The second interview in a series of personal insights about why Wynyard Central is proving such a popular place to live. This week, we spoke to Alasdair Long, a lawyer specialising in property development and investment, and a soon-to-be resident at Wynyard Central. Having enjoyed inner-city apartment living in bustling downtown Chicago, he is excited about becoming part of the vibrant new urban neighbourhood of Wynyard Quarter.
What attracted you to apartment living at Wynyard Central?
When buying off the plans, the track record of the developer is a key consideration; particularly if you will live in the unit yourself, as that’s when we tend to be the pickiest about the finished product.
Willis Bond & Co has a reputation for excellence, not only for the quality of its buildings but also for the thought and planning that goes into every development they do. Their legacy of quality projects gave me the confidence to purchase in the earliest stage of the development.
How does the Wynyard Quarter location compare to others you’ve considered?
Auckland is evolving right now. The increasing investment by both public and private organisations means there are many new residential options to choose from, each with unique
benefits. Wynyard Quarter is in the early stages of its transformation so I’m buying the lifestyle on offer today as well as investing in the long-term potential of the zone.
The location is also ideal for me personally – convenient to dining, entertainment and green spaces, as well as transport links and a growing commercial hub. At this time in my life, a fast growing, connected and vibrant urban community like Wynyard Quarter is where I want to be.
You lead a busy professional life as a commercial property lawyer, what benefits will living at Wynyard Central bring?
Arriving at the office after 45 minutes of stop-start traffic makes the day a grind before it’s even started. Instead, from Wynyard Central I can start the day with an espresso from one of the local cafes, then a short walk along the waterfront to my office. I’m confident this will make handling the stress and rigor of a demanding profession much easier. Combined with being able to pop out at lunch to run errands, or go to the gym, the location will make my work-life balances skew a little more onto the life side!