Its is interesting the different reactions you get from people. The people who seem to appreciate Titahi Bay , are generally those who don’t come from Wellington or even New Zealand. Nearby Whitby has always been a popular suburb for re-located English and Europeans, and some of them seem to realise that they can live next to the see, rather than just gazing at it from a distance, just by moving here.
The big new developments at Aotea and Papakowhai suggest that people will move for brand-new shiny, 5 bed, 4 bath, 3 car MacMansions. But generally Wellingtonians think we’re pretty mad, to be moving to Titahi Bay.
The reason is history. When I grew up in Wellington, in the 1970’s, Porirua was a rough town, and certainly not somewhere white people moved to if they had any choice. The big factories of the time (remember Todd Motors?) provided lots of factory work, and areas like Elsdon and Titahi Bay were known as Pacific Island and Maori suburbs, and rough with it.
Titahi Bay has always had large amounts of State Housing, as it still does. But long before it had state housing, it had holiday houses, it was a beach destination from the early 20th century, when someone set-up a horse-drawn buggy service from Porirua train station to Titahi Bay. Same story as Plimmerton. Plimmerton is further north than Titahi Bay, costs more to catch the train from, predominantly faces south, and yet the price for beach-front property like the one we just bought in Titahi Bay would be about three times as much.
The difference between Plimmerton and Titahi Bay? Plimmerton never had factories, or substantial numbers of State Houses. By any rational measure: accessibility, facilities, sun, Titahi Bay properties should be more expensive than Plimmerton ones!
I recall that it was only about 20 years ago when Breaker Bay was rundown with gang houses, and Karaka Bay had affordable real estate! I won’t be surprised to see Titahi Bay prices to go the same way in the next decade or so.