Subdivisions have emerged as a popular residential trend post-earthquakes, offering a convenient lifestyle and comfortable quality of life with wide appeal.
A key player in delivering so many of these new homes to the people of Canterbury has been local property development consultant, Landor Developments.
Few would have the same aptitude when it comes to understanding the paradigms of residential and commercial developments in relation to local topographies, markets, consents, councils and the like.
Founder and managing director Peter McClelland is a familiar face within Canterbury real estate, having been a past franchise owner of the very successful Ray White Merivale office. A strong background in economics and marketing completes a comprehensive foundation of knowledge and experience applicable to the development of local property.
Peter says the current reality of the New Zealand housing stock is that much of it is technologically redundant.
“We have hundreds of thousands of old houses that are cold, drafty and damp, and that stock is simply getting older and less suitable. A significant percentage of our housing stock would not pass a ‘warrant of fitness test’ that is applied to new builds.
“The well-publicised national shortage of housing stock is as much to do with the aging of our housing as it is to do with the absolute numbers. People, young and old, are demanding a modern solution,” Peter says.
Enter, the rise of subdivisions.
New builds are much warmer and drier than they used to be, and this is not simply because of better quality insulation, Peter says, but because of passive solar design, window joinery, cladding systems and ventilation systems.
Driving the appeal of subdivisions is the shift away from the ‘bigger is better’ trend to a much smarter use of space.
“I think that developments of the future will be integrated with less dependence on vehicles, where people can walk to services and shopping.
“This will be in part because of the aging population. Family units are becoming smaller and the need for very large homes will diminish. It will become more about quality than quantity,” Peter says.
An ideal subdivision is one that provides plenty of green spaces scattered throughout, as residents value trees and landscaping and that adds value to the homes, and has a mix of section sizes to cater for people at different lifestyle stages.
It should have connectivity, both within the development and to external amenities and services, which would ideally be within walking distance. This reduces the need for cars and the environmental footprint, and can potentially future proof the investment.
A good robust storm water solution is critical, as is fibre broadband, and roading design should provide for a sense of space and be aesthetically pleasing.
Covenants are important to protect buyers’ investment, but need to be flexible enough to provide for a range of lifestyle stages and not be over the top with silly restrictions.
Landor’s presence in commercial development has neither gone unnoticed nor unappreciated, and as a result of growth, a low-cost service of advising on private residential builds is evolving.
“This represents an independent view as to what to consider for a site…. Think twice, act once.”
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