Words CARRIE SONG
Ever dreamed of owning a house which offers a delightful combination of modern urban living and striking outdoor landscapes? More often than not, you have to choose which of the two is more important—you simply cannot have both in one single house.
Lakewood Townhouses make the impossible possible. Lake walks, cycle paths, gyms, a cinema, numerous eateries, supermarkets and shopping are all within easy reach.
Situated on the prestigious northeast edge of the Lakewood Cambridge complex, with elevated views across Lake Te Koo Utu Reserve and the hills beyond, there is little doubt this is one of the best sites in central Cambridge, officially one of the most beautiful towns in New Zealand.
The enviable location would likely explain why only two of its 20, three-storey freehold dwellings are still available, despite having been on the market less than five months.
The townhouses are the “the final piece of the puzzle” says Blair Currie, Director of Black & Orange, who bought the townhouse site last year which is part of a $50 million development which includes hospitality, retail and office spaces and a hotel. Black and Orange are a multi-award-winning commercial and residential property development company based in Hamilton, who recently completed the Parkhaven space on Tristram Street. The company proudly focuses on delivering developments that contribute positively to the communities they live in and always aim to deliver projects with not only positive commercial outcomes but that stand the test of time.
Blair believes that people can appreciate the quality, not to mention the beautiful design and location. With each townhouse purposely built and designed around residents’ experience, there is everything to help make their life easier, and so much more. “We’ve avoided this being a rental development,” says Blair, adding that “this is about people coming to live”.
And it seems they have hit a winning formula with buyers being their second sales team as they introduce their friends and family to the opportunities at Lakewood.
The option to be able to lock up and leave—live in Cambridge for four or five nights a week and then get away over the weekend is attractive to some, while others simply enjoy the fact they have the beautiful Lake Te Koo Utu reserve right on their doorstep while not having to mow a lawn.
Nestled above the lake, this stunning development is like nothing else on offer in Cambridge. The three-storey townhouses feature generous open plan living areas and are a mix of either three or four bedrooms with double car garages as well as 15 visitor parking spaces. Finished with premium detailing by talented local Cambridge companies, including HUS and DesignMarked, the interior and kitchen designs are standouts.
The 20 high-quality townhouses are all designed to take in the natural surroundings, and this stretches beyond just creating beautiful picture windows to take in the view. The project, which Blair says “started with a what was really a wasteland” has been aided by an excellent relationship with Waipā District Council, which recently confirmed its plan for Lake Te Koo Utu and its reserve to enhance biodiversity.
Such efforts are already paying dividends with the birdsong now part of the soundtrack of Lakewood.
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