Strathmore faces north and west, so it's orientated to capture great sunlight. If you look over at Strathmore on a sunny day you'll see that it will be bathed in a sunny glow. Other Wellington suburbs can struggle with this, so if you like the sun this could be the place for you. Those parts of Strathmore that are set on the valley floor are usually sheltered too, so less of that bothersome, Wellington northerly.
Outdoor Recreation Options
There are a number of walkways set in the area. One of the most popular is The Eastern Walkway. This offers a well formed track which runs along the ridgeline before dropping down toward Breaker Bay. There are superb views from the walkway over the outer Wellington Harbour and Cook Strait.
You can pick up an ex-state house here for reasonable money. By reasonable I mean under the $500,000 mark. These will need renovating but they were solidly built and will take well to renovation.
Close to the Airport
Frequent flyer? The airport is set to the eastern edge of Strathmore. So it's perfect if you travel for work or like to get away regularly. Of course noise can be an issue. It's something that you get used to or you can take some preventative measures and make sure that your house is well insulated from the intermittent aircraft noise.
Strathmore has a diverse range of housing stock and, as a consequence, a diverse local population. Housing ranges from Government owned duplexes that are normally occupied by low income families, through to million dollar homes on the edge of the golf course. These extremes are only a few streets apart. At the local shopping strip you're just as likely to rub shoulders with beneficiaries as you are with business owners.
There is a busy and successful local shopping strip along Broadway, where you can find most of your daily needs. Miramar is a short distance to the north and here you'll find a wider range of services, together with the refurbished Roxy Cinema. Kilbirnie has even more shopping, only 5 minutes drive to the north-west.
The higher up you go the better the view gets here! It's possible to enjoy a 180 degree sweep that encompasses a view from Mt Victoria to the south coast. Within this view you'll see the waves breaking on Lyall bay beach, the sun setting over the South Island and the comings and going of Wellington International Airport. These are views that can be enjoyed both day and night.
Yes, flat land in Wellington! The lower regions of Strathmore are made up of housing mostly from the 1920's to the 1960's. Within these areas there are a wide range of styles to choose from. You won't get the views on the flat but it's a nice easy stroll to the Gypsy Kitchen cafe and other local amenities.