If there’s one aspect of 2020 worth keeping, it’s the sense of community and belonging that’s come from knowing we’re part of “a team of five million”, working towards a common goal.
While individual attitudes towards our homes and living spaces have been the norm for decades, Collett’s Corner, an innovative new property development conceived by a small cohort of visionaries, is paving the way to a future of togetherness and collective wellbeing.
A sophisticated residential development with a community- centric philosophy, Collett’s Corner is housed within four interconnected buildings in Lyttelton, a picturesque port town surrounded by the beauty of Banks Peninsula and just 12km from Christchurch. It features 20 studio, one-bedroom and two- bedroom apartments.
With abundant natural light, sweeping harbour views, functional kitchen and bathroom facilities and combined bedroom and living spaces, the 35m2 studio apartments are where simplicity meets style for savvy buyers with an eye for a smart real estate investment, and a desire for a practical home in which health and wellness can be a priority.
With two walls of windows and your choice of harbour or Port Hills views, the 46m2 one-bedroom apartments are perfect for people seeking a little more privacy.
Or, for the ultimate upgrade, take the 73m2 two-bedroom, two-bathroom option, complete with a fully equipped kitchen, walk-in wardrobe, and generous living and dining areas that offer plenty of flexibility for relaxing or entertaining. Ensuring an invigorating sea breeze is always at your doorstep, a Juliet balcony brings the outside in.
Founding director Camia Young says the focus is on living with a small footprint and the efficiency of shared facilities. “It’s designed for people to meet, and to build those relationships that are at the heart of a healthy community.”
As well as accessibility-friendly lifts, additional shared amenities include an expansive rooftop terrace, luxurious sun loungers, a kitchenette and both social and sectioned-off dining spaces, so that residents and their guests can choose to mingle, or enjoy a more personal dining experience. On the ground floor is a movement studio, gym, consultation space, shops and restaurant. It’s a place to meet and be together with a focus on wellbeing.
Young says co-living projects have the potential to contribute to many different aspects of being a sustainable responsible community. “Leaving a lasting legacy is something we at Collett’s Corner care a great deal about. We are now turning this goal into a more tangible possibility, through a focus on social and environmental impact. Co-living is the sum of having more with less, which can contribute to a resilient future for our cities and society.”
WELL & GOOD
Collett’s Corner’s holistic wellness sanctuary, Ūkaipō – whose definition in Māori incorporates concepts of returning home to an origin, or source of sustenance – brings traditional and contemporary healing under one roof. Helmed by Chelita Kahutianui-o-te-Rangi Zainey, Ūkaipō provides residents and the wider community with the space, tools and expert guidance from on-site practitioners to develop practices that enhance their overall wellbeing.
“Ōtautahi/Christchurch has seen more than its fair share of crisis over the past decade, but what has shone through is people’s resilience and strength,” says Zainey, a Māori healer, kai rongoā and teacher. “These events have activated people to seek out a new way of being; to review old prejudices, patterns and behaviours that no longer serve them. For many, this has meant a journey into self – a ‘karanga’ or calling home. My vision is that Ūkaipō will become a first point of call for those embarking on this journey.” Ūkaipō will feature hot baths, a cold dunking pool, treatment facilities, massage room, movement studio and gym.
More than $500,000 was crowdfunded in 2019 by everyday Kiwis keen to be part of the Collett’s Corner story. “Being the first crowdfunded property development in Aotearoa has allowed the community to be part of the development process normally reserved for larger investors,” says director Raf Manji. With Collett’s Corner slated to open in June 2023, now is the time to buy into a way of life that will pay health and happiness dividends for decades to come.
• To secure one of just 20 apartments for yourself, contact Angela Webb, Property Investment Specialist, Bayleys Canterbury 027 349 1997