Cowdy & Co.’s Lifestyle Division brings a truly local voice to South Island rural real estate, specialising in the Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson & North Otago regions.
Regardless of whether you are buying or selling, our experienced agents are able to provide useful and practical insights into the rural & lifestyle sales process.
From vast sheep and cattle stations to the semi-rural lifestyle blocks, Cowdy & Co. Rural are able to service all segments of the market.
When partnered with Cowdy & Co.’s other divisions, including Residential, Commercial and Property Management, our Lifestyle Team offers a comprehensive and knowledgeable service that is second to none.
Christchurch suburbs with a rural outlook
If you’re looking for the benefits of a rural lifestyle, with an easy commute to the city, then looking at a property in Tai Tapu, Rangiora, Clarkville, Halswell, Ohoka, West Melton, Templeton, Prebbleton, Rolleston, or even Lincoln can give you the rural outlook you’re after.
Buying a lifestyle block guide
Purchasing a lifestyle block or rural property comes with its own set of unique challenges. If you are moving from suburban living or a city apartment then you will have a new list of things to become an expert in. Here are just a few extra things you need to consider when looking at purchasing a rural lifestyle block:
Rates – When you have things like a cowshed or effluent pond on your property the local council’s rates can increase for your property, more than if you were in an urban environment.
Rubbish and recycling – City dwellers usually have the benefit of weekly, council arranged, curbside rubbish and recycling collection. This isn’t the case when you live rurally, so you’ll need to consider alternatives.
Postal delivery – Some rural areas will have a daily postal service so you can still get your early morning paper. However, courier deliveries are another story. Most courier companies will not deliver to a rural address and will instead drop packages at a local trading post (like a dairy or school).
Insurance – House and contents insurance is a must, but if you have crops or animals that you need to look after then consider some rural insurance cover.
Maintenance – Taking care of your fence line, gravel driveways or implements sheds is important to the integrity of your property. When you have more than the traditional quarter acre section, these costs can be far greater.
Livestock and pets – If you want sheep, cattle or pets on your property then you’ll need to consider where to put them. You will need to ensure you have the appropriate fencing and grazing as well as a way to keep them warm in winter (e.g. a barn, shed, or tree shelter).
Grazing and haymaking – If you have space for animal grazing but don’t have your own animals, you can look to rent out your spare paddock to pony clubs or locals requiring extra grazing. An alternative to grazing paddocks would be to grow grass for haymaking and arrange for someone to come and bundle it at the end of the haymaking season.
Schools – many country areas will have full primary schools (i.e. children go there from 5-12 years old) but often children will need to travel or go boarding when they reach high school. Read more about schools and education in Christchurch.
Supermarkets and shopping – Many rural areas have a local dairy, but some don’t so you may need to travel a bit further to your closest supermarket.
Fridge & freezer storage – Living rurally can also mean having to buy things well in advance, or stockpiling items (meat, for example). So make sure you have a large fridge and freezer to store at least a week’s worth of groceries for your household.
Transport – When living in a town or city, you can usually walk or bike down to the local dairy for your milk and bread. Living rurally, you’re more likely to have to drive to get your weekly groceries. If you’re a one car family, or your teenagers can’t yet drive, then you may need to investigate whether there’s a school bus service or suitable cycleways.
Browse our range of Lifestyle properties.
We list Lifestyle properties throughout the Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and North Otago regions. The Cowdy & Co. Lifestyle specialists are here to help you find a property with a rural outlook, assist you with purchasing a lifestyle block, or discovering a great rural addition to your farm or property investments.
Canterbury Lifestyle real estate resources
For more information on living rurally in Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region, check out these resources:
- Living in Canterbury: Find out what it is like to live in Christchurch and surrounding areas.
- Lifestyle block information
- Overseas Buyers information
- Schools and education guide
- Investment in New Zealand: Guide to investing in New Zealand for non-residents
- List of Christchurch suburbs
- Rates & Valuations Information