Mount Albert

including St Lukes and Owairaka

Suburb Specialists

Mt Albert is a land of considerable contrasts. Magnificent family homes from the 1920s sit regally on the slopes of its namesake mountain, while elsewhere uninspiring grey blocks of 1970s flats are a blot on the landscape. Mt Albert was only the second suburb of Auckland to be settled and is historically significant. Alberton is a beautifully preserved example of the houses of the colonial elite from a more genteel era. But stroll down the main street to the shopping area and you’d think you were in the New Territories – it’s heavily dominated by cheap Asian food stores and internet cafés. There are moves afoot to smarten up the main street and local businesses and residents are becoming vocal in their protests. Mt Albert has beautiful views, great access to the CBD, motorways and excellent schools; let’s hope it gets the retail it deserves.

Who Lives There?

Mt Albert has always been a good, solid suburb, great for raising the children. With tertiary institutions Unitec and the A.I.S. St Helens as draw-cards, there is a substantial student presence. The suburb has become popular with ex-Ponsonby and Grey Lynn dwellers who want bigger sections for the kids but still want to be fairly close to the CBD, or with people who yearn for Mt Eden but can’t afford the payments. This is a culturally diverse suburb with Polynesians, Indians, Sri Lankans and Chinese. Asian movement into Mt Albert is steady. Interestingly, well assimilated Asians are moving into more traditionally Kiwi suburbs – One Tree Hill, Onehunga and New Lynn. There’s also a Somali community in Owairaka.

Typical Homes

Most houses were built during the 1920s to 1940s and many of these gracious bungalows remain spruced up and beautifully renovated. There has been a fair amount of infill housing so there are also units and modern townhouses, and a development opposite Westfield St Lukes shopping mall which has injected 282 apartments into the market. St Lukes’ housing reflects the lifestyles of the inhabitants. Many locals live in townhouses and smaller apartment-style accommodation. Renovated villas and bungalows are available as well; however, they tend to be scarce, and smaller, with only two to three bedrooms. Owairaka has more modest housing, with current state and ex-state homes.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 18.85%
Aged Over 65 Years 7.84%
European 51.77%
Maori 6.96%
Pacific Peoples 10.70%
Asian 25.34%