If you want to be located in Auckland City, suburbs to find real estate for sale include: Ellerslie, Freemans Bay, Glendowie, Greenlane, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Kingsland, Kohimarama, Meadowbank, Mission Bay, Mount Eden, Mount Wellington plus many more.
A more rural suburb thirty minutes south of Auckland Central, Papakura's housing is a lot more affordable. With the median property price close to $300,000 NZD for a family home, buying a home in Papakura is a far less daunting prospect. The only real negative is the extra distance from the city. Papakura suburbs to check out include: Alfriston, Ardmore, Conifer Grove, Longford Park, Manurewa East, Pahurehure, Papakura, Opaheke, Red Hill, Rosehill and Takanini.
Living in the city allows a lot of freedom when it comes to getting around and taking advantage of opportunities. There's no lengthy drive when you want to get somewhere and public transport offers a lot of options when it comes to getting from A to B. MAXX Regional Transport is the main public transportation system in the city, with Britomart Transportation Centre being the hub.
With the space of a rural property and the differences in lifestyle, you might not be able to save on parking as easily but you will have the freedom to do more with your property. Lifestyle blocks let you raise cattle and sheep, grow crops or just landscape your ideal garden.