Young Family looking to move to a Lifestyle Block in Whangarei area

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1 year 8 months ago #553057 by famfarm
Hi everyone

We are a young family looking to move to a lifestyle block in the Whangarei area to live a more fulfilling & sustainable life in the country! If anyone is selling / subdividing or knows of anyone, please let us know!

The following is what we're currently looking for:
- Approx 8-10 ha land, preferably with house/s, barn, a well / spring (preferable but not a deal breaker!)
- Lots of pasture. Some trees / bush is good but we can always plant
- Land appropriate for general farm pets, horses, maybe some cows, preferably on the flat side
- Close proximity (within 10 mins drive) to a good local primary school
- Close proximity to a swimming beach (within 10 mins drive)
- A view / outlook would be a bonus
- Established vege gardens, orchard would be a bonus

We have been looking around Parua Bay School area: Parua Bay, Pataua, & Waipu School / Waipu, but are open to anything!

Also, can anyone advise us on the rural property / multiple dwelling situation in the Whangarei area. We have been thinking of renting the house of the property that we will buy (for income) & building our own place somewhere else on the property. My research so far indicates we won't be able to build or add a relocatable (unless a granny flat close to the house), so looking at the possibility of a getting a big habitable barn & doing it up for our home. Is this possible / legal? Are container houses out too??

If anyone has experience or knowledge on this subject we would really appreciate your advice!
Thanks so much in advance!

Hannah

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1 year 8 months ago #553059 by max2
Slightly OT but relevant, In our district, Waikato District Council, the rules for subsidiary dwellings are strict and only allow a second dwelling if the smaller unit is being used for an agricultural worker, a dependent or aged relative in need of care.

Having said that, maintaining cordial relationships with neighbours is always a good idea and ultimately the Council will not know if you are renting a second dwelling out or not. Things could become tricky though if you have a falling out...
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1 year 8 months ago #553061 by linrae
Whats your budget ???
Better land out to the west side Whangarei .How often do you need 10min drive to beach I would think land quality more important than that

Just my thoughts from past experience
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1 year 8 months ago #553067 by tonybaker
Your wish list is very optimistic, land with all those attributes would be very expensive and probably already sold. Generally, two dwellings on one title are frowned upon by local authorities. You are better to design the main house so that you can accept paying guests. Talk to real estate agents and determine what your minimum needs are and work from there.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)
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1 year 8 months ago #553070 by linrae
Agree Tony but they may be one of this months lucky Lotto winners

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1 year 8 months ago #553072 by famfarm

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1 year 7 months ago #553187 by StephHarmon
We wish! I wish you and your family good luck!

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