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What's it like to live in Onehunga?

Onehunga is a suburb on the up.

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 increasingly popular suburb of Onehunga.

Onehunga’s property landscape

Average Onehunga property prices:

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

  • House: $1.10 m.
  • Townhouse: $804,470.
  • Apartment: $780,650.
  • Unit: $631,330.

Onehunga property types

For the six months to the end of July 31, 2020, there were 183 houses for sale in Onehunga listed on Trade Me. These were broken down as follows:

  • House: 111 listings.
  • Townhouse: 19 listings.
  • Apartment: 17 listings.
  • Unit: 36 listings.

Life in Onehunga

In Auckland, you can’t get much more central than Onehunga. With the Mangere Bridge to the south and One Tree Hill to the north, this well connected, multicultural suburb has become an increasingly sought after location for the city’s homebuyers. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Taumanu Reserve: recent council developments have given Onehunga residents a much improved waterfront to enjoy. The waterside paths are popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists, and is the perfect antidote for those seeking to escape to a less urban environment.
  • Te Tauranga Lake: across SH20 from the Taumanu Reserve is New Zealand’s first cable-towed wakeboarding park, complete with rails and jumps. A firm favourite among local adrenaline junkies.
  • Jellicoe Park: at over 100 years old, visiting Jellicoe Park is like stepping back in time. From picturesque pine trees to children’s play areas to the historic Fencibles Cottages, Jellicoe Park has something for everyone.
  • Restaurants: Onehunga is a cultural melting pot, meaning you can satisfy just about any culinary craving you may have. If you’re looking for lots of options in one place, Onehunga Mall is a great place to peruse.

Getting around

One of the reasons Onehunga has seen increasing interest from house hunters in recent times is the fact that it’s so well connected. With SH20 on its doorstep, car and bus commuters can reach the major employment hubs of Auckland CBD and Manukau with ease.

Onehunga railway station offers an alternative to those wanting to pass on the rush hour traffic, or those without a car. On the Onehunga line, you’re six stops away from Newmarket, and seven from Britomart.

Schools in Onehunga

There are a good range of schools for children of all ages in and around Onehunga. These include:

  • Onehunga Primary School: 122 Arthur St.
  • St. Joseph's School (Onehunga): 125 Church St.
  • Royal Oak Intermediate: 74 Symonds St.
  • Onehunga Highschool: 24 Pleasant St.

If you want to know more about individual properties within Onehunga, 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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