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What’s it like to live in Avondale?

What would it be like to call Avondale home?

Your home isn’t just a roof over your head. The area surrounding it plays a huge part in your day-to-day life, and that of your family – so you need to find the perfect fit.

Property viewings help you get a feel for individual homes, but how can you learn about a suburb as a whole? Well, in addition to walking its streets, this is a question of good old fashioned research.

To help you decide which is the best suburb in Auckland for your next home, we’ll be exploring some of the city’s commonly searched areas, so you can make up your mind on what’s right for you.

This time, we’re taking a tour of community centric Avondale.

Avondale’s property landscape

Average Avondale property prices:

For the six months to July 31, 2020, Avondale house prices* looked like this:

  • House: $974,040.
  • Townhouse: $678,100.
  • Apartment: $638,430.
  • Unit: $666,170.

Avondale property types:

For the six months to July 31, 2020, Avondale saw 168 properties listed for sale on Trade Me. These were broken down as follows:

  • House: 142 listings.
  • Townhouse: 10 listings.
  • Apartment: 7 listings.
  • Unit: 9 listings.

Avondale is a community centric suburb.

Life in Avondale

While Avondale has been seen as somewhat on the outskirts periphery in recent years, it has heaps to offer its residence, and is growing substantially in popularity. Among its greatest hits are:

  • The Avondale Markets: running for decades, the Avondale Markets are a major focal point for the community. People come from all over the city, and beyond, to buy food and car boot items. Thanks to the suburb’s multicultural nature, you’ll find ingredients and dishes from across the Pacific and Asia.
  • The green spaces: from waterside walks past the mangrove forests to a range of great parks, Avondale has plenty to offer to lovers of the outdoors. And, given that everything is pretty close, it’s easy to enjoy many of these green spaces on foot or by bike.
  • Community spaces: as well as facilities like Avondale Library and the community centre, the suburb has community gardens that allow locals to get together and promote sustainable gardening, while also strengthening the social bonds between residents.

Getting around

As well as being compact and easy to get around, Avondale is well connected to the rest of Auckland. Avondale train station, on Layard Street, can deliver passengers into the CBD in 40 minutes, helping commuters to avoid Auckland’s notorious rush hour traffic.

The train service, in conjunction with a number of bus routes, also provide a range of options to get into neighbouring suburbs, and other centres such as Newmarket.

Schools in Avondale

If you’re considering a move to Avondale with young children in tow, you’ll be pleased to know there are a range of local schooling options available. These include:

  • Avondale Primary School: Crayford Street West.
  • Avondale Intermediate: 12 Holly Street.
  • Avondale College: 51 Victor Street.
  • Rosebank School: 217 Rosebank Road.

* All data is for the six months to 31 July 2020, and is derived from properties listed on Trade Me Property. Average house prices are mean prices for the suburb over the same time period.

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