Local agents reveal their best buys for the Christmas season.
They say it’s a buyer’s market so what have local real estate agents got for your Christmas stocking?
Mountain Scene laid down the challenge to eight firms: show us a family home that’s your “best buy” right now.
Honey for the money
Colleen Murfin from Locations describes 23A Hay St, overlooking downtown Queenstown, as “a honey for the money” – they’re asking $535,000.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit “offers space and convenience”. Presentation is “immaculate” and the garden is “low maintenance”.
Pitched at first-timers
On price alone, a three-bedroom cottage in the old area of Arthurs Point may be your best bet, says Bayleys, with 2 McMillan Road listed at $495,000.
“First-time buyers will love the price,” says consultant Simon Beadle.
“Mature trees give the home excellent privacy, it gets heaps of sun throughout the year, while comprehensive heating and total reinsulation throughout mean it’s just as cosy in the cooler months.”
Harcourts consultant Kirsty Sinclair picks out 37 Robertson Street in Frankton as her top choice – her firm’s auctioning the place on January 21. Its rateable valuation is $540,000 but Sinclair says “buyers over $400,000 should view the property”.
“This is a superb chance to get into the sought-after Frankton market at an affordable level,” she says.
The home’s said to be warm and spacious, the location secluded and “the chic new open-plan kitchen will delight all entertainers”.
Low-price near the lake
Just a bit dearer at $579,000 is a cottage near the lake at 1/3 Stewart St, Frankton, which Southern Lakes Real Estate is listing. “This gorgeous cottage is something above and beyond the norm with its delightful country style,” says marketing manager Sue Charlesworth.
“Flavoured by a crisp white and blue colour scheme, polished wooden floors and decorative features, the home is bright and sunny and a breeze to keep looking stylish.”
Up a notch
In a higher price league is Frankton Real Estate’s best buy – an $850,000 home at 26 Panners Way, Goldfields.
“This is a beautifully presented four-bedroom family home with a self-contained apartment, lake and mountain views, with lots of sun and room to play in this 1071sq m section,” says consultant Lyndal Cruickshank.
And a tad more
Close to seven figures is Ray White’s choice, a “sophisticated architect-designed” home at 6 Larkins Way, Atley Downs, listed at $925,000.
“High stud ceilings and the calming colour scheme enhance the light and airy ambience.”
The sales blurb also refers to a designer kitchen and an open-plan living/dining area that merges into a landscaped garden and patio via huge sliding doors.
Fisken & Associates nominates a $1,095,000 home at Wellswood Way, Quail Rise.
It’s on a 1282sq m landscaped section and features four bedrooms, two living areas, two bathrooms, an office, three-car garaging and a stacked-stone outdoor fireplace with barbecue.
It’s “perfect for family and a pleasure to welcome guests to”.
Deal going on the hill
Browns Sotheby’s, which markets high-end properties, nominates 9 Galway Court on Queenstown Hill as its best buy.
It’s listed at $1,425,000 – “one of the best prices on the hill” – and, as you’d expect, has stunning views.
Architecturally designed with a schist-stone entranceway, it’s set over two levels with living areas on each leading on to balconies, and three large bedrooms with ensuites. The property borders a reserve at the end of a cul de sac.