Introducing Westward Ho Rd, Auckland's 'cheapest' street in the latest council valuations

Crumbling brick-facades, overgrown lawns, a rusty caravan, a place of baptist worship, large commercial lots and a block of sober flats, visited monthly by drug-detecting canines, line Auckland's "cheapest" street. The people who...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 7:17 pm

Federation warns landlords to check properties

A warning to check properties has been issued to all landlords who own more than 600,000 residences throughout New Zealand.The Property Investors Federation has issued advice to the investors after the District Court overturned...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 3:41 pm

Investore profit triples on back of rental income boost

Investore Property, the property investor spun out of Stride Property last year, said first-half profit more than tripled as acquisitions boosted rental income and it benefited from lower finance costs.Net profit was $11.6 million...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 11:00 am

Business occupiers promised a Rose Garden

Retailers and other business occupants are being sought for 23 ground floor commercial units in the nearly completed first stage of probably the largest apartment project under construction in New Zealand.The units range in size...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Receivers seek buyers for Christchurch property

Receivers are selling 'as is, where is' a large, high-profile industrial property divided into two parcels on the Christchurch city fringe in Sydenham."Sydenham remains a keenly sought-after area and is a high growth location,"...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Graham Hepburn: Hunting for right flavour

As Matakana has grown and become a boutique destination, Jan Tipling has enjoyed the improved amenities but still values the peace and privacy of her property.At almost 12ha, the land that her husband Grant bought about 20 years...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Dunedin property leased as wool store

In Dunedin an investment property is for sale and leased to PGG Wrightson Wool, which operates a wool store on the site, in the growing business location of North Taieri. The freehold property, at 176 Dukes Rd, is being marketed...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Recent deals for Wednesday November 22

Taranaki Shell office A 5096 sq m office complex comprising an eight-level tower and another three-level building on a 3069 sq m comer site at 167 Devon St, New Plymouth sold for $9.1m at a 9.97 per cent yield through Tony Chaudhary...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Catherine Masters: Discover the good life

David and Janine O'Sullivan had been living in Cambridge in England and watching a lot of TV shows such as River Cottage.They started thinking they would love their own lifestyle block so headed back to New Zealand with their...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Top five mistakes of commercial tenants

As part of a new publication for Auckland called Office Options, Barfoot & Thompson Commercial held an impromptu survey of landlords about the five most common mistakes made by tenants of commercial buildings. Office Options showcases...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Sandra Goodwin: Couple's welcome setback

Tellingly Cara Parkins' Wellington-based dad, who finds Auckland a bit too big and busy on the whole, loves the tranquility when he stays at this now fully renovated Hillcrest 70s home. It's the first time his daughter Cara and...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Two Paraparaumu industrial land blocks

Two large blocks of Paraparaumu industrial land are being offered for sale separately in the wake of changes to the delivery of bus services in the region.The properties have been owned by Mana Coach Services Limited since 1992...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Queenstown site would suit hotel

Waterfront land in Queenstown CBD and on the main arterial routes through town, is suitable for hospitality or accommodation development.The property at 633 Frankton Rd - which is for sale by deadline treaty closing November 30,...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Brian Rudman: Gently weeping for my bungalow's bill

Nothing quite brought home to me the bonkers state of the Auckland housing market as Monday's release of Auckland Council's revaluation of my modest 212sq m slice of Ponsonby. It seems that in the three years to July, while I scribbled...

Source: - Property | 22 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Plans to bowl Hamilton's Victoria St buildings for giant park

The Hamilton City Council is discussing plans to acquire and bowl a suite of buildings along Victoria St to extend the newly developed Victoria on the River urban park to Embassy Park beside the proposed theatre.The council discussed...

Source: - Property | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:02 pm

The Block NZ houses jump in new rateable values, but still still short of $1.3m plus touted

The Block NZ former properties have all grown in value well above the minimal profits reaped by contestants in the latest season of the reality TV show. All of the Northcote properties in the 2017 season saw a jump in new rateable...

Source: - Property | 21 Nov 2017 | 3:38 pm

Laser light show marks New Zealand's tallest residential block

Site works have begun for Auckland's new $300 million-plus, 57-level Pacifica apartment and hotel tower between Gore St and Commerce St.A spokesman said preparatory works are under way and a pile driving rig would arrive in the...

Source: - Property | 21 Nov 2017 | 10:58 am

Auckland's cheapest house a 1-bedroom shack at South Head, Auckland Council valuations reveal

Auckland's cheapest house is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home on Haranui Rd in South Head, with a new rateable valuation of $120,000.This was up $39,000 on the Kaipara Harbour home's 2014 valuation, which was just $81,000.It was...

