Development Spotlight: Kōtuitui | Manukau

Ken Crosson home for less than $600,000

The conundrum facing nearly all first home buyers, especially in the Auckland market, is finding something that’s both affordable and that you want to live in. For many the term affordable housing conjures images of drab, dull and character-less houses that are miles away from anywhere that typical first home buyers want to live.

Kōtuitui is transforming this notion with unique homes designed by award-winning architect Ken Crosson for less than $600,000 with no restrictions to purchase. Located in downtown Manukau just 500m from the area’s emerging city centre, transport, shopping, eateries, bars and an immensely varied collection of recreation and services all within easy walking distance.

Architect Ken Crosson is renowned around the world with two of his projects featuring in World Architecture News as being among the six best houses in the world. In New Zealand, Crosson is best known for his acclaimed bach-style homes dotting the coromandel coastlines, as well as his stint co-hosting the television series The New Zealand Home.

In Crosson’s view everyone is entitled to quality housing, which drew him to designing these homes. The homes have been designed with subtle but distinctive variation resulting in individual buildings and homes with a sense of identity. The pitched roof design allows internal space to be maximised, while construction using solid and timeless materials ensures longevity and low-maintenance of your home.

Kōtuitui will comprise 61 two- and three-bedroom homes priced from $575,000 to $775,000. The purchase price includes a full whiteware package comprising a brand-new washing machine, dryer, fridge, heating and landscaping of the outdoor areas. The great thing for first home buyers about this purchase package is that it can financed through a mortgage on the property meaning you won’t be stretched to come up with the additional funds at move in.

Kōtuitui means ‘to connect’ – a name that was gifted to the development by local iwi Te Ākitai Waiohua, which sums up the vision behind the development. The site is directly connected to Manukau’s centre via Barrowcliffe Place, offering city style living in South Auckland, which is continuing to evolve.

The Government has identified Manukau as a regional town centre, meaning it will benefit from continued investment in infrastructure, transforming the area and creating an even more desirable place to live.

A major change programme is being led by Panuku Development Auckland with 600ha of Manukau Central and Wiri undergoing regeneration. Improvements include the new Manukau train and bus terminals, revitalisation of Hayman Park and Puhinui Stream, as well as rejuvenation of the town centre to include a raft of new shops, eateries and community facilities centred around Manukau Plaza.

From their home at Kōtuitui, CBD workers will be able to walk to the train station with a direct line to the CBD every 20 minutes. Those driving or busing to nearby employment areas will have easy access to motorways in all directions.

Of course, a first home is probably not a forever home, but at Kōtuitui first home buyers really can have it all.

A display suite will be open at 17 Putney Way for appointments from Wednesday 13th November.



Dustin Lindale November 8, 2019 First Home Buyer Property, Property Developments