History
Completed Communities
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2021

Dream new homes in ideal locations

We’re immensely proud to have built over 80 completed communities around New Zealand, in the past 60+ years.

For everyone that wants a home that’s truly their own, there’s a Universal Home.

2021

Longest serving staffer

Our wonderful Chief Financial Officer Debbie Landale is the longest serving staff member with Universal Homes, having worked for the company for 32 years and counting!

2021

Proudly helping you find a new home

Universal Homes is thrilled to have helped over 850 new homeowners in Hobsonville Point find the perfect home for their lifestyle.

2021

Construction of Stage 3 begins at West Hills

We’re proud to start work on stage 3 at West Hills in Auckland's North West, working to create the next chapter of this master-planned community.

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2020

Stage 2 kicks off at West Hills

Work on stage 2 at West Hills has begun, with a range of apartments, terraces, and standalone homes all featuring at this well situated destination close to great amenities and key transport routes.

2020

Our House of the Year Awards

We’re proud to have been awarded numerous Auckland Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards over the years. It’s a reputation we’ve been building for over six decades. 

2020

Northcote Superlot N33, Auckland
West Hills Stage Two, Westgate, Auckland

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2019

Universal Homes celebrates 60 years!

In 2019 Universal Homes proudly celebrated 60 years of developing, designing and building beautiful homes in stunning, sought-after locations for homeowner after homeowner, decade after decade, and community after community. Our strong experience, commitment to continuous innovation and future- focussed building solutions ensure we create thoughtfully designed, expertly crafted, stylishly contemporary and secure homes, made for you to move in and enjoy.

2019

Huapai Nobilo, Huapai

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2018

West Hills: a master-planned community

We believe in helping you find a home and community where you can thrive! Our master-planned communities are developed from greenfields, designed to meet the needs of an increasingly busy Auckland. West Hills will encompass over 1,400 homes, with stage one being built this year and further stages over the next ten years. Offering a lifestyle choice with easy access to the CBD and West Coast adventures, it will include a range of apartments, terraces and standalone homes

2018

Universal Homes sells 500th home at Hobsonville Point!

We’re thrilled to have sold our 500th home in Hobsonville Point, and to have helped so many Kiwis into homes to enjoy in this popular community.

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2018

Karaka Waters, South Auckland

2018

Huapai Terraces, Huapai
Parklife Terraces, Silverdale
West Hills Stage One, West Gate
Fernwood Place, Glen Innes, East Auckland - Creating Communities Project (contract build)
Melling Street, Glen Innes, East Auckland - Creating Communities Project (contract build)
Tonar Street, Northcote - Northcote Housing Redevelopment Project for HLC and HNZ (contract build)

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2018

Belmont Park, Pukekohe

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2018

The Rise, Papakura

2017

First in industry: innovative flooring systems implemented

Universal Homes are the first in the industry to use cassette flooring systems and roofing trusses, at Hobsonville Point. The flooring is craned into position and this saves weeks on a home's construction time

2017

Superb homes southside

Universal Homes has built the company’s first block of terrace homes in South Auckland.

2017

Bonair Terraces, Silverdale
Karaka Lakes Terraces, South Auckland
Red Beach, North Auckland
Taniwha Street, Glen Innes, East Auckland - Creating Communities Project

2016

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

We’re proud of being the first adopter in the market of KOROK wall systems (formerly known as Speedwall). These are used in Hobsonville Point terrace homes. Our high-performance wall systems ensure the shared party walls between terrace homes are not only fire and soundproofed to well above New Zealand safety standards, but provide a better living environment and of course property security for you.

2016

Castledine Crescent, Glen Innes, East Auckland - Creating Communities Project (contract build)
East Park, Silverdale

2015

Universal Homes receives coveted Customer of the Year Award

AV Jennings awarded Universal Homes the coveted Customer of the Year Award, for our partnership at Hobsonville Point. We have been chosen from the entirety of the company’s development partners in New Zealand and Australia.

2015

Matua Crest, Huapai

2014

Raised from the rain: innovative quick-dry solution.

Building best practice and going beyond code is supremely important to us. Examples of our innovative building solutions to build better, healthier homes include the use of HIANDRI bottom plate packers, which we are one of the first companies to adopt. These revolutionise the way our construction team can deal with moisture during the build process

2014

First in industry: HomeRAB pre-cladding

We’re proud of our continuously innovative approach to construction, and use of robust, quality materials. We were one of the first to use JH HomeRAB pre-cladding in the industry. Grant Coutts, Construction Manager of Universal Homes says, “HomeRAB is a cost-effective pre-cladding that provides increased construction efficiency and quality, which helps us to deliver outstanding value to our customers.”

2014

Pokeno Village Estate

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2013

Long Bay, East Coast Bays

2012

Axis Series homes offered

We’re thrilled to partner with Kāinga Ora to offer brand new Axis Series homes at Hobsonville Point. These homes are for first home buyers, or those in the same financial position as a first home buyer as deemed by Kāinga Ora.

