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Selling and buying a home? Assess Hamilton suburbs with these resources

By The Lodge Real Estate Team on 2022-09-14

If it’s time to start investigating potential future suburbs and neighbourhoods, here are seven statistics to look into and where you can find them. 

Suburb research is part and parcel of moving to a new house. However, it’s not just about finding a place where you fit in. It’s about ensuring that leaving your current suburb is the right move, and that your new neighbourhood can meet your needs and property goals—especially if you are thinking of buying and selling at the same time.

Median home value

Knowing the median home value of the suburb you’re leaving versus the one you hope to move into might seem like an obvious step, but this information is essential if you are selling and buying a home.

As a whole, Hamilton’s average median house price reached $785,000 in August 2022, however, between suburbs average prices ranged significantly from $622,000 to $1,221,000. Knowing the average home value of the area you wish to move will help you calculate the finances you’ll need to buy there. Sites like QV.co.nz can show you the rate of growth in each region, which can help you gauge what you might sell it for down the track.

Also look into what different sized properties have sold for in your new neighbourhood. If you’re looking to move into a four-bedroom home, look at what others have sold for in that area. Sites such as Homes.co.nz and Realestate.co.nz are good resources for this—or your local real estate agent.

Where to find it:

2. Demographics

We all want to live in a suburb where we feel welcome. One of the best ways to ensure that is to investigate the demographics of your next neighbourhood and see if suits you. Is it a predominantly student neighbourhood, or are the local amenities better suited for young families or the elderly? Areas near major arterial roads, for example, may not appeal to young families with school-aged children.


Suburbs are always evolving, so it’s also worth looking into population trends to identify shifts and think about how they’ll influence your future neighbourhood.

The Hamilton Council provides extensive community profiles that aim to assist community decision making and programme planning in the coming years.

Where to find it: Hamilton Council Community Profiles



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3. Density

If you are selling and buying a home, then it’s important to investigate and compare the density of your current suburb to your future one. Are you moving from a high-density apartment suburb to a sprawling semi-rural area, or vice versa?

Suburb density across Hamilton is set to change in the coming years. In August 2022, the Hamilton City Council notified Plan Change 12, which covers the city’s approach to actioning the Government’s Medium Density Housing Standards. In line with the Government’s direction for growth, higher densities are being encouraged around the central city, suburban centres and the walkable areas around them.

The Hamilton City Council has included some qualifying matters to protect the city’s heritage and natural environment around the Waikato River, plus tree canopies and gully networks, from the impacts of growth. Changes will also come around transport choice, with new roads, wider footpaths and the provision of recharging points for electric vehicles at home.

The changes could mean Hamilton’s streets and neighbourhoods look and feel a bit different in future, with more redevelopment but ideally they will mean more homes, and a better variety of homes for Hamiltonians.

If you’d like to know more about Plan Change 12 and the density rules in a suburb, visit the HCC’s website.

4. Local services and amenities

Local amenities include the likes of schools, sports centres, community centres, libraries, parks and shopping malls as well as services such as public transport and medical.

Does your potential neighbourhood have the amenities that you need and want? If you’re a young family, for instance, does it have childcare centres? If you’re a retiree, is there a local doctor? If you can’t drive, is there access to good public transport?

If you have the opportunity, explore your future suburb in person to see what’s there and the condition these public places and services are in.

Where to find it:

5. Crime rate

Investigating the safety of your future neighbourhood is a must. Knowing this information up front allows you to assess if the risk is acceptable and take measures to ensure the safety of yourself, your family and your property.

 Where to find it: Policedata.nz

6. Building permits issued

Before you make a decision, or move, investigate the amount of building going on in your region and the impact it will have. From extra vehicles, construction sites and noise, to increased density and a potentially changed landscape in the future, it’s important to do your research.

However, increased building is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you’re looking to move into an emerging suburb.  As your neighbourhood becomes more established, your home’s value may rise, as well as the number of amenities that service the region.

Where to find it: Stats NZ – Building Consents Issued

7. Upcoming developments

Hamilton is a city with an ambitious plan to become a cultural and sporting hub and New Zealand’s third city economy (currently, we’re fourth in the country behind Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington). To achieve this goal, the Hamilton Council has green-lit several developments to aid the city’s growth.

These include:

Not only do these developments make Hamilton more liveable, developments such as new transport networks and local services can influence the value of the homes and land close to them. However, keep in mind that some developments could have a detrimental effect, especially in the short-term, such as increased traffic congestion and noise.

Where to find it: Hamilton City Council – 10-Year Plan 2018-2028


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