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Westmere

With its wider streets, gentle slopes affording views of the sea and reliable homes this suburb is an oasis for young families.


Recent Sales

Westmere, 1A Faulder Avenue

1A Faulder Avenue

22 July 2022


4

2

4

Westmere, 23 Lemington Road

23 Lemington Road

1 July 2022
$2,418,000


3

2

4

Westmere, 1 Oban Road

1 Oban Road

17 March 2022
$2,470,000


3

1

1

Westmere, 21 Westmere Park Avenue

21 Westmere Park Avenue

8 March 2022
$3,200,000


4

2

2

Westmere, 16 Peel Street

16 Peel Street

2 February 2022
$3,850,000


4

2

4

Westmere, 200 Garnet Road

200 Garnet Road

1 December 2021
$3,800,000


3

3

3

Westmere, 6/186 Garnet Road

6/186 Garnet Road

17 November 2021
$1,140,000


1

1

1

Westmere, 165 Garnet Road

165 Garnet Road

20 October 2021
$2,922,000


4

2

1

Westmere, 10 Peel Street

10 Peel Street

1 October 2021
$2,900,000


3

1

1

Westmere, 25 West View Road

25 West View Road

28 July 2021
$1,830,000


4

1

Westmere, 9 Peel Street

9 Peel Street

25 June 2021


Westmere, 39 Dorset Street

39 Dorset Street

16 June 2021
$3,600,000


4

3

2

Westmere, 7 Oban Road

7 Oban Road

14 June 2021
$3,720,000


4

2

2

Westmere, 35A Faulder Avenue

35A Faulder Avenue

13 June 2021


4

3

4

Westmere, 32 Livingstone Street

32 Livingstone Street

27 May 2021
$2,335,000


3

1

3

Westmere, 18 Webber Street

18 Webber Street

28 April 2021
$3,000,000


3

2

1

Westmere, 2A Cumberland Avenue

2A Cumberland Avenue

14 April 2021
$2,550,000


3

1

2

Westmere, 10 Dorset Street

10 Dorset Street

31 March 2021
$2,220,000


3

1

Westmere, 56 Lemington Road

56 Lemington Road

25 February 2021


3

2

4

Westmere, 24B Regina Street

24B Regina Street

25 February 2021


2

1

2

Westmere, 4 Warwick Avenue

4 Warwick Avenue

24 February 2021


3

1

1

Westmere, 57C Livingstone Street

57C Livingstone Street

22 December 2020


2

2

2

Westmere, 74 Larchwood Ave

74 Larchwood Ave

20 December 2020


2

1

1

Westmere, 40 Warnock Street

40 Warnock Street

16 December 2020


4

3

2

Westmere, 14A Kingsley Street

14A Kingsley Street

11 November 2020


2

3

2

Westmere, 2/22 Regina Street

2/22 Regina Street

11 November 2020


3

2

3

Westmere, 7 William Denny Avenue

7 William Denny Avenue

28 October 2020


3

2

4

Westmere, 1a Dorset Street

1a Dorset Street

24 September 2020


4

2

Westmere, 25 Webber Street

25 Webber Street

6 July 2020


4

2

Westmere, 2/24 Edgars Road

2/24 Edgars Road

10 June 2020


Westmere, 1B William Denny Avenue

1B William Denny Avenue

4 June 2020


Westmere, 90 Old Mill Road

90 Old Mill Road

14 May 2020


4

2

2

Westmere, 8 William Denny Avenue

8 William Denny Avenue

2 May 2020


3

1

5

Westmere, 5 Hope Street

5 Hope Street

4 March 2020


3

1

1

Westmere, 92 West End Road

92 West End Road

21 January 2020


4

3

Westmere, 32 Livingstone Street

32 Livingstone Street

25 October 2019


3

1

Westmere, 9 Nottingham Street

9 Nottingham Street

16 October 2019


3

2

2

Westmere, 9 Westmere Park Avenue

