Green city living brought to life

Property Development

Aucklanders can get a sense of what green city living will be like in Auckland’s Northwest with the opening of new Showhomes at West Hills.

The two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes are completed examples of the homes Universal is building in stage one of the 1100-home community.

Visitor numbers to the new community have more than doubled with the opening of the Showhomes, which include a two-bedroom, two-storey home, designed and built with first home buyers in mind.

A total of 94 new homes are being built in the neighbourhood near the Showhomes with the first residents scheduled to move in from October when the first stage one homes are completed.

Universal’s Sales Manager Mike Pearce says the opening of the Showhomes marks a major milestone for the development which is generating lots of interest both locally and further afield.

Our visitor centre and virtual reality tour have been really popular and gives people a great overview of the development, but with new homes open to the public, people can really see what medium density living in a new, purpose-built community will be like,” he said.

West Hills New Home Consultant Shelley Clark says, “the Showhomes reflect what it will be like to buy at West Hills. What you see is what you get. Everything is finished and taken care of. All you need to bring is your curtains – although the Showhomes have their own!”

The Showhomes will be open 11 am to 2pm every weekend, and are on a new road off Don Buck Road, Kapia Road. During the week, visitors are welcome, but should go to the West Hills information centre at 68 Fred Taylor drive to access the Showhomes.

Ms Clark says the two-bedroom Showhome may be the only one of its kind in Auckland. “We wanted to show the range of types of homes available in a medium density community like this,” she said. “Around 40% of stage one homes at West Hills are two-bedroom, designed to suit first home buyers.”

Although two-bedroom homes are becoming more common in the market, it’s rare to find two-bedroom Showhomes at new developments.

Ms Clark says a major appeal of West Hills is its proximity to the NorthWest Shopping and Community Centre which will include a bus hub as public transport links continue to improve.

Mr Pearce says early buyers at West Hills have loved the prospect of urban living, close to a major urban centre, the NorthWest Centre, but with Auckland’s West Coast beaches, vineyards and other outdoor activities so close at hand. “Now with our first new street and finished Showhomes, there’s a real sense of what is on offer here,” he said.