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North Shore plans highlight an exciting future

By Craig Catley

North Shore homes are some of the most desirable property in Auckland, as shown by the area's continuing growth. Property values continue to increase in the east coast bays, in spite of property values in the rest of Auckland, according to QV.

It's little wonder why the North Shore is such an attractive spot for home buyers. Plans for development and improvement of North Shore amenities make it clear just how bright the future is for those buying on the North Shore. 

Education comes first

There are so many prestigious schools on Auckland's North Shore, from top performing Westlake Girls' to New Zealand's second-largest high school, Rangitoto College. Families or young couples looking to relocate to the North Shore have no need to worry for their children's education, especially given recent funding changes. 

The Ministry of Education will be spending more than $100 million on property works at schools in the area. A fifth of the funding will go towards a long-term project at Rangitoto College, involving remedying weather tightness issues in existing buildings.

Takapuna Grammar School will receive $25 million for a similar weather-proofing project, and Sherwood School will be using funding to complete a new block of classrooms and an administration building.

Your kids will be studying better and staying healthy in newly weather-proofed North Shore schools.

Un-pave paradise

Redevelop a parking lot. Panuku Development Auckland hopes to revitalise Takapuna central with a full re-purposing of the Anzac Street car park. The car park is currently home to the popular Sunday market, but redevelopment may introduce new housing options, commercial property, or open spaces in the heart of Takapuna. To make up for the loss of parking options, a nearby smaller car park would be transformed into a 450-space parking building.

The matter is open to input from the community – the Shape Auckland website has submission forms if you would like to have your say.

Meanwhile, the Takapuna Beach Business Association (TBBA), is voicing desire to have the local caravan park converted into an open space for "greater public enjoyment". 

There's so much on the agenda for Takapuna and the east coast bays. With a community and a council who care about the areas they live in, the North Shore is a great place to live and to learn. If you can see yourself making the most of Takapuna's incredible centre and facilities, get in touch with us at Ray White Takapuna to find your next home.

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