|Average rent||$290 per week|
|(Three bed home trailing six months Dinsdale South / Frankton)|
|No. of Sales||89|
|(Jan - Oct 2014)|
Thomas Jolly owned a farm where Frankton stands today. It was an inhospitable swamp in 1860 but Thomas Jolly saw an opportunity. He gifted a portion of land to the Railways in order that they might bring tracks and a station to his land. In 1877 the Hamilton Station opened. Mr Jolly then proceeded to subdivide the land around the station which he named after his oldest son, Frank, who later became mayor. In 1884 the station was renamed Frankton.
After Jolly was gored to death by a bull, his family continued subdividing, and the area continued to grow with about 300 houses being built from 1902 to 1907 and over 80 trains passing through the station daily.
Frankton gained electricity in 1913 before Hamilton. However, Frankton needed sewage which Hamilton had so the two boroughs amalgamated in 1917. The sale yards were added in this same year but struggled to survive until the 1930s when they flourished and still operate today. During the 1920s a factory was set up at Frankton to provide pre cut timber for the explosion of railway houses in the area. Today the area has been somewhat preserved and is a great example of the railway villages that sprang up throughout New Zealand at the time.
In 1948 a tornado ripped through the suburb flattening many of the buildings. They were promptly rebuilt and industry flourished throughout the 1950s. Notable Hamilton businesses such as Gallaghers and Woolrest had their beginnings in the suburb which today sits on Hamiltons CBD fringe.
Real Estate & Architecture
The area has an interesting collection of character homes. Many of them are original 1920s railway cottages. They were designed on a garden city concept, with a house and garden in a close community oriented setting. The architecture is influenced from West Coast American bungalows while many have Georgian facades, bungalow period open eaves and decorative porches.
Lately a higher density housing policy has led the way for modern walk up apartment blocks particularly prevalent along Killarney Road.
The main shopping area of Frankton has moved towards a modern open-air mall. Shops of all types can be found including Forlongs, a large format department store. On Saturday mornings you can enjoy the cosmopolitan flavour of the Frankton Markets.
Restaurants & Cafes
The area plays host to a number of cafes and bakeries. A favourite is the Junction Caf in Commerce Street.
Sports & Fitness
Frankton excels in this area. There is a strongly supported bowling club as well as the Frankton Sports Club with squash courts and a keen rugby heritage. The club is based at Swarbrick Park where there are large open spaces. It also plays host to Hamiltons largest touch tournament on Wednesday nights.
Schools & Education
Distance from CBD
Catch the Route 8 bus departing from the transport centre in Tristram Street. First stop Norton Road with four other stops before Rifle Range Road. About a $12 cab fare from the CBD or walk the distance of about 2 kms.
Many people are attracted to Frankton for the nostalgia of the character homes. Its proximity to the city and shopping at Dinsdale is another draw card. The open-air markets on Saturdays offer excitement and variety shopping. Touch Rugby at Swarbrick Park is supported enthusiastically by many Hamiltonians.