There’s nothing like making the most of the Summer season with family or friends in some of New Zealand’s best sandy sanctuaries. With the hot season quickly approaching we’ve put together our favourite beaches throughout the country, so pack up the car, take some summer brollys and enjoy soaking up the sun!
If you’re yet to see the mermaid pools in Matapouri Bay then what are you waiting for? Make sure you take some walking shoes because this one is a bit of a hike, but it’s definitely worth the walk! Once you’re over the hills you come across the beautiful water holes also known as the mermaid pools. It’s a bit of a rocky spot so maybe a deck chair would be handy, but definitely well worth it for the sights.
New Chums – Coromandel
New Chums is voted as one of the world’s top 10 beaches! The hidden secret is only accessible via foot or boat. The beach is protected, there are no buildings, roads or any kind of infrastructure. To Access the beautiful untouched New Chums, you head to the car park at the north end of Whangapoua beach. After crossing the stream, you walk across the rocky boulders and follow the path over the saddle into the Nikau Palm grove taking about 30 minutes. New Chums is a must do this summer!
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Goat Island was New Zealand’s first marine reserve. Jumping the water at Goat Island you will be surrounded by over 100 species of fish, large ones and small ones, and sometimes you will see dolphins and orcas. Getting to Goat island is about an hour and a half drive from Auckland about 25Km out of Warkworth. You can snorkel, kayak and there is a glass bottom boat tours. Goat Island will make a great day trip this summer!
Onetangi Beach is on Waiheke Island which overlooks Great Barrier, with its clear waters, golden sand, and cafes, Onetangi is a fantastic beach to visit this summer. Just a half an hour ferry ride to discover the spectacular island.
If you have not visited Cathedral Cove yet this Coromandel destination is one for the bucket list this summer. Cathedral Cove is only accessible by boat or foot, the walk is 2.5km taking around 1 hour and 30-minute return trip. There are kayak tours, or you can drive or snorkel gorgeous walks and a viewing platform. The sand, the waves and the famous landscape make for a great Instagram picture!
The $790 million redevelopment of the Newmarket shopping Centre is well and truly underway… and you’ll be excited on what’s for come! Forecasted to open in the last quarter of 2019 the redevelopments are taking place at 277 & 309 Broadway. The talk is, these two sites will be linked via an airbridge over Mortimer Pass & Smith Crane.
So what’s to come?
Start saving and be ready to empty your pockets. The Newmarket shopping Centre will be the home to Auckland’s first ever David Jones!
Also… a new format Farmers department store, Countdown supermarket and more than 230 new specialty stores. Westfield Newmarket will showcase New Zealand’s best fashion, with a compelling mix of local and international designers, new-to-market brands and some of the most well-known retailers from New Zealand and Australia. Newmarket’s future shopping Centre will also be the home of many of some of the country’s finest restaurants with beautifully designed outdoor areas. A rooftop lifestyle will also be available and will include a new state-of-the-art Event Cinema Complex which will offer V-Max and Gold Class.
Upon completion Newmarket will be known for its premium food, fashion, technology, lifestyle and entertainment experience. We’re very excited for such a wide range of food and shopping options to be up and running just down the road from our Epsom branch.
Come on 2019!
Moving to a new town or city can be overwhelming, particularly if you're trying to choose a neighbourhood to buy a home in. While it’s true that what a great neighbourhood looks like can differ person to person, all great neighbourhoods do share some common factors that are universally appealing. Here we explore 10 signs the neighbourhood you live in (or would you like to live in) is a good one.
Even if you don’t have children now, buying a property within an area renowned for great schools has a very positive affect on property prices. In most places, you generally need to live within a public school’s catchment area in order to send your child to that particular school, and some parents are willing to pay top dollar to ensure they live in the catchment area of a great public school.
Low crime rates
This is a pretty universal sign of a good neighbourhood. We all want to live in an area where we feel safe and secure and savvy property buyers will do their research and look at crime rates when it comes to moving to a new area, with this information readily available online.
A well-rounded neighbourhood is one that offers different things to different people. This could mean they’re plenty of nearby cafes and bars for foodies, walking and hiking trails for active locals, or even local clubs and leagues for engaged community members.
Living in an area where residents don’t have to travel too far to get out and about and enjoy the great outdoors makes an area more appealing. Think of parks, playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts, public pools and even nearby lakes and rivers.
Not only does a neighbourhood look amazing when each house is well presented, but it also shows that your neighbours take a lot of pride in their home, a good sign for any prospective property buyer or seller. This doesn’t have to mean you live in a street of luxury properties either, great presentation starts with a mowed lawn, neat and tidy yard, freshly painted facade and clean, well-maintained footpaths.
Leafy and well established
Even in inner-city areas, a leafy main road, with well-established older buildings and homes can look really inviting. It shows the area has a bit of heritage given the age of the trees that line most streets and the age of the buildings which have been maintained over time.
