Paraparaumu Properties Driving Force In Kapiti
Coast Real Estate Market
Paraparaumu (north of Wellington, New Zealand) gets called all
sorts of things from “Para-Param” to “Pram”, but it can't get called uninteresting. After all,
Paraparaumu is the heart of the Kapiti Coast's commercial centre and lies just 50 kilometres north
Wellington City (New Zealands capital city).
Kapiti Island as viewed from Paraparaumu
It is not surprising therefore, that Paraparaumu real estate is
the driving force in the Kapiti Coast real estate market. Paraparaumu is well linked by improved
commuter train and bus services, making it possible for thousands of Coasters to commute daily to
jobs in Porirua, Wellington and the Hutt Valley.
Why do they do it? It's the lifestyle the Coast has to offer. The
area, although growing, has a more casual and relaxed feel about it. Coming home from Wellington or
Porirua over the Pukerua Bay Hill, commuters are greeted by the sight of Kapiti Island sitting
majestically 4 kilometres off the Paraparaumu coastline. The Kapiti Coast is not as exposed to the
cold southerly winds and often has clear blue skies when the capital is shrouded in grey
Another attraction for residing in Paraparapara, Raumati, or
Waikanae are the value-for-money Kapiti Coast real estate prices. Many couples sell up their houses
in the city for two or three hundred thousand dollars more than what they will generally pay for
Paraparaumu properties or other Kapiti Coast real estate. This is a popular option as the lower
priced properties leave the retirees with money in their pockets to travel, visit family, enjoy
extra luxuries etc.
However, that is not to say the Paraparaumu property they buy is
inferior to what they owned in Wellington. Far from it. Many retirees from Wellington will have
sold and older style dwelling (maybe 60 years old), and will buy a brand new three or four bedroom
one level low maintenance brick and aluminium house, with double double garage, two bathrooms etc.
Very comfortable living!
Many retirees, and younger folk, enjoy the relaxed lifestyle the
Kapiti Coast has to offer. Boating and fishing are popular, as is golfing and walking (there are no
steep hills in Paraparumu except east over the railway line). The Coast is well served by golf
courses. In Paraparaumu alone there are two – the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course and the Kapiti Golf
There is one thing that never changes on the Coast, and that is
Kapiti Island (10 kilometres long). It is a welcoming site for all local residents when they return
home from a trip to the city or from holidaying overseas. The famous Kapiti Island landmark is home
to endangered native bird life like the Little Spotted Kiwi.
Paraparaumu Beach has some nice cafes and is well known for its
fish & chips. Many people buy them and then wander across to what the local refer to as “Fish
'n Chip Hill" on the beach front. MacLean Park is also a great spot for eating fish & chips and
has picnic tables and a children's play area.
Kapiti Coast real estate agents enjoy marketing Paraparaumu properties because there is
so much to offer buyers in the area in the way of lifestyle choices and properties to choose
Contact Liam Martin your Tall Poppy Real Estate Agent on Wellington's Kapiti Coast.