Queenstown Commonage Villas

Best View in Queenstown

So, while waiting to buy a house in the area, I spent a massive amount of time here at the Commonage Villas. My family rented two different villas over an extended period of time, and we were completely blown away. As you can imagine, a good view and convenience is very important to me, and this is The Best!

The villas are 3+ stories tall, so there are great views from all the levels (especially the top). I took a ton of photos at various times of the day… other times, I would just sit and stare out the window with a cup of tea. About once a day, I would walk down to Queenstown (it’s a short walk) to get coffee or a meal… quite idyllic, really! Anyway, if you are going to Queenstown and looking for a place to stay, I definitely recommend these villas.

These villas are also for sale. I met the guy that works there and said I would pass along his info if you want to find out more – contact Ross Marett at [email protected] for more.

Daily Photo – The View

And here is one of the thousands of photos I took from the balcony at sunset one evening. The whole family was just getting into the car to drive down to The Cow for dinner, and then this sunset started to happen! So, it was one of those elongated, “Oh just wait five more minutes!” while I kept extending it another five minutes as the sky got better and better! We ended up being delayed about half an hour to dinner, as you would expect. But once the kids had their giant loaf of garlic bread, everything was good again!

The View

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  • And what a view it is Trey! Beautiful landscape and the sky is simply stunning.

  • Casper van Zyl

    As Peter said its stunning,this is a WOW from me even though we have seen this view before ,but never this crisp and such a clear day.What a lovely little town.Sometimes dinner can wait,if someone else is cooking, it will still be fresh and i love my garlic bread.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks – and I could have taken this almost any evening from there! πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe yes – dinner had to wait this time! πŸ™‚

  • Awesome shot
    Trey, and I love the pizza at The Cow! The ‘slab’ of homemade garlic bread is to die for! I’m surprised you still managed to get a table πŸ˜‰

  • Trey Ratcliff

    The slab! πŸ™‚

  • New Zealand has been on our dream/wish/to-die-for list for a long time. Queenstown in particular. You just nudged it all the more higher in priority.
    …now I just have to find out if my MacBook is insured against water damage from tears of “jealousy”.

  • susan ratcliff

    Oh wow! Love this – it’s sooo beautiful there! Thanks for the new wallpaper Trey! πŸ™‚

  • Ignacio Garcia Losa

    Trey, this is a really nice view of Queenstown, but you must have messed up something in the post-pocessing, as all the cars are on the wrong side of the road.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    hehe I know… those crazy brits, messing up everything!

  • Trey Ratcliff


  • A symphony in pink! Lovely to see Queenstown in colours other than the touristy postcard green and blues πŸ™‚

  • Bob Prangnell

    My theory of great views (which you are free to disagree with) is this : it’s pointless to live in a place with a really great view. Why? Well for a start, it’s expensive. Ask Trey how much it costs to rent at the Commonage and you’ll see. But that’s not the main reason. No, the main reason is that you get used to it. It might take a while, but you will, and it will seem commonplace and “boring” even. And it’s silly to plan your life so that you get bored with a great view. Better to live just around the corner from the great view, so you can enjoy it easily, but so it’s not “in your face” all the time. Sure, your friends will be super-impressed with your view, but they will enjoy it more than you do. (For some people the ability impress other people is all that matters!) I know this all because I once lived in an apartment with a to-die for view in europe somewhere. I’m really glad I leaned this fact – it’s saved me from things like living on the top of hills with great views, but also strong winds and high prices (unless you have an unlimited supply of money there are always better things to spend your money on..)

  • Great view is right. Wow!

  • Andrea Boyle

    Wow, beautiful clouds and scenery! Great photo… But what is that big field in the lower right corner? Just curious.

    My husband & I ended up buying a house just 10 mins north of the touristy “Iconic” magnet in Oregon. It saved us about $100,000 (U, S. dollars) at the time in costs. Ultimately, you have to travel a bit in the car anyway for a view around here as we are in a great valley, so it all works. We never thought of buying in the “view zone” as we both wanted to be about 5 minutes from work. I’d say we are about 5 minutes away from awesome valley scenery. My camera is always packed and ready for the next best sunset from the closest hill!

  • stop …stop…you’re making me hungry … a ‘slab’ and a view … geezzzzzzz
    beautiful shot–amazing what you can get from those pixels :>)

  • wrong!
    I have lived in a few places with awesome views, I never once got bored with it, in fact I miss the views now I’m living on the flat. Bring back the views I say πŸ™‚

  • Looks like a great vacation spot!

  • Wow, what a beautiful view and sunset!!! How nice you get to see this from your house!!!! Thanks for sharing. I’m still waiting for photos of your new home πŸ™‚ Have a great day!!!!

  • The big field is the sports ground. It’s multiple purpose. Used for rugby matches, landing zone for paragliders and camping ground at New Years Eve.

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Trey Ratcliff

    Yes – we watch that field a lot… everything happens there!

  • Trey Ratcliff

    This sounds like a Karl Pilkington viewpoint

  • Andrea Boyle

    Thanks, Peter!

  • Gina

    Wow, that picture is stunning! Love the pink sky. It looks like a modern day Lord of the Rings.

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