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31 Mar

Living smarter, not larger


With New Zealand in lockdown and most people confined to their homes, you might think now is not the time to be talking about the shrinking Kiwi section.

I would argue the opposite.

Yes, we might be longing for the wide blue yonder and a return to all our favourite sports and activities, but there are a couple of lessons to be learnt from staying put:

1. We are lucky in Tauranga to have an amazing array of walkways within our immediate neighbourhoods.
2. A well designed home that makes the most of the available space is... everything.

Living smarter, not larger

The 'quarter acre dream' has been on the way out for some years now, as people are learning to live smarter, not larger.

With land at a premium in Tauranga, developers are becoming more and more creative in making use of available space.

Like this property at 2/107 Wharf Street, which sits somewhere between an apartment and a terraced house.

With separation between the homes, natural light is able to filter in from all angles. But it still has all the low maintenance, lock up and leave benefits of an apartment. All while taking in amazing views.

Apartment living is also becoming more popular here in the Bay. And, when you've got views like this, it is easy to forego that patch of lawn that needs mowing every couple of weeks.

This is the view from 6C Park Street, a 192m2 central city apartment, that is nearing completion. With 3 bedrooms, a media room, two decks, two basement carparks and plenty of entertainment on the doorstep, it's not hard to imagine trading a bungalow in the 'burbs for an inner-city lifestyle.

Being elevated means you can take in more of the view, while clever design features, like floor-to-ceiling windows, create a feeling of spaciousness.

And, at ground level, I am seeing a continuing trend towards smaller sections but with modern, well-designed homes that feature interconnected spaces and indoor-outdoor flow.

Like this property at 511 Gloucester Road, Papamoa.

Positioned on two amalgamated sections with a combined total of 648m2, this 3 bedroom home features a large, open plan living space that flows out onto a yard with a swimming pool and covered alfresco dining area. All the bedrooms are double sized with an ensuite, and there's a second lounge that different family members can utilise.

That's a lot of house for the size of the section! And, while there might not be enough room for a game of backyard cricket, here in Tauranga, a local park is never far away.

Overseas, in more populated countries, like the UK and Europe, people have a completely different relationship with their neighbourhood spaces. The local park is somewhere to connect with others and share a sense of community.

We are spoilt for choice here in New Zealand and it's not uncommon to go to a park, or stroll along your local walkway without seeing another soul.

But, over the past week we have seen people out in their droves making the most of what their neighbourhood has to offer. Yes, these are extraordinary circumstances, but we are learning there is much to be gained from making the most of the local facilities available to us.

As we become more populated as a city, and as our expectations change around what a traditional Kiwi home looks like, we can expect to see more and more offerings on the market that encourage us to look beyond our four walls.

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