Bruce Farquhar represents
Bayleys Nelson, Licensed REAA2008

For Buying or Selling Nelson Property

What’s Life Like in Nelson New Zealand and What is the Property Market Like?

For those of you in Auckland, I will be in your lovely city this Friday, Saturday and Sunday on business.

The first two days are now pretty much booked, but for any of you who wish to catch up and discuss property in Nelson I will be available to meet on Sunday. As much notice as possible would be ideal, and if you have specific properties you wish to discuss let me know that too and I‘ll bring information pertaining to them.

Since last week we have sold 40 View Mount Stoke. It‘s a feature of emerging cities anywhere that the best building sites get taken first, and this home is no exception. Built around 1900, this house was the original homestead for a large farm overlooking Stoke (named after Stoke-on-Nayland in England). Over time it was subdivided as urban sprawl encroached on the area, but it still retains over 3000m2 of land, giving it the feel of the country, and remains in what is still one of the best sites in Stoke.

This weekend sees the last open home for 73 Brunner Street, Nelson. At this stage we are still planning to take it to auction next Wednesday, and I expect the motivated vendors will be setting a reserve that allows it to sell under the hammer. Whether this is a home for you to occupy, or an addition to your rental portfolio, this very sound, well-located and easy-care home is a solid investment in your lifestyle.

Have a great week.

What is Nelson like?

Nelson is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed natural beauty‚ its pleasant Mediterranean-style climate - sheltered from cold southerly weather, varied recreational activities and diverse cultural opportunities. Taken together‚ these provide a quality of life in Nelson unexcelled by any area of its size in the world.

It is less expensive to live in Nelson than in most metropolitan areas in New Zealand, and the proportion of families who live in their own home and of adults with tertiary qualifications is higher than the national average (2006 NZ Census).

Hailed as one of New Zealand’s most ‘liveable’ cities by Lonely Planet, Nelson is a bright, optimistic, worldly town, arranged around a flat grid on Tasman Bay. Nelson’s streets are dotted with beautiful Victorian houses, with a selection of Buddhist centres, naturopaths, yoga studios and galleries. Artsy wanderers mooch between cafés and coffee-carts, ducking into the Bridge St bars or poetry readings in bookshops. Beyond the urban fringe the coast and hills offer a plethora of activities, both relaxed and adrenalin-charged.

The Nelson region, extending west into the Tasman region, is a top destination for travellers to New Zealand – and for locals too. With more sunny days than anywhere else in the country, brilliant beaches and superb national parks (Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman) there’s plenty here to keep you occupied (or to lull you into sun-soaked sedation). The region is also home to a progressive, offbeat community of artists and winemakers.

It is the people that make Nelson the appealing city it really is. Family values and a strong sense of local community underpin day-to-day life in the region. We value our history and tradition, but we also welcome newcomers and the rich diversity they bring to our lives.

I am a relative newcomer myself, having lived most of my 54 years in the North Island. However I am also convinced that Nelson is the best city in New Zealand for the ideal quality of life.

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