Mount Eden

including Three Kings, Balmoral and Sandringham

Suburb Specialists

Gone are the days when Mt Eden’s beautifully-dishevelled villas were seen as desirable only by students and impoverished artists; today those villas have been lovingly restored to within an inch of their lives by proud and wealthy couples and families. That Mt Eden’s shopping precinct has retained its villagey feel is no doubt a large part of the attraction, along with its proximity to the CBD. Three Kings has been extensively quarried for decades and only one of the three large peaks it was named after still remains. Formerly considered only suitable for state housing tenants, the area has become an extension of Mt Eden, less pricey and less picturesque but still with plenty of charm of its own. Sandringham doesn’t have the villas of Mt Eden but has street after tree-lined street of classic bungalows.

Who Lives There?

The arty bohemian era that Mt Eden has been famed for is definitely passing – raising families in desirable school zones comes with materialism and middle class values these days. Although more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse than its neighbour Epsom, Mt Eden is still full of middle-to upper-middle- class families pursuing the quiet life. Mt Eden is predominantly European, but with significant numbers of Polynesians and Indians (there’s a Hindu temple in Balmoral Rd). There is also a substantial number of Asians, although fewer than previously. All the local primary schools appear to be bursting at the seams due to the district’s numerous young families. In Three Kings the mix of residents is changing with new terraced housing blocks and infill housing being built. Cynics sometimes refer to Sandringham as a “poor man’s Mt Eden”. It’s a highly cosmopolitan area with a wide mix of ethnic groups and nationalities and many young families.

Typical Homes

Mt Eden’s sections were consistently larger than Sandringham’s but Mt Eden’s ever-growing popularity and stellar prices have encouraged much subdivision. Mt Eden has its share of low-level blocks of flats and one- to two-bedroom brick and tile units, as well as terrace apartment blocks. There are some unattractive examples of 1960s and 1970s single and double-storey blocks of flats jarringly sited in streets of classic villas and bungalows. The old state housing area of Three Kings and the southern part of Sandringham is now a mix of owner-occupied and tenanted homes, with many ex-state homes attracting young working couples and professional singles to the area. Renovations are in evidence just about everywhere. Real estate agents signs are just as ubiquitous as local residents realise they can make a pretty penny on a villa with a Sandringham address.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 19.00%
Aged Over 65 Years 6.88%
European 55.21%
Maori 5.89%
Pacific Peoples 8.09%
Asian 24.92%