When moving to the Auckland region to take advantage of all that New Zealand’s largest city has to offer, people often get stuck trying to decide between the urban lifestyle of the central city and the rural living offered in suburbs like Manukau and Papakura. The city’s property market is lucrative and houses for sale in Auckland are usually a lot more expensive than those in the country’s other main centres such as Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin – choosing a poor investment can set you back severely. Take care when you’re choosing where to live, weigh up your financial situation and read on for a few of the pros and cons of rural and urban living.
Cost will often be a huge factor for potential owners looking to relocate to Auckland; proximity to the city centre has one of the biggest influences on property value. The central city and its surrounding suburbs boast notoriously high housing prices that range between $400,000 and $700,000 NZD.
If you want to be located in Auckland City, suburbs to find real estate for sale include: Ellerslie, Freemans Bay, Glendowie, Greenlane, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Kingsland, Kohimarama, Meadowbank, Mission Bay, Mount Eden, Mount Wellington plus many more.
A more rural suburb thirty minutes south of Auckland Central, Papakura’s housing is a lot more affordable. With the median property price close to $300,000 NZD for a family home, buying a home in Papakura is a far less daunting prospect. The only real negative is the extra distance from the city. Papakura suburbs to check out include: Alfriston, Ardmore, Conifer Grove, Longford Park, Manurewa East, Pahurehure, Papakura, Opaheke, Red Hill, Rosehill and Takanini.
While it would be nice if urban living made up for what it lacked in affordability with extra space, you aren’t paying for a lot of room to move. Houses are generally a lot smaller and they come on smaller sections. For singles and couples having no garden to take care of might actually be a plus, but if you’re raising a family the lack of space can be a real concern.
Living in the city allows a lot of freedom when it comes to getting around and taking advantage of opportunities. There’s no lengthy drive when you want to get somewhere and public transport offers a lot of options when it comes to getting from A to B. MAXX Regional Transport is the main public transportation system in the city, with Britomart Transportation Centre being the hub.
With the space of a rural property and the differences in lifestyle, you might not be able to save on parking as easily but you will have the freedom to do more with your property. Lifestyle blocks let you raise cattle and sheep, grow crops or just landscape your ideal garden.
There are plenty of things to consider when deciding between an urban and rural lifestyle – especially in the Auckland region – and there is no definitive answer as to which is better. Where you choose to live should be decided by the life you want to lead and the reasons for your move. Consider rural living as a cost-effective and family friendly alternative to the cramped and sometimes stressful urban lifestyle of the central city.