Tower tar­geted for luxury

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

An eye-wa­ter­ing $5 mil­lion pent­house apart­ment is in­cluded in plans for a luxury build­ing in Free­mans Bay.

It will be one of the most ex­pen­sive apart­ments ever seen in Auck­land.

New Zealand devel­op­ment firm Taw­era Group is in the process of pur­chas­ing the 15-storey for­mer Tele­com head­quar­ters on Hopetoun St to con­vert into an 18-storey apart­ment com­plex.

The 15,521 square me­tre site over­look­ing Auck­land Girls Gram­mar School will fea­ture 119 units start­ing at $390,000.

It will be known as the Here­ford Res­i­dences and in­clude a concierge door­man, li­brary, gym, the­atre and in­fin­ity pool over­look­ing the har­bour.

The ex­trav­a­gant pent­house will have four bed­rooms and bath­rooms, a the­atre, spa pool com­plex, pe­tanque pit and bad­minton court.

Bay­leys Auck­land apart­ment spe­cial­ist Trent Quin­ton says most of the buy­ers are ex­pected to be owner-oc­cu­piers.

There is an in­creas­ing de­mand for high-end luxury apart­ments fol­low­ing sev­eral years of apart­ment build­ing in­ac­tiv­ity, he says.

This will be the first apart­ment block in New Zealand to have its own concierge, Quin­ton says.

‘‘That concierge will be far more than just a door­man. It is en­vis­aged they will be the per­sonal or­gan­is­ers for res­i­dents, or­gan­is­ing ev­ery­thing from restau­rant book­ings and show tick­ets through to dry clean­ing pick-ups and even car valet­ing.

‘‘Auck­land’s com­mer­cial zone has been ge­o­graph­i­cally pulled seaward over the past four years with new pre­mium-grade of­fice premises in and around Brit­o­mart, at North Wharf and with huge devel­op­ment along Fan­shawe St.’’

Go­ing up: An 18-storey apart­ment build­ing is in the works for Free­mans Bay.

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