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Moving on Up in Nelson

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This morning’s Stuff article is pertinent to NZ homes, and how they differ from what we might see overseas. You can read the article HERE

It’s my experience that throughout the world, houses are built from the most readily available material. When we talk with buyers who have moved here from the UK or Europe, they may have sold an ‘old’ house that is 500 years old.

Most old NZ houses date from 1880 onwards. In early colonial times houses were no more than Cottages. From 1890 – 1905 we saw the introduction of the Square Villas clad with rusticated weatherboards, a roof of four equal parts meeting at a central point, and which invariably featured a verandah with a ‘bull-nosed’ roof. They were usually completely devoid of ornamentation.

There has always been considerable overlap in building styles, and from 1900 – 1920 we saw the introduction of…

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Since last week we have sold 50 Neale Ave, Stoke, Nelson.

An incredibly spacious home next to a park and over the back fence from the Railway Reserve walkway/cycleway, and a good range of schools only a little bit further away, this was sold for an exceptional price for the location.

Our new listing this week is at 3 Citrus Lane, Nelson – a private and tranquil cul de sac at the top of Panorama Drive, this steel-framed house comes with a sun-soaked pool, extra spacious garaging for cars, boats and whatever else you’d like to park in them, and sensational views. Our first open home is this Sunday – we look forward to seeing you there.

We talked last week about ANZAC day tomorrow – New Zealand’s day of remembrance. If you’re reading this in NZ, enjoy your day, however you plan to spend it.  If you’re in Nelson, I might even see you at the Dawn parade. 

Have a great week

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Since last week have had sold 118A Princes Drive Nelson – under the hammer at auction after some very competitive bidding.  It was both a pleasure and a privilege to welcome along the original owner and architect, Maurice Tebbs, purely as an observer.  The property was hotly contested, and it’s been my pleasure to have now sold this for the third time in 14 years.

Our other sale this week was 50 Neale Avenue, Stoke, Nelson – a big family home right next to a park and with schools over the back fence, it’s perfectly situated for the next family to move in only a few weeks from now. There’s high excitement all around.

Our new listing is Lot 1 at Otium Valley, Farleigh Street, Atawhai, Nelson.

This section is a resale, and there’s three great pieces of news here – the lot size is about to increase to around 1200 sq metres, the available building platform size is increased and the height of the platform can also be increased at least another 300 mm if not more.

For those of you overseas reading this, next week sees the Kiwi version of Remembrance day – in our case it’s ANZAC Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). The ANZACs saw action at Gallipoli – a disastrous campaign fought during World War 1. The Turks have created an area of commemoration and for those Kiwis who have been there the visit can be sobering.  In New Zealand we remember the event with a public holiday which begins with dawn parades throughout the towns and cities of our country, where we commemorate those who went overseas and never came back, as well as those who did come back but were never the same again.

Enjoy the weekend ahead – we have an exciting new listing coming for you next week – watch this space.

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As I write this, a storm is descending on the country, with tornadoes and snow already reported. If you’re a buyer, think of this as nature’s way of filtering properties that may or may not be suitable to purchase.

Natural events often have a habit of filtering out properties that were poorly built, were sited in areas that are poorly drained, or don’t stand up to some of the more minor shakes we experience on a regular basis. Here’s more information on the storm here – https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/102964197/worst-of-early-winter-storm-set-to-be-unleashed-during-tuesday On the other side of the coin, any property that is tested by a natural disaster and comes through with flying colours, should be a consideration for you – all other things being equal.

There’s another less obvious angle to this too. Often when properties are imperiled by flooding, an improvement in civil infrastructure makes what was risky, suddenly less risky. For this reason, if you were looking at a property that had once been flooded, but you were aware that the council intended significant drainage work, such as has been happening on the city side of the Bishopdale saddle for the last year, you may find yourself getting a bargain without exposing yourself to a repeat performance next time it rains heavily.

This week we have our auction at 54 Stanley Crescent, Nelson, and next Wednesday it’s the turn of 118A Princes Drive Nelson. Both homes have motivated sellers, great views and represent very good buying, so we are expecting to see some action here. Even if you’re not thinking of purchasing, you’re welcome to attend the auction. Generally we hold the auctions in our rooms rather than on site.

Have a great week.

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Now that the street has been opened back up for vehicle traffic outside our office in Trafalgar Street, the consensus seems to be that closing it for 6 months over summer to all but pedestrian traffic has been a success. I anticipate the Nelson City Council will repeat the exercise this summer.

This means that for the next 6 months you can park right outside our office again, as you come in to list your property or buy one of our outstanding homes for sale – or you could come to the open homes this weekend, starting 12.30 pm Sunday. We have such a variety, that whether you’re looking for a residential property for a single person, a couple or a family, we have something for everyone.

Have a great week – see you Sunday.

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As I write this I’m wrapping up two very busy days at the Downunder Live immigration expo in the UK and about to jump on the plane to come home. I have missed Nelson and I can’t wait to return to blue, unpolluted skies and warmer weather.

I’ll no doubt spend the next few weeks following up the various leads I’ve got, and my partners in Migrate2nelson will be flat out working with the database of lovely people I have met here – all wanting to contribute to NZ and make Nelson their home. I even met a few Kiwi expats longing to be home.

A big hand for my team who have been doing the work of three in my absence – Jacqui and Miriam are the back bone of my team and have been doing the deals and listing up a storm while I’ve been wading through the snow working our buyers in the northern hemisphere.

I look forward to seeing you at any of our four open homes this weekend – have a great week.

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