River and har­bour views from con­tem­po­rary apart­ments, writes Donna McIntyre

Weekend Herald - - Homes -

The Verge apart­ments be­ing built next year in Mt Welling­ton are a re­flec­tion of the sub­urb’s growth as a busi­ness district.

The de­vel­op­ment at 64-66 Hill­side Rd, Mt Welling­ton, Auck­land is also the only new com­plex in the sub­urb that will have a view of the Ta¯maki River and the Manukau Har­bour, says Troy Rashid, group mar­ket­ing man­ager for de­vel­oper, Du Val Man­age­ment.

“They will in­tro­duce a new level of apart­ment liv­ing to the grow­ing sub­urb of Mount Welling­ton. It's the per­fect so­lu­tion for owner-oc­cu­piers and in­vestors.

“We've also had strong in­ter­est from first home buy­ers, which we be­lieve is driven by lo­ca­tion and its prox­im­ity to din­ing and re­tail precincts.”

He says Mt Welling­ton's growth as a busi­ness district is also driv­ing a con­tin­u­ous growth in the area’s pro­fes­sional pop­u­la­tion.

“We're see­ing large com­pa­nies like Coca Cola Amatil and more re­cently ANZ back this sub­urb as a place to op­er­ate.

“With the in­tro­duc­tion of No1 Sylvia to the area's pro­fes­sional landscape, the ex­pan­sion of Sylvia Park, the re­cent up­grades of the sub­urb's ar­te­rial routes and trans­port links, we're not the only peo­ple who see the po­ten­tial in this area.”

“Verge's prox­im­ity to Sylvia Park and its vast re­tail and cuisine of­fer­ing is a huge pull,” he says. “For in­vestors, it's not just the ten­ants’ life­style they're think­ing about, they can pic­ture them­selves liv­ing at Verge which is why we be­lieve there will be a lot of po­ten­tial for owner-oc­cu­piers.

“The de­sign and specs are sec­ond to none and it serves an up­mar­ket au­di­ence, pre­vi­ously un­tapped in Mt Welling­ton.”

Rental ap­praisals have sug­gested the apart­ments could bring in a weekly rent of up to $680.

The 59 two-bed­room apart­ments will be in two build­ings of up to five lev­els, grouped around a com­mu­nal court­yard. The build in­cludes steel frame, metal cladding. painted con­crete pan­els, dou­ble-glazed cur­tain walls and metal deck­ing. Prices start at $649,000 and vary de­pend­ing on the apart­ment type and view. Prices in­clude de­signer kitchen, ap­pli­ances, a heat pump and can in­clude a fur­ni­ture pack­age.

All apart­ments have one bath­room and in­te­ri­ors mea­sure at least 62sq m. Each unit has an out­doors area. There are 43 car parks for the com­plex, de­signed by the Archi­me­dia Group.

The north-south ori­en­ta­tion of the build­ing means each apart­ment will have north, east or west-fac­ing views. East-fac­ing apart­ments look to the Tamaki River; north-fac­ing views reach be­yond the river en­trance to as far as Ran­gi­toto, Mu­tukaroa Re­gional Park and Ham­lins Hill; those fac­ing west look to­wards One Tree Hill and the Waitakere ranges.

Bar­foot & Thomp­son agent Charles Benedict says con­struc­tion of the Verge Apart­ments is a sign of how Auck­land's apart­ment mar­ket is com­ing of age in the outer sub­urbs.

Con­struc­tion is set to fin­ish in 2021.

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