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Grand Mt Albert couple look back on life of rich memories
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18 Highland Rd
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3 bedroom 1920’s character & style with great street appeal, light filled, elevated with views in MAGS zone.

HEN Joan Prior was sent on a mission by new husband Laurie to “go find us a place”, her heart and her head took her to a nice family home in Kitenui Ave, Mt Albert, that was built the year she was born. Joan, a Palmerston North girl who moved to Auckland in the 50s and initially lived in Morningside, was always taken by Mt Albert. When she spotted the lovely old bungalow on a big section, she knew she had found a home to keep them happy for quite a while. As it happened, “quite a while” stretched to 45 years and a mountain of memories - raising kids, developing rich friendships, tending gardens and helping to build a community spirit… watching Mt Albert change all around them.

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Laurie and Joan Prior have great memories of their 45 years at 78 Kitenui Ave

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AVONDALE Auction, 7pm Wednesday 14 August 2013*
Cute 2 bedroom, brick and tile home, with fully fenced front yard. Located in a quiet cul de sac, this home has great potential to add value.

So as it all came to an end just a month or so ago, of course there was sadness. For Joan and Laurie, 78 Kitenui had been home-sweethome for more than half their lives when they closed the door for the last time, and surely no one could walk away from memories like that without getting a little down. But for this couple there’s no time for feeling glum, and they’re now enjoying their new home just a stone’s throw away from Kitenui – without the stairs that cause hassles for ageing limbs (but pining for the open fire they left behind!). Finding time to sit down and talk to them between a mountain of activities – a lot to do with a wide

family network, stretching to great, great grandchildren - is a difficult business. As 84-year-old Laurie says, when asked how his health is bearing up: “I haven’t got time to be sick!” In fact, Laurie is still working as a partner in a small agricultural services company after a long career as a veterinary expert for Elanco, a local division of global pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. That job took him all around the world (and sometimes took Joan with him), but they always loved coming home to Kitenui Ave.

When they left the sparkling white 1926 bungalow last month, it was very different inside to the home they’d bought way back in 1968. The interior was reshaped and extended and modern comforts were introduced, but the welcoming feel was never lost. Back then, the couple had been married less than a year – following a whirlwind romance after a hesitant blind date – and Joan was left with the task of finding a home for the future. “I always thought Mt Albert had this lovely family feel and when I saw Kitenui I knew it was for us,” says Joan.
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iPad GIVEAWAY to end those winter blues
ERE’S a chance to take advantage of the booming Auckland property market and boost your household technology at the same time… To take some of the drudgery from the middle of winter, Anne Duncan Real Estate is giving away free iPads to home-owners who list their properties for sale in August and subsequently sell through the company. As a special community bonus, a further iPad will go on

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MT ALBERT Auction, 7pm Wednesday 28 August 2013*
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Estate Sale. First time offered since built in 1957. 3 bedroom home on 612m2. North west facing backyard. Gladstone Primary & MAGS zones. Short walk to bus & train.

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settlement to schools of the vendor’s choice with each listing. Listings are very low right across the city at the moment, but that spells opportunity for people looking to get a great price. As Anne says: “In a normal market, listings generally tail off over winter. But demand has stayed very high this winter, and that’s supporting the rising prices. “Home-owners who list now will get huge interest from buyers

because of the general lack of houses for sale. While all the indications are the market will stay strong, spring traditionally brings a rush of listings, giving buyers more to choose from. Really, now is a great time to sell.” To take advantage of the iPad offer, fill out the form on page 2 or give the office a call on 846 9470. The iPads will be presented when sales are settled.

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1/19A Seaview Tce, Mt Albert $435,000 Anne Duncan, Emma Duncan

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88 Holly St, Avondale $601,000 Jamie Morrison

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33 Alexis Ave MT ALBERT
Grand opportunity. First time offered in over 45years. 3 large bedrooms, 2 living areas all in near original condition. Wonderful character features with huge potential.

