This week we take a look at the Wellington suburb of Karori. This information is kindly offered by www.mywellingtonplace.co.nz, an excellent resource for information on all Wellington City suburbs
Nestled in a valley above Wellington City, Karori is one of New Zealand’s largest suburbs, offering a huge variety of homes. The majority of residents here are families or family orientated folk. People sometimes complain that the suburb has only one road out to the central city and the weather can be a bit grim in winter. However, Karori is conveniently self-contained with plentiful shopping, excellent schools and superb recreation opportunities.
Karori is one of the New Zealand’s largest suburbs, census figures showing a population over 14,000. This size ensures that Kaori has a varied population base with a wide range of ages, occupations and income levels. The city end is considered more preferred. Here locals are mostly well established families or retirees, occupying renovated villas and bungalows where the best of these easily exceed values of $1 million.
The western end of Karori contains much more affordable housing and the demographic tends to be younger, both families and single people. The middle of Karori, around the main shopping area, tends to be a mash-up of ages and income levels. Older folk tend to concentrate here too, close to local facilities.
Karori housing ages and styles are many and varied. City end homes are likely to be traditional villas and bungalows, including a number of very grand homes. You won’t find many that have not been renovated to some degree. The western end of Karori is a mixture of many housing styles. These include art deco homes from the 1930’s, post-war State housing from the 1940’s, traditional weatherboard 1960’s and 70’s homes, and a good sampling of homes built from the 1980’s onward. Karori also contains a number of flats and units, the majority of these centred around the main shopping area.
You can more about Karori on the My Wellington Place web site: www.mywellingtonplace.co.nz