Waterloo is an eastern suburb of Lower Hutt Wellington. There are over 5000 people living in Waterloo which broadly extends east of the interchange to the eastern foothills and north from Waterloo Road to Guthrie Street (Dominion Post, 2011).
Waterloo was basically a rural area and evolved from farmland when the railway line reached in 1927. The extension triggered rapid residential development predominantly due to the completion of the railway extension. Waterloo Interchange is now the biggest train stations in the Hutt Valley and is handy to Lower Hutt’s CBD (Dominion Post, 2011). One of our top agents here at Professionals, Mark Phillips, says:
“The Waterloo area in my opinion is one of the nicest suburbs in the valley due to the established settings with mature trees, character homes with flat sections and the hills as your backdrop.”
This highlights the point that the beautiful tree-lined streets, character homes, architecturally designed homes, location, excellent public transport and close proximity/zoning for top, quality schools makes Waterloo a very appealing and popular suburb.
Mark Phillips says: “Most families who buy their homes in Waterloo tend to stay for a good number of years in the same home until their family needs change for a number of reasons; there are great schools of all levels relatively close by. You are on the main train line heading north or south every 15-30 minutes. There are a good range of local shops located on Trafalgar square which often become great meeting places for a number of the locals giving off a village type vibe. You are also only five minutes by car to the Westfield Shopping centre”.
Evidently, not only does Waterloo offer excellent public transport services right at its backdoor and its very own shopping centre, it is also conveniently close to the Westfield mall which is the North Islands largest mall outside of Auckland (Dominion Post, 2011). Westfield provides a wide range of shops to suit all your needs. Waterloo is also renowned for Trafalgar Park and its wide ranges of clubs from cross stitch to badminton and also its educational facilities including its own kindergarten, play centre and high decile primary school (Dominion Post, 2011).
Waterloo was named after the Battle of Waterloo, which the Duke of Wellington won in 1815 (Dominion Post 2011).