More homes planned for Bendemeer

Sarah Cairns
Sarah Cairns
Construction is expected to begin this month on three more concept homes at the Bendemeer development, near Arrowtown, in response to inquiries for ''turn key'' land and home packages.

Bendemeer marketing executive Sarah Cairns said the development's first concept home, known as the ''contemporary barn and lot 22'', was designed by Francis Whitaker, to reflect the form of the land and the rural outlook.

The additional concept homes, being built in response to market demand and to simplify the building process for owners, had been designed by architect Mason and Wales.

''We are seeing more inquiries for `turn key' land and home packages ... without the hassle of the building and consent process,'' Ms Cairns said.

It was proposed the three homes would be built once lot 22 was completed, and all four homes would be available for purchase off the plans, or once building was complete.

Mr Whitaker said Bendemeer's sense of space and rural living had inspired his design for the four concept homes, which will be built using local materials.

''Bendemeer is a very special place, because of its seclusion and privacy, and the way in which it connects with the rim of mountains that wrap around the Wakatipu Basin. It's a wonderful sense of space.''

Looking back on the property's history as a working farm, Mr Whitaker said he was inspired by the combination of the agrarian setting and the surrounding alpine landscape. These resulted in designs which made the most of the views and all day sun, while also blending contemporary and traditional design with functionality in open living spaces.

Building would be overseen by development management company Trinity Development Alliance, whose co-director Wayne Foley was well known for the development of several commercial and residential properties in Wakatipu, including the Commonage Close Apartments on Queenstown Hill, also designed by Mr Whitaker.

Mr Foley said the company was ''incredibly excited'' to be involved with the Bendemeer development.

Sections there range from one to three hectares and are priced from $645,000. Land and house packages start from $1.8 million.