Visionary design makes the new city a showcase for future generations

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The architectural forms of Paerata Rise will range from country villas to more contemporary designs.

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The architectural forms of Paerata Rise will range from country villas to more contemporary designs.

The founders of Paerata Rise have made every effort to ensure that this is a brand new town and planned community that future generations can be proud of – and not just another real estate development.

The 300ha site, located between Karaka and Pukekohe in Franklin, about a 40-minute drive south of Auckland, is huge, measuring about 15 times the size of Eden Park. When completed, the new city will have approximately 4,500 housing units. Designing and developing it as part of a unified plan has many benefits, says Chris Johnston, director of Grafton Downs, the team behind Paerata Rise.

“We already have a primary school, a childcare centre, a park and a playground; we are working on our commercial area, which is going to have a supermarket and shops.

“We’ll have a large amphitheater park, and we’ll also have a train station, which will open in 2024, so our community can get on a train and get to work if they want to,” Johnston said.

Each house will be different and architects can be creative to make the town unique.

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Each house will be different and architects can be creative to make the town unique.

Detailed design guidelines governing architecture, landscaping and streetscapes will ensure that Paerata Rise is aesthetically pleasing, while allowing for individuality and creative expression. All new designs must be approved by the Grafton Downs Design Review Board. The reason isn’t to dictate to people what kind of home they should live in, but to make sure all the elements are of the highest quality, says Johnston.

“The key is to build a community and we also didn’t want every house to look the same, which is the reason for Design Covenants and the Design Review Board. Every house will be different and architects can be creative so that the city looks unique.We use 14 build partners, and each partner has a choice of which architects they use.

Architectural forms range from country villas to more contemporary designs. Materials, such as stone and wood, and an understated earthy color palette complement the rural decor. Features such as terraces, balconies, verandas and pergolas and a mix of one- and two-story homes will provide interest and variety.

“Part of the design guide is also to get cars off the road so you can have two cars and parking, and two cars out of your driveway. We’ve also put in extra resources to make sure we don’t look like to a generic development, so we don’t have white concrete – all of our concrete and paths contain oxide, so it looks nicer.

“You can’t have big fences in front of your house, which also helps with passive security. There’s a design flip side to our streets. You can’t have gas cylinders or air conditioning units in front of your house, it must be hidden from the street on the side of the house, so the side of your house must be beautiful.

The 300ha site, located between Karaka and Pukekohe in Franklin, is about a 40-minute drive south of Auckland.

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The 300ha site, located between Karaka and Pukekohe in Franklin, is about a 40-minute drive south of Auckland.

“We also worked closely with our landscapers on the plants and tree layout.”

Johnston says a key part of the vision was to design an engaging community that will stand the test of time.

“What we wanted to do was build a community that 50 or 100 years from now people will say it was done well, they’re proud of it, rather than a lot of the developments that are happening that are trying to squeeze the dollar It’s not very high density, we respect the Franklin area which is a rural area.

Future residents are invited to find out more. By becoming one of the first people to move into Paerata Rise, Johnston said “they will be able to build their community together, creating a sense of kinship and connection where everyone knows their neighbor by first name”.

For more information visit: https://paeratarise.co.nz, or email chris@graftondowns.co.nz.

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