Classic Developments’ project sales manager Mark Hooper was rushed off his feet by Omokoroa residents when he opened the Kaimai View sales office on Omokoroa Road.
They weren’t there to buy at first. They were concerned about the Special Housing Area that is part of the development. They were worried he was building a shanty town.
“That’s what they were all worried about,” says Mark.
He relates how he persuaded one concerned local to send him inquiries. The man’s house was on the market for $1.2m. Mark told to send him anyone looking for a $550,000-$600,000 plus house and he would send him any Kaimai Views inquiries for homes in the $1m plus bracket.
But as a result of the talks with the locals many of the sites in the development have been snapped up by Omokoroa people, including the affordable or ‘foundation’ houses that make up 50 per cent of the development.
“They are coming in with quite substantial deposits with the Kiwisaver First Home grants. It makes such a change to people’s lives.”
The locals are buying because they can stay close to home and extended family, says Mark.
The older buyers wanted to move away from the bigger section and the younger buyers want to be able to buy into their first home.
The under $550,000 houses look the same as the over $500,000 houses. The same claddings, double glazing and internal fixtures and fittings, says Mark. The difference is in the size, and a few things like a different grade of the same brand flooring, plumbing a dishwasher but not fitting it.
“That saves $1000,”
The first 18 lots have sold and the second stage of the development is opening next week. Mark’s got 25 sections and a list of about 60 inquiries to work through.
District mayor Gary Webber and Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller joined Mark on site today marking the foundation’s build-ready status for the three bedroom show home.
The development is a collaboration between the developer, the district council and the government. Todd says the Special Housing Areas are a result of the community concern about the need for more housing.
At Kaimai Views there are enough ‘foundation’ sites blended in with the higher priced houses to qualify the development as a Special Housing Area, which enabled the district council to fast track the development through the consenting process.
It’s a process Todd says is working well and provides a solution for the housing shortage. In Christchurch balancing the supply and demand is resulting in stable rents and prices, Says Todd.
Garry Webber says Omokoroa is popular because of its amenity, close to the developing walkways and harbour, and with commuting distance of Tauranga and Katikati.