With more sellers than buyers on the Wakatipu property scene right now, agents and vendors already have their pencils sharpened.
And for this week’s annual Mountain Scene New Year Hot Homes feature, we’ve tightened the screws even further.
Don’t waste our readers’ time, we told agents – give us your absolute best-for-the-least properties.
From as little as $379,000 up to $1,049,000, all these seven homes are a steal, swear their agents.
Wellswood Way, Quail Rise
This is a “striking family home”, the agent claims, and there are certainly a few of those in Quail Rise above the Shotover River.
Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, office, triple garage, total area 280sq m, macrocarpa ceilings, schist stone galore.
Dart Place, Fernhill
Hoamz marketing boss Sue Charlesworth puts this place forward as the best on her books.
At 260sq m, it’s got four bedrooms, an office, two bathrooms and big decks off the lounge.
Throw in superb views from Fernhill out over Lake Wakatipu – not to mention committed sellers – and you’d have to say that Charlesworth may have a point.
Goldleaf Hill, Goldfields
Once upon a time, the rule-of-thumb for a rental property in Queenstown was $100,000 per bedroom – years later, this four-bedroom property’s very near that mark.
A quiet cul-de-sac makes it ideal for families, the agent says, and there’s also a private courtyard.
No mention of views.
Hallenstein St, Queenstown
Brand-new and a short walk to downtown Queenstown, this three-bedroom townhouse in a block of three is touted as a family home – due to it being not too far from two primary schools and also Wakatipu High.
Plenty of sun with a central location that would make it a popular renter. Designed to maximise use of sun and light.
Atley Downs, Arthurs Point
This newish subdivision has a rep for being super-sunny.
The agent also claims this place is “well below replacement cost” with extensive exterior schist cladding, hardwood beams, rimu floors, large double fireplace and a knockout kitchen, apparently.
Bedrooms? Four – master with ensuite. And an office.
Panners Way, Goldfields
A smallish place at 110sq m but with three bedrooms, open-plan kitchen, separate dining and living areas, woodburner, bath and separate shower, flat section, fully-fenced with garden.
The owners are on the move to Christchurch for work after seven years here.
No views are mentioned, however.
McMillan Rd, Arthurs Point
Another home with lots of bedrooms for the money – this time five of them.
There’s sun and views, the agent says, and a large quarter-acre section that’s great for kids, plus a playground nearby.
Woodburner and night-store heater.