Housing in New Zealand
Having a place to call home is a big part of feeling settled in a new country, and it can take time to find the one that’s right for you and your family.
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Even if you plan to buy eventually, it is best to start off by renting. That way you can take time seeing what is available and where you would like to live before you make a commitment.
Housing in New Zealand is as varied as our people. Whether you are looking for an outdoor lifestyle, a place in the heart of the city or a family home with room for the kids to run around in, you will find it here. Your options include suburban homes, rural living and lifestyle blocks, apartments, flats and townhouses.
New Zealand homes are generally built to make the most of the light and the outdoors. We prize an ‘indoor-outdoor flow’ because it is ideal for barbecues and summer living.
Historically we have built standalone houses, made with a timber frame and either timber or brick veneer cladding, but as cities become more populated, apartments and multiple unit houses have become more popular.
If you compare the price to you know a house in Beijing,
the housing prices are really up there.
But in here we get a 700 squaremetre land,
big garden, standalone house.
It's just not something you can get easily in China
We were quite surprised that at the high cost of living here
either to purchase or rent is quite a lot more than we're used to.
I guess I didn't realise just how much accommodation would cost.
When I got here so I looked
at twelve different accommodations before I made my decision.
The wellington housing market is quite busy
and particularly at certain times of year,
it can take a little bit of time,
so it helped that we had some ideas of
specific areas of town that we would like to live in.
The location was really
important to us when we were looking to buy a house
because we could have spent
you know the same amount of money and gotten a bigger house further out of
town and we made a conscious decision that location was important.
When I was looking at housing
I did find that one of the differences is just how cold a
lot of the houses are so I made sure when I bought a house I bought a house
that was gonna have proper insulation.
There's a different mentality about a
people are used to putting on layers during winter in the house.
Whereas people in Europe are usually just heating the house with a better insulation.
Generally, the houses don't have central heating or a double glazing things
things like that but again if you go with open eyes
you know I take expectation and be too much of a shock to the system.
The house is a California bungalow so it's a nice timber-framed
older style house and it's in a lovely big section which means that we've got a
great space for the kids to go run around in
which we never would have had in the UK.
We bought here,
we plan to stay here,
it's the countryside,
it's the nature,
it's just fantastic
I love it
I have a really nice piece of land it's about 1,500 square meters
We have that feeling that when we finish work,
we just go back home and
it's like a holiday