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  Reply # 2052483 10-Jul-2018 10:25
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kingdragonfly: I'm not familiar with Auckland, but Google is showing a two hour commute from Waiheke Island.

 

Depends where in Auckland you work.

 

If you are central, then commute from home to work would be about 70 minutes. 10-15 minutes home on Waiheke to ferry (assume you drive, add another 15 minutes if you catch a bus on Waiheke). 40 minutes on ferry, 10-15 to walk to work from ferry buildings. Repeat in reverse on the way home.

 

(I live on Waiheke, I leave home at 0625, bus to ferry, ferry to town 0700-0740, drive to work using my own car which I keep in the Downtown car park, at my desk in the Wairau Park area on the shore just after 0800).

 

 

I noticed lots of cars seemingly living in the downtown park when I leased in there and wondered why!

 

 

It is a very easy commute though - no waiting in traffic, and no stress. You can read a book, catch up on work, have a wine, play cards etc.

 

 

Yes, a wine on the way to work is highly recommended! If only the ferries were a little slower, you could run out a lure and catch some kahawai to smoke up for tea.

 

 

Not saying it is for everyone, but it is an option (and you'd probably get more capital gain out of a house there than a city apartment).

 

Agree with others too - look south or west, and train to work.

 


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  Reply # 2052484 10-Jul-2018 10:29
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I noticed lots of cars seemingly living in the downtown park when I leased in there and wondered why!

 

 

Yep - lots of them.

 

Most are on a monthly concession - with mine, I have to be out of the carpark by 9am, and not back in until after 4pm (otherwise I get charged $4 an hour) on weekdays. If I have a day off work - it costs me $24 (max. for a days parking) per day.


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  Reply # 2052506 10-Jul-2018 10:58
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trig42:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

I noticed lots of cars seemingly living in the downtown park when I leased in there and wondered why!

 

 

Yep - lots of them.

 

Most are on a monthly concession - with mine, I have to be out of the carpark by 9am, and not back in until after 4pm (otherwise I get charged $4 an hour) on weekdays. If I have a day off work - it costs me $24 (max. for a days parking) per day.

 

 

What do you do if you're out of town for a week?

 

When we moved office from Downtown to Viaduct Harbour I switched from the downtown park to the Maritime park. I think a couple of years ago I was paying about $310/month for unallocated parking in downtown, but it meant I could park anywhere that wasn't reserved and I could leave the car there months on end if I wanted to. 


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  Reply # 2052513 10-Jul-2018 11:05
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Also consider the North Shore. In areas near the Northern Busway. Buses run to the CBD as often as a bus every 3 minutes during peak times. And since the buses run for most of the route on a dedicated road that only buses are allowed to use. Not much problems with traffic congestion.


The busway currently finishes at Constellation drive. But it will be extended to Albany as part of the new motorway interchange being built by Constellation drive.







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  Reply # 2052516 10-Jul-2018 11:14
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Aredwood: Also consider the North Shore. In areas near the Northern Busway. Buses run to the CBD as often as a bus every 3 minutes during peak times. And since the buses run for most of the route on a dedicated road that only buses are allowed to use. Not much problems with traffic congestion.


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From Wiki Northern Busway

"Although not technically part of the Northern Motorway, the Northern Busway is closely associated with the motorway.

The first section of the 6.2 km bus rapid transit lanes opened in January 2008, and runs along the eastern side of the motorway between Constellation Busway Station (near the Constellation Drive interchange) and Akoranga Busway Station (near the Esmonde Road interchange).

An additional 2.5 km southbound bus lane, opened in 2009, runs from Akoranga station to the Harbour Bridge approaches at the Onewa Road interchange. Dedicated ramps connect the busway with the Northern Motorway at Constellation Drive and at Albany Busway Station near the Oteha Valley Road interchange."


http://www.nzta.govt.nz/assets/network/projects/sh1-northern-busway/docs/sh1%20northern%20busway.pdf

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  Reply # 2052517 10-Jul-2018 11:15
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kryptonjohn:

 

trig42:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

I noticed lots of cars seemingly living in the downtown park when I leased in there and wondered why!

 

 

Yep - lots of them.

 

Most are on a monthly concession - with mine, I have to be out of the carpark by 9am, and not back in until after 4pm (otherwise I get charged $4 an hour) on weekdays. If I have a day off work - it costs me $24 (max. for a days parking) per day.

 

 

What do you do if you're out of town for a week?

 

When we moved office from Downtown to Viaduct Harbour I switched from the downtown park to the Maritime park. I think a couple of years ago I was paying about $310/month for unallocated parking in downtown, but it meant I could park anywhere that wasn't reserved and I could leave the car there months on end if I wanted to. 

 

 

If I am away for more than a couple of days, I will leave my car elsewhere, or I've taken it with me.

 

The other way around it is to collect a 'normal' ticket on the way in, and then lose it, which is $72 for a lost ticket. If I'm flying anywhere for a few days, I'll park at the airport, which if booked early enough, is cheaper. Over Christmas, or annual leave, I'll usually take the car home to Waiheke - $120 return on a residents deal.

 

The overnight concession is $92 a month. Pretty good value. Not sure if they offer it anymore though for new customers.


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  Reply # 2052575 10-Jul-2018 12:17
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sbiddle:

kryptonjohn:


deadlyllama:


That's why it's a housing crisis and not just a housing problem.


Good thing we've got one of those central government things who are supposed to keep problems from turning into crises.  If only the last lot had actually done their job properly...



Yeah well if you look at a chart of price increases over time you'll see that you could argue the last lot before the last lot should have done their job property. There's long lead and lag times in macro economics and the effects of changes made.


Maybe we should leave the political nit picking out of this discussion and put it in another thread.


 



NZ's problem was that we didn't suffer as a result of the GFC (apart from a few dodgy finance companies going bust) because the Aussie banks we all love to hate saved our ass. We never had the re-correction that pretty much every other country apart from Australia had, and as a result have had year after year of constant growth, some of which was unsustainable.


The problem we have now is a re-correction will be incredibly harmful to our entire economy.


 


 



IMO the one and only problem where house prices is concerned is supply.

If you have two new houses for every buyer (extreme) then house prices will drop.

If you have one derelict house for every two buyers prices go up.

Why it costs $3k per square m to build a house i don't know.

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The further away from the CBD, the cheaper the house . More or less. Thats why I live out in Torbay. Thats why so many moved out to Whangaparaoa 20 years back.
Neighbor had one hell of a hard time trying to sell his 3 bedroom generic house (was asking just over $700K) Took many months to sell.
I guess lowering expectations is a good start when looking at buying houses/apartments

 

I hear that London CBD is pricy as well. Its not just an  Ak thing. :-)


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