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Auckland zookeeper's house on the market for $1

Auckland Zoo is auctioning off a former zookeeper's house - with a thrifty $1 reserve. The home was being sold with the condition that it would need to be uplifted and moved at the buyer's own cost by November 20. On the listing...

Source: - Property | 18 Oct 2017 | 12:02 pm

Robyn Welsh: Back to mint condition

The coming of age of this 1890s Victorian workingman's cottage is the story of sisters Bridie and Clare O'Shea and their first renovation project together.They pooled their finances and dove-tailed their talents with those of their...

Source: - Property | 18 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Brian Rudman: Nick Smith's laxative fails on blockage

A postscript to the disaster that was the last Government's attempt to solve Auckland's housing crisis was presented to last week's Auckland Council Planning Committee meeting.Back in September 2013, Housing Minister Nick Smith...

Source: - Property | 18 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Louise Richardson: Big, bold and beautiful

When Kerry and Pam Burnside first saw their Pahurehure home 14 years ago, it's fair to say that they were slightly underwhelmed."It looked pretty ordinary, really, from the street and it wasn't until we got inside that we realised...

Source: - Property | 18 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Donna McIntyre: A lifestyle to enjoy

When John and Lyndle Lister and their family of three bought this rural property at Wainui 12 years ago, it came with a three-bedroom home and a separate sewing room. They have now extended the home to have one-third more space,...

Source: - Property | 18 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

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Remuera's Tudor Mall in rare sale

A large freehold Remuera investment property with 11 tenancies and earning over $400,000 a year in rent has been put on the market for the first time in 16 years."This commercial property has a high-profile location in the heart...

Source: - Property | 18 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Donna McIntyre: Light and airy with views

There's a certain appeal to the 1960s architecture of this three-level Parnell apartment building in Bridgewater Rd, says Patricia Watson."The building does show the hand of the architect; you can feel it has been thoughtfully designed...

Source: - Property | 18 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Home buyer 'heartbreak': Struggle for finance as banks tighten belts

Tighter lending restrictions means more "heartbreak" for home buyers who are seeing sale and purchase agreements on a new house fall over at the last minute when they are unable to get finance. Sales nationwide have been sluggish,...

Source: - Property | 17 Oct 2017 | 2:16 pm

Glen Innes beneficiary to be evicted tomorrow

Supporters of a Glen Innes beneficiary facing eviction are staging a campout for the next few days.After a High Court bid to keep her state home failed, Niki Rauti, 62, was served an eviction notice. She has been given till 10am...

Source: - Property | 17 Oct 2017 | 12:39 pm

Chinese banks demanding proof that consumer loans are not being used to buy property

China's commercial banks have begun asking clients to submit "proof of use" for consumer loans, as the government tightens regulations on concern that such loans are being used to buy property and are helping to fuelling a property...

Source: - Property | 17 Oct 2017 | 11:05 am

House values to jump as Auckland Council publishes new RV

More than half a million homes in Auckland are expected to see a jump in value - potentially by as much as 50 per cent - when rating valuations are released next month. The average house price value across the Auckland region has...

Source: - Property | 17 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

NZ Herald editorial: Valuations create new anxiety for ratepayers

Many Aucklanders face a nervous wait in the next few weeks to find what the council thinks their houses are worth.Some will want the highest valuation they can get, particularly if they plan to sell up.Although many properties...

Source: - Property | 17 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Auckland apartment site up for sale: Saba land on market

Land for an 11-level 120-unit Auckland apartment block is being sold by a financier in mortgagee sale.The site of Saba on Fanshawe is up for sale in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour area.Bayleys are advertising the 5210sq m site...

Source: - Property | 16 Oct 2017 | 2:51 pm

Agents appointed to ex-Topshop premises

Retail leasing specialists have just been appointed to find new tenants for the ex-Topshop and Topman premises - one of Auckland's most prominent shop sites which commanded an annual rent of about $1.3 rent million a year.Specialist...

Source: - Property | 16 Oct 2017 | 1:06 pm

Hotel boom hits Arthurs Point in Queenstown

An Auckland-based Chinese developer is proposing a huge hotel and serviced apartment complex at the eastern edge of Queenstown's Arthurs Point.Shuguang Li's company '182 Arthurs Point Ltd' has applied for a resource consent for...

Source: - Property | 16 Oct 2017 | 9:59 am

Small container mall for empty Colombo St site in Christchurch

A container mall similar to Re:Start has just got the go-ahead for an empty central city site.The city council has granted resource consent to Sam Hung Hong Ltd to install five shipping containers on the corner of Colombo and Tuam...

Source: - Property | 16 Oct 2017 | 9:55 am

Election uncertainty's chilling effect on houses for sale

The usual spring surge of house listings has failed to materialise and the election is partly to blame, according to the head of Trade Me Property who says Auckland is particularly dire."We are seeing unusually low stock for this...

Source: - Property | 16 Oct 2017 | 9:09 am

Donna McIntyre: A peaceful, healing place

Lesley and Anthony Sunde chanced upon this property for sale four years ago on a Sunday drive."We fell in love with the house and the beautiful grounds," says Lesley.The grounds and mature trees certainly are magnificent. There...

Source: - Property | 15 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

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Catherine Smith: Tenacity pays off

If you're wanting to transform a gloomy 1970s house on one of Cheltenham's prettiest streets, you could do no better than call on a team of three creative people to turn it into one of the stand-out properties in the neighbourhood.English...

Source: - Property | 15 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

Would you pay a million for this 'unliveable' Ponsonby house?

Jutting out above a small concrete wall lined with paua shells on Summer St is a weather-worn shack, that at just under $1 million could be the lucky break for an aspiring Ponsonby homeowner. The rickety 48sq m house which sits...

Source: - Property | 15 Oct 2017 | 6:00 am

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

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