The Whitby housing market has remained relatively immune to price slumps, with demand matching supply and the highest number of sales of any suburb in Porirua. There's no need for superlatives about value for money, because the figures do the talking. A roomy three-bedroom family home on a 600-square-metre section in an established Whitby neighbourhood goes for around $400,000, while in Wellington City commuter suburb Karori you'd pay closer to $550,000. Because protective covenants ensure the houses and sections in Whitby's older area are uniform, it makes house prices easy to estimate, in one street they may all go for bang on, say, $410,000.
Entry level prices are $230,000-250,000 for a two-bedroom townhouse (though there's a shortage of these) and detached homes don't come cheaper than $290,000. The cheapest area is probably Postgate, where Whitby transitions into Ascot Park.
Homes start at $450,000 in Whitby's eastern subdivisions, with most selling in the mid-late $500,000s, and some topping $700,000. And there's no rest for builders framing up and fleshing out house skeletons on one-off contract builds, as dozens of sections of various sizes and prices progressively come up for sale. Major new developments Silverwood Residential Estate, Parkview and Staithes Drive are well underway, while the Duck Creek subdivision will slowly transform into residential housing over the next decade next to a new commercial area including a New World supermarket. However these subdivisions are in no way the most expensive areas in Whitby; that title belongs to the front corridor facing the inlet, where designer homes go for as much as $1 million+.