Architectural forms at Paerata Rise will range from country villas to more contemporary designs.
The founders of Paerata Rise have pulled out all the stops so that it will be a whole new master-planned town and community that future generations can be proud of – not just another real estate development.
The 300ha site, located between Karaka and Pukekohe in Franklin, about a 40-minute drive south of Auckland, is massive, measuring about 15 times the size of Eden Park. When complete, the new town will consist of about 4500 homes. Designing and developing it as part of a unified plan has numerous advantages, says Chris Johnston, director of Grafton Downs, the team behind Paerata Rise.
“We’ve got a primary school, an early childhood centre, a park and playground already; we are working on our commercial area, which is going to have a supermarket and shops.
“We’ll have a big amphitheatre park, and we’ll have a railway station as well, which will open in 2024, so our community can hop on a train and commute to work if they want,” Johnston says.
Detailed design guidelines governing architecture, landscaping, and streetscapes will ensure Paerata Rise is aesthetically pleasing, while also allowing for individuality and creative expression. All new designs must be approved by the Grafton Downs Design Review Board. The reason is not to dictate to people what kind of house they should live in but to ensure that all elements are of the highest quality, says Johnston.
“The key is to build a community and we also didn’t want every single house to be looking the same which is the reason for the Design Covenants and the Design Review Board. Every house will look different and the architects can be creative so the town looks unique. We use 14 build partners, and each partner has a choice on which architects they use.”
Architectural forms range from country villas to more contemporary designs. Materials, such as stone and timber, and a discreet earthy colour palette are in harmony with the rural backdrop. Features such as terraces, balconies, verandas, and pergolas and a mix of single and double story homes will provide interest and variety.
“Part of the design guide is also to get the cars off the road so you can have two cars and a car park, and two cars off your driveway. We also put extra resources into making sure that we don’t look like a generic development, so we’ve got no white concrete – all our concrete and paths have oxide in them, so it looks nicer.
“You can’t have big fences in front of your house, which also helps towards passive security. There’s a design setback on our streets. You can’t have gas bottles or air-conditioning units out the front of your house, it must be hidden from street view down the side of the house, so the side of your house needs to look good.
“We also worked very closely with our landscape designers on plants and tree-scaping.”
Johnston says a key part of the vision was to design an attractive community that will stand the test of time.
“What we wanted to do is build a community that in 50 years’ time or 100 years’ time, people will say this was well done, they are proud of it, rather than a lot of developments that are happening which are all about trying to squeeze out the dollar. It is not super high-density; we are being respectful to the Franklin area which is a rural area.”
Prospective residents are invited to find out more. By becoming some of the first people to move into Paerata Rise, Johnston says “they will be able to build their community together creating a sense of kinship and connectedness where everyone knows their neighbour on a first-name basis.”