to entertain on the wide covered deck and there are views over the countryside to the Kaipara River and beyond.
The kids will enjoy playing on the lawn at the front of the house — the section is a half share of the cross lease 1007m2. A great way to get a step on the property ladder.
7. Perfect project in Port Waikato
This solid home on a large level section is just made for family holidays with plenty of room for a few tents. The living space opens on two sides to a paved area which with a bit of landscaping would make a really welcoming spot for al fresco dining.
It’s pretty much the same story inside too — the poured concrete floor and ply walls could make a real style statement with a clever makeover. Upstairs there’s a spacious sleeping loft and a garage takes care of storage issues. This property comes fully furnished so you can settle in and plot your next move.
8. Ultimate retreat on Great Barrier Island
With stunning views over fabulous Medlands Beach and on a whopping 10.4 ha bush site this property has a lot of potential to become the ultimate retreat. The living area is light and bright and opens to a deck with those panoramic views.
There’s a wood burner for winter evenings and the bedroom is spacious with a built-in robe. With undercover parking for a boat and also a garage, this home has a lot of practical boxes ticked and all the ingredients needed to create the wow factor.