Queenstown’s hillside cabin sites have been snapped up by buyers

One of Arthur Points Woods turnkey cabin designs. Photo / Provided

The word ‘unique’ is used somewhat loosely in property circles, but it seems appropriate for a commercialized hillside cottage colony at Queenstown’s Arthurs Point.

Arthurs Point Woods – above Shotover Lodge and the Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Hotel – will eventually feature 50 high-quality eco-passive cabins connected to the same developer’s large Tree Space project just above on Mount Dewar.

The housing estate has already captured the imagination of the market, without going as far as the market, as such.

Artist's impression of Arthur Points Woods.  Photo / Provided
Artist’s impression of Arthur Points Woods. Photo / Provided

Twenty-eight sites, spanning stages one and two and priced between $385,000 and $575,000, have already been booked.

They range from 250 square meters to 800 square meters, although they average 390 square meters.

Colliers Queenstown now offers six more sites, from 470 to 600 m², from $475,000.

Six more are being held up just before the subdivision’s completion, however, later this year the developer will also offer 10 turnkey options, based on two cabin designs.

Although the sites may not seem large, they all have clear views of the one below, and many have views as far out as Lake Wakatipu, as well as the Shotover River.

“The size of the site is designed to support a small footprint cabin,” says developer Adam Smith.

With a height limit of eight meters, cabins can also be built on two or even three levels.

He believes their commercial success to date – many going to ‘friends of friends of friends’ – shows that many people are hungry for an alternative to ‘a level housing estate or suburban format’ generally offered, “it’s closer to how people saw themselves living in the mountains, on the side of a hill, in a cabin in the woods.”

Richie Heap of Colliers, who markets Arthurs Point Woods with colleague Jesse Johnston, said: ”We are very outdoors, fitness type people, mountain people, and due to the lack of options we have channeled all those people in a Shotover Country or a Hanley’s Farm.”

Smith: ”I think it has more to do with how Queenstown was first settled, which was in smaller huts and cribs on the hillside. ”

With the first 28 sales, Smith says he and agents have ensured buyers are aligned with the settlement’s design, environmental and community ethos.

A cabin design: High quality design result.  Photo / Provided
A cabin design: High quality design result. Photo / Provided

”We are looking for a very high quality design result.

”They will be built from a singular material, either natural wood or stone, and there is a design review board to make sure everyone is building something that will work really well. the low.

“We tried to select people who are going to live here permanently, to form the community – you can’t speculate on the land, and you have to build.”

Environmental commitments, mirroring the Treespace project, include restrictions on pets.

Smith expects the titles to arrive late next year.

That gives buyers 12 to 18 months “to design something big,” and also to field a builder, he says.

Heap, who compares Arthurs Point Woods to “a small Italian ski village”, concludes: “It’s really exciting to be part of a project like this, because it’s something so different from what we usually look for. »