North Shore suburbs booming

Monday 12 April 2010

Investors in North Shore property over the last year will be pleased to see the QV statistics for the past 12 months which reveal that house values jumped by around 20%.

By Jenha White

The North Shore heavily populates the top 10 list with six of its suburbs seeing the biggest changes in property values.

QV says the suburbs of Sunnynook, Chatswood, Forrest Hill, Totara Vale, Glenfield and Hillcrest are more affordable areas.

Current average values range between Totara Vale's $434,778 and Chatswood's $669,056. They are also reasonably centrally located and close to the motorway.

"Demand has been strong for houses in these areas, combined with a general shortage of properties for sale which has tended to push prices up," says QV.

"This comes after the very same suburbs were amongst the hardest hit when the market started to decline in 2008, so the gains in the past year have in part been a recovery in values from this decline. And now all six of these North Shore suburbs have values above the previous peak of the market."

This was also the case for Kingswell, a suburb in the south of Invercargill where values took a sharp dive a year ago, but which is now on the top 10 list with an increase of 18.5% to a current average value of $157,167.

Onemana, a small seaside village near Whangamata, saw the third biggest increase in house values.

QV says Onemana is bucking the trend of many coastal communities where values have tended to remain depressed.

"It is a very small community, so it only takes a few unusual sales to affect the whole market."

Harbour View, overlooking the Hutt Valley, is also a relatively small suburb (with less than 200 houses) which saw an increase of 18.8%.

It also registers a low number of sales making it difficult to get a decent handle on the market.

The worst performing area is Taumaranui in the Ruapehu District with a decline of 11.7% in property values to the current average of $111,556.

QV says traditional investor areas have also been hard hit.

"The general lack of capital gains, difficulty in securing funding, and the uncertainty around tax changes have meant the investor market has cooled off."

Otahuhu is one such suburb in the bottom 10 with a decline of 6.7% over the last year.

QV says the worst performing suburbs are in general houses in rural centres where values have been flat over the last year.

It says after the drop from the peak of the market in late 2007, values recovered in the main urban areas, but in the rural areas stayed more or less at that lower level.

"The same applies to many holiday home and coastal communities where people have been trying to reduce debt."

"As a result the demand for properties in such areas has been very weak, so prices have been depressed."


Top 10 suburbs

Sunnybrook         North Shore City              22.0%          $482,444
Chatswood           North Shore City             20.6%          $669,056
Onemana            Thames Coromandel       20.1%          $527,722
Forrest Hill           North Shore City              19.2%          $561,556
Totara Vale          North Shore City              19.0%          $434,778
Feilding               Manawatu District            18.9%          $252,333
Glenfield              North Shore City              18.9%          $451,444
Harbour View        Hutt City                         18.8%          $479,500
Hillcrest               North Shore City              18.8%          $539,444
Kingswell             Invercargill                     18.5%           $157,167

Bottom 10 suburbs

Otahuhu              Auckland City                     -6.7%         $301,556
Winton                Southland District                -7.6%         $229,056
Wairoa                Wairoa District                    -8.5%        $106,889
Te Aroha             Matmata-Piako                   -8.7%        $227,333
Martinborough      South Wairarapa                 -8.9%        $307,667
Waihi Beach         Western Bay of Plenty          -9.6%         $510,722
Hokitika               Westland District                 -9.6%        $207,833
Opotiki                 Opotiki District                   -10.1%       $176,778
Featherston          South Wairarapa                 -10.7%       $185,278
Taumarunui          Ruapehu District                 -11.7%      $111,556 

Comments from our readers

On 13 April 2010 at 9:15 am Jo said:
As a North Shore Resident in one of the above areas for the last 10 years i have noticed that since the bus stations opened in Sunnynook and near Totarvale that the valuse of properties and rents have increased.Parking in Auckland CBD is very expensive so if you can leave the car at home walk to the bus station and take only 10-12 mins into town this will help the local property values.
On 13 April 2010 at 10:22 am rob said:
20% up on the bottom in 2008 in these hard hit areas is no big deal...just means they're getting back up to average for Auck.
On 13 April 2010 at 5:09 pm bob jones said:
to headline your article as " north shore suburbs booming" is very misleading. the only suburbs that are showing growth are , as the above person says, suburbs that were very low in prices. the more upmarket suburbs like the Bays , Takapuna , milford etc i.e the more desirable residential suburbs are definitely not booming. however, if your article is only for landlords then it's also bad news 'cos those area experiencing growth are the higher rental and investment areas..what are you trying to tell us?
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