including Waterview

Suburb Specialists

The working class suburb of Avondale has had something of a renaissance in the last few years, especially amongst first-home buyers and young families attracted by the reasonable prices. This is one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, established in 1843, and its villas and bungalows are easily accessible to the northwestern motorway and the city centre. The main street shopping centre is thriving, and has undergone some modernisation to everyone’s delight. Avondale’s Sunday markets offer the prospect of bargains for scores or thousands of people from all over the city, depending on the weather. Waterview is a small and slightly more expensive area with a misleading moniker – very few of its ex-state houses can actually see the water but they are closer to increasingly trendy Pt Chevalier which adds value.

Who Lives There?

With trouble-free access to the city and an array of amenities on Auckland’s west urban edge, the Avondale area is popular with a range of people, from city workers, families with teenage kids and immigrants (mostly Chinese), who like it for its good schools, job opportunities and lively community spirit. There’s a large Polynesian influence – and Avondale College remains a draw card. Many residents are impressed by the magnificent potential of the area. Some initially rented in the suburb, but enjoyed the location so much, they eventually bought here. Avondale’s always been multi-cultural, while the influx of yuppies and dinkies who have been scared off by the prices of other inner city suburbs is slowly changing the area’s profile. Waterview attracts people who want easy access to Unitec, which lies just across Oakley Creek and buyers not quite able to afford Pt Chev or Westmere.

Typical Homes

There is probably no such thing as a typical dwelling in Avondale. There are still homes from the original settlement back about 100 years ago, and these are highly sought after. There are numerous renovated villas and bungalows plus an abundant supply of 1930s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s brick and tile or weatherboard family homes. The past two decades have seen a number of modern infill plaster or brick and tile townhouses. Avondale has two popular gated communities of single townhouses off Canal Rd and double-storey townhouses in Holly Rd, near the intermediate school. Although created in 1861, Waterview was slow to develop. The area is now sought after however for its handy location and solid ex-state brick and tile houses. Houses from the 1930s and 1940s are still there, along with more modern homes on subdivided spaces.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 21.14%
Aged Over 65 Years 9.90%
European 35.09%
Maori 9.43%
Pacific Peoples 23.12%
Asian 30.05%