Johnsonville complex ticks the boxes

Johnsonville complex ticks the boxes

Embarking on its latest exciting project in Wellington’s northern suburb of Johnsonville, property developer, Pennylee, has merged its trademark characteristic of thoughtful location with occupier convenience and security.
Just off the Wellington motorway, on the corner of Johnsonville’s Hindmarsh and Bould Streets, Pennylee’s new apartment building will provide occupants with enviable access to a vast array of amenities including schools, swimming pools, sports grounds and the centre of Johnsonsville itself.
“You’re 200 metres from the Johnsonville Mall and the Johnsonville Train Station,” says Pennylee’s Managing Director Michael Lee.
“Bould Street joins with Broderick Road which is close to bus stops. So for commuters there’s great public transport.”
Positioned on a corner site, the apartment building will be comprised of 12 single-level apartments arranged in a row of six on the ground level and six on the upper level.
Each apartment will have a timber section on one side providing living spaces with a balcony for the upper apartments, or private courtyard for the lower apartments.
The bedroom wing sits to the right utilising a fibre cement cladding, attractively contrasting with the timber section.
“The street corner faces north-west and we will have a row of apartments with balconies and private courtyards facing the Johnsonville Hills that get the late sun, before going behind the hills.”
Designed by Wellington practice, Solari Architects, each two-bedroom apartment will be about 60sqm, with seven of the apartments providing a small en-suite off the master bedroom.Each apartment has its own secure basement garage complete with generous storage space.
“From experience, one of the things that’s really important with apartment living is sufficient storage space,” explains Michael.

Johnsonville complex ticks the boxes
Positioned on a corner site, the apartment building will be comprised of 12 single-level apartments arranged in a row of six on the ground level and six on the upper level.

From the rear of the garage there’s access to a common courtyard designed by a qualified landscaper, and will maximise as much green space as possible.
Michael says security and safety is another extremely important requirement for apartment living and the design incorporates electronic entry to the basement and courtyard areas.
Designed as mid-range apartments priced between $560,000 to $650,000, Michael he says that the apartments are likely to appeal to three key groups of purchasers ranging from first homebuyers, to property investors to those looking to downsize.
“Some of the lower level apartments have their own street access and will be ideal for people a little less mobile but also want a little bit of outdoor space. The upper level apartments have their own balcony and shared use of the courtyard but no other outdoor space of their own.”
With preparation work now underway, Michael estimates construction of the apartments will commence in July and be completed midway through 2020.
With presales the norm for apartment block developments, the Hindmarsh Street apartments have just recently been listed with one confirmed unconditional sale and strong interest from several others.
Construction of the project will be undertaken by Quality Homes, with overall management of the construction process managed by Michael’s business partner and fellow Pennylee director, William Pennington.
“William’s whole career has been in property whereas mine has included corporate finance, investments and for the last 15 years in construction on the finance side.”
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