Millbrook Resort has restored that rarest of breeds to the local real estate scene – the showhome.
Opened just before Christmas, the $2.5 million three-bedroom, three-bathroom house showcases Millbrook’s new “Coronet Square” residential development surrounding the new Coronet Nine course.
The showhome is open seven days a week between 11am-2pm to give Wakatipu locals and resort guests something tangible to see, feel, touch and perhaps buy – Millbrook would hope – rather than being expected to commit to a multi-million-dollar purchase purely off the plans.
“It’s the first time Millbrook has had a showhome for several years,” resort property boss Ben O’Malley confirms.
And not only Millbrook – the hot property market of the past decade has largely enabled local developers and spec builders to sell off the paperwork rather than shell out on bricks and mortar beforehand.
There’s been the odd exception – Fletcher Living at Jack’s Point springs to mind – but showhomes have been virtually extinct in the Wakatipu for 10 years.
Yet times are a-changing, O’Malley says.
“[The new showhome] is also a reflection of the more discerning buyers in the current market who are not so eager to buy off the plans, preferring to see the finished product,” he says.
Millbrook owner Eichi Ishii of Japan showed John Key through the property when the Prime Minister attended golf’s NZ Open across the road at The Hills earlier this month – and now the public can follow in their footsteps.
So what’s there to see?
As well as three “generous” bedrooms and three bathrooms, your $2.5m buys you 706 square metres from a “cluster” of homesites above the Coronet Nine course terraced for maximum privacy, long sunshine hours and sweeping rural and mountain views.
High-quality appliances are featured in custom kitchens designed by Rachel Barnes of award-winning firm Ingrid Geldorf Design.
Other classy features include underfloor heating, air conditioning, an all-rooms home theatre system, central vacuuming, security alarms, automatic irrigation and landscaping with local schist walls.
Interiors are designed by high-end specialists Foster and Burke and can be customised to taste.
This and 12 other Coronet Nine homes are within a five-minute walk of all Millbrook facilities.
Property buyers pay separately to join Millbrook’s “country club” and then get unlimited access to the three interchangeable nine-hole courses, driving range, pool, tennis courts, fitness centre, and hiking and mountain bike trails.
And even if you’re not a potential buyer, Millbrook’s new showhome is a great place for a free nosey during a Sunday afternoon drive.