However, if someone is open to apartments and perhaps aren't looking at having a family immediately, there are brand new apartments available for less than $600K which have gazillion times better temperature profiles, insulation, interior design, and what not than your average 1960s-built "classic Kiwi home".
And no-one can live in them.
The reality is with appartments is there is generally no public transport that is on-time and takes less than three days to get half a mile down the road, or that turns up and isn’t over crowded and doesn’t result in one getting soaked when its raining.
Appartments I think need to be built with single and double garages, that a not only wide enough to get out of the car but where there is enough space to store other stuff like hobby equipment.
i would expect a one or two bedroom apartment to have at least a single garage and anything bigger to have a double.
I'd be happy with an apartment.