Maltworks village transforms site
A vision to turn Heathcote Valley’s derelict Maltworks site into a new residential lifestyle village is well underway with the first of stage one villas occupied, and a show home open for viewing.
Property Lifestyle Concepts, or PLC Group, has been operating in Canterbury for 15 years.
Having developed three previous larger scale over 55’s/60’s lifestyle villages – the 69 unit Rivertown Village at Kaiapoi, the 41 unit Sanctuary Village at Burwood, and Rangiora’s Northbrook Villas – the company has fine tuned the lifestyle village concept.
Michelle Tait of PLC Group says its villages have a strong emphasis on lifestyle, and the community atmosphere of like-minded residents.
PLC’s new village project, Maltworks Villas, contains 65 villas, a clubhouse facility, and a communal vegetable garden.
The villas are a mixture of single level and two storey homes, with single or double garaging. Configurations vary with two or three bedroom options and floor plans ranging from 102sqm to 200sqm.
There is limited fencing around the homes so as not to box people in, and plans vary from being in a duplex or joined situation, standalone, or terraced.
The central community clubhouse facility available in the village allows residents to become part of the social scene by having access to committee organised art classes, exercise groups, card games, coffee groups, organised dinners and outings.
The clubhouse is offered for the exclusive use of village residents to meet and socialise with their friends and family as they wish, or to arrange special events.
With a modern kitchen facility, bathroom facilities and an open plan lounge area, which flows easily onto a northwest facing patio and lawn area, the clubhouse provides a pleasant socialising environment all year round. The lounge is set up with TV, lounge suites, dining table, and chairs.
All this while still having the ability to live in a village environment of like-minded people. An onsite caretaker lives in the village and mows all the lawns.
The caretaker also takes care of the roadside gardens, keeping the overall appearance of the village up to a high standard, and exterior windows are cleaned quarterly.
Along with the clubhouse facility, the exterior maintenance of each resident’s villa is also fully taken care of.
House insurance is organised by the Body Corporate which manages the operation of the village.
A perfect setup giving added security for those who wish to lock and leave to escape the winter. Ownership of the villas is on a freehold unit title and not a license to occupy.
“Our ownership structure provides a retirement facility where people can retain their capital investment, rather than other facilities where you pay a high price for a license to occupy and also lose a lot of capital,” Michelle says.
“With a freehold unit title, you can on-sell your unit to anyone over the age of 55, and retain any capital gain realised from the sale process.”
She says Maltworks Villas is a village for like-minded people who have left their big four bedroom family home and are downsizing.
They have someone to care for the exterior of their property, and they can lock and leave it and it will still be looked after.
The Heathcote area boasts a strong community, a natural microclimate sheltered from the cool easterly and southerly winds, and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Port Hills.
Maltworks Villas is within easy reach of all hill suburbs, and an easy tunnel commute to Lyttelton township, providing a great opportuni ty for parents to be closer to their families that live within these areas.
The village is located at 66 Port Hills Road, Heathcote Valley, where local shops are to be constructed adjacent to the village.
Ferrymead and Eastgate shopping centres are both within an easy driving commute, and the bus route 28 to Christchurch and Lyttelton runs close by the village within an easy 200m walk.
Recreational activities are in abundance with Ferrymead driving range a five minute drive away, tennis and bowling clubs and other community recreational activities all in close proximity to Maltworks Villas, along with the gondola, walking tracks.
There is also a popular children’s playground on the doorstep of the village to take the grandchildren.