With Stage 3 of Fenchurch Park well underway, now is the perfect time to choose your next home in this burgeoning new neighbourhood.
Creating a new neighbourhood involves much more than simply building houses and hoping people will come. Sure, housing is important – and we’ll come to that later – but just as crucial is developing place-making initiatives that will generate a sense of community and well being, to assure people that they are making the right decision moving into the area.
This idea of creating social hubs around which a new community can grow and prosper is one of the cornerstones of the redevelopment of the Fenchurch neighbourhood in Glen Innes. Right from the outset, its new residents were asked about their needs and priorities. And as a direct result, a new early childhood education centre was established and the existing Scout Hall re-designated as a community hall – and re-named Te Whare Piringa, meaning Our Place, thus creating a social and activity hub for the new neighbourhood.
Right in the centre of the new Fenchurch community is Fenchurch Park, a micro neighbourhood of just 112 homes of various typologies that has just broken ground on Stage 3 of its master plan, conceived by renowned architects Jasmax. As its name suggests, this new community is being built around a central recreational park with a children’s play area at its core that has been designed to encourage communal activity and build a genuine sense of community.
Triangular in shape, Stages 1 and 2 are built along two borders of the park, with Stage 3 about to take its place on the final side, thus closing off the pocket park and completing the neighbourhood. The first two stages, comprising 29 and 27 new homes,are all built and are almost all sold, with only a few terraced homes in Stage 2 left on the market – see below for details of these homes.
Stage 3, due for completion in February 2020, has mixed lots of freestanding and terraced homes, bringing together the best of the most popular designs of the previous two stages. Designed with diversity in mind, the varied housing typologies in Stage 3 offer something for everyone – from affordable housing first-time couples, right through to established families looking for their next-stage home. There are freestanding, terraced and duplex-style houses, with two-, three- and four-bedroom configurations, ranging from one to three levels – some of which are expected to have clear sea views from the master bedrooms on the upper floors. So, there really is almost every combination imaginable.
One of the key selling points of the homes at Fenchurch Park is that they are all designed and built by GJ Gardner – a known and trusted brand that offers a 10-year Certified Builders Warranty for added peace of mind. GJ Gardener-built homes offer minimum standards that are over and above many of their competitors, with specifications and features you would normally find in million-dollar-plus properties. For example, they have higher and wider internal doors, wider-than-normal stairs and hallways, 2.7m studs, larger windows that let in more light… the list goes on. And although these upgrades may appear to be comparatively small when looked at individually, collectively they make a substantial difference to the quality of living for their new owners.
One of the advantages of getting on board early with Stage 3 of Fenchurch Park is that it gives you options when it comes to internal colours and materials, and also some of the fixtures and fittings, including upgrading items such as choosing an induction cook top in the kitchen or having double oven, etc. It also gives you the peace of mind you have secured a well-built home in a great new neighbourhood at today’s prices, which, given the volatility of the Auckland market, is money in the bank.
Ready to go, right now
If the homes in Stage 3 of Fenchurch Park sound perfect for you, but you don’t want to wait until February next year to move in, there are still five houses available in Stage 2 – three of which are in the prime position of facing directly out onto the park. These premium homes are also west facing,which means they capture the last rays of the day’s sun, making them light-filled and toasty warm in the winter.
There are two different typologies of houses available. Both are terraced, with three four-bedroom and three three-bedroom homes on the market at $935,000 and $829,000, respectively. All the houses have generous open-plan living/dining/kitchens and a small powder room on the ground floor, with the bedrooms and bathrooms on the first floor above. The three-bedroom homes have the added advantage of a handy study nook on the upstairs landing.
With Fisher & Pay kel appliances, engineered stone benchtops,cupboards right up to the ceiling, and a plumbed space for a fridge/freezer, the kitchens in all these homes are top quality throughout – as are the wide-planked hardwood floors on ground level and the fully carpeted bedrooms, hallway and stairs. And at 121sqm and 148sqm for the three- and four-bedroom layouts, respectively, the floor plans are generous, too.
Where is Fenchurch Park?
Located just over a kilometre from the multi-million dollar streets of Glendowie, and less that half that distance to the beautiful nature reserves of Wai O Taiki and Tahuna Torea, with their coastal walks and cycleways fringing the Tamaki Estuary, Fenchurch Park’s location belies its price tag.
The eastern beachside suburbs of St Heliers, Kohimaramara and Mission Bay are just a short drive to the north, and the same distance in the other direction are Sylvia Park and the Southern Motorway. And for those working in the CBD, Glen Innes station – 10mins by bus – is just 12km or a 15min train ride into the city.
Who lives in Fenchurch Park?
Stages 1 and 2 of Fenchurch Park have attracted a diverse demographic of new home owners. The result is real a melting pot of ethnicities, ages and backgrounds, which has lead to a diverse, yet tight-knit little community developing around the ‘Park’. Few of the new residents are local – with most attracted to this regenerated neighbourhood because of the quality of houses, the community based local amenities and schools, and of course Fenchurch Park’s coastal location and excellent transport connections to the city.