Many people dream of living by the sea but one developer is taking it a step further.
Twenty floating homes are being planned for Gulf Harbour, on Auckland’s WaitemataHarbour .
The homes will be docked at the Fairway Bay marina and plugged in to water, electrical and sewage systems.
Resource consent has already been granted. Construction is planned to start in early 2016 and the first house is expected to be completed by June.
Fairway Bay development consultant Michael Webb-Speight said it was the first project of its type in New Zealand.
“We thought it was a very cool way to utilise a particularly special part of our little harbour.”
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The houses would be about 35sqm and include a kitchen, living space and laundry on the floor level, with a mezzanine and bedroom loft above.
Buyers would not get titles registered with Land Information New Zealand but would instead have a long-term licence agreement for the use of the berth.
Webb-Speight said the exact length of the licence has not yet been determined.
“I think the market will probably tell us how long it’s got to be.”
He said the houses would be ideal holiday homes for professional couples, or retreats for artists.
Husband-and-wife duo Alex and Corban Walls, last year’s winners of the TV show The Block NZ, have been contracted to produce the first home and design customised interiors for the buyers.
Corban Walls said they were hard at work on the design.
“The floating part will be a concrete pontoon to provide a stable base with long-term durability, the same technology used for marina pontoons.”
The price for each home has not yet been set.
“That’s really something which will be determined by the cost structure and specifications, and by the market, given that this is a unique product with no match anywhere else in New Zealand,” Webb-Speight said.
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