Source: - Property | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

Auckland becoming the city of million-dollar homes

Auckland is fast becoming the city of million-dollar homes with nearly half its suburbs recording a new median rateable value of $1m-plus. An analysis of the new valuation figures released this week by Auckland Council showed 139...

Source: - Property | 21 Nov 2017 | 6:00 am

South Head's Haranui Rd home to Auckland's four cheapest houses

Auckland's cheapest house is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home on Haranui Rd in South Head, with a new rateable valuation of $120,000. This was up $39,000 on the Kaipara Harbour home's 2014 valuation, which was $81,000.It was also...

Source: - Property | 20 Nov 2017 | 4:49 pm

What Auckland's cooling housing market means for contestants on The Block

A slowing Auckland housing market could cause problems for this year's contestants on The Block: Side by Side.

Source: - Home & Property | 23 Jun 2017 | 4:29 pm

Airbnb headache for long-term renters as Marlborough landlords pull properties

Marlborough landlords fed up with dodgy tenants are jumping ship and saturating the Airbnb market.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 1:01 pm

At home with Jess Daniell, of Jess' Underground Kitchen deli

Jess Daniell, deli owner, caterer and food writer, lives in Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, with her partner Jono, a social worker, and their dog Macy.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

One of New Zealand's oldest and most remote holiday homes up for sale

The last time this remote South Island bach was on the market, New Zealand troops were fighting in World War II.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

From house of worship to family home: Take a look at these church conversions

Once the foundations of urban life, over the last century thousands of factories, warehouses and churches were abandoned as city residents moved out to suburban neighbourhoods.

Source: - Home & Property | 15 Jun 2017 | 12:22 pm

Unrealistic market brought under control

Property pros are keeping a sharp eye on policy direction as the market stabilises in an election year.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 Jun 2017 | 8:51 pm

Fruit trees for small garden spaces

If you think you haven't got space for your own fruit trees, think again. New varieties and new ideas mean there are now great options for small garden owners or even renters to grow their own fruit and harvest nearly all year round.

Source: - Home & Property | 10 Jun 2017 | 12:00 am

'Major implications' for hillside houses after Wellington City Council loses appeal over view-blocking Roseneath fence

Wellington City Council might have to rip up the planning rule book after the High Court rejected its appeal against an Environment Court ruling sparked by Roseneath's "fence-gate" saga.

Source: - Home & Property | 9 Jun 2017 | 8:43 pm

New Zealand properties star in British TV series about 'extraordinary homes'

Watching the first episode of a show about spectacular homes, you can't help but feel a stab of envy. 

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 8:01 pm

7 cheap and cheerful kitchen updates

When it comes to getting a new look, our budgets doesn't always match our aspirations.

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 12:55 pm

Why I am over the tiny house movement

OPINION: At first it seemed like a cool idea. A tiny house with everything you need to make a home, at a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 11:41 am

Kapiti Coast District Council moves in with 'rapid sneak attack' on macrocarpa hedge at centre of dispute

A giant sculpted hedge has been cut back to wood along its base in a "rapid sneak attack" from the council battling its owners.

Source: - Home & Property | 7 Jun 2017 | 2:16 pm

New ways to think pink

Riding the wave out of the pink, white and grey equation of the last 18 months, the pairing of pink enters an earthy, more 1970s aligned state.

Source: - Home & Property | 6 Jun 2017 | 9:16 pm

Our 25 greatest fictional girl characters

Ours is a book household.

Source: - Home & Property | 29 May 2017 | 5:12 pm

Why roses fail to grow - and how to fix them

I'm a greedy gardener who lusts after every pretty flower face, which is fine in spring and summer but results in a monumental mess when they have had their day.

Source: - Home & Property | 29 May 2017 | 3:00 pm

At home with Waikato artist Angus Walker

Angus Walker, artist and festival worker, lives in Waipukurau.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

How to create a workable home office in a small space

Many people spend an increasing amount of time on home-based work. Even if you're not actually working from home, you'll probably need an area for a computer, somewhere for paying bills, a place for kids to do homework or a space for hobbies or creative pastimes.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

At my place: Interior designer Tina Stephen

Tina Stephen, head interior designer and founder of online styling service, lives in an apartment-style new build in Titirangi with her husband Mark, daughter, Mathilde, and Poppy the cat. 

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

5 minute gardener: this weekend's garden tasks

Remove moss (and liverwort, lichen and algae) from where it is not wanted. While it gives charm and character to timber, stone and concrete walls, statues and sculpture, it can make paths slippery. Moss most commonly appears on damp, shady spots.

Source: - Home & Property | 13 May 2017 | 5:00 am

Box clever: The scientific research being done to save our buxus hedges

The future of treasured box hedges and parterres at historic gardens such as those of the National Trust in Britain and at the likes of Versailles may be assured thanks in part to the work of a New Zealand scientist.

Source: - Home & Property | 1 May 2017 | 12:15 am