Auckland is a big city with a big, beating heart. Home to 1.6 million people and counting, there seems to be a massive gravitational pull towards Auckland, drawing in people from all over the globe. The city of sails is one of the world’s most liveable cities, there’s no doubt that it’s a great place to raise your family. Like all cities, however, some suburbs are better suited to family life than others. Let’s take a look at our 4 top family neighbourhoods in Auckland.

1) Takapuna

Close to the city, close to the beach, close to some of New Zealand’s best schools… Takapuna has family burb written all over it. There’s so much about Takapuna that makes it super sought-after for families, including the prestigious Takapuna Grammar School, the gorgeous Sunday markets, great restaurants and shops and a safe, friendly environment. Summer in Takapuna is a dream! It’s a short walk to the beach and playgrounds, presenting days and days’ worth of family summer activities.

2) Devonport

A little further out, but just down the road from Takapuna is the suburb of Devonport. These two neighbourhoods are similar in some ways – they’re both on the northern side of the city and they’re both beachside suburbs. Being further away from the city, Devonport is where families go to escape the hustle and bustle while still remaining quite close from the CBD – it’s just a ferry-ride away, making it a popular mode of transport for business professionals. It has a range of living options, from waterfront apartments to spacious villas and character homes, meaning you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Devonport. It’s also in super close proximity to Takapuna Grammar School and other fantastic educational institutions.

3) Parnell

Parnell is a perfect place to settle down with your family. A traditionally prestigious and sought-after suburb it ticks all of the boxes. Large, grand homes with pools and tennis courts? Tick. Neighbourhood village with high-end shops and boutiques? Tick. Green, leafy streets? Tick. Super close to the CBD? Tick. Amazing schools and world-class universities? Tick, tick and tick. But be warned: the average price for a three-bedroom home in Parnell is around $2m NZD.

4) Grey Lynn

If the kids are a little more grown up and you’re starting to enjoy more freedom and less kid-raising, then Grey Lynn is perfect spot in Auckland. It’s ten minutes from the city centre and boasts all the best bars and restaurants in town – so if eating and drink is your vibe, Grey Lynn is the place to be. That being said, it’s a great family suburb too, with close proximity to fantastic schools and universities. A vibrant, clean and friendly neighbourhood, houses aren’t exactly cheap in Grey Lynn either, but it’s certainly worth the price tag if you can afford it.

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