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New wave of buyers point to big year ahead for Mt Albert

S this the real estate year that Mt Albert and its closest neighbours start to take off, rather than merely keeping ahead of the pack? As home-buyers look around Auckland for the next Ponsonby, the appeal of Mt Albert and neighbours like Waterview, New Windsor, St Lukes and Owairaka is becoming obvious. Valuers refer to the ripple effect, where demand in one suburb flows to the next as rising prices persuade buyers to seek better value on the other side of the fence. Auckland has some classical examples of that effect, and Grey Lynn has become the latest as high prices in Ponsonby, Herne Bay and Westmere have pushed buyers across to their neighbour. The result: Grey Lynn has shown the greatest price growth of any Auckland suburb since the peak of the last boom. Mt Albert has performed strongly through the tough times of recession (well above the Auckland-wide average with a rise of 5.4 per cent), and perhaps this year will mark the suburbs further climb up the citys real estate ladder. Suburb-to-suburb value ratios shift as demand rises and falls, but they tend to stay constant over time. The gap between Mt Albert and Grey Lynn has widened over the last three or four years but the ripple effect means it should soon start to close again. There was clear evidence late last year that Mt Albert was being discovered by a new wave of buyers. Record million dollar-plus sales were recorded in pockets well away from the traditional stronghold of the mountains northern slopes and the Golden Triangle. Now local real estate leader Anne Duncan is optimistic that already impressive prices will start to move more aggressively as that new wave continues to appreciate what Mt Albert has to offer. Property owners here have had a

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web ID AD12569 1602 Great North Rd, Waterview Price: Tender closes 24 May 2012 3 double bedroom weatherboard home, ideal for first time homeowners or rental investors. John Covich 021 946 933

web ID AD12569 10 Fowler Ave, Mt Albert Price: By Negotiation Text: Four double bedrooms with room to add more. Jamie Morrison 021 684 400

web ID AD12528 9 Kerr-Taylor Ave, Mt Albert Price: By Negotiation 1950s brick & tile, recently rendered, modern 4 bdrm family home plus fifth on lower level, indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces. Anne Duncan 021 996 426

web ID AD12536 59A Powell St, Avondale Price: By Negotiation A modern home at your convenience designed for entertaining, with two living areas, and decks to take advantage of this unique place. Jamie Morrison 021 684 400

WHEN Josh Powell met the woman he would marry, he had a feeling the stars were in alignment. It was six years ago through mutual friends and, as Josh puts it today, he was instantly impressed by lovely Astrid, deciding Gee, shes nice. Time, though, created its magic, bringing the pair together regularly through the same social circle and four years ago they became an item. Now the item is well and truly merged married in late January (as our picture shows) and soon to expand. Town planner great decade, with overall values up over 130 per cent, but I think the signs are therell be a catch-up over the next year, she says. People are now paying $1.2m or $1.5m in Grey Lynn for a home on a small section and with no offstreet parking that, just a couple of kilometres away in a terrific suburb, would cost them $800,000 or $900,000 with a decent-sized section and garage. Anne says the prime part of Mt Albert the northern slopes and the Golden Triangle is due for

Astrid knows a bit about family planning as well and a baby is due in mid-August to add to the buzz of their Kingsland home. Josh, a member of the Anne Duncan residential sales team, is thrilled at how the pieces of his life are fitting together and the support hes had from Astrid to make his real estate career a success. He managed to keep his mobile turned off during the wedding day (a real challenge for any quality agent!), but now the honeymoon is over and hes back head-first into selling houses. a further spurt because properties there offer fantastic value. I really do feel that nows the time for Mt Albert, she says. More and more people are coming here for our lovely homes on big sections, great schools and community amenities. And by car, bus or train we are just so handy to the CBD. Interest for bungalows and villas, units and nice family homes is high, she says, but a lack of listings often means its hard to satisfy the growing demand.

web ID AD12497 * Unless sold prior 3E/19 Morningstar Pl, Mt Albert Price: By Negotiation Close to all the facilities! 2 double bedroom apartment, fully furnished. Overseas vendor wants this SOLD! Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925 Jamie Morrison 021 684 400

09 846 9470


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Anne Duncan Real Estate Ltd

You see our signs everywhere!

51 Alberton Ave MT ALBERT
Attractive 1940s weatherboard home, the perfect backdrop for modern kiwi family life. Garaging for the car & boat, a small office/workshop, large North-West facing backyard ideal for the kids & a large deck.

9 Thomas Ave MT ALBERT

3 bedrooms plus sunroom/office, entry level family bungalow situated in a fast appreciating neighbourhood.

