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A slice of paradise at Cambridge

A slice of paradise at Cambridge
Alistair Scown and Amanda Merrington on site at Pukekura subdivision.

Taking pride of place on the southern edge of Cambridge – the town of ‘trees and champions’ – famous for its abundance of big old oak trees along with high performance sports like rowing, cycling, kayaking and triathlons – Pukekura subdivision offers its residents a country style haven equal to times of a bygone era.

Graced with views of rural land, the Pukekura Hills and Mount Pirongia looking towards Te Awamutu, Pukekura sits comfortably on the boundary of Cambridge and borders The Oaks thoroughbred horse stud.

With lots averaging 2500sqm (just over half an acre for those of us still working in old measurements) there’s room enough for the swimming pool, tennis court, cricket pitch, vege garden and sheds for the boat and caravan.

Within walking distance of Leamington Primary school, Lake Karapiro with all the water sports is but a skip of a stone away.

Alistair Scown, Rural and Lifestyle Sale Manager for Bayleys, says there are five intended stages to the subdivision. With the first stage having sold very well—averaging $417,000 and the highest at $470,000—the second stage consisting of 47 Lots is now just being opened up.

“We think the attraction is that the sections are larger than a traditional town section but smaller than a lifestyle block. It’s a large residential block.

“All the sections are totally serviced including reticulated gas, town water, fibre and phone cabling and lighting to the boundary. Septic tanks will be required.”

Purchasing three sections within Stage One, Landmark Homes Waikato is the first to dig foundations at Pukekura, building a 300sqm four-bedroom home that will be completed May this year.

“It’s an awesome location,” says Landmark Homes Waikato Director Will Quigley.

“The land is just beautiful. There are two prime sections that are elevated over all the others providing lovely views. We have one of those sections and that’s what we’re building on.”

Facing true north for all day sun, the home features a centrally positioned front entrance that leads into an open plan kitchen/dining/living area sitting under a raked cathedral ceiling with a 3.2 metre stud. The remainder of the home sits under a 2.7m stud.

A separate lounge provides a quiet area to relax away from the family energy radiating from the open plan space.

Left and right wings span from the central entrance way with master bedroom, en-suite and large office off to the left, and the remaining bedrooms and oversize double garage off to the right.

“There are some accented areas throughout the house; like coming into the main entrance there is a floor to ceiling feature wall.

“The kitchen and bathrooms are all very well appointed and there is a generous scullery off from the kitchen.” Will, who has a farming background, has owned the Landmark Homes Waikato/Coromandel franchise for the last seven years.

Four years ago Will was joined by his business partner, Nigel Watson, as fellow director. Nigel brings with him a lifetime’s experience in construction.

“We offer a very nice high quality home at a guaranteed fixed sum contract price. It’s a peace of mind that people can feel comfortable with. “You know anyone can construct a home but it’s the finishing touches that make the difference.

“It’s the little things that can make a huge difference and the quality of products used within the home.”

Will says that while Landmark Homes is well known for its mid to upper end home, the building company is equally at home with first home buyers who may have a tighter budget to work with.

“We have a wide range of ready to build plans that can be modified to suit the client’s requirements- perfect for Pukekura.

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