2012

Waimahia Avenue, Weymouth

2011

Exceptional quality new homes in sought-after Hobsonville Point

Bringing the benefit of over three generations of expertise, our award-winning team is proud to design and build outstanding value, exceptional quality new homes located in sought-after areas and suited to the modern lifestyle. In 2011 Universal Homes began building the first new homes in the Hobsonville Point community development. This master-planned community is the largest comprehensive development Universal has undertaken to date.

2011

Sustainability and good stewardship

Universal Homes is proud to constantly innovate for the benefit of our homeowners. We’ve adopted the use of Aquacomb in-slab stormwater detention tanks and on fence water tank panels, which create more space in terrace home backyards. These rainwater tanks for gardening, toilet flushing and washing machines ensure we’re using collected water resources more smartly, and reducing water bills for our customers

2011

Harbourwood, Bayview
Hobsonville Point Community, Hobsonville

2010

Addison Gardens, Takanini
Anselmi Ridge, Pukekohe

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2010

Millwater, Silverdale

2009

Thornton Green and Anchorage Drive at Karaka Lakes, South Auckland

2007

The Lakes, Tauranga

2007

Various locations, including Dairy Flat / Central Auckland / Mangere / Omaha / Orewa / Pine Valley / Ruakaka / Totara Views (contract design and builds)

2006

Chatham Hill, Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa
Pine Valley, Albany

2005

Greenborough Park, Greenhithe
Kitchener Park, Pukekohe
Peachstone Lane, Henderson
Totara Views, Silverdale

2004

Universal Homes builds first terrace homes

We’re building our first terrace homes in our developments in Albany and Greenhithe, meeting the need for medium density, well-priced quality housing. Warm, dry, insulated, noise-proof and double glazed: they’re a great new home solution in a variety of layouts and sizes. Our strong heritage is rooted in developing, designing and building desirable new homes ranging across budgets and styles.

2004

Aintree Heights, Greenhithe
Atherton Heights, Albany

2003

Lake Panorama, Waitakere
Park Views, Huapai
The Morrows, Pukekohe
Totara Views, Silverdale

2000

Courtyard Villa Series

Universal Homes developed and designed the Courtyard Villa Series of homes in Tui Ridge in the Waitakeres.

2000

Admirals Court, Greenhithe
Huntaway Lane, Te Atatu Peninsula
The Olives, Albany
Tui Ridge, Waitakere

1999

Cellarmans Street, Te Atatu Peninsula
Northwood, North Shore
Seabrook Close, New Lynn
Waimahia Landing, Manukau

1998

First Duplex and Two-Storey Homes Built

Universal Homes builds the Company's first duplex and two-storey homes, including at locations such as Temuka Gardens in Blockhouse Bay.

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1998

Universal Homes HQ moves to Bush Road, Albany

Universal Homes HQ moved to the North Shore and our current home in Albany

1998

Coroglen Gardens, Waitemata Drive
Richmond Park, Botany South
Stonegate, Waitakere
Temuka Gardens, Blockhouse Bay
Woodbury Park, Titirangi

1995

Huntington Park, Botany Downs
Settlers Cove, Manukau

1993

Contemporary building style refresh

We implemented a considerable change of building style for our homes, based on the contemporary Australian brick and tile model with an internal access garage.

1993

Brookfield Park, Albany
Mangere

1991

Brick is best

Universal Homes builds our first brick-style homes, heralding a new look for the Company.

1991

Massey

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1988

Longest standing sales team member

Steve Lindsey, New Home Consultants commenced working with Universal Homes in 1988 and is the longest standing member of the New Home Consultant team.

1988

Glen Eden Estates, Glen Eden
Penion Drive, Otara

1986

Philips Block, Weymouth

1985

Universal Homes founder retires

Universal Homes founder Bill Subritzky retired in the mid-1980s, by which time Universal had built more than 14,000 homes. Subritzky helped establish Avondale as a residential area when it was still greenfields, and went on to be awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Community Services in 1991.

1983

Waiuku

1981

Sunnynook, North Shore

1978

Bayswater, North Shore

1975

Birkenhead, North Shore

1973

Glenfield, North Shore

1970

Hamilton
Rotorua
Te Atatu, Auckland
Waiuku

1965

New Windsor, Auckland

1962

Mount Roskill, Auckland

1959

Early member of the Master Builders Association of New Zealand

For peace of mind of outstanding quality and superior design, our brand-new homes are covered by a Master Build Guarantee. Universal Homes was one of the earliest members of the Master Builders Association of New Zealand Incorporated, the organisation that offers the national Master Builders’ Guarantee. Over the years, Universal has been recognised for its work with many awards from Master Build.

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1959

Universal Homes begins

The Universal Homes story began back in 1959. The company was was founded by kiwi lawyer and property developer Wilfred “Bill” Subritzky QSM to meet the needs of first-time homebuyers. Since its inception, the Company has been based on the ongoing key principles of outstanding quality, great value and commitment to continuous innovation and to the customer.

1959

Lynfield, Auckland