Property News – 3 June 2021

‘Box with a pool’ big on innovation

A ‘‘tricky’’ small and sloping site turned out to be no impediment to great design for a house on one of Nelson’s steepest streets.

The Collingwood St house, by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, was described ‘‘compact, yet eye-catching’’ by judges at the Te Kahui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects Nelson and Marlborough regional awards, who awarded it a prize.

The clients, a retired couple, approached the architects before buying the 330 square metre section, to check that their request of ‘‘a box with a pool’’ could be delivered.

They also wanted to optimise the view, and maintain a level of privacy.

Lead architect Simon Hall said he thought more people should take the pre-purchase consultation approach, ‘‘so you know what’s feasible’’.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 24 May 2021)

Nelson urged to build up its housing plan

Nelson is coming under pressure to shoulder more of the demand for housing in Nelson and Tasman.

The Tasman District Council has urged the Nelson City Council to review the growth assumptions and infrastructure programme outlined in its draft Long-Term Plan 2021-31 to ensure a ‘‘sufficient amount of serviced land’’.

The city council has assumed population growth of 4.5 per cent in the next 10 years, well below the 17 per cent increase experienced over the past decade.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 26 May 2021)

Sea sports building gets seal of approval

Plans to build a new sea sports building in Nelson have received the green light, but questions about its location and the source of council funding are still to be answered.

During the deliberations on the Nelson City Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) a week ago, councillors approved a plan to fund 80 per cent of the costs of the new facility, with the other 20 per cent to be raised by the Sea Sports Alliance, which will be the main user of the new facility.

Alliance spokesman Tim Babbage said the groups were excited that plans for the new building were progressing.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 28 May 2021)

Mystery company returns island to Kiwi ownership

A $13.5 million private island northeast of Nelson has returned to Kiwi ownership after 26 years.

Pepin Island, a 518-hectare property in Cable Bay, has been bought by an unnamed New Zealand company.

While details of the sale – including the price – are being kept secret, the island was listed for sale with a $16m price tag in August 2018. However, in March 2021 that was dropped to $13.5m, New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Nelson sales associate Ian Keightley said.

The island includes a working sheep farm, a seven-bedroom farmhouse, and a small tourism operation with three eco-chalets.

It generated substantial interest from both overseas and locally, eventually coming down to a multi-offer competition between two Kiwi buyers, Keightley said.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 28 May 2021)

Students give Habitat a hand

Three houses built by carpentry students in Nelson will be relocated to become first homes for families struggling to enter the market.

As part of a partnership between the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Habitat For Humanity, three houses and six cabins will be built at NMIT’s Richmond Campus on Lower Queen St this year.

Habitat For Humanity general manager Nick Clarke said the students were giving back to the community as well as upskilling.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 28 May 2021)

A vision for Nelson’s city centre

One thousand trees, 1000 residents, 10 new ‘‘great places’’ and a linear park are among ideas in a 30-year-vision for Nelson’s city centre.

At a Nelson City Council workshop meeting on Wednesday, councillors were given an insight into the work done by council staff for the Nelson City Centre Spatial Plan – Te Ara o Whakatu.

Over the past three months, city centre development programme lead Alan Gray has met more than 50 different groups – from landlords to retailers to taxi operators – to talk about the potential plans and listen to people’s ideas for the future of the city centre.

Although the plan is still very much in its early stages and subject to change, Gray put forward some of the key ideas in a two-hour presentation, including eight ‘‘transformational actions’’ for Nelson.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 29 May 2021)

Theatre’s right royal upgrade

The performing arts have had a shakeup since the arrival of Covid 19, but it’s not just the performers who have experienced change – Nelson’s beloved Theatre Royal has been quietly getting a makeover.

A fresh lick of paint, a new PA system, a gender-neutral toilet, and backstage carpeting are just some of the refurbishments that have taken place since the start of the year in the historic building, which dates back to 1878.

One of the biggest visual changes is the facade colour scheme, which used to be two shades of aubergine. It now shows off a fitting yellow and red.

Theatre Royal manager Eliane Polack said the public might not have noticed the change because ‘‘it feels like it’s right’’.

Stepping inside the theatre, she said there had been a few touches added to create a better atmosphere, especially with a PA system that allowed music to be played throughout the vestibule.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 29 May 2021)

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