The fifth interview in a series of personal insights about why Wynyard Central is proving such a popular place to live. This week we spoke to future residents Nick and Sarah Collins, who say their professional expertise influenced their decision to buy a Wynyard Central townhouse.
What attracted you to townhouse living at Wynyard Central?
We currently live in our 1920s Remuera bungalow. The children have left home and the two of us rattle around in the 240m² house. The gardens are extensive and consume much of our spare time, so it’s time to downsize to a home that is well designed and will meet our future needs.
We were attracted to the Wynyard Central townhouses with their funky and clever design, ample outdoor space and outlook onto Wynyard Park. The location is ideal, being close to work, public transport and the ferry to Waiheke.
How did your professional expertise influence your decision?
Sarah is a landscape architect and appreciates the detailed planning which has gone into Wynyard Quarter, with its well-networked open space. She’s looking forward to being able to walk along the waterfront to attractions like an outdoor cinema and markets.
Nick is CEO of Beacon Pathway, a not-for-profit agency focused on enabling New Zealand homes & neighbourhoods to be more sustainable. For him, location was critical; he’ll no longer need his car to get to work. Design and specification to meet Homestar 7 was also important, as he believes it should be a mandatory minimum for all new housing in Auckland.
Having Architectus as the architect was an added bonus and the townhouse design reflects their innovative approach to central city living. We also know that developer Willis Bond has delivered quality medium density living in Wellington, which added to our confidence in buying off the plan.
What are you looking forward to about living at Wynyard Central?
Proximity to a great variety of good restaurants and entertainment, no more lengthy car trips to work and no more lawns to mow or weatherboards to paint!