St Clair residents (from left) Angela, Luca (1), Chris and
Matai Thomsen (3), took part in a new homeowners survey for
Anderson and Co planner Conrad Anderson. Photo by Jonathan
Out-of-towners looking to buy a new home in Dunedin are
likely to flock to Waverley, while St Clair is most popular
with Dunedin buyers, a recent survey of new homeowners
The survey, conducted by Anderson and Co Resource Management,
targeted more than 200 homeowners in new housing developments
in Waverley, St Clair, Fairfield and Mosgiel, and those who
had bought their former homes.
The survey had about 80 responses - a 40% response rate.
Anderson and Co planner Conrad Anderson said the survey aimed
to trace the flow-on effects of new-home buying.
''We believe this project is important to Dunedin, as it will
provide rich information about the rationale and flow-on
effects of new housing in Dunedin,'' he said. ''Most people
moving to a new or near-new home have sold a house.
''We want to explore who purchased the old house and why.
This will provide a picture of the flow-on effect of a new
house, and thus inform us on some of Dunedin's housing
Preliminary results showed Waverley had the largest
percentage of people new to Dunedin buying there.
The major attributes buyers were interested in were views,
sun, access to amenities, and school zones.
Responses from Mosgiel and Fairfield owners suggested loyalty
was one motive for buyers, as many respondents had already
lived in the area, Mr Anderson said. Homeowners in Fairfield
had the greatest variety of reasons for buying there,
indicating a mix of developments could be appropriate in the
area, Mr Anderson said.
The St Clair development had attracted the largest spread of
people living within the Dunedin area. People moving to St
Clair made the largest financial step-up from their previous
The average home bought by survey participants in St Clair
had a rateable value of $600,000; the average rateable value
of the new owners' previous homes was $400,000.
One new St Clair resident, Chris Thomsen, had been living in
Kaikorai before he moved to St Clair.
''It was the most effective way to get us all the things we
wanted in a house at a relatively affordable price.''
Anderson and Co director Don Anderson said he hoped the
information collected in the survey would be of use to
Dunedin City Council planners. The survey is still open
online at www.RMApro.co.nz
• 118,683 people usually live in Dunedin city. This is an
increase of 3.8% since the 2001 Census.
• There are 44,394 households in Dunedin.
• The number of unoccupied dwellings in Dunedin rose from
3612 in 2006 (8% of all dwellings) to 3915 in 2013 (8.4%).
The total number of dwellings in Dunedin increased 3.4% from
45,072 in 2006 to 46,590 in 2013.
• One-family households make up 63.6% of all households in
• One-person households, with 11,595 people (9.7% of
residents), make up 26.4% of households.
• The average household size in Dunedin City is 2.5 people,
compared with a New Zealand average of 2.7 people.
• In Dunedin city, 55.3% of households in private occupied
dwellings own the dwelling, with or without a mortgage.