Kelson is a quiet suburb that lies on the Western Hills and is connected to Lower Hutt by the Kennedy Good Bridge. Its convenient location to the motorway gives it easy access to Lower Hutt and Wellington.
Kelson reputation can be described as a safe, pleasant place that is reasonably priced. Many people start off in Kelson, and many renters stay on as owners. Kelson appeals to both home owners and investors because it is perceived to be a safe community-driven suburb that offers value for money, easy access to State Highway 2 and a high caliber of amenities schools and child care. The majority of Kelson houses are under 30 years old with many having extensive and amazing views of the Wellington harbour and Hutt Valley which are a treat to see when you are driving to work or walking at night in the summer time. The most sought after streets to buy in Kelson are Viscount Grove, Bedford Grove and Terrys Place (Dominion Post, C1, Sat 28 2010).
Kelson has its own kindergarten and two primary schools. One of the Kelson Co-education Primary School catering for students up to year 6 has a 10-decile rate with an emphasis on “buddy learning” and sports (Dominion Post, C1, Sat 28 2010). There is also an excellent public bus service operating on a regular basis leading to trains, schools and the Central Hutt. There is a community centre that puts on excellent events including fairs. There is a Four Square located near the bottom of the hill and a fish and chip shop which is handy to grab those last minute items you forgot to grab in the groceries!
Hannah is one of the newest members to join the Professionals Redcoats team and has lived in the Kelson area for years. When you are someone like Hannah who enjoys the thrill of the outdoors, you couldn’t ask for a better place to live:
“Kelson has easy access to the Belmont Regional Park; it is a great area for outdoor activities including mountain biking trail running, camping and so much more!” – Hannah Kilgariff.
The suburb expanded rapidly in the late 1970s with the subdivision of the land formerly owned by Taita farmer, George Kells. His son, William was the director of the firm that developed the suburb hence the name Kelson. (Dominion Post, C1, Sat 28 2010).