Retirement village owners & operators Chris & Jenny Stokes, who sold their interests in the Aria villages to newly listed retirement village operator Arvida Group Ltd in 2015, have come up with a different proposition for their hometown, Christchurch.
They lodged the resource consent application last week for the luxury Upper House Apartments at 108 Park Terrace, across the Avon River from North Hagley Park, and plan to build 4 430m² apartments & a 680m² 2-storey penthouse in the exclusive development.
Harcourts marketing agent Grant Chappell said the building would combine superior design & materials with innovative structural systems to ensure protection from natural disasters.
Mr Stokes said there was demand for generously sized properties with 5-star home comforts as well as the security, privacy & low maintenance of apartment living: “Multi-unit apartment blocks are everywhere, but Upper House has been developed with luxury & sophistication in mind.
“We want people to enjoy the benefits of an apartment without living in a shoebox. Upper House will be the only large format apartments on the market that are opulent, stylish & functional.”
The 3-bedroom homes will have 2.7m-high ceilings, climate control, open plan living, a media room, a home office, 2 basement parking spaces, storage, a car washdown area, bicycle parks and a lift.
“The outdoor terrace & garden is 50m², which is bigger than a double garage. With an outdoor kitchen & gas fire, it’s the perfect place to entertain friends or enjoy a quiet moment to yourself. The penthouse takes it one step further with a 105m² upper level including a rooftop terrace garden where you can enjoy endless views of the river, treetops, Hagley’s Lake Victoria & the snow-covered Southern Alps.”
Each apartment, designed by Daniel Sullivan and Kate Loader of Architects’ Creative, has a large European-style kitchen with walk-in pantry, breakfast bar & bench space.
The Stokes engaged structural engineer Orlando Barcena from Centraus and Christchurch soil specialists Geotech Engineering to design a pile foundation reaching to Canterbury shingle to ensure solid bearing: “The foundation & basement design use steel framing with buckling restrained braces, which means occupants are not only protected in the event of seismic activity but any damage can be quickly & easily repaired.”
They’re anticipating a 3-month resource consent process, enabling a construction start in September.
The apartments are priced from $3.25 million to $5.7 million for the penthouse.
Attribution: Agency release, Companies Register.