Luxury real estate in New Zealand has grown in popularity in recent years as more and more overseas buyers discover how New Zealand can provide a lifestyle that is both modern and up to date, with a slower pace of life and far less stress. It's a great place to call home and to enjoy holidays.

There are plenty of outstanding places around the country to investigate, but one area in particular that is worth looking at if you prefer a warmer climate is Northland. The area of Northland, and more specifically the Bay of Islands, offers a sub tropical climate with stunning views, warm winters and plenty of excuses to get outside and enjoy the sun. The Bay of Islands is about 4 hours drive north of Auckland.

If you are looking at places of prestige then you'll need to keep your eye out for several features that make these places stand out. First of course is the location. Those in the luxury real estate market in New Zealand typically have their choice of amazing scenery. The Bay of Islands offers absolutely stunning beachfront and bay views, allowing you to indulge in a beach resort lifestyle all year round.

So where to look? We recommend you check out the coastal subdivisions located around the bays of Russell and Paihia. These suburbs allow you to live within walking distance of safe swimming beaches and fantastic fishing spots.

It goes without saying that you should ask all the normal questions when buying property, such as: How many bathrooms does the place have? Are there two living areas? How many bedrooms? Unless it is an apartment, you can expect it to be large in terms of size, with an easy and flowing layout.

Luxury real estate in New Zealand comes in several forms. You may want a beautifully appointed apartment with sea views, close to all the amenities, or perhaps a sprawling house, perfect for entertaining that captures both sea views with a rural outlook. Whatever you choose, it's important to look at how the home fits your specific needs. There may not be much point buying a large home if you've only got yourself and a partner to accommodate, unless you love entertaining.

If you are purchasing from overseas and want to buy a place without seeing it in the flesh at all, then make sure you get as much information as possible. Ask for videos and images, check it out on Google maps, and use people you know and trust to help you. Buying a piece of luxury real estate in New Zealand is well worth the effort – especially in the winterless north.

Source by Jan Madden