9 Westmere Park Avenue

9 October 2019


3

1

Westmere, 21 Webber Street

21 Webber Street

18 September 2019


3

2

3

Westmere, 1/40 Webber Street

1/40 Webber Street

12 September 2019


3

2

1

Westmere, 2 Peel Street

2 Peel Street

21 August 2019


3

2

4

Westmere, 3/40 Webber Street

3/40 Webber Street

21 August 2019


3

2

2

Westmere, 18 Warwick Avenue

18 Warwick Avenue

29 May 2019


4

2

2

Westmere, 19 Meola Road

19 Meola Road

22 February 2019


3

1

4

Westmere, 26 Webber Street

26 Webber Street

30 January 2019


5

2

3

Westmere, 15 Livingstone Street

15 Livingstone Street

15 December 2018


4

2

3

Westmere, 25 Sunny Brae Crescent

25 Sunny Brae Crescent

6 December 2018


2

1

4

Westmere, 20 Nottingham Street

20 Nottingham Street

9 November 2018


5

2

2

Westmere, 9 Faulder Avenue

9 Faulder Avenue

27 June 2018


3

1

2

Westmere, 26 Fife Street

26 Fife Street

22 June 2018


4

3

5

Westmere, 48 Warwick Avenue

48 Warwick Avenue

31 May 2018


4

2

2

Westmere, 37D Faulder Avenue

37D Faulder Avenue

15 May 2018


4

3

4

Westmere, 16/50 Livingstone Street

16/50 Livingstone Street

15 May 2018


2

1

1

Westmere, 47A Faulder Avenue

47A Faulder Avenue

9 May 2018


1

1

Westmere, 2/5 Larchwood Avenue

2/5 Larchwood Avenue

20 April 2018


2

1

Westmere, 109 Warnock Street

109 Warnock Street

18 April 2018


3

2

2

Westmere, 80 West End Road

80 West End Road

16 April 2018


3

2

2

Westmere, 45 Faulder Avenue

45 Faulder Avenue

15 March 2018


4

2

1

Westmere, 44 Fife Street

44 Fife Street

1 March 2018


2

1

2

Westmere, 62 Garnet Road

62 Garnet Road

19 December 2017


5

2

2

Westmere, 1/5 Larchwood Avenue

1/5 Larchwood Avenue

18 December 2017


3

1

1

Westmere, 2/5 Larchwood Avenue

2/5 Larchwood Avenue

18 December 2017


2

1

1

Westmere, 147 Garnet Road

147 Garnet Road

11 October 2017


4

2

2

Westmere, 113 Warnock Street

113 Warnock Street

25 September 2017


4

2

2

Westmere, 21C Tirotai Crescent

21C Tirotai Crescent

18 September 2017


3

2

4

Westmere, 177 Garnet Road

177 Garnet Road

5 July 2017


4

2

1

Westmere, 42 Fife Street

42 Fife Street

19 May 2017


3

1

3

Westmere, 103 Garnet Road

103 Garnet Road

5 May 2017


5

3

1

Westmere, 27 Webber Street

27 Webber Street

15 March 2017


5

3

4

Westmere, 5 Livingstone Street

5 Livingstone Street

23 December 2016


6

2

2

Westmere, 57 Warnock Street

57 Warnock Street

19 December 2016


3

1

2

Westmere, 31 Notley Street

31 Notley Street

29 November 2016


4

2

2

Westmere, 4 Edgars Road

4 Edgars Road

16 November 2016


3

2

3

Westmere, 30 Livingstone Street

30 Livingstone Street

4 November 2016


3

1

2

Westmere, 12 Edgars Road

12 Edgars Road

11 July 2016


3

1

Westmere, 11 Dorset Street

11 Dorset Street

8 June 2016


3

2

2

Westmere, 24B Regina Street

24B Regina Street

1 June 2016


2

1

2

Westmere, 41 Regina Street

41 Regina Street

2 March 2016


4

3

4

Westmere, 7 Kingsley Street

7 Kingsley Street

2 March 2016


3

2

2

Westmere, 20 Westmere Crescent

20 Westmere Crescent

