Much of Pt Chevalier is situated on a peninsula, which stretches into the Waitemata Harbour and gives the area a feeling of being a bit apart from the rest of the city suburbs.
This is enhanced by the architecture of the suburb, which differs from nearby Westmere and Grey Lynn with their old-style villas. Many of Pt Chev’s houses are 1920s California-style bungalows or sought-after 1930s and 1940s art deco buildings.
The shops include an eclectic mix of cafés, many of which cater for today’s various dietary requirements, and there are loads of Indian, Thai and Chinese restaurants and takeaways to satisfy dinnertime tummy rumblings.
The shops also reflect the special architectural quality of the suburb, with the original 19th century homestead still in existence as the Pt Chevalier Community Centre. The Ambassador Bar, which was previously the area’s cinema and later the Ambassador Theatre, is a stunning 1920s building. One of the older buildings in the area is the Whau Lunatic Asylum (also known as Carrington and Oakley hospitals). Built in 1865 and restored after a fire in 1877, the building is now part of the Unitec campus.
Pt Chevalier has an abundance of local sports, social, cultural and children’s community groups, and a dedicated bunch of folk make up the Point Chevalier Historical Group.
Local schools typically have an excellent reputation, and schools zoned for this area may include: Bayfield School, Freemans Bay School, Grey Lynn School, Newton Central School, Pt Chevalier School, Ponsonby Primary School, Gladstone Primary School, Waterview Primary School, Richmond Road School, St Francis School, Westmere School, Marist Catholic School, St Joseph’s School, St Mary’s College, St Paul’s College, Pasadena Intermediate, Ponsonby Intermediate, Western Springs College, Auckland Girls’ Grammar School.
Go to the Ministry of Education's School Zones for more detailed information on school zones. You can search by school name or the address of the property you are interested in.
The Pt Chevalier blog posts
- Investors re-enter the property market. What does this mean for you? October 19th, 2012
- It’s officially a seller’s market. What does this mean for you? September 27th, 2012
- The Waterview Connection September 13th, 2012
- How to decide which suburb to buy a house September 13th, 2012
- Is this a bubble? August 13th, 2012