Hob­sonville’s 1000th home

North Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - AMY BAKER

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 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 had 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 more than 3000 res­i­dents. More than 4000 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.

‘‘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 flow-on ef­fects

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’’ to be in the 1000th house.

‘‘It’s just a re­ally com­mu­nity feel here. You don’t need to go far for any­thing.’’ far be­yond

AMY BAKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

Own­ers Bryce and Alyssa Far­row are liv­ing in the 1000th house built at Hob­sonville Point. Alyssa said it was a ‘‘big mile­stone’’.

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