District fits build bill for new arrivals, locals

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Lifestyle and price were the deciding factors when Waihola couple Peter and Lyn Smithies were looking for a new home.

“Mosgiel was so overpriced so we looked at a section in Waihola and the price was right,Smithies said.

The couple moved from Auckland to Waihola via Brisbane and while it was a gamble “it is one that we believe has paid off”, she said.

The Smithies moved into one of the fastest-growing areas of the Clutha district which had 93 new dwellings built in the past five years, according to Clutha District Council figures.

Mr Smithies said the couple were so happy with it there that they had convinced several members of their extended family to come south and build homes next to them.

“We are also building a new house right next door,” he said.

The couple noted that many of the houses in their new Waihola subdivision are owned by former Auckland families.

“It’s so close to Dunedin, and compared to Auckland there are no traffic problems and lovely weather,” Mrs Smithies said.

An indicator of a town, city or region’s potential for continued growth can be answered by reviewing what is being built.

Existing houses can be bought and sold easily but it is the number of new buildings being constructed that can help determine if investment in an area is growing or not.

Seeking to expand for her growing family, Kate Flett-Scott chose to build a larger home in Milton two years ago.

“We needed a bigger home and an opportunity came along so we took a chance and built
near my family on the outskirts of Milton,” Mrs Flett-Scott said.

Born and raised in Milton, she said she believed there were still many opportunities to build new homes in the town.
“There have been quite a few new houses built around us already and we have only been
here two years.”
At Kaka Point in the Catlins ward, Molyneux House B & B co-owner John Bissett said the
small town was experiencing a building boom.
“Walking around I’ve counted over 25 new homes built here in the past few years,’’ Mr Bissett said.
‘‘The local builders are flat-tack putting them up, and if they are not putting up new homes they are just as busy renovating the small cribs into newer larger homes.”