Julie Scott

Potential housing boom

Thousands of new houses proposed for Queenstown could almost halve the resort's affordable housing waiting list. Two new primary schools are also planned, the Ministry of Education has confirmed. The Queenstown Lakes District Council is expecting to receive four new special...

Fast-track fail

Builders, investors and speculators have elbowed first-home buyers out of Queenstown's first special housing area. A Mountain Scene analysis shows only 39 of 135 sections – less than 30 per cent – at fast-tracked subdivision Bridesdale Farm are owned by...
A Queenstowner is criticising buyers in an entry-level subdivision for selling their sections for major capital gains. Lesley Turner, who's helping her daughter find a property, has found seven section owners at Queenstown's Bridesdale Farm, adjoining Lake Hayes Estate, trying...
A family of five feared they'd have to flee Queenstown after being evicted from their rental house of 10 years. Long-term locals Dean and Theresa Swain, who between them have notched up more than 45 years in the resort, and their...
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