A New Standard for Apartment Living
An outstanding location, unrivalled safety, smart design and an uncompromising standard of finish are key attributes of Willis Bond & Co’s new Victoria Lane Apartments development, which is set to be built at 161 Victoria Street.
Designed by Athfield Architects, it will be Wellington’s first base-isolated apartment building and will deliver a level of seismic safety unlike any other apartment building in the city.
Generous spaces, flexibility and a very high standard of quality have driven the apartment design according to Willis Bond & Co director David McGuinness.
“We know that generous living spaces and bedrooms, lots of natural light and well-designed kitchens and bathrooms are essential; a new apartment has to work like a stand-alone house, but in an even smarter way.”
“A key feature is the multi-use spare room, which can be a guest space, media room or study. These are very popular because of the flexibility that they offer,” says McGuinness.
Over 70 apartments have sold but there is still a wide range of exceptional layouts available, including generous one-bedroom apartments, terrace apartments with more than 40 square metres of outdoor space and larger two and threebedroom apartments.
“We have seen high demand for all apartment types, particularly our one bedroom plus spare room typology, which is a superb layout for people wanting to live in the city but who need more space for work or to host guests.”
The apartments are selling from $665,000 for one bedroom, $785,000 for two bedrooms, and $1.325 million for three bedrooms.
Buyers can also choose their preferred apartment finishes from a range of premium options including 100% NZ wool carpets, oak fl ooring and Bosch appliances.
The building will be built by LT McGuinness and is due for completion in mid-late 2022.
Nicholas Reeve of Ray White, who is marketing the apartments with Pano Focas, says that the benefits of buying off the plans are also proving popular.
“The 2022 completion date is a drawcard as it provides plenty of time for people to makedecisions about their existing property and to organise finance – both luxuries not often afforded through the standard sales process,” says Reeve.
“There has been a lot of positive feedback regarding the variety of layouts, base-isolated design, high quality specifi cation, views and central city location.
Discerning buyers are recognising that Victoria Lane Apartments are a superior choice. There is high confidence amongst the public in committing to the development, primarily because of Willis Bond’s deserved reputation as arguably the leading residential developer in New Zealand, coupled with their proven track record of outstanding quality and delivery.”
The apartment building includes commercial office space on fl oors 1-3, with separate residential and office lobbies and retail spaces on the groundfloor.
It is part of Willis Bond & Co’s wider Cuba Precinct development, which encompasses the block from 106 Cuba St to Dixon St, and west to Victoria St.
The wider project includes the completed Te Auaha performing arts campus, the current transformation of the former Farmers Building into character office space and retail tenancies, and a new commercial building which will be built on the corner of Victoria and Dixon streets.