Hutt build­ing boom spreads

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS BOYACK

Fancy a house next to a newly up­graded park and within a stone’s throw of the Hutt River?

Lower Hutt’s Park View is the lat­est sub­di­vi­sion to hit the city’s red hot property mar­ket and it comes with a great view.

Stuff re­cently re­ported that Lower Hutt was un­der­go­ing a boom in new house build­ing.

Park View and an as yet un­named de­vel­op­ment near Avalon In­ter­me­di­ate, show the boom is spread­ing be­yond Wainuiomata, va­cant Hous­ing New Zealand land and the Western Hills, where most of the growth has been taking place.

Re­al­tor Kristin Davis said the sub­di­vi­sion’s name re­flected its unique lo­ca­tion over­look­ing Avalon Park.

The park is un­der­go­ing a $5.7 mil­lion up­grade and the land was sur­plus to re­quire­ments.

It is be­ing de­vel­oped by the coun­cil’s property com­pany Ur­banPlus, which re­cently fin­ished a 20-home de­vel­op­ment in Fairfield.

Re­al­tor Kristin Davis said prox­im­ity to the park was def­i­nitely the big­gest sell­ing point.

‘‘You get a life­style [block] type property view, yet you are in the city.’’

Al­though she thought the 140sqm prop­er­ties would ap­peal to fam­i­lies, she has had a lot of in­ter­est from older buy­ers.

There is a short­age of new sin­gle storey prop­er­ties on the val­ley floor and she said there was a strong de­mand for low main­te­nance prop­er­ties with a garden.

The two and three- bed­room prop­er­ties were sell­ing for be­tween $675,000 and $750,000.

Davis was con­fi­dent Park View would sell quickly. De­spite the num­ber of new builds across the city, there were still a lot of buy­ers look­ing for a new home, she said.

Avalon and the nearby sub­urb of Taita were once dom­i­nated by mar­ket gar­dens. Most of the gar­dens were sold for hous­ing in the 1970s and 60s. The largest pocket of flat land left is near Avalon In­ter­me­di­ate.

Prin­ci­pal Ian Hastie said the land was pur­chased by de­vel­oper Rudy van Baarle who planned to build 31 houses.

It will be ac­cessed via High St, re­quir­ing the re­moval of the school’s old swim­ming pool which had not been used for decades.

Re­al­tor John Ross said the houses would be a mix­ture of small and large houses that would be built to a high qual­ity.

He said there was a huge short­age of un­de­vel­oped flat land in Lower Hutt and he ex­pected the de­mand for new builds to re­main high.

The newly up­graded Avalon Park has been a big hit with kids, above and top right. Part of the cost has been met by the sale of sur­plus re­serve land.

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