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What’s it like to live in Epsom?

Considering making Epsom your next home?

Last updated: 1 February 2023

Your home isn’t just four walls. 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, as well as walking its streets, this is a question of good old fashioned research.

To help you decide which is the best suburb in Auckland to buy in, 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 Epsom, one of the city’s oldest suburbs.

Epsom’s property landscape

Epsom house prices

For the six months to 31 December 2022, Epsom house prices* looked like this:

  • House: $2.94M
  • Townhouse: $1.61M
  • Apartment: $1.45M
  • Unit: $1.42M

Cornwall Park, leading up to One Tree Hill is a slice of rural NZ within Auckland city.

Life in Epsom

Surrounded by volcanic cones, five kilometres north of the CBD and home to some of the city’s top performing schools, there’s good reason why Epsom is one of Auckland’s most sought after suburbs.

The suburb’s wide, leafy streets, array of parks and variety of architectural styles make it a picturesque place to call home. But it’s more than just a pretty face. In addition to its proximity to the CBD and shopping opportunities in nextdoor Newmarket, Epsom has a lot to offer its residents, including:

  • The ASB Showgrounds: from rock concerts to pet expos, the ASB Showgrounds is a great venue to have on your doorstep.
  • Cornwall Park: at 425 acres, Cornwall Park is one of central Auckland’s biggest green spaces – in fact, as you explore it, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re still in the city at all. It’s a great place to exercise, have a picnic or bring the kids (especially during calving and lambing season, between July and September each year).
  • Alexandra Park Raceway: with the suburb named after the famous English horse-racing town, it’s only right that our Epsom has a track of its own. Established over 100 years ago, this is one of the city’s oldest institutions.

Film buffs will also love Lido Cinema on Manukau Road – a stylish, boutique cinema where you can enjoy movies (and an ice cream or glass of wine) in comfort.

Transport In Epsom

As one of Auckland’s central suburbs, Epsom is well served by public transport. It's easy to get from home to the CBD, or other employment areas such as Newmarket.

For some, the Remuera train station is an option. From here it’s one stop on the Western, Onehunga or Southern lines to Newmarket, and a further two to the CBD.

Popular bus routes into the city include the 30, 309, 225 and OUT links.

Schools in Epsom

Located in the double Grammar Zone, schools are a major drawcard for those looking at properties for sale in Epsom, with education options including:

  • Auckland Grammar (boys only).
  • Epsom Girls Grammar (girls only).
  • St Peter’s College.
  • Dilworth School (private).
  • St. Cuthbert’s college (private, girls only).
  • Diocesan School for Girls (private, girls only).
  • Epsom Normal Primary school.
  • Kohia Terrace School.

If you want to know more about individual properties within Flat Bush, use our homes.co.nz Property Insights. 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.

*Average asking prices are taken from the listings started between 01 July 2022 and 31 December 2022 to reflect market trends.