The Grove, on the Papakura/Takanini border will see a total of 132 homes built over three stages. With its meandering fruit tree lanes, The Grove will provide the backdrop to family life which purchasers have been looking for. The whole development is designed to keep vehicle speed down; an important factor in facilitating community interaction, pedestrian safety and allowing families to get out-and-about safely.
The project is fully consented with Stage One sold out, Stage Two launching soon and construction underway.
Takanini Central and The Grove are proud supporters of the Great Potentials Foundation; Helping children, young people & families towards brighter futures.
Papakura is a Maori word believed to have originated from papa, meaning earth or flat (abbreviation of Papatuanuku) and kura meaning red, reflecting the rich, fertile soil upon which the community was founded. Although much of Papakura District is relatively rural, it has all the facilities of a major town or small city including an airport, police station, courthouse, aquatic centre, department store, sports stadium, train station and motorway access.
Auckland’s Southern motorway and the north island main trunk railway run through Papakura. Train and bus facilities provide excellent public transport services with frequent trains between Papakura and Auckland’s CBD. Papakura has a wide selection of schools for all levels. There are eight primary schools, four intermediate schools and four high schools within zone. Ardmore Airport serves recreational aviators as well as private and commercial flights.
Designed by architectural giants Jasmax, The Grove provides warm, safe, comfortable and trustworthy family housing. Specifically sited to maximise natural light and warmth, these houses will aim to have significantly lower heating and cooling costs than the average New Zealand home. Created for flexibility, the five house types: Titoki, Sophora, Astelia, Jacaranda and Cordyline are a mixture of four and five bedroom homes.
With 2 bathrooms, and 3 toilets, a growing family can live comfortably here. Each upstairs bedroom is a double with large wardrobe. Downstairs, open plan living is ideal for entertaining when the need arises. The Grove is currently researching the process of becoming a Home Star rated development, meaning each home has been assessed for warmth, energy efficiency, sustainable construction practices and product use, and will age well over the course of its life.
Faced with a flat 5 hectare site, Equinox Project director Nigel McKenna identified an opportunity to “break the mould”. From a desire to create a master planned community that reflected its town and country location The Grove was born – a commuter suburb located at the border of the city with an excellent proximity to the train station, Papakura Township, motorways and parks. Keeping with traditional design values, homes in The Grove are larger standalone family houses with pitched roofs, punched windows and horizontal weatherboards. Prepared by Jasmax in conjunction with Equinox, the master plan ignores commonly held perceptions about people and space, instead deciding to investigate the actual relationships between humans and the built environment. Observing that given the ability to bike, walk, run and play, people will actually engage in these activities, the architects set out to achieve the creation of roads as green linear parks, locate houses in groups who share a central courtyard (an ideal based on old European villages), and meet the desperate need which Auckland has for affordable housing.
With the planned planting of hundreds of mature fruiting and native trees throughout the subdivision and central community park and play areas, The Groves meandering streets and pockets of houses all contribute to community, security and a sense of countryside.
Within The Grove, spaces are created for quality of life – encouraging and allowing residents to interact. This is achieved in subtle, beautiful ways creating a cohesive neighbourhood of 132 family homes built in a curved “organic” pattern reflective of nature.
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