joker97: Anyway in case you thought i was kidding
Dont buy the worst house in the best area ... Fendalton have ex state houses
Generally avoid anything east. Traffic is worse than akl because there are no motorways. Generally just one or two roads connecting north and south and east and west. Eg so dont stay in north and work in south unless you have abike and dont mind visiting the hospital ICU. North to west or soouth to west vice versa is better.
Haha - 'Fendalton North' is what the real estate agents call it! always used to be called Bryndwr until about 15 years ago - and now the prices have blown out accordingly. Just like half of St Albans is marketed as Merivale.
I also wouldn't advise being on the opposite side of the city from work for at least the next couple of years unless you want to spend 45 minutess or more travelling to and from work. If you need to be that side of town, look at Parklands or Burwood, if the south side suits, try Rolleston/Hornby/Sockburn/HeiHei (some parts of Hornby better than others). CLoser to town you could look around Opawa. House pricing is pretty stupid at the moment. Either way if you are buying make sure you sort out insurance before committing, along with engineers and geotech reports. If there is a current insurance claim in for the property you will generally need to take over their insurance policy.