4 December 2015


4

4

3

Westmere, 52 Lemington Road

52 Lemington Road

2 December 2015


3

1

1

Westmere, 2/3 William Denny Avenue

2/3 William Denny Avenue

20 November 2015


3

2

3

Westmere, 43 Regina Street

43 Regina Street

2 November 2015


4

3

4

Westmere, 40 Sunny Brae Crescent

40 Sunny Brae Crescent

16 September 2015


3

2

4

Westmere, 30 Warwick Avenue

30 Warwick Avenue

19 August 2015


3

2

2

Westmere, 5/37 Faulder Avenue

5/37 Faulder Avenue

4 June 2015


4

3

2

Westmere, 15A Notley Street

15A Notley Street

25 March 2015


2

2

6

Westmere, 25B Regina Street

25B Regina Street

17 March 2015


2

1

4

Westmere, 71 Old Mill Road

71 Old Mill Road

25 February 2015


2

1

Westmere, 2/58 Larchwood Avenue

2/58 Larchwood Avenue

23 December 2014


4

2

8

Westmere, 8A William Denny Avenue

8A William Denny Avenue

8 December 2014


4

3

3

Westmere, 27 Tirotai Crescent

27 Tirotai Crescent

20 November 2014


5

3

4

Westmere, 22 Livingstone Street

22 Livingstone Street

16 November 2014


4

3

8

Westmere, 20 Oban Road

20 Oban Road

7 August 2014


3

1

4

Westmere, 46 Warwick Avenue

46 Warwick Avenue

16 July 2014


4

2

4

Westmere, 2-54 Garnet Road

2-54 Garnet Road

27 May 2014


4

1

1

Westmere, 327 Richmond Road

327 Richmond Road

7 March 2014


4

1

2

Westmere, 119 Warnock Street

119 Warnock Street

11 February 2014


3

2

2

Westmere, 12 Lemington Road

12 Lemington Road

18 December 2013


3

3

6

Westmere, 32 Westmere Crescent

32 Westmere Crescent

12 December 2013


3

1

2

Westmere, 7 Kingsley St

7 Kingsley St

5 December 2013


3

2

2

Westmere, 223 Garnet Road

223 Garnet Road

5 December 2013


4

3

5

Westmere, 35 Fife Street

35 Fife Street

21 March 2013


4

3

Westmere, 4/70 Wellpark Avenue

4/70 Wellpark Avenue

3 December 2012


3

2

Westmere, 21 Notley Street

21 Notley Street

26 March 2010


3

1

Westmere, 36 Regina Street

36 Regina Street

13 August 2009


4

1


Life slows down in Westmere, with its family-friendly bungalows, sense of community, wide roads and sea-skimming views.

At first glance, Westmere may appear to be a sleepy suburb, a bit off the beaten track, but at a deeper level, there’s an appreciation of community and genuine social networks plus, borrowing from neighbouring Ponsonby, a growing appreciation of good food. Here’s a quick peek into a quaint area that offers a real sense of home.

The Garnet Road shops set the scene, with stores, restaurants, cafés, and a wine shop. The renowned Westmere Butchery has stood the test of time, a sure sign of quality service. Though Ponsonby is around the corner, it’s easy to enjoy being local with Westmere’s own cafés and scenery. In particular, check out Catroux on West End Road and admire its impressive cabinet selection, or enjoy harbours views from the seats in the sun at Meola Kitchen.

Garnet  Station is a great local cafe with delicious food and also showcases retro and unique Kiwi décor.

Garnet Station is a great local cafe with delicious food and also showcases retro and unique Kiwi décor.

