Raising a family in the nation's largest city can be quite the challenge - the expensive housing market and little amount of space that many inner-city Auckland properties offer isn't exactly what you want in a family home. However, with the opportunities for business and employment that you find in Auckland, many are hesitant to leave. Choosing a family friendly suburb, remaining in the area and making the best property investment that you can takes a fair amount of research and patience. If you're in the market for a home and you're trying to figure out what will be best for you and your family, look to some of these Auckland suburbs.
In zone for Auckland Girls Grammar, Western Springs College and Mount Albert Grammar secondary schools, Grey Lynn is a popular choice for families raising teenagers who don't want to be too far from the central city. The CBD is within walking distance and the suburb has plenty of service from public transport. Many of the homes in the area have been through recent renovations, but the median sale price of nearly $800,000 does put off a lot of buyers.
A popular family suburb near Glen Innes, Saint Johns has seen plenty of housing development and renovation throughout the past 30 years because of its popularity. Selwyn College, the state secondary school servicing the area, offers quality high school education and the suburb is only a 20-minute drive from the CBD. In recent years, median prices of the Auckland real estate for sale in Saint Johns have been hovering around the $650,000 mark.
South of Auckland city, but still only a half hour from the CBD, Papakura offers a lifestyle that appeals to many families. The lower median property price of $300,000 and extra space that it offers in the form of lifestyle blocks and family sized sections makes Papakura an incredibly popular choice for those that don't mind the short commute. Papakura High and Rosehill College are both excellent secondary schools in the suburb and there are a number of primary and intermediate level schools to suit families of any age.
To the north of the Auckland CBD, Birkenhead is a popular middle class suburb with easy access to the central city via the northern motorway. The suburb's two primary schools, Birkenhead School and Verran Primary are both very popular and highly rated. The average house price of $500,000 is quite affordable compared to other suburbs so close to Auckland Central.
Choosing where to invest in Auckland isn't going to be an overnight decision. Take the time to consider your options and what you can afford. Research the growth that the suburbs you're interested in have enjoyed in the past decade and try to make a property investment decision that sees a good return down the road. While the cost of living in the city is quite high compared to the rest of the country, the benefits in terms of opportunity and higher wages are extremely attractive.