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Property News: 6th July 2015


A Nelson couple are building a house to raise money for the hospice while showcasing the skills of contractors in the region.  Last year, Andrew and Ange Douglas, who own Douglas Building Contractors, had the idea to build a house in the Marsden Park subdivision and donate the profits of the sale to the Nelson Tasman Hospice.  They found great support within the community with lots of small local businesses getting on board to back the project.  ‘‘A lot of people are donating their time and others are reducing the rate,’’ Andrew Douglas said. ‘‘We are just doing it at no margin and as low as we can and most people are doing the same.’’  The build was expected to take between 16 to 20 weeks to build, this included fencing and landscaping the property. They aimed to have the 230-square-metre, four bedroom family home ready for sale in November.  Visit the Douglas Building Contractors Facebook page for updates on the House for Hospice build.

(The Nelson Mail Tuesday, June 30, 2015)


Forty Stoke pensioners have had a sneak preview of concept designs for the $5.6 million community and sports facility planned for Greenmeadows – and were keenly interested in what they saw.  Deputy mayor Paul Matheson, who chairs the council working party on Stoke’s future, took several copies of the designs along to the Stoke Seniors group on Wednesday afternoon.  His fellow councillors were to discuss the plans at today’s community services committee meeting.  The council committee meeting today was discussing approval of the concept design and increasing the budget to $5.96 million over two financial years.  The planned start date is March 2016, following detailed design and the obtaining of resource and building consents.  The new venue has been designed by Nelson architects Jerram Tocker and Barron.  With a partial second floor, the venue includes a main hall, function and ‘‘breakout’’ rooms, changing rooms, kitchens and offices, and storage space for rugby, cricket and tennis clubs.  As well as the transport study, Stoke projects in the council’s long-term plan include further discussions with the community on the future of Stoke Memorial Hall, consultation, planning and physical works for a youth park and an extension to the library.

(The Nelson Mail Thursday, July 02, 2015)


A new community and sports complex in Stoke has come a big step closer – but with a higher price tag.  The Nelson City Council’s community services committee yesterday backed the Greenmeadows project, across the road from the town centre, meaning it is likely to get the go-ahead from the full council.  It also agreed to increase the budgeted cost from $5.6 million to $6.14m, to allow for more space and adding a $132,000 set of acoustic folding doors to divide the main hall, and for $50,000 worth of solar heating and/or photovoltaic panels. The expenditure is to be spread over two financial years. Councillors were told that the extra cost for providing the cafe space – $330,000– was the same as simply adding extra unallocated space. When a second motion was put, leaving out mention of the cafe, it was passed unanimously.  If the full council backs the committee, the concept design will be approved to allow detailed design work to begin and the securing of resource and building consents. Work is tentatively due to start in March next year. 

(The Nelson Mail Friday, July 03, 2015)


The future of Nelson's historic Trinity Church is in question as its remaining Presbyterian members prepare to hold their final service after more than 100 years. Trinity Church member Kenn Butler said dwindling numbers and steep costs to maintain the building had left the small Presbyterian community with no other choice but to leave.  Their final service at the church will be held  this Sunday.  "A generation has changed.  It's a great beautiful building there that we want to keep, but the reality is that there's only 20 (members of Trinity Church Nile St) and we can't sustain that any longer," said Butler.  He said Trinity members had looked after the day-to-day maintenance of the building, which is listed as an historic place by Heritage New Zealand.  This included recent strengthening of the steeple, which did not meet earthquake requirements.  The job was costly at over $30,000, and despite being partially funded by the Nelson City Council Butler said had left a huge financial impact on the church.  "We've got a 150-year-old building that we just don't have the resources to keep going.  The building's ownership is vested in the Presbyterian Church Property Trustees by virtue of a private act of parliament called the Presbyterian Church Property Act 1885.  However, financing building maintenance was reliant on Trinity Church members and leasing capital.  Some financial assistance from the Historic Places Trust was also given, but collectively it was not enough, said church member Pat Woods.  "(The current financiers) are helpful and it's been good up until now, but unfortunately (the steeple repair) cost a lot more than we expected," she said. 

