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8 tidy South Island houses that would be an ideal first home

Article by Property Press

Say goodbye to your landlord and get yourself on the property ladder with one of these lovely homes for sale in the South Island

Owning your own home is something that most Kiwis 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 ladder in the South Island.

1. Just move in

You will love the stylish new kitchen and fresh makeover on this comfy three-bedroom Nelson home. Insulated with a heat pump and new carpets it’s all set for chilly days, and the decks at the front and back make it ideal for summer entertaining too.

The bathroom has also been updated and there’s nothing that needs to be done except move in.

Those with green fingers will love the glasshouse, vege garden and established fruit trees on the fenced section.

2. Flexible living

This Nelson South property could do with a bit of a style makeover but it has all the ingredients of a flexible family home.

The spacious open plan kitchen and living area flows to a covered verandah and pretty landscaped courtyard area, perfect for summer barbecues.

The three bedrooms all have built-in wardrobes and are bright and light. There’s a shed and garage for storage and off-street parking too. What’s not to like?

3. Potential packed

Calling all villa lovers…you’ll fall in love with the façade of this double-bay Blenheim beauty with its wrap-around verandah.

It has lots of classic features, like the wide central hallway, high stud, fireplaces and feature windows, and is just waiting for the next owner to take it to the next level.

This has all the ingredients for an elegant family home and is perfectly liveable as is while you make your plans. There’s also potential for a beautiful garden to make the most of the 817m2 section.

4. Price is right

All is spic and span in this low-maintenance Blenheim home on a level, sunny fenced site that’s perfect for the kids. The smart kitchen and dining area opens to a spacious lounge with wood burner.

The generous bedrooms are all doubles with plenty of space for the kids’ toys or desks for study.

A tidy bathroom completes the picture. A keen price in a great location.


5. Starter pack

This Christchurch property is a great first home option for those keen to kiss their landlord goodbye. It could do with a bit of an update but the lofty cathedral ceiling in the living room gives the space instant flair, and there’s a light and bright feeling to the whole home.

Both the bedrooms are a good size and there’s the practical bonus of a separate laundry.

Close to the airport and amenities, this could be the perfect starter pack.

6. Warm and welcoming

Neat as a pin this little Christchurch cutie offers the perfect chance to just move in and get on with life.

A welcoming kitchen and living area open to a covered verandah and fully fenced level lawn.

Enjoy the comforts of living in a double-glazed, insulated home in a central location where all the hard work has been done for you.

7. Room to move

If you want space for the family to grow into this Clutha property could be the home for you.

Loads of street appeal is echoed in the interior with all its villa charm — spacious rooms, high studs, pretty windows and plenty of room to move.

There’s also a garage and workshop for storage and hobbies and a generous, flat fully fenced site. Just bring your imagination and make it your own.

8. Perfect chance

This little pearler in Invercargill has a lovely eat-in kitchen and separate lounge with fireplace making it perfect for flexible family living.

You’ll love the new bathroom and all three bedrooms are cosy and inviting. The generous level section is perfect for kids and pets.

This really is a great chance to step on that property ladder.


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