Green fields blossom in Silverdale

10:16 AM Saturday October 4, 2014 Colin Taylor

Artist's impressions show some of The Rise's apartments (above) and the development site in the heart of Silverdale.

A "greenfield" development site in the heart of Silverdale's retail and community centre north of Auckland and just south of Orewa is for sale.

"The land is already consented for the development of 31 terraced houses and two apartment buildings, along with a mixed use block suitable for commercial retail outlets," said Bayleys international sales team leader James Chan.

Chan and Bayleys Orewa salesman Simon Wilde are selling the land by international tender, closing on Wednesday October 15.

The 1.034ha site is next to the Northern Arena indoor swimming pool on one side and the Silverdale Shopping Centre on the other.

A slip-road to the Millwater Parkway access road is on its remaining boundary.

Chan said the development had been named The Rise and comprehensive plans for the proposedcomplex were included in the sale offering.

Phase one of the consent is for five blocks of triple-storey three and four bedroom townhouses selling for around $560,000 each. Each unit will have two car parks and its own private open space.

"While all five residential blocks contain units that are based on a standard design format, a variety of building materials and architectural treatments have been chosen for the development to create visual interest," Chan said.

"Phase Two is two apartment buildings, with food and beverage and retail outlets operating at ground level around an open plaza, and 42 apartments in the three storeys above. Parking for these apartments would be underneath the building and accessed by a ramp.

"Then on the corner of the land, there is enough space for further retail space with residential units above."

Chan said the freehold land and its consent supported the aims of the Auckland Unitary Plan for the establishment of more intensive housing zones immediately adjacent to social infrastructure and within easy reach of public transport.

The Rise subdivision is in the Silverdale mixed commercial policy area which has been designed to contain a mixture of retail, residential, office and service activities.

"With a range of social amenities at the doorstep of these units including a new Southern Cross Hospital next door, and 35 specialty shops a similar distance in the other direction, these dwellings will certainly be at the heart of Silverdale's emerging town hub," Chan said.

Wilde said multiple bus services including express services to the North Shore, central Auckland and Orewa to the north - were available a few hundred metres away.

"Alternatively, State Highway One is a couple of kilometres away, with the city an easy 26 minute drive."

The Rise was also at the centre of many lifestyle opportunities.

"Beaches are just 3km away, there are two gymnasiums within a 100m walk, the park 'n' ride bus commute station into the city is one kilometre down the road, two golf courses are within 5km, there is a shopping complex next door, and multiple restaurants, fast food outlets and cafes are all within a short drive."

Wilde said a report by engineering and design consultancy Harrison Grierson showed the layout of The Rise would establish a centre containing buildings and open spaces designed with high levels of urban, streetscape and pedestrian amenity.