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What’s it like to live in Mount Albert?

What does Mount Albert offer?

Last updated: 1 February 2023

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, 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 historic Mt. Albert.

Mt. Albert’s property landscape

Mt. Albert property prices

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

  • House: $1.56M
  • Townhouse: $1.08M
  • Apartment: $753k
  • Unit: $694k

The view from the summit of Ōwairaka (Mt. Albert)

Life in Mt. Albert

Mt Albert was one of the earliest Auckland suburbs to be settled by Europeans, and the area is rich in history – evidenced in part by the colonial era villas you’ll still find nestled among more modern builds.

Located 7 km from the modern CBD, Mount Albert is dominated by the extinct volcano from which it takes its name. Climbing Ōwairaka, as the maunga is called in te reo, is one of the many delights afforded to Mt. Albertians. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with expansive views out to the Waitākere Ranges and beyond.

However, this is far from all that Mt. Albert has to offer. Other highlights include:

  • Oakley Creek Reserve: as the only waterfall within Auckland's city limits, Oakley Creek is a favoured picnic spot for families, especially for those who have kids with energy to burn.
  • Westfield St. Lukes: shoppers will also love calling Mt. Albert. As well as smaller, boutique shops on the New North Road, Westfield St. Lukes offers a huge array of larger stores and cafes.
  • Chamberlain Park Golf Course: for those looking to get a round in on the weekend, Chamberlain Park Golf Course means that you won’t have to travel far for your golfing fix.


There are a number of options for Mount Albertians looking for easy routes to the CBD and other suburbs. The suburb boasts not one, but two train stations – Mt. Albert Station and Baldwin Station. Both lie on the Western line route and provide straightforward access to hubs including the CBD and Newmarket.

Once completed, the City Rail Link (CRL) will widen the number of destinations you can reach from Mt. Albert station, and decrease travel times to key destinations like Britomart. This is likely to make Mt. Albert an even more desirable location, and improve trading for local businesses.

These trains are complemented by a range of bus services in the suburb, including the 22N, 22R, 66 and OUT.

On top of this, five minutes in the car and you’re in Grey Lynn, Kingsland, or Pt. Chevalier for the beach.

Schools in Mt. Albert

For parents looking at properties for sale in Mt. Albert, there are plenty of options when it comes to good, local schools. These include:

  • Gladstone Primary School – Seaview Ave.
  • Mount Albert Primary School – Sainsbury Rd.
  • Owairaka District School – Richardson Rd.
  • Mount Albert Grammar School – Alberton Ave.
  • Marist School Mount Albert – Kitenui Ave.

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.

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