affordable housing city

PHOTO: Christchurch. FILE

Christchurch is losing its reputation as one of the only major cities with affordable homes as house prices there continue to soar.

The garden city and Queenstown took the top spots for the most growth in main centres according to the latest house price data.

parkside apartments

Buyers pay $3m to $5.7m for luxury parkside apartments in central Christchurch

Pre-lockdown, an entry-level house in Sumner might have started at the $600,000 mark. But now a two-bedder just sold for $1.4 million.

“For this home here we had in excess of 100 groups of people through and I know other agents reporting really high numbers, anything up to 170,” Michelle Ward from Harcourts Sumner says.

Christchurch – the ever-affordable city – is fast becoming the ‘out of reach’ city for many.

“It is the last bastion of affordable housing in the major cities in New Zealand,” says QV general manager David Nagel. “[This is] the first time Christchurch has cracked the $700,000 mark.”

Quotable Value’s latest house price index report shows the rate of house price growth is still on the up.

“The key driver of the market is the lack of supply,  there’s just not enough stock on the market. Listings are down,” Nagel says.