City liv­ing moves to Cam­bridge

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Apart­ment build­ings, a long-time feature in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas around the world and only re­cently pop­ping up in Hamil­ton, are on their way to Waikato’s ser­vice towns.

Cam­bridge is at the sharp end of growth in the Waikato. The St Kilda de­vel­op­ment feeds the quar­ter-acre dream. The Lake­wood de­vel­op­ment over­look­ing Lake Te Ko Utu ful­fils the town’s com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial home as­pi­ra­tions.

And con­struc­tion will start in July on the lat­est de­vel­op­ment: a high-rise six-apart­ment block on Al­pha Street in Cam­bridge’s CBD.

Al­pha Street De­vel­op­ments spokes­woman Olivia Fraser said the town is tak­ing a step for­ward.

‘‘For a pro­vin­cial town, it’s new,’’ Fraser said. ‘‘Land is at a premium. Ideally, it’s a way peo­ple should go. It’s se­cure, it’s safe, it’s so­cia­ble.’’

Fraser grew up in Tama­here and af­ter a few years liv­ing abroad, she moved back.

‘‘As soon as I got here, I loved it. There is a real sense of com­mu­nity and there are some amaz­ing shops and some great restau­rants and I never would have thought there would be that stan­dard of cafes and restau­rants in Cam­bridge,’’ she said.

There are six apart­ment units in her Al­pha Street block. Prices range from $750,000 to $950,000. The build­ing is de­signed to fit Cam­bridge’s her­itage look and it has re­tail space on the bot­tom floor, as well as car-park­ing.

Waikato Univer­sity en­vi­ron­men­tal plan­ning Pro­fes­sor Iain White said the Cam­bridge mar­ket is de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive liv­ing op­tions as house prices soar.

‘‘It al­lows peo­ple to make dif­fer­ent hous­ing choices at dif­fer­ent stages of their lives.’’

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