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The Landing –  Your First Home  or Final Home with Michael BoturThe Landing –  Your First Home or Final Home with Michael Botur

Stage 1 of The Landing@Marsden is good chunk of land which was opened up in spring 2018 by WFH Properties (William Francis + Fulton Hogan, known for pristine developments such as Millwater in north Auckland).

You can’t dock your boat inside The Landing, though it’s got plenty of water features. It’s a slew of sections with a wetland included. Trees planted on the street, and several reserves will be part of the last four stages (just the first two stages have opened).

All sections I’ve seen are over 600 square metres and planned to maximise sun or views to the north east. They all have nice level building platforms and mint views.

Marketing for The Landing has mentioned aquatic stuff a lot (heck, even the brand manager’s name is Frog.) The Landing’s brand targets the boatie in so many Northlanders – there’s the marina you could berth at (if you get in quick) but also public boat ramps directly into Whangarei Harbour.

Young home buyers will get pretty good house and land package prices out at One Tree Point. Older people who have a home to sell in Auckland should be able to capitalise nicely, too, from putting their money into a new build at The Landing, where there are lots of lower-end house and land packages priced between $600,000-$700,000. 

(Just to segue for a moment: With more 30 year mortgages being released, banks are watching borrowers whose repayments might be occurring past age 65, meaning if you try to get your first home loan after the age of 35, the bank might ask for quite a high deposit; older buyers with a home to sell to purchase a place at The Landing will be sweet, however; and youngsters under 30 taking out a fresh mortgage should be okay too.)
Anyway, now my segue is complete: A1homes have four builds at The Landing in various stages of completion. Two are lined up to sell, one’s sold and one will remain a showhome. The prices aren’t available yet, but other building companies operating in the location indicate prices start around $600,000 and the upper end is $1.4m (which in Auckland will buy you a letterbox).

Of course there are some existing houses you could have a look at, often with that gorgeous art deco architecture.

A1homes has over 20 builds happening in the Whangarei district and eight builds down the road at Mangawhai. A1 Assistant manager Emma Thacker said the locality of the beaches on your doorstep and being close to One Tree Point is bringing in a good mixture of retirees and young families, with an added demographic of people from overseas relocating to NZ.

Emma feels the location isn’t widely known yet. “A lot of people when you ask if they’ve been to the marina they’ll ask ‘What’s that?’”

Page 83 of the Whangarei District Growth Strategy shows the council is planning what to do once word gets out about this reasonably-affordable gem. It estimates that by 2061, the population around Marsden Point/Ruakaka will be 15,000, which is about the same at Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Dargaville added together. “Expansion of Bream Bay College will need to be considered in the future as the population grows and the school reaches capacity,” the strategy says. “If expansion is limited, an alternative may be to build a new secondary school in the One Tree Point area. Re-establishing a ferry service from the Parua Bay/Whangarei Heads area might be a future option if the population increases as projected in those coastal areas.”

A ferry across the harbour does actually make some sense and it’s quicker than going via Bank Street.

So: it’s all growing nicely and there are many show homes there for you to check out on a sunny summer weekend.

Michael Botur has published journalism in NZ Herald, Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star-Times and Mana and he writes a lot of fiction. He moved to Whangarei in 2015 and was ecstatic to be able to afford a house here.

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