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What’s it like to live in One Tree Hill?

Not every Auckland suburb has a song named after it.

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 leafy, tranquil suburb of One Tree Hill.

One Tree Hill’s property landscape

Average One Tree Hill property prices:

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

  • House: $1.19 m.
  • Townhouse: $1.07 m.
  • Apartment: N/A.
  • Unit: $766,280.

One Tree Hill property types

For the six months to the end of July 31, 2020, One Tree Hill saw 58 properties listed for sale on Trade Me. These were broken down as follows:

  • House: 41 listings.
  • Townhouse: 3 listings.
  • Apartment: 0.
  • Unit: 14 listings.

Life in One Tree Hill

Not every Auckland suburb has a song named after it, even if the circumstances surrounding One Tree Hill’s immortalisation by U2 are tragic in nature. The song, One Tree Hill, was written by Bono Vox following the passing of his friend, and band roadie, Greg Caroll, a Kiwi. On Bono’s first night in New Zealand, Caroll took him up One Tree Hill as an introduction to Auckland, and Vox penned the song as a tribute to Carroll.

Today, One Tree Hill remains a popular choice due to its centrality, excellent transport links and green spaces. Among its highlights are:

  • Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill): the volcanic peak from which the suburb takes its name towers 182 metres above sea level. It’s a popular spot for walkers, joggers and cyclists, and also offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape.
  • Cornwall Park: adjoining One Tree Hill Domain is Cornwall Park, one of the largest green spaces within central Auckland. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic on a summer’s day, and in spring kids will love seeing the new-born lambs and calves that live in the park.
  • Stardome Observatory & Planetarium: okay, technically this is in Epsom, but it lies within One Tree Hill Domain, so we reckon the suburb has a very strong claim. This public public astronomical observatory is a great place to bring the kids to learn about the wonders of space.

One Tree Hill domain is a great place to bring kids.

Getting around

One Tree Hill is very well connected The suburb is well served with buses into the CBD, as well as to other centres and surrounding suburbs.

One Tree Hill’s proximity to State Highway One also makes it easy to get north or south for weekend’s away, or for those commuting by car to work.

Schools in One Tree Hill

For parents of school-aged kids, there are a number of options when it comes to education:

  • One Tree Hill College: 421-451 Great South Rd.
  • Oranga School: 21 Rangipawa Rd
  • Ellerslie School: 12 Kalmia St.

If you want to know more about individual properties within One Tree Hill, 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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