Rototuna can be quite expensive as well as flagstaff because they are new suburbs. If you wanted to be in that area then chartwell has older houses that may be a bit cheaper.
The areas to be careful of are Fairfield and Nawton and areas of melville they have cheaper houseing but that is because they are areas that tend to be lower class IYKWIM.
I am extremely biased because I live there but I really like Dinsdale/Frankton as an area to live. It is mid-lower class in Frankton and middle class in Dinsdale hills. It is close to town and has some nice schools depending on where you rent. Pukete is really nice too and would be in the slightly lower price range.
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