Daily Archives: October 27, 2008

Nelson – A Place in the Sun

Another area where Nelson shines is in the area of “living near the coastline”. Real Seachange.

As can be seen from this chart 99% of the population of Nelson live with-in 5km of the coastline.

It used to be 100% as the earlier census data shows,..maybe its down to just a few wanting that lifestyle block.

I’ve always lived within 10km of the sea, except for a few years spent in Sydney when I was younger, and there is nothing more soothing at the end of a particularly long day than driving along the coast on the way home with the windows down and in Nelsons case, having the setting sun bouncing off the sea. And its just as pleasant driving along Rocks Rd at night after finally negotiating a Sales & Purchase Agreement listening to the sound of the waves breaking.

I also remember growing up as a teenager in Nelson back in the 70’s when a trip to the beach was always a short walk, it was never necessary to use 4 wheeled transport.

It also follows that if you own a home on many of Nelson’s elevated suburbs then you’ll not only get those coastline views, the Boulder Bank, the harbour, the Port, Tasman Bay sea views, Rabbit Island beachfront, but more than likely get mountain views too.

Our population is projected to grow another 7000 between 2006 and 2021 and Tasman regions is slightly higher at an increase of approximately 8000 people.

And just to put icing on the cake, information/data from our last four census’s, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 makes it abundantly clear what parts of NZ are increasing in popularity, well for the last 17 years at least.

From the chart you can see that our region, the “Top of the South”  scored the highly from inbound moves.

and from Housing New Zealand…..

The Nelson region saw house prices grow rapidly between September 2001 and July 2004, with data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand showing large increases in Nelson City, Nelson Country, Motueka, and in Takaka. Compounding that growth is a number of other factors like the increasing popularity of the region as a holiday destination, and the willingness of people to pay a premium over local rents in the holiday season