Bethlehem Real Estate – Area Guide
Modern and thriving Tauranga suburb
Bethlehem is one of the most popular areas of Tauranga with broad appeal, modern housing and excellent access to other areas.
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Most of Bethlehem has relatively new housing as its transition from small town to a major suburb of Tauranga has occurred within the last 20 years.
Some of the first areas to be developed were on the Bethlehem College side of State Highway 2, around Beaumaris Boulevard and Orange Lane. Around these areas you’re more likely to find the houses set on slightly larger than usual residential sections. The development continued along Sterling Gate Drive, St Andrews Drive, La Cumbre (off of Cambridge Road) and Castlewold Drive. There are still some new builds and sections available off of Castlewold Drive and St Andrews Drive although these tend to be on smaller sites.
On the shopping centre side of SH2 are the Mayfield and St Michael subdivisions. These are more recent developments popular with those wanting newer houses but generally with smaller sections. St Michaels can come at a premium as many houses have inlet views.
Bethlehem is a sought after suburb and prices generally start at $400,000 and special properties can exceed well over $1m+. Recently Cambridge Heights was added to the Bethlehem suburb which was developed in the 1980s and is more affordable as is the Glencarron Estate off of Orange Lane.
For those wanting residential lifestyle properties with sections over 3,000m² then, with a few exceptions, you need to look on the Bethlehem College side of Moffat Road or further up Cambridge Road in Tauriko (e.g. the Westridge sub-division, River Oaks Drive, Miles Lane).
Bethlehem has broad appeal and is one of the most popular areas of Tauranga with a diverse and thriving community. It’s a relatively new suburb with excellent local amenities, schools, public walkways and reserves.
Families are drawn to the area by the excellent local schools like Bethlehem College but also proximity to other schools including Tauranga Boys and Girls and Otumoetai College. The superb local road networks also make the kids to their extracurricular activities a lot less onerous than some other parts of town.
Executive couples also like Bethlehem because of the diverse, impressive and modern range of properties on offer and again its close proximity to Tauranga CBD and the main road routes.
Bethlehem is also a popular choice for retirees given the broad range of accessible local amenities that include medical centres and easy access to Tauranga hospital. The excellent public walkways and reserves make Bethlehem a wonderful place to exercise in. Bethlehem has a broad range of retirement village options and suitable residential properties for retirees to choose from.
Different areas present different options. Which one is right for you depends on your personal preference for things like budget and proximity to the shops or schools. We would advise that you choose the area carefully either by driving around yourselves or making an appointment with myself or one of my colleagues…we would be delighted to show you around the area.
For general advice on how to get your property ready for market please see the dedicated selling section on our website. This is the most important thing as some simple things on presentation really can make all the difference.
For Bethlehem specifically really it comes down to pricing your property realistically against comparable properties in the local streets around you. Claridges can help you do this by providing an independent and unbiased appraisal.
Overall Bethlehem is still seen as a go to destination and this has been reflected in the average sale prices selling above rateable value. Those properties with a real point of difference – like a great view, attractive architectural design or good parking and garaging – can and have sold at a notable premium. Likewise, newer solid homes offering good garaging have also sold well.
However, quite a few properties in Bethlehem were built during what is considered to be the higher risk building periods associated with leaky homes. There is no point in ignoring this as prospective buyers certainly won’t. It is better to tackle this head on either with a strategy that will reassure these buyers or by a reflection in the asking price. Again, we can help you make the right decisions for your property.
Bethlehem has now become one of the go to suburbs in Tauranga and has gone through rapid development during the past 20 years. It is this newness that has general appeal with new, attractive properties, excellent public infrastructure in roads and walkways and well maintained reserve areas.
Bethlehem is situated just to the north of the Tauranga CBD and getting to town only takes five minutes. It is located on State Highway 2 so getting over the harbour bridge is also just a few minutes away. Or alternatively just head north towards Katikati, the Coromandel and Auckland. Likewise State Highway 29 is only five minutes away, the main route to Hamilton and Matamata as is Pyes Pa on route to Rotorua. You can see why many business professionals love Bethlehem as it is so accessible to just about everywhere.
The infrastructure and road links make family life so much easier in terms of getting the kids involved in those extracurricular activities. But the schools themselves are also very accessible. Bethlehem College is a huge draw card for family. This Christian, State integrated school caters for children of all age group on its most impressive campus and fantastic facilities including a wonderful performing arts centre and sports centre. It also has a teacher training college on campus.
There is also Tauranga Adventist Primary School just up the road which is also State integrated and the popular state Bethlehem School on the other side of SH2. But the key to Bethlehem is the choice it offers given the road links, as Tauranga has a great range of schools and Colleges to offer with Tauranga Boys and Girls and Otumoetai Colleges all very accessible.
Bethlehem is also well catered for with amenities. There are a range of smaller shops that are located on SH2 on what was the original town centre. This has now been supplemented by a modern shopping complex with a good range of shops including Countdown, bank, post office, pharmacy, boutique fashion shops, cafes, restaurants and a pub. There is also a medical centre.
Bethlehem has been well planned with some excellent reserves and walkways. Mayfield is served by the Gordon Carmichael Reserve. The 60-hectare reserve has being developed into an oasis of native plants and wetlands located between the Mayfield subdivision in Bethlehem and the suburb of Brookfield. More than two kilometres of walkways wind through this reserve including 230 metres of boardwalk lined with native plants. These walkways provide excellent walking and cycling links between Bethlehem, Brookfield and Bellevue.
On the other side of SH2 there are a number of smaller reserves including Beaumaris, Bethlehem Heights and Belvedere all with attractively planted natives and ponds.
Finally, we couldn’t talk about Bethlehem without mentioning Mills Reef Winery which apart from the obvious, has also become a renowned restaurant and host to many popular musical events. I can personally recommend it!