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Having opted for a relaxed country lifestyle, many homeowners are already seeing their dreams take shape at Lancewood Downs

Building on the vision

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Lots of people dream of a home in the country, but how many of us actually make it a reality? For a growing number of Aucklanders, the relaxed country lifestyle is proving a strong drawcard – and they're doing something about it.

Many houses are already under construction at Lancewood Downs, a new subdivision in Waitakere City, developed by Lancewood Developments. Perched on the edge of one of the city's green corridors, the subdivision borders picturesque farmland and a native bush reserve.

Lancewood Developments director Barry Sutton says lifestyle factors have been a major drawcard for homeowners, but so too is the quality of the homes under construction.

"People can see that the building covenants have achieved their objective in maintaining high standards," he says. "Being able to see so many different homes taking shape gives potential buyers a good indication of how the environment could work for them."

Sites at Lancewood Downs range in size from 500m2 to 1500m2 and include flat and contoured land.

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"We have worked to ensure a diversity of sites, so there is plenty of scope for architectural expression," says Sutton.

While many of the new homes are being custom built for owners, others will be sold by builders and developers.

"The subdivision represents a blended community," says Sutton. "While there are families moving into the area – and there are specific amenities to cater for young children – we are also seeing housing built for other groups. These include young professionals and older empty-nesters looking for a change of lifestyle now that the children have left home."

Lancewood Downs offers easy access to the west coast beaches of Piha and Muriwai, and to numerous bush walkways. Other local attractions include the burgeoning wine industry with its many vineyards and cafés, and numerous thriving arts and theatre groups.

However, living out of town doesn't preclude the many attractions the city has to offer, says Sutton. Lancewood Downs is just half an hour from the Auckland CBD. It is also close to Titirangi and Henderson town centres, and the major shopping malls and entertainment complexes at Lynn Mall and Westgate.

Lancewood Downs can be reached from Virginia St, off Sturges Rd, Henderson.

For details, contact Lancewood Developments, PO Box 60-511, Titirangi, Auckland, phone (09) 817 2221, mobile (027) 494 8510, fax (09) 816 8339. Website:www.Trendsideas.com/lancewood .

First published date: 04 May 2003

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