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Property News: 15 January 2018

Resettling a red-zoned home in the top of the south

Four years after dismantling their red-zoned cottage in Christchurch, Alison Locke and Mike Moss have rebuilt their home at the base of the Grampians.

Their Nelson home may be new, but it has a rich history. It has been built using re-purposed materials and a variety of salvaged native timber.

The green weatherboards came from a workers cottage overlooking the Avon River built in the 1880s that was home to Locke's parents.

Kauri floorboards from a neighbouring Christchurch cottage were used for the staircase, while the kitchen joinery was made from Matai and Totara. The internal doors are on their fourth use, having started out in a block of flats in Christchurch.

It has come together to form their new home in the Braemar Eco-Village in Nelson where Moss said they were "welcomed with open arms".

He estimated a third of the materials used in the build were recycled, some from their home in Christchurch, other parts from the demolition yard. He estimated the value of recycled materials in the house was about $150,000.

Moss said he liked the inherent sustainability of the house, which was lighter on resources than most.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 8 January 2018)

Progress of Nelson SHAs slow but steady

Since Nelson signed on to the National government’s Special Housing Accord in 2015, 37 special housing areas (SHAs) have been given Nelson City Council approval. But how many are still going ahead?

Only one special housing area in Nelson is completed, with a further three under way.

Nelson City Council’s city development team leader Lisa Gibellini said the Nelson Tasman Housing project at Orchard St was the only SHA that was finished and had people living in it.

There are 37 SHA listed on the council’s website.

At least three others are at various stages of earthworks and construction – the upmarket apartments in Betts Corner near the cathedral, Three Ridges subdivision in Stoke, and the Otium Valley Farleigh St subdivision in Atawhai.

Seven SHAs have been given resource consents and 12 have been gazetted, meaning they’ve been approved and established in an agreement between the council and Government.

Mark Lile, of Landmark Lile resource management and planning, has represented "at least a dozen" of Nelson’s SHA applications to council, and said the process is working well.

But even with SHAs, the planned builds were complicated and could take some time.

He said within "two to five years" Nelson would really see the benefits, and the process was still a lot more streamlined than going through the RMA.

Otium Valley developer Jamie Harrington said they were making good progress at the Farleigh St site, which was approved as an SHA in mid-2016.

He hoped to have all the sites titled and ready to begin construction by June this year.

The SHA process had taken what could be an expensive process under a notified consent under the RMA and made it much more streamlined, he said.

He had found complying with the Urban Design Panel requirements "tough" but said on the whole the process had been "fair" and had led to their subdivision having less impact on the surrounding landscape.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 8 January 2018)

Water restrictions soften across Waimea Plains after rain

Water restrictions have been eased for users on the Waimea Plains and lifted for permit holders in the Waiiti and Wai-iti dam service zones.

There is no change for urban water users in Richmond, Mapua-Ruby Bay, Brightwater, Wakefield and Hope, along with their rural extensions.

Handheld hosing of gardens every second day is permitted according to house numbers – even-numbered houmes may water on the even-numbered days and odd-numbered homes can water on the odd-numbered days.

The Nelson City Council will also review its water restrictions next week. They allow odd and even-numbered houses to use sprinklers on odd and even-numbered days.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 10 January 2018)

Nelson house price growth strong despite slowdown

House prices in the Nelson region are among the fastest growing in the country, as demand for homes here continues to outstrip supply, new data shows.

The value of an average residential property in Nelson stood at $555,184 at the end of 2017, compared to $556,009 in Tasman district, according to the latest house price index from Quotable Value.

That represented a jump of 11.1 per cent and 11.4 per cent respectively on the year before.

However the report put home value growth in Nelson third highest out of New Zealand's main centres, after Napier and Hastings.

A separate study by Trade Me, released on Thursday, put the average asking price for a house in Nelson at $578,000.

Nelson was one of 13 of the country's 15 regions to end the year on "record" average asking prices, the Trade Me Property Price Index showed.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 12 January 2018)

Art deco house on the move

A piece of Nelson city history has begun its move to the country.

The 1940s art deco house on Nelson's Shelbourne St near Nelson cathedral, was cut in half for the road trip to its new home in Upper Moutere on Wednesday night.

Vendor Julienne Fisher had bought the house five years ago, from a lady who had lived in the property for more than 60 years.

New owner, Ton Van Katwijk said he bought the house because he liked the style of it, and the price.

The two sections of the house would sit about a kilometre from the Kahurangi Estate winery, until a permit came through for permanent foundations for the new family home, he said.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 12 January 2018)

Thought for the Week

Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)