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Auckland’s new waterfront lifestyle unveiled

The first stage of Wynyard Central and 132 Halsey will provide 164 new homes varying from apartments to townhouses with the first completion date expected to be mid 2017.

Unlike most apartments in the Viaduct, the development has a prepaid ground rent for 128 years from the start of construction.

Once a buyer purchases an apartment they will not have ongoing leasehold payments because their purchase price covers the lease period.

Willis Bond & Co managing director Mark McGuinness says the precinct is an exceptional blend of city and waterfront living, combined with the highest environmental and sustainability standards.

“These two projects are of a very high standard. The buildings are intergenerational, built to last the test of time for communities that can truly live, work and relax in the unique surrounds of Wynyard Quarter’s marine and maritime environment.”

Project director Roger Twose says the separate projects provide flexibility with the mix of apartments and townhouses of various sizes and price points.

“The waterfront location is unsurpassed in terms of neighbourhood amenity and proximity to the Waitemata harbour and CBD – a perfect solution for those looking to downsize or lock up and leave.”

Twose hopes Wynyard Central will become a innovation precinct and believes in the importance of connecting areas such as Victoria Park and the Waterfront businesses to the area.

The importance of sustainability and environmentally friendly homes has already been proven by Willis Bond & Co with the upmarket Hobsonville Point development – and this project is no different.

The energy-efficient buildings are constructed from enduring materials, finished with close attention to quality and detail, with inclusions such as rain water harvesting, and gas free Miele kitchen appliances in order to avoid burning fossil fuels.

The buildings are designed to optimise natural ventilation and lighting with natural light flooding in from both ends of the apartments

Both projects are the first of their type and scale in New Zealand to target a Homestar 7 rating for sustainability and energy efficiency.

The recently opened residential display suite on the corner of Daldy and Madden St is an impressive gallery where potential buyers can view animated fly-throughs of the development, scale models and layout plans.

On either side of the gallery, buyers are given a taste of what a fully-furnished full-scale section of an apartment in both 132 Halsey and Wynyard Central will look like.

The first stage of the Wynyard Central development offers a mixture of 113 apartments and townhouses designed by Architectus.

All apartments and townhouses are individually designed with a wide range of layouts catering for different lifestyles.

Athfield Architects are the designers behind the premium waterfront complex 132 Halsey on Halsey St, the more luxurious complex.

132 Halsey will be a collection of three buildings connected by a central plaza comprising of 51 apartments that provide expansive views of the city’s skyline and Viaduct Harbour.

Not only will 132 Halsey comprise of residential apartments, a boutique movie theatre, gym facilities and business centre but the ground space will provide retail spaces.

It is apparent in both developments the importance of space, with cavity sliders, multi-use rooms, plenty of storage and balconies, Twose says this was a key feature in the design of the development.

Sales to the public officially opened at the end of April and a number of apartments and townhouses have already sold.

Viewings are by appointment only and can be made through the websites

Recently graduated from AUT's journalism undergraduate programme, Catrin has a unhealthy love of dogs, sun, beaches, and coffee. She's also Welsh and proud to let you know it.

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