Half Moon Bay

including Farm Cove and Sunnyhills

Suburb Specialists

Waterfront suburbs have always been popular and price momentum has never been greater than in the last few years. Half Moon Bay is no exception to the rule. Rapidly rising property values means that many of the original 1970s homes have justified complete overhauls to bring them out of the Brady Bunch era and up to the standard required by discerning, well-to-do contemporary families. Some of the renovations are sympathetic and tasteful; others perhaps less so. Planning regulations mean that subdivision in this area is very restricted; which means that the shapes and colours of the homes might change, but the essential character of the place is guaranteed to remain the same. There are plenty of good schools and the Half Moon Bay ferry makes travel to and from the CBD virtually stress-free compared to the motorway alternative.

Who Lives There?

People who appreciate the sea and the beach feel right at home here. It’s considered a great place to raise children; the schools are good and the house prices not astronomical. Hence, it’s filled with many families mainly with school-age and teenage kids. Residents are very comfortable financially and own their own homes. Once the kids have grown up, people tend to stay put, so there is a good mix of generations in the area.

Typical Homes

Although there is a wide range of styles from the past four decades of development, those that really stand out are the palatial waterfront residences, many of them with a nod to the Mediterranean style. There are certainly many 1970s and 1980s houses on generous sections, many now updated and refurbished. But if you’re into retro style, you can also easily find a 1970s three-bedroom home in fairly original condition to house your lava lamp collection. The only apartments in the area are in a small low-rise block in Sunderlands Dr above the Half Moon Bay marina. If you want new, there’s the Compass Pt development.

Population Profile


Aged Under 15 Years 19.98%
Aged Over 65 Years 10.17%
European 57.37%
Maori 4.66%
Pacific Peoples 2.18%
Asian 29.64%