Monday, July 26, 2010

Finding an Apartment to Rent in & Around Auckland City

Finding an apartment to rent in Auckland city that is suited to your lifestyle and in an area you like, can be a very time consuming task. Considerations to take note of will include if you mind living in a complex building that accommodates many others or if you would prefer to have your own space in a single story apartment / house, if you have pets and if car parking is important. The biggest decision however, will most likely be deciding which of the popular suburbs around Auckland City to live.

Selecting where you want to live in New Zealand's largest city, which is also one of the leading centres in terms of business and economic development, will be dependent on factors such as your daily means of transport, locations of your workplace, plus your personal and recreational interests. The CBD offers residents an abundance of shopping outlets, dining, entertainment, parks, walkways, museums and galleries - a true city lifestyle.
Mt Albert, Point Chevalier and Western Springs suburbs are located within five kilometres to the west of the city centre. Nearby landmarks and organisations include Mount Albert which is one of the many extinct cones in Auckland and now a popular scenic attraction and Unitec New Zealand - a Government-funded institute of technology campus, therefore a practical suburb for students to rent an apartment or house in.

Mt Roskill, Morningside and Sandringham suburbs are located within 7km south of the city centre. These suburbs are some of Auckland city's largest and most diverse communities with at least 54 different nationalities represented here. Apartments and houses to rent in these suburbs are typically popular with middle class residents.

Hillsborough, Balmoral and Three Kings suburbs are located within just 5km from the city centre. Another ethnically diverse suburb of Auckland city is home to around 5,000 people and features its own shopping mall and supermarket complex. The Balmoral shopping area is popular for its range of Asian restaurants and can be likened to Queen Streets Chinatown.
Westmere, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn and Ponsonby suburbs are located within 2 km west of Auckland City. These highly sought after suburbs contain many fine dining and shopping establishments that are very popular with upper-middle class residents seeking classy and modern apartments to rent and buy.

Parnell and Newmarket are located to the south-east of Auckland's central business district and are a few of the city's oldest suburbs, but home to many of the country's biggest fashion and boutique stores. This area has a strong and vibrant cafe and bar scene and apartments to rent in these areas will be at the upper end of the scale in terms of price.
Other suburban Auckland City areas include: Epsom and Mt Eden, Meadowbank and Remuera, Tamaki, Glen Innes and Panmure, Ellerslie, Penrose and Mt Wellington and Otahuhu and Westfield.

Once you have narrowed down a few Auckland City areas of interest to live in you can begin your search for an apartment to rent. There is a profusion of rental listings available online, in local newspapers and through real estate agents.

Phil Horrobin works for Ray White City Apartments in Auckland, New Zealand - market leaders with over 30 staff focused on the Auckland City apartment market. Ray White City Apartments cover a huge range of apartments for both residential and corporate use. Ray White City Apartment experts cover Auckland's central city along the waterfront and viaduct harbour, through the CBD to Grafton, Newton and Parnell.

The Ray White City Apartments team know the market and is backed by the resources of the international Ray White Group. If you are looking at Buying, Selling, or Renting, come to the team that knows your market. Ray White City Apartments are happy to cater to anyone's needs, whether you are buying an apartment in Auckland city for your children to go to college from overseas, to talking about valuations we're here to help.