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2/18 Marne Rd SANDRINGHAM
Overlooking reserve with views to the city this terrace home boasts 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, plus internal access from the garage.

Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925 Auction: 7pm Wed 14 August 2013*

2 Maybeck Rd, Mt Albert $1,060,000 John Covich

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10 Te Wiata Pl, Avondale $601,000 Vincent Barnao

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Mark Bailey 021 714 799
46 New Windsor Rd, Mt Albert $747,000 Wendy Keats

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Julia Rust 021 489 169

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29 Kelman Rd, Kelston $502,000 Julia Rust

52 Pleasant Rd GLEN EDEN
First time on the market in 55 years. 3 bedroom brick home with large farmhouse kitchen and dining. Dual access on 1012m2.

Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925 Auction: 7pm Wed 14 August 2013*

10 Waitati Place NEW WINDSOR
Big family home on a full section, this 1960’s weatherboard home has it all. 7 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, over 2 levels. Immediate vacant possession available.

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Grayson Ford 027 333 6803

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11 Mountfield Tce, Mt Albert $980,000 Anne Duncan

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59 Asquith Ave, Mt Albert $853,000 Gary Agnew

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28 Renfrew Ave SANDRINGHAM
Beautifully renovated 1940’s classic bungalow with 3 double bedrooms, new kitchen and bathroom. Large attic and storage.

Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925 Auction: 7pm Wed 28 August 2013*

2/30 Seaview Tce MT ALBERT
2 dbl brm unit in tidy block of 4 with generous living & kitchen big enough for dining. Internal access garage/laundry.

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1/116 Richardson Rd, Mt Albert $505,000 John Covich, Emma Duncan

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40 Chatham Ave, Mt Albert $739,000 Greg Whitta 1012 Great North Rd, Pt Chevalier $715,000 Grayson Ford, Vincent Barnao

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An extensive home with room for the extended family, or just the teenagers. Three bedrooms, two living areas and an office with ample room to reconfigure.

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Jamie Morrison 021 684 400 Vincent Barnao 0212 758 925 Auction: 7pm Wed 14 August 2013*

17 Bentleigh Ave NEW WINDSOR
Modernised bungalow with 3 bedrooms and studio Wonderfully elevated offering perfect aspect for sun. Located in one of New Windsor’s best streets, this one is a real winner.

Jamie Morrison 021 684 400 Auction: 7pm Wed 14 August 2013*

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and Gary Agnew marketed a threebedroom house on 1057m2 at 2 Glenarm Ave and the campaign drew nine serious would-be buyers. It sold under the hammer for precisely $1m – 64% above the rating capital value of $610,000 set less than two years earlier.

Kerry Glengarry
What would others say about you? That I am sociable, caring and wise beyond my years. And probably that I talk too much! Virtues and Vices? I love to make a difference in people’s lives, no matter how small. Vices...chocolate and chardonnay What brightens your day? My husband and our 3 fantastic children. What really annoys you? Hearing about people who get taken advantage of. The thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet cracked? Learn sign language One thing you’ve learned about life and will take to the grave? That life can be short so enjoy it as much as you can and don’t stress about things you cannot change. Who do you look up to – who inspires you? My children. I am big on role modelling. They give me inspiration to be the best person I can be. Who would you get to share the dinner table of your dreams? It would have to be a big table! I would want it to fit all my family and friends. And what would you eat? Everything! My favourite…. food: Chocolate and anything sweet; tipple: chardonnay; movie: anything on the big screen. I love going to the movies; song: Hallelujah – by Jeff Buckley and Blurred Lines – by Robin Thicke • Kerry and husband Finn have lived in Mt Albert since 2004. They have 3 children - Connor, Cooper and Eva. Kerry joined Anne Duncan this year and loves being an agent and “helping people make a stressful time as easy as it can be”.

