More inner-city homes to be built

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Three luxury townhouses are to be built in Collingwood St to help meet what an industry expert says is an all-time high demand for inner city Nelson living.

The two double storey two bedroom townhouses and one triple level four bedroom townhouse will be constructed on a site at 51 Collingwood St, near the corner of Halifax St.

Julie Ambrose, director of developers Inside Out Solutions, and also a Nelson apartment and town house real estate specialist with Bayleys, says demand for inner city living has never been stronger.

The new townhouses will each have their own freehold title, with secure vehicle access off Malthouse Lane.

Two of the townhouses will have roof-top terraces and the third will have a terrace and courtyard. Ms Ambrose says the project is unique because it is small and private. The townhouses will feature latticed screens as a distinctive architectural element.

The project is designed by Nelson architects RedBox and has been supported by the Nelson City Council Urban Design Panel.

“We’re seeing big demand for inner city living because people want to be able to enjoy the city without a car, or leave behind large homes and gardens”, says Ms Ambrose.

Nelson people wanting to downsize and other buyers from Auckland and Christchurch, Queenstown and overseas are also wanting houses they can “lock and leave” as they travel. “We’re particularly seeing a lot of interest lately from Auckland buyers”.

The new townhouses will be priced from $825,000.

Ms Ambrose says the project may not have proceeded without the Nelson City Council’s development contributions waiver. The saving of more than $30,000 was crucial to its feasibility, she said.

Nelson Mayor Rachael Reese says the council is encouraging more people to live in the CBD. “It’s pleasing to see that the contributions waiver is helping to achieve that objective”.

Julie Ambrose says a resource consent application for the “Rooftop Terraces” project has been lodged and it’s hoped building could start by next March.