In the not-so-distant past, the mere mention of terraced housing would have most of us drifting off into a depressing vision of row upon row of slate-topped, rain-drenched streets, accompanied by the dulcet tones of theme from Coronation Street. Thankfully, the reality of living in a modern terraced home could not be further away from the images of dingy, post-war Weatherfield. And right at the forefront of this new terraced-style living are the homes at Lyndhurst Street in Wai O Taiki Bay.

Unlike a flat or apartment, a terrace is still a house – meaning you own it freehold, without the hassle of having to deal with a body corporate or shared communal spaces. Think of a it as an affordable, low-maintenance alternative to buying a stand-alone home – but still with many of the benefits, such a privacy, spacious, light-filled living spaces, generous bedrooms on a separate level, internal-access garaging, and even your own private garden.

It’s well documented that terraced homes are also low maintenance and are a more efficient – and therefore cheaper to run – than their stand-alone alternatives. This is because they sit on a smaller footprint and more thermally efficient, due to reduced external wall space. Their dual-aspect form – large windows at either end of the living area – also provides good cross-flow ventilation and heaps of natural light.

The compact, low consumption living offered by this style of home is more than a passing trend – these days, for many homeowners, it is a lifestyle choice. Whether you’re buying your first or second home, downsizing from a large family home, or are simply looking for an easier, more flexible lifestyle, a terraced house may be perfect for you.

The Time is Right

The efficiency offered by terraced living is only half the story, however. Here in Wai O Taiki Bay, there is an opportunity to buy into one of Auckland’s most underrated and yet-to-be-discovered suburbs, located right next to Glendowie, and just a short drive (or cycle) to Auckland’s popular eastern beachside suburbs of St Heliers, Kohimarama, and Mission Bay.

Imagine living in a home fringed by nature reserves, with coastal walkways and cycle paths right on your doorstep, the cafés and restaurants of the ‘bays’ a few minutes’ down the road, and the city itself just a short train ride away. Unlike many of the other housing developments currently underway in Auckland, this is not a brash and soulless new subdivision. Instead, the redevelopment of Wai O Taiki Bay involves the sympathetic regeneration of a tightly held coastal community with thoughtfully designed homes that offer new residents a rare chance to secure their place in a neighbourhood that is re-inventing itself into one of Auckland’s premier suburbs.

Think about it, where in Auckland can you get a brand new, 180-square-metre, three-bedroom house, with two-and-a-half bathrooms and double internal garaging, plus superb uninterrupted sea views, yet be less than a 15-minute commute by train into the city – and all for under $1.2m, Wai O Taiki Bay, that’s where.

Don't Just Take Our Word For It.

With five of these seven terraced townhouses already sold, time is of the essence. Those who have already chosen to make Lyndhurst Lane home have all come from quite different backgrounds, however they all share the same desire to have a contemporary, more carefree lifestyle, and not be tied down by the traditional restraints of owning a freestanding home.

One young professional couple – a barrister specialising in property development and a doctor – have just returned to Auckland from years of living in Sydney, and said they were absolutely amazed that they could get such a large, well-designed home with sea views for their $1.2m.

Another couple, who had retired to a large home near Hamilton, decided to move back to Auckland to be close to their family, and also to be near their old stomping ground of St Heliers and Kohi. But they also wanted a brand new affordable home, with easy, low maintenance living. Their new terraced townhouse in Lyndhurst Lane has satisfied all their needs and more, saying that they’re loving the location and the easy lock-up-and-leave aspect of their new life.

Inside these homes, the new residents are equally impressed, with everyone commenting on the well-thought-out floor plans. They like the bedrooms and living areas being on completely separate floors, and also the quality of the light in living areas, thanks to the large walls of glass at each end of the room. And then there are the uninterrupted sea views from master bedroom – everyone loves those views!

For more information click here or to view these properties contact Louise Skinner on 021 461 811 email: louise@rawa.co.nz

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