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Channel: The Perfect Apartment Formula for Takapuna

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The perfect apartment formula for Takapuna: Willis Bond's high quality focus will be a winner at Eight Lake Pupuke Drive

For those looking for a high quality apartment in Takapuna, the Eight Lake Pupuke Drive development will be a great option. Willis Bond, well-known for high quality developments is behind the project that will involve the construction of 54 freehold apartments on the site that’s just a short stroll away from central Takapuna, shopping, cafes and restaurants, and the fantastic beach. Also on the doorstep is Lake Pupuke, great schools, the hospital, public transport and motorway connections.
Willis Bond project director and former New Zealand cricketer Roger Twose is leading the project for Willis Bond and is excited about the opportunity.


“We have been wanting to do a high quality apartment project in Takapuna for a long long time but getting hold of the right land has not been easy,” explained Roger when we chatted to him in late February. “We’ve found the right site and will be building 'Eight Lake Pupuke Drive' to meet the demand for high quality apartments in Takapuna. Availability in existing apartment options in the area are very limited, so we believe these brand new high quality apartments will be very popular.
“There are some really strong features that will appeal with the design as well. For example, ground floor apartments have their own private gardens. No doubt many purchasers will be downsizing from existing family homes so this will be a great option for those who want spacious apartment living and to retain a garden.”


Roger Twose explained that Willis Bond is only focused on the upper end of the market and on building quality apartments.
“We build high quality apartments that are a lot bigger than normal apartments. We place an emphasis on having a 2.7 metre stud height to ensure light is maximised through living areas. Acoustic performance is very important as well. All our apartments are designed to exceed building code acoustic requirements to ensure sound from neighbouring apartments is minimised. This is very important when providing high quality apartment living.”


Examples that showcase the Willis Bond commitment to quality include the multiple award winning $180 million Clyde Quay Wharf in Wellington, which recently won Supreme Award at the Property Council New Zealand Awards. Willis Bond was selected by Waterfront Auckland through an international design tender process to develop the residential component of Wynyard Quarter. The company’s current projects in the area, 132 Halsey and the first stage of Wynyard Central, comprise 164 residences which are now under construction. Wynyard Quarter is New Zealand’s largest apartment development and once complete will include 500-600 new homes.


Eight Lake Pupuke Drive comprises two buildings and 54 freehold apartments in a variety of sizes and configurations to a range of lifestyles. The development offers appealing mid-rise architecture that responds to the established residential character of its surroundings. The buildings are carefully positioned to optimise sunlight and views, and the site is extensively landscaped to create private outdoor spaces and a visually appealing street presence. Each apartment is designed to meet a minimum Homestar 6 rating for sustainability and energy efficiency.


The apartments include one, two and three bedrooms and are sized between 68sqm and 181sqm. There is a choice of homes with separate media rooms and studies, dual balconies and private gardens on the ground floor. Finishes include timber, engineered stone, and quality carpet and tiles. A neutral colour palette creates a calm atmosphere with timeless style.
Willis Bond has partnered with architect AECOM and lead building contractor Haydn & Rollett to ensure Eight Lake Pupuke Drive is designed and built to meet scrupulous standards. Willis Bond has a strong and established relationship with Haydn & Rollett, having partnered on projects for more than 15 years.


By 2040 Takapuna is planned to grow from 4,000 residents and 10,000 employees to 15,000 residents and 15,000 employees. As one of the first apartment developments in the area in seven years, Eight Lake Pupuke Drive signals a new beginning for Takapuna and sets the standard for future developments.


The apartments are priced from $695,000 for a one bedroom apartment, $985,000 for a two bedroom apartment with car park and $1,350,000 for a three bedroom apartment with car park.


The apartments are being launched to market this month with the opening of a display suite on site at 8 Lake Pupuke Drive in Takapuna. Typical kitchen, bathroom and living areas will be on display, along with a virtual reality video, a scale model of the building and images and plans of the apartments.

Willis Bond & Co is currently taking registrations of interest apartments and is partnering with Premium Real Estate.

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