1/17 Woodward Rd Mt Albert Josh Powell

The team
Your advantage
Greg Whitta 021 992 612 John Covich 021 946 933 Vincent Barnao 021 275 8925 Anne Duncan 021 996 426 Josh Powell 021 905 234

web ID AD12568 11G Highbury Street Avondale Price: By Negotiation In a small gated complex, this home is great for the first home buyer, with 2 double bedrooms & 1 single bedroom. Modern kitchen and bathroom with open plan living that spills onto the private west facing deck. Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925

web ID AD12575
Contact: Anne Duncan 021 996 426 Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925

Auction: 7pm Wed 16 May 2012 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

web ID AD12571
Contact: John Covich 021 946 933

Auction: 7pm Wed 16 May 2012 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

9 Rawalpindi St MT ALBERT
For work from home/ large family / first home / investment. This unique property features a 4/5 Bedroom solidly built ex state home with a large separate studio /sleep out positioned at the rear of this 675m2 site.

11 Jesmond Tce MT ALBERT

Mt Albert classic character property featuring leadlighting, wooden floors, window casements & bespoke built-in cabinetry. Kitchen bifolds & french doors take the indoors out to a large deck & yard. Close to good schools, transport & amenities.

5 Challinor Cres Mt Albert John Covich

web ID AD12574
Contact: Gary Agnew 021 960 533 Anne Duncan 021 996 426
1020 New North Road Mt Albert Greg Whitta web ID AD12583 16 Jerram St, Mt Albert Auction: 7pm Wed 30 May 2012
(Unless sold prior)

Auction: 7pm Wed 16 May 2012 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

web ID AD12570
Contact: John Covich 021 946 933

Auction: 7pm Wed 16 May 2012 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

Gary Agnew 021 960 533

Jamie Morrison 021 684 400

Mark Bailey 021 714 799

Emma Duncan 021 845 347

Wendy Keats 021 216 7332

16/5 Edgars Rd Westmere Vincent Barnao

A stunning 3 bedroom + office character bungalow in a private leafy setting. Featuring modern kitchen and bathroom, 2 living areas & private indoor/ outdoor flow. Situated on 647m2 in Gladstone & MAG school zones. Josh Powell 021 905 234

4/7 Harlston Rd MT ALBERT

Light & bright 2 level Walker Henry townhouse down quiet ROW. 3 bedrooms & bathroom upstairs, downstairs has open plan kitchen/ dining/lounge. Ranch sliders open onto large north west facing deck.

1/52 St Michaels Ave PT CHEVALIER

2 bedroom end unit with lock up garage, immaculately presented with spacious sunny open plan living room, new kitchen & bathroom with separate toilet. Good flow & storage.

Julia Rust 021 489 169

Des Ryder 0274 222 334


Shane Ryder 0274 222 585


Lauren Barrett 021 921 229


Auction: 7pm Wed 16 May 2012 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Contact: Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925 Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

web ID AD12572

Auction: 7pm Wed 16 May 2012 Contact: Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Jamie Morrison 021 684 400 Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

web ID AD12576

5/16 Knight Ave Mt Albert Gary Agnew

54 Methuen Rd NEW WINDSOR

Renovated 3 bdrm bungalow for families of all ages & stages. 9 Fergusson Avenue Sandringham Josh Powell 767sqm, fully fenced section

786A New North Rd MT ALBERT

Exceptionally spacious contemporary 4brm, 3bthrm, weatherboard home! Finished to an extremely high standard with attention to every last detail, this is the ultimate in easy-care family living.

746 New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland Ph 09 846 9470

web ID AD12584

5 Western Springs Rd Kingsland Jamie Morrison

Contact: Wendy Keats 021 2167 332 Anne Duncan 021 996 426
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Auction: 7pm Wed 30 May 2012 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

web ID AD12395
Contact: Anne Duncan 021 996 426 Emma Duncan 021 845 347

Auction: 7pm Wed 30 May 2012 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

For an obligation-free appraisal of your home, fill out this slip and drop/post it into our offices: 746 New North Rd (opposite Rocket Park). Well make contact after that. Your name Address

Keen to sell now/soon Need appraisal before making up my mind Simply interested in what my house is worth

64 Alberton Avenue Mt Albert Anne Duncan

3/44 Allendale Rd MT ALBERT

The expansive open plan kitchen / dining & living space is an entertainers dream, with large French doors opening straight out onto a beautiful terrace & stunning swimming pool with wonderful views beyond.