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, July 04, 2015)


A leading historian has pleaded with the Nelson City Council to keep Stoke historic house Broadgreen open in winter.  The council is looking at a seasonal closure to save money, but Hilary Mitchell says it’s a terrible idea.  At this week’s public forum beginning the council’s community services committee meeting Mitchell said she was ‘‘appalled’’ by the council proposal.  ‘‘Broadgreen is a jewel in the chain which includes Fairfield, Melrose, Isel, the lovely wooden churches in Nelson, Bishop’s School, the School of Music, the Theatre Royal, the Suter and some stunning houses.’’  There was a market for heritage tourism and Broadgreen, built in 1855, was a very early example of a colonial farmhouse, partly furnished with domestic treasures from long before the immigrants began arriving in 1842.  The 50-year-old Broadgreen Society was a model of community development and ‘‘most local authorities would crawl over broken glass to acquire a partnership with such a stable, faithful, well organised voluntary group’’.  She said if the council continued to tinker with the society, it could unwittingly destroy it and be faced with a shameful and very expensive situation.  The society was willing to keep Broadgreen open all year round, as it had until recently, keeping it warm and ventilated. She said the society was ‘‘incredibly disappointed’’ that the council wanted to close Broadgreen for four months of the year and hoped that in a meeting next week it would reconsider.  A council report said that in 2014-15 house visits in winter averaged 85 a month, in summer 429.  It said Broadgreen cost the council $138,643 in 2013-14, with staff costs of $119,487.  In contrast Isel House cost $18,572 with just $850 allocated to staffing, and Melrose $35,440 with only $2276 on staffing.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, July 04, 2015)


Innovative works from three Nelson architectural designers have been recognised at the 2015 Resene Architectural Design Awards.  The annual awards held on Friday evening celebrated the most creative and aesthetic designs in the country, with the four regional awards going to Nelson-based designers.  Tony Karsten of Karsten Architectural Design received two awards for his work on a Kaiteriteri bach and a Mount St house.    George Hilgeholt of AWE2010 Ltd was also awarded the best regional new home between 150sqm and 300sqm for his work on Hilgeholt House.   The blue-toned office of Cehpas Property Management, designed by David Todd of David Todd Ltd was also commended by judges. Todd was awarded the Resene Colour in Design award.  Architectural Designers New Zealand chief executive officer Astrid Anderson said the Nelson based designs were a ‘‘feast for the eye’’ which captured the natural landscape and relaxed lifestyle.  The winners are eligible for national titles.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, July 04, 2015)


The Nile and Sussex streets corner housing development named Sussex Mews has been completed by Auckland design and build firm Box. Work on the development, which comprises six townhouses, began early last year. The dwellings are a mix of double-storey and single-level dwellings which have individual courtyard gardens and double garages. The homes were designed by Auckland architect Tim Dorrington, for developer James Purves who also lives in the complex. The plans came pre-designed, and the apartments were pre-sold. The clients then worked with the architect for individual configurations. ‘‘Each home is oriented for optimum sun on a compact footprint that encourages a sense of neighbourliness,’’ said Box chief executive officer Dan Heyworth. Dwellings were designed with a post and-beam structural system, with plywood cladding, stainless-steel crossbracing and some precast concrete panels.

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, July 04, 2015)


Current Nelson and Tasman house prices reflect a slow but steady market, latest QV statistics show.  Nelson’s median house price was $413,239 last month, a 3.2 per cent increase compared with the same month last year and a 0.2 per cent increase compared with May 2015.  Tasman’s median house price was $415,394 for June, a 1.2 per cent increase compared with June 2014, but a 1.3 per cent drop compared with May.  QV registered valuer Richard Kolff said it was difficult to gauge whether the drop meant anything, but he said it showed Tasman’s housing market could be more susceptible to change than Nelson.  ‘‘It just might show that Tasman District is a little more seasonal. Holiday areas like Tasman go into more of a hibernation mode over winter,’’ he said.  There were 454 sales in the Nelson region last month collectively.  ‘‘At the moment it’s just a quiet time of year, it’s just that winter slow down. Nelson is slow but steady,’’ he said.  Low interest rates and a shortage of listings continue to propel the Auckland housing market to new heights, with house values in June 17 per cent higher than they were a year ago.  QV monthly figures also show that nationally house values have risen 9.3 per cent over the past year, putting them nearly 26 per cent above the previous market peak in 2007.  Values over the last three months rose 3.6 per cent nationally and 5.5 per cent in Auckland.  In the other main centres, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin continued to rise at a slower, steady rate.  Auckland’s high prices appear to be finally driving people to invest elsewhere. QV noted that large numbers of Aucklanders were flocking to buy property in Tauranga, Hamilton and the Western Bay of Plenty, which had all seen rising values.  ‘‘There are reports that of those present at open homes in Tauranga, as many as 60 per cent are regularly from Auckland, while around 15 per cent of all buyers in the Hamilton market are now from Auckland.’’

(The Nelson Mail Saturday, July 04, 2015)


josh Wednesday July 22 2015 09:10 AM
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