Think you know what apartment living entails? Think again! Kick stereotypes to the curb and check out the fresh reality of Universal Homes apartment living at Northcote: high-quality healthy homes that are spacious, private and safe, with light, bright and warm interiors, and contemporary style to top it all off. Our Homestar 6 environmental build-rated, architecturally designed brand-new apartments are situated in some of Auckland’s standout neighbourhoods, and our conveniently located Northcote community in its private laneway precinct is no exception. Close to beautiful beaches and parks, these apartments are designed and positioned to enjoy sun and nearby greenspaces, while providing privacy.
There’s a lot to love about apartment living. Apartments are growing in popularity as more people choose this typology of home and low-maintenance lifestyle over a backyard with all the maintenance and the heftier mortgage that more land entails. Universal Homes is proud to offer a range of architecturally designed Homestar 6 rated apartments in the Northcote Development with different layouts to suit your home needs. These apartments are conveniently located right by new and renovated parks, a new leafy ecological greenway for walking and cycling, just 15 minutes from Auckland’s CBD, and a short walk from a soon-to-be revitalised town centre. Locals already love this place – and you will too.
Apartments, for all ages and stages
Apartment living can be the perfect first home opportunity. Apartments use land more efficiently which significantly reduces the purchase price of a home. But the choice of apartment living increasingly appeals to a wide variety of ages and stages, including first home buyers plus those buying solo, young families, retirees, investors, or those after the benefits that the apartment lifestyle gives. Benefit from living in a well-designed space, opt for a more compact lifestyle, focus on experiences over things, make the most of close proximity to local schools, downsize without compromising on quality and community, and enjoy the ease and low-maintenance of apartment life.
Low-maintenance lifestyle benefits
One of the perks of apartment living is the easy care, translating into meaningful day-to-day lifestyle benefits for you to enjoy. A low-maintenance lock-up-and-leave lifestyle is on offer. Our apartments have been designed using quality, permanent materials requiring little maintenance. Being brand new and low maintenance means it can be easier from a care perspective when it comes to daily life, than with some older or freestanding styles of homes.
One of our first home buyers shares a little of her story as an apartment lover: “As a first home buyer purchasing off the plan, I had no idea what to expect. The process with Universal Homes has been really easy,” says Manisha, the proud homeowner. “It’s just been me buying by myself, so once I started to look at buying a home I needed to consider what I could afford as an individual.
“I see how long my parents and other friends spend gardening, and when it came to finding my own new home, I wanted something simpler. It requires very little from me – no lawns to mow is such a bonus!”
Universal’s stylish apartments are thoughtfully designed: open plan, maximising liveable space to enjoy, and with plenty of natural light. High ceilings and smart open-plan layouts maximise the spacious feeling.
“One of the trends that Universal has identified and responded to in this development is the move to apartment living in Auckland,” states Russell Canons, Principal and Director of award-winning Construkt Architects, who have collaborated with Universal Homes on designing these Northcote apartments.
“Whenever Construkt is involved in apartment developments, what we always seek to achieve is to design homes that provide maximum amenity and livability for the residents – and that comes from generous, well-planned living spaces and bedrooms, plus always ensuring we capture as much natural light and sun into the individual homes as possible.”
Where possible, outdoor spaces and balconies face outward towards the surrounding streets, taking advantage of the north, east and western aspects. Each of the apartment buildings sits on a podium above street level, providing privacy to all ground-floor living spaces. The use of fence screening and planting will enhance this privacy. Shared common spaces outdoors provide an opportunity for neighbours to meet and socialise, and create and strengthen community.
These Northcote apartments are built to a Homestar 6 rated environmental build standard, reducing maintenance and energy costs. Thanks to intelligent design practices such as maximising sun exposure, Northcote’s apartment lovers will be saving long after purchasing their brand new home. Double-glazing and our state-of-the-art wall insulation systems mean these homes are perfectly peaceful, with a reduced need to turn on the heating too.
Benefits of apartment living
Life is busy, and time is precious. At Universal Homes we believe your home should be a place to enjoy living in, not something which requires your time and effort. Our apartments have been designed with this philosophy in mind. There are numerous benefits to apartment living, including retaining more of your own time, low maintenance, lack of DIY, affordability, sustainability, excellent architectural design, cleverly thought out spaces, less to clean, increased security, living nearer the things you like to do, and being located in an area you enjoy. Choosing an apartment can be the key that lets you live exactly where you want to be.
Quality, inside and out
We pride ourselves on over 60 years of experience, building well-designed, expertly crafted, smart and secure quality homes with lasting functionality, durability and comfort. We use the highest quality building materials, future-focussed technology, innovative designs, liveable floor plans, and stylish exterior and interior good looks so you can enjoy low-maintenance living and all that vibrant Northcote has to offer. Your modern, well-built Universal apartment is somewhere you’ll be proud to call your own for years to come.
A Northcote apartment that’s right for you
If Northcote feels like somewhere you’d like to call home, we’re excited to help you start your new home journey! Srecko and Ling, our friendly Sales Consultants, can take you through the process step-by-step. You’ll be surprised just how easy it can be with our fixed-cost homes, flexible deposit options and no progress payments during the build. Get in touch today.