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S Auckland’s latest property boom continues to reach new highs, the wider Mt Albert area – stretching from Kingsland to Waterview – stands out as a top performer. Latest statistics from the Real Estate Institute shows the median price for the area, which also includes Owairaka and Sandringham, hit a record $734,000 in May, and held the ground at $730,500 in June. Median pricing can give distortions, but grouping prices over a three-month period tends to even out the blips. However, three-month data showed similar results. For the three months to the end of May, the median Mt Albert price was $727,500, dropping slightly to $724,750 for the three months to the end of June. The number of sales in May reached 94 – the highest monthly total for nearly seven years. The June tally was down to 65, but that was fairly impressive for a winter month and, for example, double the June total in 2010. The other prime indicator of a booming market – the number of days taken to sell a home – also showed the strength of Mt Albert, with the average property selling in just 27 days in April and 29 days in May and June. Different data from property valuation company QV gives further evidence of the growing appeal of the local Anne Duncan Real Estate patch. For the first three months of this year, city fringe suburbs were standout performers when selling prices were compared to actual rating

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All you need to know about house insurance
IF you’re a home-owner (or about to become one) and are puzzled by the changes to property insurance following the Christchurch earthquakes, Anne Duncan Real Estate is helping to clear the air. At its next client evening, the company has invited representatives from New Zealand Home Loans to explain what you need to do to make sure your most valuable asset is properly insured. The August 22 presentation is free and begins at 7pm in the Anne Duncan auction rooms. Nibbles and drinks will be provided, but please ring the company (846 9470) to register because seating is limited.
capital values. The CVs for the new council were set in July 2011, but sales data to the end of March gave these results: Kingsland up 35.4% in less than two years; Sandringham up 31.7%; New Windsor up 30.7%; Mt Albert up 27.4%; Blockhouse Bay up 26.4%; Avondale up 25.8%; Waterview up 21.9%; Pt Chevalier up 20.9%.

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T Roskill hasn’t traditionally been the home of $1m deals, but the ice has now been well and truly broken. Sales consultants Donna Whyte

VERILL Orr Village has been earmarked for a total transformation, but it may be five years or more before a new operation is up and running in brand new surroundings. The property arm of owners Methodist Mission and the village operators, Oceania Group, are investigating a fresh future for the run-down aged-care establishment. At this stage, the intention is to demolish the present buildings bit by bit and replace them with a new care facility to accommodate up to 90 patients, and a retirement village offering 125 apartments. Oceania says the present buildings are reaching the end of their economic life and the development is needed to serve the Mt Albert community and secure the ongoing viability of the village. The company says the proposal requires a great deal of care and thought and – if the decision is made to proceed and resource consent is granted – the development will be in stages to minimise disruption. The plans have been outlined to local residents and the promoters have promised the development will enhance and enrich the neighbourhood.

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Laurie and Joan’s 45 years of Mt Albert memories
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“There hasn’t been one time when we’ve regretted making our home here. We came into Kitenui as young people in an area where there were a lot of older people, and we’ve left it as old people among much younger people. But all of it has been wonderful.” Joan and Laurie cast their minds back to street Christmas gatherings where whole segments of Kitenui Ave were shut off with large drums as families partied together… and how local kids called in at the

Prior’s to supplement their school lunch with mandarins from the back lawn. “Everyone was so friendly,” says Joan. “There was a real village feel to Mt Albert, where everyone chatted to everyone and did things together. But perhaps things today aren’t too much different. People will still stop to have a chat when they’re out walking.” In some other respects, though, Mt Albert has changed a lot. The local shops, for example, are not what they used to be and busy lives

mean people can’t always spend the time getting to know the folk who live down the road. Then there’s the price of real estate. Forty five years ago, the Priors paid $10,000 for their bungalow; in May they sold it for a touch over $1.4m. “That’s amazing, isn’t it?” says Joan. “Property has become so expensive. Still, we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else than Mt Albert. And while we have moved from Kitenui, all those lovely memories are just a short walk away.”

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