15 Prospero Terrace MT ALBERT

One bedroom home ideal for first home /investor. Close to Mt Albert shops and transport.


web ID AD12578
28 Wairere Ave Mt Albert Anne Duncan
City Fringe Flyer is a community newsletter and readers should seek professional guidance before acting on any advice, opinion or information found in its columns. It is published by Anne Duncan Real Estate Ltd, which cannot accept any liability or responsibility for any loss or damage suffered by any individual or group acting on any material it contains. Editorial inquiries:

71 Owairaka Ave Mt Albert Mark Bailey

Contact: Anne Duncan 021 996 426 John Covich 021 946 933

Auction: 7pm Wed 30 May 2012 Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

web ID AD12573
Contact: Gary Agnew 021 960 533

Auction: Forthcoming Auction Auction Centre 746 New North Rd Mt Albert (unless sold prior)

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Some news to cheer about: no change to Gladstone zoning


A chat with... Wendy Keats
What would others say about you? That Im down to earth, care about others, am a hard worker, love life and am a good laugh. Virtues and vices? Im kind and considerate. Hmm... impatient. What brightens your day? Being able to bring a smile to others What really annoys you? Crooked parking and grey hair. The sad thing is, I do it and have it! The thing youve always wanted to do but havent yet cracked? Touch my toes! One thing youve learned about life and will take to the grave? There is always a reason for people acting the way they do. Who do you look up to who inspires you? My late brother. Brian battled disability but managed to live a normal fulfilling life, overcame the odds and saw good in everyone. He never complained, even though life was full of struggles and pain. Who would you get to share the dinner table of your dreams? My family 30 of us. It would be a feasting, raucous occasion and we would cherish all being together. And what would you eat? Al Brown would cook for us - seafood, seafood and more seafood! My favourite food: Seafood, meat, veges, fruit, grains get the picture I love food. Tipple: A good NZ sav * Wendy and husband Grant have two married children and four grandchildren. She recently joined Anne Duncan after working in real estate on the Shore.

OOD news for local property owners worried that zone changes could be coming at Gladstone Primary school: after a door-to-door survey in Mt Albert, the Ministry of Education has decided the schools zone last altered in 2006 will stay as it is. The survey did not highlight any need to tighten the zone and there is unlikely to be another review for the hugely popular school for some time. Gladstone, with a role of 770 children, has a wide reputation as one of Aucklands finest primary schools and, coupled with Mt Albert Grammar School, has a strong impact on local property prices. AMIE Morrison won two of the key titles at the annual Anne Duncan Real Estate awards night. Jamie was named number one salesperson and number one lister to continue his list of achievements since entering real estate and joining the company just over four years ago. John Covich won the team player award, and other accolades went to Shane Ryder (property manager), Vincent Barnao (number one property manager referrals) and Shelley Naden (administrator award).

Rosss kingie rules the waves

THEYRE a sporty bunch at Anne Duncan Real Estate on sea and on land. The Waitemata Harbour was the stage for the office fishing competition and 14 fishers on five boats (skippered by Ross Duncan, Paul Sampson, John Covich, Greg Whitta and Andy Slater) were chasing the biggest fish of the day. In the end the prize went to Ross, pictured here with his 10kg-plus kingfish which was promptly devoured at the team barbecue the same day. bungalow at 71 Owairaka Ave. Sixty groups viewed the property at the first open home, resulting in four offers on the day. Mark negotiated a deal nearly $150,000 above the $490,000 CV a tribute to the quality of the property and the agents marketing and negotiation abilities. ATEST data from giant stateowned valuation company QV gives encouraging news for local property owners. Statistics for the three months to the end of last year show that Mt Albert houses sold for an average of 7.8 per cent above council capital values set just six months earlier well above the average for Meanwhile, a fit team of athletes did their bit for charity by competing in the Anne Duncan colours at the annual Roundthe-Bays run. Kate Duncan, Frances Whyte, Des Ryder, Zack Rawson, Shane Ryder, Eamon Kennedy, Lauren Barrett, Hamish Golding, Hazel Craw, Tehema Hokianga, Suzy Craw, Sandy Rennals, Dave Wood, Shayne Dodd crossed the finish line in good time and high spirits helped by the support crew at the end with refreshments, Tony and Donna Whyte. suburbs within the new Auckland city. The biggest mover across the city was New Windsor where the 14 sales fetched prices 22 per cent, on average, above CV. While the small number of sales may have distorted the true picture, the trend is clearly up in New Windsor: in the previous quarter, 22 sales were recorded and prices were up an average of 9 per cent against actual CV. Other local suburbs covered by the Anne Duncan team also showed good gains for the final quarter of 2011. Selling prices compared to CV were up by 7.1 per cent in Kingsland, 6.2 per cent in Waterview, 3.3 per cent in Sandringham and 2.7 per cent in Pt Chevalier.

TERRIFIC result achieved by consultant Greg Whitta for the 1940s bungalow at 1020 New North Rd, which featured in the last edition of City Fringe Flyer. The property, spread over 1979sq m up a tree-lined right-of-way at the western end of the Mt Albert shops, drew 60 groups at open homes and produced spirited bidding at the Anne Duncan Real Estate auction rooms. Six registered bidders were attracted by the marketing campaign and the property eventually sold for $1.51m $200,000 above CV and reserve. A similarly spectacular result was achieved by consultant Mark Bailey for a renovated 1940s brick

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough (Mae West)