With their winning combination of style, size and reasonable price tags, these entry-level homes offer incredible value for money
1. Wow factor
What’s not to like about this charming square-front villa in Invercargill? The current owners have done an immaculate renovation with new carpets, lighting and feature wallpaper highlighting the home’s period features.
The open plan living area and new kitchen have the wow factor and offer a modern entertaining space with loads of personality. The three bedrooms have all received special treatment, as have the two bathrooms. The grounds have been landscaped and the covered deck features a log burner, plus a bath for an indulgent soak.
2. Just move in
There is nothing to be done in this immaculate three-bedroom home in Tokoroa – just move in and enjoy entertaining in the open-plan living area that flows to a wide deck that spans the width of the back of the house.
The new kitchen has been renovated to a high standard and will be a perfect host’s hub with central island, new appliances and feature tiled splash back.
The neutral, freshly painted décor will appeal to all tastes and with double glazing, insulated floors and ceiling, heat pump and wood burner you’re sure of cosy winter evenings too. Have fun landscaping the 956m2 section and you’ve got your dream home.
3. Entry level sweetie
This little two-bedroom home in Levin is light and bright and would make the perfect entry to the market for singles or young couples. It’s got a lovely open plan kitchen and living area that opens to the front verandah, pristine bathroom and two double bedrooms.
There’s nothing to do here but unpack and start to enjoy living in your own home.
The bonus is the large 657m2 section that offers plenty of options, from expanding the footprint through to creating a green haven to relax in.
4. Easy living
The spacious open plan kitchen/living area which opens to a paved outside entertaining area will be a real drawcard for future owners of this Stratford home. The smart kitchen with its breakfast bar keeps cooks connected to all the action and the whole area has a bright, modern feeling.
There’s three bedrooms and a separate laundry which is connected to the outside for easy access to the washing line. The single garage with auto door and internal access will make shopping trips a breeze.
All this on a low maintenace 450m2 site insures you’re freed up from chores for an easy lifestyle.
5. Great location
Situated a short stroll to Masterton town this solid home has already had a lot of grunt room done. The outside has been painted and landscaped with a fenced and paved outdoor area just waiting for you to set up the barbecue.
Inside, fresh paint and carpet gives you a blank canvas for decorating the two double bedrooms and living room that’s flooded with light.
The bathroom has had a makeover and although the large kitchen is yet to be renovated it has plenty of retro charm that makes it perfectly liveable until you have finances in place for your dream fit-out.
6. Potential plus
We’ve let this home that needs a bit of a makeover slip through the cracks because of the spectacular views you can enjoy from the deck. Situated on a 688m2 block on desirable Lake Ferry Road in Martinborough with grandstand views over Lake Onoke, it has potential-plus written all over it, without a hefty price tag.
The open plan kitchen/living area and two bedrooms will brighten up with a fresh coat of paint.
The bathroom needs a makeover but is tidy as is. In the meantime park the boat and car in the double garage and enjoy the views from the deck while you plot what you’ll do with this home and 688m2 section.
7. Villa charm
With lots of villa charm and a great location, this Dunedin home offers a perfect entry point on the property ladder. The kitchen has been updated and opened to the sunny lounge with pot-belly stove for warm winter evenings.
The three bedroom are spacious and light with the original board and batten ceilings and the bathroom has had a makeover.
The sunroom offers the option of a second living area or fourth bedroom. New carpet, fresh paint.. all is ready for you to move in.
8. Sit back and relax
Set on a stonking 1012m2, you can relax on the deck and watch the kids play in the sandpit as all the hard work has been done on this 3-bedroom Clutha home. The spacious open plan living area and new kitchen are heated by a wood burner and open on to a sunny deck.
You’ll love the bathroom which has been refitted to a high spec, and there’s a spate laundry area.
Added to all of that the single car garage has an attached sleep out — what more could you want?
9. Cottage charm
This little New Brighton cottage has loads of street appeal with the added attraction of a newly fitted kitchen and bathroom. It’s also deceptively spacious with a well-proportioned living area and two double bedrooms just waiting for your final touches.
The double garage offers lots of options as storage or studio/workshop space.
Potted plants and some furniture will give you a great outdoor living area and you’ll have a charming home in a great location.
10. Cute with character
You’ll love enjoying the immaculately maintained gardens from the front verandah of this lovely two-bedroom home in Blenheim. The open plan kitchen and living area is really special with the high ceiling rafters giving a real sense of space and views from ranch sliders through to the pretty garden.
The kitchen and bathroom are very tidy but could be upgraded in the future to add value.
A double garage gives lots of extra options for using this home so close to the centre of Blenheim.
11. Easy living
This Greymouth home has the lovely bay leadlight windows that bungalows are known for with all the modern comforts.
The roomy open plan kitchen and living area with multi-fuel fire is the heart of the home and opens to an expansive deck and level back lawn. Three generous have lovely period features and two bathrooms make for easy family living.
With a garage and plenty of street appeal, this home offers a lot of value for your money.
Words by: Sarah Beresford.