New Kaiapoi Development Offers New Homes By Early 2014

05 September 2013

Fully completed neighbourhoods of affordable two, three and four bedroom homes ready to move into is one of the unique appeals of a new seven stage, 500 home development underway in Kaiapoi. The first homes will be completed in early 2014.

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Roading contractor Benchmark Civil construction starts on site this week and will be followed closely by home builders Mike Greer Homes with the first homes in BeachGrove planned for completion in February 2014. Stage One compromises 83 completed and landscaped homes ready for new residents with section options also on offer in stage one.

BeachGrove CEO, Shane Fairmaid says there’s significant interest in the house and land packages and he expects the first stage to sell out before the end of the year.

“With packages starting at around $339,000, ready to move into, we are confident that many who felt they couldn’t afford a new home, will now be able to,” he says.

Fairmaid adds that BeachGrove has been completely masterplanned from the ground up so as to refine every aspect of the development and thereby reducing development costs to provide homes which are more in reach of the market.

“It’s been hard work and there’s no one solution that achieves affordability but by looking carefully at every aspect of the development we’ve achieved an outcome that’s makes new homeownership more attainable for buyers while maintaining high quality complete homes. By doing this 38% of the stage one BeachGrove homes are now available for under $400,000 so it’s been a very worthwhile exercise,” he says.

BeachGrove is located within easy walking distance of the Kaiapoi town centre and Shane Fairmaid says a number of people have expressed an interest in moving back into the area after first having to relocate after the earthquakes.

Fairmaid says one of the key concerns people have when considering a new home is the land quality and he says people can feel completely confident that all BeachGrove homes and sections have been designed to the very latest post-earthquake development standards.

“Prior to commencing the development we commissioned Geotechnical Engineers Tonkin & Taylor to carry out extensive site investigations at Beach Grove and the Waimakariri Council Geotechnical Consultants have independently verified this work so homeowners can be absolutely confident that their home at BeachGrove has been designed and built with all the experience and knowledge that has been gained over the last three years, and that is so very important for security and peace of mind,” he says.


• There are 18 unique home designs available ranging from two, three and four bedrooms to choose from. Some are townhouses, some are standalone villas. All homes are fully landscaped at completion and ready to be moved into.

The first 22 homes will be completed in early 2014.

• With each street fully built-out before residents move in, there will be no problems with residents needing to share completed streets with builders as is commonly the case in new subdivisions.

• BeachGrove is the first fully masterplanned and developed neighbourhood to be completed since the earthquakes.

• Proposed Street naming reflects the original families who settled the area, and there will also be a nautical theme within the street naming, a nod to the nautical history that is so important to the Kaiapoi area. Street names are subject to approval by the city council which should be given by 18 September 2013.

• The new homes have been designed with sustainability and ongoing cost efficiency in mind. The generally north facing orientation of the homes means they’re warm, light and very efficient to heat which are all key considerations for many new home buyers.

• The first home was sold to the original landowners who had owned the original farm for many years.