Aside from great schools lots of factors play a part in making an area appeal to families. Funnily enough, most are listed above. In addition to these an area which has larger homes on potentially larger blocks is probably going to appeal more to families than say the heart of the city, where units run significantly smaller, with little to no outdoor spaces available.
Public transport and walkability
In larger areas being close to public transport is a must with a huge number of commuters relying on buses, rail and ferries to get them to work every day. Walkability is also a big factor though, being able to leave the car at home to get to nearby attractions like markets, shops and cafes makes an area really desirable.
Not everyone loves the idea of travelling into an inner city to have dinner, see a movie or catch-up for drinks, so residential areas that also boast great local cafes, bars or theatres are always popular. As are those with great family entertainment options such as playgrounds, sports grounds, libraries and cinemas.
Being close to the shops is not just convenient it can be a drawcard that gets people to visit a neighbourhood. Weekend markets are popular neighbourhood attractions, as are large-scale shopping centres, supermarkets, and unique local boutiques.
This weekend, why not look around your local neighbourhood and see what makes your area special. It’s great to be aware of the major selling points in your location, and if you’re interested in buying in a particular area, why not see how it stacks up in the desirability stakes?
If you're looking to buy in an area completely new to you we have a good knowledge of the local area and will be able to answer questions about a neighbourhood.
Is your monthly electricity bill looking a little steep lately? Then do we have the tips for you! Although it can be hard with the children taking 20-minute showers and leaving the lights on in rooms around the house that aren’t being used... here are out top tips on bringing those bills down.
Use the Barbecue
Why not use the Barbecue every so often to cook your family meals? This can take significant amount off that monthly electricity bill. I know what you’re thinking… we’re still using gas. However, research shows that using the gas barbecue still works out to be cheaper than using ranges and ovens, so why not give it a go!
Keep the Lid on the Pots
This is such an easy trick to saving electricity! When cooking on the stove top keep the lid on to keep the heat In. This means your pot will heat up faster which saves you time and money... what more could you want.
There are so many ways you can reduce your power and water bill through the way you do your washing. First things first, make sure you are doing a full load of washing! This saves you using your washing machine more than you need to. A cold wash also saves a significant amount of dollars so make sure this is set. Only have a few items of lightweight clothing that need washing? Hand wash! The list goes on.
If you’re trying to reduce your power bill we recommend you don’t use the dryer at all and hand dry as much as possible! However, on the rare occasion, if this needs to be used we have the ways to save. Firstly, make sure your dryer is not overloaded. Research shows, placing a dry towel in the dryer along with your washing helps your clothes dry quicker, so try this out.
It’s an obvious, but important tip. Nothing wastes electricity as much as those ceiling lights that are left on all day and forgotten about, so make sure these are off during the day. For night time, if you want to save that little bit extra on lighting, why not switch to more table and floor lamps, or go the extra mile and use candles!
There are so many easy ways to save money throughout your home on electricity and water, what are your tips? We would love to hear them! Email us below.
Published by Harcourts Charlton Realty LTD
Simple Ways To Keep You And Your Family More Organised
Do you hear yourself saying “Hurry up” a lot lately? When you think of the ‘morning in your household’ what are the first words that come to mind? Rushed, hectic, stressful? If this is you then keep reading! Turn those negative words to positives with these ideas to keep you and your family so organised that other families envy your amazing stress-free life.
The Basket Colour Coding Method
This method is your new best friend! Say you have four people in your home – Blue, Green, Orange & Red. Have a basket somewhere in the house identifying these colours. These then will be filled with anything lying around the house that shouldn't be. Then, whenever anyone misplaces anything, it will be in their basket, as simple as that! Another Tip for the long run – Label any games, toys or anything that could start an argument of whose is whose with this colour.
Time for a Timetable
Depending on the age of your little ones, using words and pictures to help your children follow daily routines can be a huge success! Set a schedule with the times of; breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, shoes on and so on. Accompany this schedule with pictures of the item to help make mornings a little more fun for them. The more mornings this is used, the more likely it is to turn into a well-structured routine.
If there is a reward involved… the kids will become more motivated. Sit down with them, lay down a list of jobs you would want them to do and let them write what they would like as a reward down on a piece of paper. They don’t have to be expensive! Rewards can include; extra TV Time, Staying up a little past bedtime and so so on. However, these jobs should be done without being asked, get them into a routine of wanting to do the dishes, or wanting to pick up their toys once they’ve finished because they get something in return. As time goes on who knows, this could become more of a habit than a chore.
Managing your Menu
It’s now time to plan ahead. If you don’t already, set up a menu for your family meals. Start this process with dinners and plan them out weekly. Once you start to get more in the flow of this then add on breakfast and kids’ lunches (Save a lot of stress by preparing these the night before). Also, to make sure you avoid the phrase ‘I don’t want that for lunch’ Keep a list of tasty snack ideas for kids lunches and allow them to pick two they would like for lunch each day (or even 3 as a cleaning reward).