Suburb Spotlight : Grey Lynn

Founded in the 1880s, Grey Lynn is one of Auckland's oldest and most picturesque  suburbs.  It lies just 2.5km from the centre of the CBD and is populated with classic early 1900s houses known as villas, which combined with established plane tree-lined streets give the suburb a real heritage feel.  Many of these ornate wooden homes have been gentrified in recent years and whilst the street frontage is protected and preserved, the interior of many have been lavishly updated to accommodate modern living standards.

Grey Lynn demographics

Median age: 33.4 years

Ethnicities: 80.6% European descent, 9.4% Maori, 13.5% Pacific peoples and 6.7% Asian.

Education level: 48.9% have a university education

Unemployment rate: 4.1%

Median income: $43,700

Most common language after English: French

Source: 2013 NZ census

“Grey Lynn provides modern family living in a unique heritage environment just minutes to the CBD,” says Andrew Cosgrave, branch manager at Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn. “Leafy streets are home to classic turn-of-the-century villas with modern, sharp-looking low-rise apartment complexes appearing along the borders. The sprawling Grey Lynn Park hosts weekend sport, a summertime toddlers swimming pool, a newly constructed scooter/BMX ‘pump track’ and the annual Grey Lynn Festival. The park adds to the community feel of the area. Significant development in local and neighbouring schools such as Grey Lynn Primary and Western Springs College are making the area more attractive to young families. A short stroll to Ponsonby Road and the city beyond, Grey Lynn is well serviced by shops, cafes, bars and supermarkets, whilst maintaining a hip, arty, bohemian vibe.” 

About Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn

Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn is located at 533 Great North Road, in a central location flanked by hip cafes and restaurants. The team are supporters of Grey Lynn Primary School, Western Springs College, the Grey Lynn Business Association and the Richmond Rovers rugby team. To learn more about buying or renting in Grey Lynn, contact the team on 09 360 2323.

Grey Lynn property facts and figures

Average sale prices year by year  

Sale prices rose steeply between 2010 and 2017.



Age of houses (light blue) and apartments (dark blue)

The majority of Grey Lynn’s houses were built between 1890 and 1930.

Section sizes in square metres

The most common section size is between 400-500 square metres.



Average weekly rental by number of bedrooms 

Renters should expect to pay at least $403.81 for a one-bedroom property.



Property types

The majority of Grey Lynn properties are houses