an elevated, green sanctuary with stunning views
Less than 10 minutes into the city by car but feeling like you’re out in the country, Highbury is popular amongst university educated home owners who enjoy their privacy and a leafy setting. Many homes here enjoy stupendous views over the city and harbour. It’s one of those areas that you probably know little of, but once you live there, you might never leave.
Best suited to
Privacy seekers, nature lovers, university staff
Well educated, or at least on the way to being well educated, the typical Highbury resident is university educated, has an appreciation for music and the arts, and normally loves nature. The leafy surrounds of Highbury attract those that enjoy the green backdrop and privacy of large native gardens. Statistical data sets for Highbury are confusing as they include parts of Aro Valley. Highbury itself has an older population than Aro Valley. Homeowners prefer a quieter life than those in the valley below. The area is dominated by those of European ethnicity - about 90%. Interestingly, almost 70% of residents here have never married. Compare this to parts of Karori, just across the other side of Zealandia, where only 35% have never married. A good number of Victoria University staff live in Highbury, as it’s a short commute to the university’s Kelburn campus.
Apart from some localised, early 1900’s cottages and villas, most housing in Highbury developed from the 1950’s. The area has a wide north east aspect and many homes enjoy panoramic views over Wellington City and the harbour. The land here is mostly steep, necessitating well engineered foundations. Older homes are often are set on the easier accessed sites, with quirky modern homes on the steeper faces. Almost all are hidden in leafy surrounds. The steepness of sites here often precludes extensive gardening and most locals appear happy to allow the native bush to do it’s natural thing here.
There are no local shopping services in Highbury. The closest services are in the Kelburn shopping village, about 5 minutes drive to the north.
There are no local schools in Highbury. The closest primary school is Kelburn Normal School about 5 minutes drive to the north. The nearest secondary schools are located in the city (Wellington High School, Wellington College, Wellington Girls) or Samuel Marsden Collegiate in Karori.
George Denton Park and Polehill Reserve are set to the south and eastern flanks of Highbury. These gully areas were once covered in native forest, cleared for farming upon European settlement and have slowly regenerated back to native plant reserves since the 1980’s. The gully’s provide numerous walking and mountain biking tracks. Highbury adjoin the Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary on its eastern side. This 225 hectare sanctuary is surrounded by a predator fence that helps protect a number of endangered or regenerating species including Tuatara lizards, 40 native bird species and native freshwater fish.