As the first three buildings in the Wynyard Central development rise, its developers are offering six two-bedroom apartments, which buyers could be living in this time next year.
They are in the Pavilions; three boutique four-storey buildings designed by Architectus, clad in timber and featuring roomy, west-facing loggias which overlook Daldy St Park.
The developer of Wynyard Central is Willis Bond and Co.
Project director Roger Twose says: "The structure is now very evident as it's rising above the ground. People can see these buildings and realise 'Wow, I can be living in there in 12 months' time'."
You'd have to have been stuck under a rock to have lived in Auckland for any length of time and not know about Wynyard Central and Wynyard Quarter.
Wynyard Quarter refers to the once industrial and port area surrounded by the Waitemata Harbour on three sides that housed the marine and fishing industries for decades.
Auckland Council owns 18.5ha of it. After an international design and tender process a council-controlled, waterfront custodian organisation chose Willis Bond and Co to develop the Wynyard Central area within Wynyard Quarter in a partnership project with them.
This multi-building development will be primarily residential buildings with retail spaces on the ground floor. Some 75 per cent of its apartments and townhouses have already sold off plans since being launched to market in April last year.
In keeping with this trend, the majority of the Pavilions' 25 apartments have already sold, with only six two-bedroom apartments currently available.
Twose says Pavilions buyers to date have been enthusiastic about the natural light and sun their west-facing apartment orientations will deliver and their generous covered balconies.
"They overlook Daldy St's linear park and buyers love the idea of looking out on to that green space."
These six two-bedroom apartments encompass a variety of layout options at various floor levels. Purchase price includes one car park. It also includes a 128-year ground lease fully pre-paid by Willis Bond with a guarantee of no ground rent payable throughout that period.
These apartments will have 2.7m stud heights, floor-to-ceiling glazing, engineered timber floors, 100 per cent New Zealand Ecowool label carpet and kitchens featuring top European appliances. They're designed to achieve a Homestar 7 rating for sustainability and energy efficiency.
Their walls, ceilings and floors will achieve superior levels of acoustic and thermal performance to Building Code requirements.
It is planned the ground floor of the Pavilion buildings will include a cafe and high-quality boutique shops and services running along Daldy St. The apartments will be accessed from a parallel lane off Pakenham St, lent picturesque European ambience by paving and planting.
Only a cluster of residents will share each building's entrance, lobby and lift-well.