Many nearby parks, playgrounds and reserves offer a taste of nature, and solace for busy families. Cox’s Bay Reserve is shared between Westmere and Herne Bay. It consists of three parks – Hukanui Reserve, Bayfield Park and Cox’s Bay Park. A circular walk around the reserve takes about 70 minutes and features sculptures, a stunning new boardwalk through the mangrove swamps, Cox’s Bay itself, mature trees and bush. The reserve has community amenities like expansive sports fields, a cricket pitch and children’s playgrounds. Better still, the dog can come too and enjoy the specified off-leash exercise areas.

West End Lawn Tennis Club is a popular destination for tennis lovers of all abilities. The club has brought the local community together since its beginnings in 1932. With 500 members, it currently boasts one of the largest memberships in Auckland.

Westmere’s footprint extends out through Cox’s Bay. The bay is popular for water sports and protected from the west by the Meola Bay Reserve, a large volcanic reef. Cox’s Bay is home to the Hawke Scout Hall, arguably Westmere’s most notable building. The hall had humble begins as a boat shed in 1928. Following several iterations, “The Ship”, as it is locally known, is still used by the Sea Scouts. It can be rented out for events requiring a certain theatrical flair. 

The Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation  Museum is just one of a number of activities available in the surrounding area.

The Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Museum is just one of a number of activities available in the surrounding area.

The surrounding areas further extend the activity list. Seddon Fields, Auckland Zoo, Motat, Western Springs Park and Meola Reef Reserve are all close by.

When not out exploring, there are plenty of schools to stretch the brains of the younger generations. Younger students can attend Westmere Primary School, which celebrated its 100th jubilee in 2014. The school’s long history is backed by an excellent reputation, and it has been a drawcard for many families moving to Westmere. The decile 10 school is a focal point for the community, with school events bringing parents together and providing positive connections among families.

After primary school, children can attend Pasadena Intermediate School. For secondary schools there are Western Springs College, Avondale College, Mount Albert Grammar School, Marist College, St Mary's College (girls), St Peter's College and St Paul's College (boys). Some Westmere high school students travel to Northcote College on the North Shore.

 

With it's close proximity to the sea and quiet streets, Westmere is the perfect place for young families.

With it's close proximity to the sea and quiet streets, Westmere is the perfect place for young families.

Wider roads and a quieter suburban layout complete the equation, making the area an oasis for young families. Its close proximity to Ponsonby will also tempt those seeking to dip their toes into the hustle and bustle. Reliable homes are aplenty, and from the suburb’s gentle slopes many homes enjoy vistas of the sea.

The long and short of it is that, no matter how busy life gets, arriving in Westmere will always feel like coming home.

Looking south west from Herne Bay towards the West End Estate, showing Cox's Bay (foreground) 1916. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

Looking south west from Herne Bay towards the West End Estate, showing Cox's Bay (foreground) 1916. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

History

Modern-day Westmere is bound by (in clockwise order) Cox’s Bay, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn, Western Springs and Point Chevalier.  The district’s name and footprint are relatively recent, created in the 20th century. In the past, Westmere was always grouped with the surrounding areas, defined by creeks.

Like most of Auckland the region was hotly contested, going back to Pre-European Maori. It was a place of spiritual and cultural importance for local iwi. Streams, mangroves and wetlands provided bountiful food, flax and tools for industry. The last iwi to lay claim was led by Apihai Te Kawau in the early 1820s.

The area’s water features made it particularly attractive. At the north end of Jervois Road was a flax processing area. Flax would be harvested from the wetlands in the Cox's Bay gully then processed into rope and other fibres for clothes and dried on the north-facing hill slopes of Herne Bay. Today it is known as Cox’s Bay after European settlers John and Jane Cox, who planted market gardens downstream of Cox’s Creek. The creek was first named Opoutukeha  or Opou by Maori.

Westmere was part of the land which Maori gifted to the crown in 1841, in the hopes of forming a working partnership between the two entities. This area makes up the most of central Auckland today. It was auctioned off by the crown from 1844, mainly to speculators.

Allotments at Cox's Creek, Westmere, 1869.

Allotments at Cox's Creek, Westmere, 1869.

