A couple of months ago I decided I want to live in Royal Oak, probably after graduation. I based this on the assumption I’d be working in town and the boy staying with Bantrans in Penrose. See Royal Oak is on major bus routes, isn’t far from the city at all (just past Epsom after Newmarket) and close to Onehunga/Penrose, has a small, crappy mall, lots of shops, Ollies, PaknSave, and One Tree Hill. In other words, about as handy as it gets!
But if he ends up working in Avondale next year I’m thinking more along the lines of Pt Chev. The western buses along there are always late but there are probably others, and they stop right outside work. It’s a hop and skip to Rosebank past Waterview (sort of) close to Mt Albert shops and Pak n Save, library, beach, the Pt Chev corner shops, and is just a nice area.
Then again, who knows what else could change in the coming year?