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?

Astute buyers were out in force over the weekend – we had a fair bit of rain followed by a bit of a blow for a few days – enough to put our listings through a rigorous weather test. I’m very pleased to say that every one of our properties passed the test with flying colours and that buyers who came through our open homes were impressed with the quality of property they saw.

The hardy souls amongst us who took a leap of faith and headed out to the Mapua Easter fair in the pouring rain were rewarded with blue skies, sunshine, warmth, and a very enjoyable day.

Our feature properties focus on Richmond today – both 7 Eversley Terrace and 10 Balou Place are quality homes being sold by very willing and motivated vendors. We look forward to seeing you there if you’re looking for something above average in Richmond.

For those of you reading this overseas, and yet to move to New Zealand, this Friday is ANZAC day, commemorating the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps landings at Gallipoli during the first world war. While not glorifying war, it is appropriate for us to remember those who served in overseas conflicts, and those who gave their lives, and we do this by attending dawn parades in cities, towns and villages around the country. When we had a proper air force, jets would fly over as many of those dawn parades as possible. The day is a public holiday, and one of the few remaining days of the year when there’s no retail trading that morning.

However you celebrate ANZAC day, spare a thought for those kids who went overseas on what probably seemed like an adventure, and never came back.

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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