We Kiwis love the outdoors and with the smell of hot tar seal, BBQs and sunblock starting to hit our nostrils, it's the perfect time to check out some properties that are winning when it comes to outdoor entertaining.
Wanting a house that ticks all the boxes? This renovated villa on Auckland's North Shore has an abundance of features for entertaining with an outdoor sound system, fireplace and lighting for those long summer nights.
This 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom stunner is located in Whangarei's Langs Beach. It has a massive courtyard, a terraced entertaining area with an open fire, and fishing and diving just a short swim or row away. Sounds like heaven!
Mooney Road marvel
With views across to the Crown Ranges, this contemporary barn in Queenstown is nestled in paradise. The outdoor area has a large area for entertaining, complete with a fireplace and a schist-clad spa pool – dreamy.
Once upon a time this 4-bedroom home was a church hall. These days it's one of the coolest houses we've ever seen. Every room is decorated with bright, creative stuff and there's a massive backyard for activities – talk about inspiring!
This house has everything – its own lake, separate barn, a theatre, tennis court, swimming pool AND a drawbridge to name a few. It has so many different spaces to use you could invite all your friends – they'll just have to take turns using the landing pad.
Introducing: The Rental Price Index
Last month we introduced the 'for sale' Property Price Index, and this month we're introducing the same thing for rental properties – super handy if you're a renter yourself, or own a rental property.
The median weekly rent for a property in New Zealand has risen more than 6 per cent in the past year, according to our new Rental Price Index that popped up for the first time on 11 November. The median weekly rent was $399, up from $375 in October 2013.
The new Index measures trends in rental prices for all properties rented through Trade Me Property by private landlords and property managers in October. There's heaps of interesting stuff in there, check it out!