Hi ho silver: From left, Silver Creek developers Josh and Gavin Moore, local Bayleys sales agents Grant and Deborah Coburn and sals and marketing manager Peter Bennetts on the development site this week. PICTURE: STILL VISION PHOTOGRAPHY


The last remaining residential area on Queenstown Hill comes to the market this week,  starting with a gated community on the upper slopes.

A 33.7-hectare subdivision featuring stunning views, high above Frankton Road, Silver Creek’s slated to eventually accommodate 600 to 700 homes.

Local father-son developers Gavin and Josh Moore and another local investor bought the then heavily-forested land from Queenstown Hill farming family, the Middletons, early last year.

The first stage, launched on Wednesday night, is The Summit, which borders farmland on the northern boundary and recreational reserve to the west.

A gated community similar to The Peak, at the top of Queenstown Hill’s Commonage subdivision, but on a more expansive site, it features 46 home sites ranging from about 460 to 2000 square metres — about 20 are available now.

Prices range from about $1.2 million to $3.5m, though only the initial 14 have been priced.

Sales and marketing manager Peter Bennetts says each site has a wide frontage so homes will be able to feature panoramic views from the Remarkables round to Cecil and Walter Peaks.

Owners will have exclusive access to The Summit Lodge, which will be moulded into existing land contours.

It’ll include a proposed cafe, health club and concierge service which will include airport pick-ups for members and house cleans.

Owners will also have access to a private helipad up top.

Also coming to the market this year will be two more stages of the 14-stage development — an initial release of eight town house-type homes out of 28 at  Creekside, beside The Tiers apartment complex, and 15 terraced houses on a knob called Hill Crest.

Powerlines through the subdivision will be undergrounded, and there’ll be proposed biking/walking tracks linking to central Queenstown and also parks and ‘relaxation zones’ anyone can access to soak up the views.

Silver Creek runs 1.2km, west to east, from Goldfield Heights to Middleton Road, with access also off Potters Hill Drive, by The Tiers.

Its internal roading will also eventually offer a high-road alternative to busy Frankton Rd.

A third-generation Queenstowner, Bennetts is thrilled to be marketing the subdivision for the developers.

A former Goldfield Heights resident, he recalls training in the area for the Coast to Coast multisport race.

‘‘You’d get up there and you could hear the Basin waking up in the morning.’’

Before starting his real estate career 20 years ago, he was mountain manager for Coronet Peak and The Remarkables skifields, and he sees parallels between Coronet Peak and Silver Creek in terms of their undulating terrain.

He believes The Summit’s appeal lies in its location between central Queenstown and Frankton, its facilities and ‘‘the quality we want to provide’’.

‘‘We’ve got some really good interest from the local market already, but the market’s probably going to be Auckland and the east coast of Australia, predominantly.’’

Bennetts says, in view of what the resort’s been through for two years, ‘‘what excites
me is the confidence the developers have got in investing this amount of money’’.

‘‘I think it’s only good for the Lakes district, the community and the jobs they’re
going to create.’’