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    Question Areas like Matakana (Rodney. Auckland)?

    Hello! ^^

    I've only very recently joined ENZ but it's lead to enough information (In addition to a ton of Googling, holiday memories and calling friends who've been) that I am seriously starting to look for a House.

    I've seen a lot of lovely properties in the Rodney area (Matakana & Hibiscus Coast especially) which offer views onto the water, seclusion, good schools and social networks you can plug into but not having to.
    However, as I am not a native (Don't have much more than a good reccie under the belt actually) I wonder. Does anybody know of areas that are like this? Only has to be NZ really, don't care too much about the name of the place as long as it feels right. Either Island, any city, land or existing real estate, it's all about the location. Spacious, private, (olympic) stone-throw from the water and good schools/dining out locations is what I look for.
    Budget ~ NZ$9,5mil. Ideally under $6mil though so I can personalize it and make it dog-proof (my dog loves jumping and running).

    If people wonder why I care about schools, I have moved about 20 times in about 25 years and I am sick of it. Once I find the perfect spot, I plan to live there at least 20 years and I sincerely hope the schools will matter by then!
    Not looking to rent, not looking to rent out and not looking for a mortgage; just looking for my dreamhome.

    Anybody have an idea, please hit me up!

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    If i had that kind of money to spend i would look for land and build my own spec house. Omaha Beach is very popular and has sections available, lots of houses going up there check out the land agents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catt View Post
    If i had that kind of money to spend i would look for land and build my own spec house. Omaha Beach is very popular and has sections available, lots of houses going up there check out the land agents.
    Thanks for the response! I will check out Omaha beach. I would prefer already built real estate because I know many have moved with dreams and had 1-o-a-k houses built. My current house took 3 years and roughly 4.5m to finish, the idea of waiting 3 years while living in a flat or something doesn't really appeal to me. Any idea how long building a spec house (specially ordered and built is what that means right?) takes in NZ?
    And are there flats in/near Omaha beach I could make my temp home close to the construction site?

    Last question Catt. You say 'if I had that kind of money', suggesting that for $9.5m I can basically build anything? Or do you dream frugally? Not knowing what your ultimate house would be, it's hard to estimate.
    Please know I really am happy with your response and not trying to come across as sarcastic or pedantic. It's very hard to convey clearly in text, hence I'd rather make sure you know my intentions.

    Anybody else have any ideas? It would mean the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joris_Hopeful View Post
    You say 'if I had that kind of money', suggesting that for $9.5m I can basically build anything? Or do you dream frugally? Not knowing what your ultimate house would be, it's hard to estimate.
    I don't mean this to be rude, but under no circumstances EVER is a 9.5 million house a frugal dream. No, you cannot basically build anything. There are houses worth more than that. The most expensive house in NZ just sold for 39 million. 9.5 million in NZ is "that kind of money" and will get you a fantastic home without the need to be frugal.

    I suggest you google the areas you like with the words "fine homes" or "luxury real estate" etc.. and you'll likely get builders and real estate agents that specialise in top end real estate. Because that is what 9.5 a million house budget is, not frugality, but part of the 1%. The majority of Kiwis would find 9.5 million to be a good enough budget to build or buy their ultimate house.

    Good luck and I hope you find your dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwieagle View Post
    I don't mean this to be rude, but under no circumstances EVER is a 9.5 million house a frugal dream. No, you cannot basically build anything. There are houses worth more than that. The most expensive house in NZ just sold for 39 million. 9.5 million in NZ is "that kind of money" and will get you a fantastic home without the need to be frugal.

    I suggest you google the areas you like with the words "fine homes" or "luxury real estate" etc.. and you'll likely get builders and real estate agents that specialise in top end real estate. Because that is what 9.5 a million house budget is, not frugality, but part of the 1%. The majority of Kiwis would find 9.5 million to be a good enough budget to build or buy their ultimate house.

    Good luck and I hope you find your dream.
    I don't consider you to be rude, everyone on here is very lovely! It's just that I heard so many things of people taking a 'pay cut' to $90.000 a year. The minimum wage in my country is like $29.000 so I wasn't sure if the economy was just in bigger numbers. Because if I follow that logic, 9.5m would not buy that much in certain high-demand areas (can compare it to 3m in Amsterdam centre, will require some turns to make a nice nest for that, hence the Q)
    Anyway, good to hear, I'm glad that it should be enough to (within some reason) build the dream on the spot of dreams!

    However, one problem I have is that I don't know what areas to add to the Google queries you suggested. I found www.Premium.co.nz but that is only the Rodney Area. www.jamesedition.com has some great real estate too, but it's not that organized as to be any kind of clear where it is located.
    Being in the 1% doesn't sound bad at all, despite it carrying a lot of negative connotations. Very happy with your answer! ^^

    However, Omaha Beach and the Rodney area seems like a fairly limited scope. If anybody has any suggestions, I'm wide open to them! Meanwhile, I will keep Googling.

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    Try Bayleys.co.nz they will give you some idea of properties but they are just for my part of the world and downwards. Maybe others have the creme de la creme estate agents for their areas in NZ.

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    If you're not familiar with the area, I highly advise to rent out a place short term so you get a better idea. Photos only tell so much. Knowing how the winds blow and orientation of a house facing such strong winds is a concern.

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