Hobsonville Pt hits housing milestone
The country’s ’’largest and fastest’’ residential housing project has celebrated the completion of its 1000th home.
Two first-time home owners at Hobsonville Point in north-west Auckland welcomed Social Housing Minister Amy Adams and Upper Harbour MP Paula Bennett into their house on June 1.
It is the 1000th to be completed and occupied.
Husband and wife Bryce and Alyssa Farrow have only been in their home for two days, but have been living in the area for the past three years.
They said they felt ‘‘lucky’’ to have found a house in Auckland, especially in Hobsonville Point.
‘‘We didn’t actually think it would be possible,’’ Alyssa said.
The couple purchased an Axis Series affordable home and had to enter a ballot and fulfil certain criteria to be considered.
They entered the ballot around four times over two years, and around a year ago found out they had managed to secure a house.
They lived with relatives and were also eligible for a KiwiSaver HomeStart grant to help get together a deposit.
At the opening event HLC chief executive Chris Aiken said the company was proud of their successful first home buyer programme and being able to create choices ‘‘below the median house price’’.
So far more than 1400 homes have been sold at the Point at an average price of $730,000.
Around 400 of these have been affordable homes, sold at or below $550,000.
Hobsonville Point is already home to residents.
More than 4,000 new homes will be built by the time the development is complete.
In her address, Adams said communities like Hobsonville Point were ‘‘really needed’’ in Auckland. more than 3,000
‘‘It’s not just about how many houses we are building - it’s about the quality of communities we’re creating.
‘‘Raising the standard has flowon effects far beyond Hobsonville.’’
She said the affordable housing was an example of the fact that liveable communities could be built in a way that was achievable for people.
The 167 hectare development was formerly an air force base and was given Special Area Housing status in 2013.
Alyssa said it was a ‘‘big milestone’’ being the 1000th house.