New life for mo­tor inn

North Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - AMY BAKER

It was the first mo­tel in the Hob­sonville area, and now looks set to be the first life­style com­mu­nity for over-50s of its kind.

The Hob­son Mo­tor Inn, which was built in the late 1980s, now has around 20 units up for sale as part of a new hous­ing vil­lage for those aged over 50.

Bar­foot and Thomp­son project man­ager Iain Scott said the main hous­ing op­tions for peo­ple in this age group con­sisted of ei­ther down­siz­ing or mov­ing into a re­tire­ment-type vil­lages.

‘‘I think there is a bit of gap in the mar­ket that this is ful­fill­ing that doesn’t ex­ist in other places.’’

To move to the inn’s new com­plex, the prin­ci­pal res­i­dent must be more than 50-years-old. The choice of age group for the new de­vel­op­ment felt ‘‘right’’, Scott said.

Twenty of the 36 units are on the mar­ket, with one and two-bed­room op­tions avail­able. Prices are in the $400,000 range.

The units were ideal for those want­ing to downsize or for re­gional work­ers com­mut­ing to Auck­land a few days a week, Scott said.

Shared spa­ces, in­clud­ing a ca­bana, would be avail­able to res­i­dents.

A Hob­son Mo­tel Inn part­ner­ship spokesper­son said they hoped to see new res­i­dents form­ing a ‘‘lit­tle com­mu­nity’’.

The new res­i­dents were ex­pected to start mov­ing in by early 2018.

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