including Wairau Park, The Palms, Unsworth Heights, Bay View, Marlborough and Witheford Heights

Suburb Specialists

Glenfield’s claim to fame is twofold. Firstly, its population is said to personify average New Zealand. Secondly, our very own Rachel Hunter, model and ex-wife of ageing rocker Rod Stewart, came from Glenfield. She may live in Hollywood now but she’s a Glenfield girl at heart. Glenfield is the heart of North Shore suburbia, where the buzz of the lawnmower is alive and well. Its affordable houses make it attractive to people who are not suburb snobs, many of whom work on the Shore or from their vans as self-employed tradespeople. Glenfield may not have a beach on its doorstep but it’s not far to either coast, has an amenity-crammed sports and community centre, is handy to all of the North Shore, has some of the best shops in Auckland and a firm community spirit. This is a family neighbourhood through and through.

Who Lives There?

Glenfield had become second-home buyer territory but now its comparative affordability has renewed its strong appeal among first home buyers. The number of local trade vehicles confirms the perception that this is a hearty self-employment area, with residents who give a lot back to their community. Newer housing developments are attracting professionals from within and from outside Glenfield. Some prefer to think of themselves as living in more up-market Albany rather than Glenfield.

Typical Homes

There’s huge choice in Glenfield, from the well-known traditional group houses with their simple design to the newer developments. The group houses built, street by cul-de- sac-street in the 1960s and 70s, have come back into favour. They may not be the height of architectural style, but they’re popular with homeowners in the middle to lower income spectrum. There are larger executive homes in Unsworth Heights and The Palms. Glendhu Rd has an almost rural feel, a striking contrast to the busy Glenfield Rd thoroughfare.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 20.01%
Aged Over 65 Years 10.41%
European 54.32%
Maori 7.35%
Pacific Peoples 4.69%
Asian 27.32%