Feature article

What's it like to live in Bucklands Beach?

Sea views, shopping, good schools, and much more are on offer in Bucklands Beach.

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 looking at picturesque Bucklands Beach.

Bucklands Beach’s property landscape

Average Bucklands Beach property prices:

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

  • House: $1.37 m.
  • Townhouse: $1.24 m.
  • Apartment: N/A.
  • Unit: $901,290.

Bucklands Beach property types

For the six months to the end of July 31, 2020, Bucklands Beach saw 77 properties listed for sale on Trade Me. These were broken down as follows:

  • House: 66 listings.
  • Townhouse: 4 listings.
  • Apartment: 0 listings.
  • Unit: 7 listings.

Looking out to Rangitoto.

Life in Bucklands Beach

With epic ocean views, beautiful beaches and plenty of retail opportunities, there’s good reason to get excited about Bucklands Beach. Here are some of the suburbs best features and activities:

  • Musick Point: at the tip of the Bucklands Beach peninsula, you’ll find Musick Point. From here, you have expansive views of the Hauraki Gulf, with the city to the west, and the islands to the north and west. On the right night, you can watch the sun setting behind Rangitoto Island.
  • The beaches: Bucklands Beach residents have a number of options when it comes to beaches. Perhaps the most obvious choices are Eastern Beach and Little Bucklands Beach. From the bottom of the Little Bucklands, you can take a popular board walk down to Half Moon Bay.
  • Shopping: if you’re a fan of retail therapy, there’s no shortage of options around Bucklands Beach, with Botany Town Centre and Pakuranga shopping centre on the doorstep.

Getting around

It’s well acknowledged that commuting in Auckland around peak times can be slow, and Bucklands Beach is no exception to this. During rush hour, the usual half hour drive into the CBD can as much as double.

While Bucklands Beach doesn’t have a train station, there’s a scenic alternative to driving in the form of a ferry from neighbouring Half Moon Bay. This service can deliver passengers to Auckland City Ferry Terminal in roughly 40 minutes.

Schools in Bucklands Beach

Access to good schools is a key reason why Bucklands Beach is popular with families. Among the education options in the area are:

  • Bucklands Beach Primary School: 107 Clovelly Road.
  • Bucklands Beach Intermediate: 247 Bucklands Beach Road.
  • Macleans College: 2 Macleans Road.
  • Howick Primary School: 40 Willoughby Avenue.
  • Howick Intermediate: Botany Rd.

If you want to know more about individual properties within Bucklands Beach, 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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