Whitby is New Zealand’s first master planned suburb and consistently achieves above average real estate prices.
Whitby Lakes is in the mature suburb of Whitby and occupies approximately 4 hectares of prime land bordered by services such as supermarkets, a medical centre and library.A hospital, bowling and tennis club are located within a short radius. This is of great attraction to the residents of Whitby Lakes and the village draws residents not only from the immediate catchment area of Whitby, but across the wider Wellington region.
In 2009 a highly experienced combination of ex-Vision Senior Living executives, headed by Sandy Foster, purchased Whitby Lakes. The management team brings a wealth of skills in both commercial development and village management. Sandy is a qualified civil engineer and a former chief executive of Vision Senior Living Limited. Sandy is partnered by Phil Molloy and Graham Smith who have extensive experience in project management and the construction of retirement villages.
Since taking over Whitby Lakes the management team has grown the village into a thriving community. In May 2011 a $2 million community facilities building was opened which resulted in significant growth in value and in demand for villas at Whitby Lakes.
Since 2009 Whitby Lakes has enjoyed steady growth and the operators expect this to accelerate over the next 3 years as the final stages of the 67 apartments are completed.
The continued expansion of the village will give an opportunity for the maintenance of the long term lending relationship between Senior Trust and the village. There is an intention to build a healthcare facility on land immediately adjacent to the village. This will add to the attraction of Whitby Lakes by providing the continuance of care as the village population ages.
The plan calls for 50 care suites and 10 hospital beds. Capital and Coast District Health Board has approved funding support conditional upon final accreditation.
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