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  Reply # 1459671 31-Dec-2015 22:28
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Insanekiwi: Should I be worried about the airport extension buying a property around there. i.e. Haitaiai with noise etc.


No; for two reasons, One, there's a curfew so there's already restrictions on operations between midnight and 6 am, two, the extension is very unlikely to ever happen, it doesn't make sense economically nor from an aviation perspective.




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  Reply # 1459673 31-Dec-2015 22:36
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dafman: Newtown often gets a bad rap for no good reason. There are some great houses there and it's the suburb the hospital is in, so a good place to start. 

This t-shirt had a bit of a poke at that.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1459676 31-Dec-2015 22:44
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Insanekiwi: Should I be worried about the airport extension buying a property around there. i.e. Haitaiai with noise etc.


No; for two reasons, One, there's a curfew so there's already restrictions on operations between midnight and 6 am, two, the extension is very unlikely to ever happen, it doesn't make sense economically nor from an aviation perspective.

Midnight restriction is for departures. Arrival restriction is 1:00am with a 30 minute contingency. There are flights from Australia landing every night at varying times between 00:15am and 00:55am.

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  Reply # 1459704 1-Jan-2016 06:40
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If you live near an airport, there might be planes.




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  Reply # 1459712 1-Jan-2016 08:31
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Thanks for all the information guys! Happy New Year to you all! (It's still 2:30pm here at work in Toronto). :)



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  Reply # 1459714 1-Jan-2016 08:33
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idle: Just some information re parking at Wellington hospital. My son is a full-time Specialist there, and I was amazed to find that he has to pay to use the hospital car-park. Seems ludicrous!


And Jim thanks for that. I will have to look into this - as back in Auckland, the specialists and consultants will get parking provided which was also overcrowded. And the waiting list for paid car park was up to 8 months! I thought Wellington would be better... maybe not.

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  Reply # 1459776 1-Jan-2016 11:55
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The best kept secret of where to live in Wellington is Lyall Bay. Fantastic beach and the Maranui cafe. Bus stop right there and easy access to the city. THERE IS NO RUSH HOUR IN WELLINGTON compared to the chaos here in Auckland. Im transferring back to Welly as soon as i can. You can even surf at Lyall bay has a really nice break and lots of marine life. I was snorkelling at the island bay end of the beach saw a couple of rays and lots of fish. Bloody cold though, a shortie is a good idea even in summer.

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  Reply # 1459888 1-Jan-2016 17:01

Lyall Bay is a good candidate, but I suspect Island Bay has more promise with houses on the hillsides and more chance of sea views. As for the temperature of Lyall Bay, it is a lot warmer than Toronto! A mate in Hamilton tells me they have a forecast of minus 10 deg C later this week!
Edit to rapidly state that is Hamilton, Ontario!!


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  Reply # 1459889 1-Jan-2016 17:13
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A few things you may want to keep in mind is raising sea levels, and earthquakes/tsunamis. Especially in the lower lying areas, and the higher risk liquefaction areas. It may not affect people in their life time, but things like insurance premiums may rise in the future or other problems, which ultimately affects the value of the property. If I was buying around the Wellington city area, personally I would buy in the hills or in the higher blocks of land.

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  Reply # 1459906 1-Jan-2016 17:45
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mattwnz: A few things you may want to keep in mind is raising sea levels, and earthquakes/tsunamis. Especially in the lower lying areas, and the higher risk liquefaction areas. It may not affect people in their life time, but things like insurance premiums may rise in the future or other problems, which ultimately affects the value of the property.


It's happening already. The 2013 southerly storm did a huge amount of damage to anything close to the shoreline, and I'm sure it will happen again at some stage.

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  Reply # 1459987 1-Jan-2016 21:11
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We've just had F&Cs with the kids on the beach at Island Bay tonight, and having the sea so easily available has made us want to return to Wellington!

Brooklyn could be a good option, in that it's not too far to get to the hospital but also walking distance to town (I worked beside the Beehive, which was a 30 minute walk from Brooklyn). I think this suburb is still more affordable than others close in such as Mt Vic. It's got a nice vibe and some lovely houses.

However, I agree with an earlier post - don't be in a rush to buy. Rent for a while, get to know the city. It's a tricky place to buy as not only do you have to decide general location but also the particulars of the site, as house suitability is so affected by topography, wind etc.

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  Reply # 1459992 1-Jan-2016 21:21
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rosco62: The best kept secret of where to live in Wellington is Lyall Bay. Fantastic beach and the Maranui cafe. Bus stop right there and easy access to the city. THERE IS NO RUSH HOUR IN WELLINGTON compared to the chaos here in Auckland. Im transferring back to Welly as soon as i can. You can even surf at Lyall bay has a really nice break and lots of marine life. I was snorkelling at the island bay end of the beach saw a couple of rays and lots of fish. Bloody cold though, a shortie is a good idea even in summer.


Not like Auckland but traffic is a lot worse now with the new tunnel at the end of Tory St, which causes extra delays going around town.




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  Reply # 1460016 1-Jan-2016 22:38
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rosco62: The best kept secret of where to live in Wellington is Lyall Bay. Fantastic beach and the Maranui cafe. Bus stop right there and easy access to the city. THERE IS NO RUSH HOUR IN WELLINGTON compared to the chaos here in Auckland. Im transferring back to Welly as soon as i can. You can even surf at Lyall bay has a really nice break and lots of marine life. I was snorkelling at the island bay end of the beach saw a couple of rays and lots of fish. Bloody cold though, a shortie is a good idea even in summer.


Not like Auckland but traffic is a lot worse now with the new tunnel at the end of Tory St, which causes extra delays going around town.


The traffic within Wellington can get pretty bad, and unlike Auckland, there is less options to put in underground bypasses (they would flood due to the high water table). Overhead bypasses are very difficult to put in, due to the resource management act (eg look at the basin flyover), and roads in some areas can be quite tight. The motorways out of Wellington aren't bad except in peak time, and when transmission gully is completed, it should help with the gorge traffic. I think areas like Petone and Hutt are good options, although on the hills, to avoid the liquefaction areas. Councils do have maps showing the liquifaction areas as part of the LIM. You can pretty much take your pick of houses out there for your budget, and only a 15 minute off peak drive into teh CBD. Avoid areas where there are lots of renters or state house tenants. eg. some parts of Newtown, Te Aro (also can be quite damp)

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  Reply # 1460017 1-Jan-2016 22:42
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mattwnz: A few things you may want to keep in mind is raising sea levels, and earthquakes/tsunamis. Especially in the lower lying areas, and the higher risk liquefaction areas. It may not affect people in their life time, but things like insurance premiums may rise in the future or other problems, which ultimately affects the value of the property.


It's happening already. The 2013 southerly storm did a huge amount of damage to anything close to the shoreline, and I'm sure it will happen again at some stage.


I believe they have also painted Tsunami lines on some of the streets out there, to show where it is likely to be safe if there is a tsunami. Global warming is potentially a very expensive problem in the future, with more flood and wave protection from the sea needed soon. Personally I wouldn't buy a high value house in those areas for the long term .

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  Reply # 1460036 2-Jan-2016 06:21
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BlinkyBill: If you live near an airport, there might be planes.


I live near the airport and notice plane noise more when visiting in northwestern suburbs that the planes drone over on the landing approach.

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