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What's it like to live in Botany Downs?

Botany Downs is a shopaholic’s dream.

Your home isn’t just a building. 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 exploring the new and growing locale of Botany Downs.

Botany Downs’s property landscape

Average Botany Downs property prices:

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

  • House: $1.10 m.
  • Townhouse: $801,860.
  • Apartment: N/A.
  • Unit: N/A.

Botany Downs property types

For the six months to the end of July 31, 2020, Botany Downs saw 52 properties listed for sale on Trade Me. These were broken down as follows:

  • House: 45 listings.
  • Townhouse: 7 listings.
  • Apartment: 0 listings.
  • Unit: 0 listings.

Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple is a popular spot in Botany Downs.

Getting around

It’s fair to say that transport links into the CBD aren’t Botany Downs’ strong suit. With no train line running through the suburb, residents are mostly reliant on their own vehicles, or buses to get into central Auckland.

Alternatives include driving to train stations in Panmure or Manukau, or taking the ferry from nearby Half Moon Bay. This second option takes about 40 minutes.

Schools in Botany Downs

For families, schools on offer in and around Botany Downs include:

  • Botany Downs Primary School: 35 Mirrabooka Avenue.
  • Somerville Intermediate School: 39 Somerville Intermediate School.
  • Howick Intermediate School: Botany Rd.
  • Botany Downs Secondary College: 575 Chapel Road, Howick.

If you want to know more about individual properties within Botany Downs, try our free Property Insights tool. This interface allows you to view records, rateable values (RVs), estimates and recent sales for over 1.5 million NZ properties, as well as tracking how these values change over time.

* 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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