You may need to roll up your sleeves and bring your imagination but these homes on the market for under $399,000 offer plenty of opportunities
The South Island has traditionally offered a good choice of housing stock for very realistic prices, however the property boom of the past five years in major centres like Auckland has had a flow-on effect and many regions have recorded substantial price hikes over a relatively short period of time. There are still some good opportunities — here’s our pick of homes on the market for under $399,000.
1. Roll up your sleeves
This old Blenheim bungalow needs some work but the good news is there are still a lot of original features that will make it a charming home.
Hardwood floors, character fireplace, feature windows and wooden detailing will all add special touches to a makeover, and at this price there’ll be money left in the kitty for a new designer kitchen and bathroom.
Roll up your sleeves and bring your imagination — this is a great price for a popular location.
Enquiries over $329,000
2. Family central
You’ll love the space in this great family home in Grey, with a large kitchen/living area and separate lounge offering lots of flexibility.
The bedrooms are light and airy and all has been well-maintained. There is a decked area outside for entertaining which is the perfect place to watch the kids play on the level lawn.
A double garage and double carport takes care of cars and storage.
3. Lagoon views
This Westport property ticks a lot of boxes for first-home buyers.
Sit on the deck or relax in your lounge and enjoy the fantastic views over the Orowaiti lagoon, which is just across the road.
The open plan kitchen/living area is bright and sunny and opens onto the deck for easy entertaining. All the practicalities are taken care of with a separate toilet, laundry/utility room and double garage.
Enquiries over $299,000
4. Starter pack
This is a great little starter for someone wanting to get on the property ladder. The Rangiora unit is at the front of a block of five and has an inviting covered outdoor seating area that flows to a lawn so it has the feel of a standalone home.
The kitchen and living area is surprisingly spacious and both the bedrooms have the convenience of built-in robes. There’s also an internal access carport.
Enquiries over $279,000
5. Enjoy the summer
You have a choice of decks at the front and back of this Invercargill house to kick back, relax and enjoy the summer and you’ll have plenty of time to do just that.
There’s nothing to do to this home other than add your own personal touches. The spacious living area is heated by a burner for cosy winters and the kitchen is well-appointed.
Have fun landscaping the level site and enjoy your hobbies in the spacious double garage.
6. Home sweet home
Everything has been taken care of in this immaculate home in Gore. You’ll love cooking in the new kitchen while friends chat around the dining table.
The area flows through to the sunny living room which in turn leads to a conservatory – just perfect for pot plants.
A neutral colour palette means all you need to do is unpack to make this well-maintained house into a lovely home.
7. Great opportunity
We’ve snuck this little Nelson cottage under the radar because it’s not often you’ll have the chance to buy in this location at such a sharp price.
There’s so much character in this 1860s cottage and with some cosmetic touch ups it can be transformed into a real charmer. There’s the added extra of a studio and storage shed in the garden.
Enquiries over $399,000