including St Johns, Ellerslie and Stonefields

Suburb Specialists

Hanging tenaciously onto the skirts of its ritzier neighbour Remuera, this area can’t help but be appealing. You may not be as handy to the CBD, but heading east for your major shopping is an easy option. The Eastern Bays beaches are a tumble down the hill and the motorway’s fairly accessible. Meadowbank has plenty of green spaces with the sizable Waiatarua Reserve and Remuera Golf Club rubbing shoulders. Ellerslie is a much older suburb with affordable villas and bungalows, but that’s changing and it’s become increasingly popular with professional couples. St Johns – including the fashionable St Johns Park – is a more recent addition to the city’s landscape. A notable St Johns landmark is the theological college with its pleasant, park like grounds. As well as giving the suburb its name, it provides tertiary level education for both the Anglican and Methodist churches.

Who Lives There?

Many families with school-age children buy here. The local primary schools are excellent and the homes are comparatively affordable compared to Remuera and the Eastern Bays. There’s a wide multicultural mix, with many migrants making these suburbs home. St Johns Park is especially popular with European imports. If you want a stable area, friendly neighbours and a relaxed lifestyle, then Meadowbank is hard to beat. You have to have a reasonable amount of money for these suburbs; this is not usually the domain of first-home buyers.

Typical Homes

Meadowbank underwent a building boom 35 years ago when the houses were roomy and sprawling and well-designed for family living. This was the era of the rumpus room, barbecue patio and conversation den. The 1970s. These homes, and the mix of older established homes – including 1940s bungalows and many ex-state houses – together with recent townhouses and developments, blend well into the landscape, and give the region a lived in, friendly feel. The sense of spaciousness is one of the suburb’s most attractive features. Generally, sections are fenced and tidy and not cramped up against their neighbours. St Johns has many rental properties, while St Johns Park has large, modern, multi-bedroom family dwellings on good sized plots of land. Ellerslie has some old villas as well as terrace housing complexes near the village. The Ladies Mile/Pukerangi Cres area still has some grand old merchant’s houses, while newly developed Stonefields is characterised by low-maintenance townhouses and apartments.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 17.57%
Aged Over 65 Years 10.80%
European 62.07%
Maori 5.05%
Pacific Peoples 4.31%
Asian 20.45%