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A promise of the high life

Source: NZ Herald

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Render of Milford Living, Milford Rd, Milford
Render of Milford Living, Milford Rd, Milford

Part way up Milford’s new gulf-gazing luxury apartment development there’ll be a big open-air park encompassing a swimming pool, fountains and outdoor fireplaces set amidst elevated gardens and lawns.

No-nonsense chairman of the company developing Milford Living, NZRPG’s Mark Gunton says succinctly: “We’re going to create a vertical village and it’s going to be best in class.”

Facilities abound: the 3000sq m podium park (about the size of 15 netball courts) will be complemented by a theatrette, gym and games/social room with commercial kitchen.

Milford Living will consist of two buildings and ‘The Milford’ is the first of these two, sleeved around NZRPG’s Milford retail centre and containing 115 apartments across 10 levels.

All apartments have included in their price two car parks, ducted air conditioning, a Matisse kitchen made by Archlinea (Italy), Gaggenau appliances and a lock-up storage unit. Twelve three-bedroom penthouses spread over upper levels also get private lift access.

Render of Milford Living, Milford Rd, Milford
Render of Milford Living, Milford Rd, Milford

Mark says NZRPG’s commitment to achieving an outstanding outcome in this premium location is what has kept them focused for the past decade. They bought Milford Mall with its potential-packed land in 2006, negotiated with authorities and the community through council hearings and the environment court since and got development approval three months ago.

He imagines some locals envisaged minimum-size, heavily tenanted apartments rather than the luxury two- and three-bedroom dwellings on offer.

Mark says the long-term business philosophy of his privately owned company, New Zealand Retail Property Group, makes it clear why producing downmarket apartments would sabotage their future retail turnover.