From olive groves to tiny homes and subdivisions from $295k, this selection of property in Southern Wairarapa proves it’s the hot spot to buy into
7 reasons South Wairarapa is red hot in the property market
After being pigeon-holed as a cow cockie’s haven for decades, Southern Wairarapa reinvented itself more than a decade ago as a weekend bolthole for weary Wellingtonians after the burgeoning wine industry lent a hip vibe to previously sleepy towns such as Martinborough.
Now, leafy neighbours Featherston and Carterton are recording substantial increases in property values and prices, with heated interest from professionals looking to relocate to the area and stretch their dollar further. These days buyers are more likely to be looking for a permanent home and although many are still making the commute by train to Wellington, a significant number are self-employed or contractors who can work from their “virtual” home offices.
This has helped drive price increases well above the national average per annum, but with the average value still below the $550k mark, the region offers lots of options in terms of what you can get for your buck.
1. Something for everyone
What a cutie! This 1358m2 property in the heart of Greytown offers a lot more than meets the eye. The charming main 1880s two-bedroom cottage has two spacious living areas which open to the picture perfect verandah, courtyard and pretty garden. This is presently used as the owner’s accommodation for the operating B&B.
You can choose to gain an income stream from the self-contained studio and one bedroom settler’s cottage at the bottom of the garden or make the most of the flexibility this additional space offers for family life. Teenager’s retreat or home office? Granny flat? There are so many ways you can configure this delightful property to meet your lifestyle needs.
2. Lifestyle central
Hankering for some rural bliss? Then check out this new 35 ha subdivision of bareland lifestyle blocks – a short drive from funky Carterton, the vineyards of Martinborough and only a 10-minute drive to the station if you’re commuting to Wellington. There’s a selection of blocks, from 2ha to a generous 4.99 ha, with a price guide of over $295,000. The estate is bounded by QEII covenanted native bush with power and a sealed road to the boundary of each block. They’ve even thrown in a free wi-fi connection so you can chase the dream and work from home.
3. A cut above
If you’re looking for space and a refined lifestyle this 351m2 four bedroom, two bathroom home might be just what you’re looking for. Set down an impressive driveway among olive trees with views over the lush landscape of Martinborough and designed by Hunt Davies Tennant architects, the sprawling house offers formal and informal living areas, spacious bedrooms – the master with ensuite and walk-in robe – and great indoor/outdoor flow. The open plan kitchen and landscaped outdoor areas are ideal for entertaining and enjoying the stunning views over the 2.19ha grounds to the Rimutakas beyond.
4. Super starter
So you thought you’d never get even a toe on the property ladder? Check out this 3 bedroom weatherboard home set on a spacious 754m2 section in Featherston with a garage to boot. The interior is dated but with some makeover tweaks, and new kitchen and bathroom, this property priced at offers over $320,000 will make a very comfortable family home and a chance to escape the rental rat race.
5. An olive grove of your own
If you’ve always hankered for the good life this 1.96 ha property in Martinborough with 450 olive trees could be just the thing you’re looking for – the current owners run a boutique olive business. There’s no shortage of space in the home’s 340m2 floor plan, with three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, media room and spacious living areas offering a relaxed and inviting lifestyle. Upstairs there’s the opportunity to create a great home office in the studio space.
Added to all this the polished concrete flooring, solar panels, ducted heating and jet master fires will ensure you’re cosy over the winter months. A wonderful paved courtyard with built-in pizza oven and barbecue will be the place to sit and enjoy summer days in the tranquil setting only minutes from Martinborough and the golf course.
6. Do-up darling
This is a great project for DIY enthusiasts and wannabe interior decorators. This Greytown bungalow has all the character features you’d expect – feature leadlight windows, a high stud and native timber floors – and is just waiting for someone with imagination and flair to work their magic. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms with an open plan kitchen and living area offer plenty of space for the family. A bonus is the fenced section with mature trees which gives so much scope for al fresco living in the summer months. Roll up your sleeves and get started…
7. Terrifically tiny
We all know that small house footprints are making a big impact these days and this little beauty is a case in point. Currently run as an Airbnb this cottage in Martinborough is a great example of how a compact design can still offer plenty of space, comfort and modern facilities.