including Greenhithe, Paremoremo, Bushlands, Brookfield, Rosedale and North Harbour

Suburb Specialists

In a few short years Albany’s raison d’etre has evolved from pasture and crops to high- class suburban streets. So many suburban streets have been recently built, or newly marked out in the scraped clay, that it’s hard to imagine where all the intended residents will come from! The quaint main street shops with their signature flock of friendly chickens have been somewhat overtaken by the giant scale of development going on in every direction. Once sleepy Greenhithe, a waterfront backwater, is seeing dramatic change. Fortunately new residences are being sensitively inserted into green areas, including lots of native bush, and the result is far less brash than you’d expect. Paremoremo is still largely rural and has some substantial lifestyle properties… oh, and a maximum security prison.

Who Lives There?

There’s a broad population base here, ranging from urban professionals to lifestylers, but mostly it is families, keen on the new, well planned houses and ever-increasing amenities and the fact that you can live your life well without having to venture too far afield. Some students of Massey University’s Albany campus live locally in the terrace houses and apartments, which also appeal to the semi- retired and singles. Affluent lifestylers love the rural environment and easy access to the city to replenish deli supplies. Greenhithe is popular with immigrants from England, while Albany has attracted many Asian families, drawn to the area for its good schooling.

Typical Homes

There’s a broad range of houses, but the overall impression is one of newness. Bushlands has a wide range of styles, reflecting its development some 10 years ago. The largest homes are those in the prestigious Oaks and Oak Manor developments next to the golf course and off Schnapper Rock Rd. Greenhithe now has more upmarket residential properties and less rural land than in the past. Oteha Valley Rd has new houses of all types: terrace, duplex and standalone. There are a couple of new apartment blocks in or near Albany Village. Paremoremo’s landscape includes 0.2ha properties from $600,000, 2ha lifestyle blocks for $2million plus and 4ha larger lifestyle gems with $4million price tags. Around Attwood Rd/ Te Araroa Rd there’s a village flavour with 1012m2 and 2000m2 farmlets.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 23.06%
Aged Over 65 Years 6.62%
European 66.77%
Maori 5.67%
Pacific Peoples 1.71%
Asian 16.71%