Millbrook Resort’s newest development, the $50 million Mill Farm, is capturing the imagination of people who want to build a home with all the benefits of rural living with a several properties already snapped up since their release late last year.
Millbrook director of property and development Ben O’Malley says there are 42 sites on Mill Farm with ten of the 20 that have been made available already sold.
“The high levels of interest in the sections are reminiscent of the “flight to quality” experienced by the resort in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.”
He says the 67-hectare Mill Farm site, formerly Dalgleish Farm, has been under development for the past two years.
“This is a stunning piece of land with rocky canyons, a waterfall, high mountain tarns, the meandering Mill Stream and an original stone cottage and historic woolshed still on site. People will be able to build their dream home with all the benefits of rural living but without having to look after the animals themselves, providing the best of both worlds. Lots facing directly on to paddocks include ha-ha walls to ensure fences don’t obstruct views while containing stock.”
The project is led by the Signal Management Group and the house lots include 24 on an upper plateau known as The Grand Terrace and 18 lower down on Willow Glen. They average 2000 square metres with prices ranging from around $2 million to $3.5million and Millbrook’s design guidelines have been amended to reflect the alpine location of the sites and include darker recessive colours and all native planting.
“Some variation to permitted roof and wall cladding is also being introduced allowing new design opportunities while still maintaining the spirit of the well-loved style of Millbrook architecture,” says Ben.
A key aspect of the Mill Farm development is a nine-hole golf course designed by well-known Queenstown course designer Greg Turner along with associate Scott Macpherson.
The spectacular course, scheduled to open in spring 2021, will wend its way around the residential sites has outstanding views and landscape features.
Ben says key aspects of the Mill Farm golf course are a 30-million litre irrigation lake and what is believed to be the highest commercial golf tee in New Zealand at 480 metres.
“The course will add nine-holes to Millbrook’s current world-class 27 holes allowing the resort to operate two 18-hole golf courses simultaneously.”