It’s hard to divide the histories of Grey Lynn and Westmere until later in the piece. There are varying stories as to when Westmere actually came about as a suburb. One version states that European settlers named the combined area of Westmere and Grey Lynn as the Newton District in 1841. Other reports claim that the Newton District went from Surrey Crescent to Eden Terrace, leaving Westmere unaccounted for.

Predating Westmere, a district called Richmond was marked in 1859 between Edgars and Cox’s Creeks. The streets are those we know today as Regina, Kingsley, Livingstone, Webber and Edgars Roads. Despite this, some reports claim there were only six houses in the area during the 19th century. The wider area remained rural, with land leased for dairy farming.

Industry recognised the area’s potential, and local streams played a significant role in development, despite protests from the fledgling residential population. A brick factory opened in 1860 and product was shipped to the city via the stream. Opou, or Cox’s Creek, provided steam power and log transport for a sawmill below West End Road. This was set up in 1899 by the Cashmore brothers but burnt down in 1920. The site smouldered for a year. The creek was also used to float logs to the sites of some early houses.

Cashmore Brothers sawmill in Cox's Creek Road, now West End Road, 1908. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

Cashmore Brothers sawmill in Cox's Creek Road, now West End Road, 1908. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

The name Westmere first showed up on auction sheets at the start of the 20th century. Residential activity started in the 1920s courtesy of the Westmere Estate Company, which kicked off substantial housing development. New builds included some state housing, but mostly private housing in the characteristic Californian-style bungalow architecture. During this period of growth, the causeway was built to join the burgeoning Westmere to Herne Bay and the city.

Looking west towards Westmere showing West End Road running over Cox's Creek,1926. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

Looking west towards Westmere showing West End Road running over Cox's Creek,1926. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

Development slowed during the war, but picked up again in the 1950s. During this time all the prime cliff-top sections were developed. The demographic of the area was mainly working class, drawn by the availability of the solid housing built in the previous decades.

Since then the suburb has retained a family-friendly vibe, but enjoyed extensive redevelopment. Today’s Westmere residents quietly revel in life’s perfect balance involving socialising, family and community.

Catroux

A fresh and modern white interior combined with a cabinet heaving with delicious and nutritious food makes this local cafe the perfect spot for brunch.

On the market

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Westmere, 4/5 Edgars Road

4/5 Edgars Road


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1

1


Westmere, 23 Lemington Road

23 Lemington Road

$1,100 / week


3

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4


Things to do, places to see

Cox’s Bay Reserve


This large park offers walking tracks, a playground, sea views and facilities for a variety of sporting codes.

Garnet Station Cafe


Garnet Station is a great local cafe with delicious food and also showcases retro and unique Kiwi décor.

Catroux


A fantastic neighbourhood cafe full of delicious, nutritious salads, brunch menu, cakes and more, beautiful coffee and juices.

Hawke Scout Hall


A charming little boat shed that is the ideal quiet waterfront venue for meetings, functions or theatrical performances.

Local Schools

* While every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed is accurate, please check details directly with the school before making decisions based on this information.

Primary
Intermediate
Secondary
Richmond Road School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
113 Richmond Road
09 376 1091


Westmere School (Auckland)
Years 1-6
Co-ed
81 Garnet Road
09 361 0014


Bayfield School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
2-12 Clifton Road
09 376 5703


Pt Chevalier School
Years 1-6
Co-ed
Te Ra Road
09 846 1359


Pasadena Intermediate
Years 7-8
Co-ed
Moray Place
09 846 2169


Ponsonby Intermediate
Years 7-8
Co-ed
50 Clarence Street
09 376 0096


Western Springs College
Year 9-15
Co-ed
Motions Road
09 815 6730


Auckland Girls' Grammar School
Year 9-15
Girls
Howe Street
09 307 4180



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Suburb Stats

Westmere


Median sale price in July 2022

$2,409,000

4% last month
4% same time as
last year

Monthly Trend

Total Sales in July 2022

100% last month
6 sales
20% same time as
last year

Monthly Sales