The option to downsize to a low-maintenance apartment that is easy to lock-up and leave is perfect for those wanting to spend more time travelling and at holiday homes. However, the real difference between these apartments and small, lower quality ones, is that they are designed to be permanent residences.
As in many major cities around the world, one of the first areas for development of apartments like this has been Auckland City's waterfront. Residents here are able to save time commuting, walk or cycle to the inner city and work, and embrace the city's best restaurants, culture and entertainment.
Building Inner-city Communities
Shifting New Zealanders from the quarter-acre dream towards denser, inner-city living requires exceptional, nearby amenity. Auckland City Council has focused on creating high quality public spaces that make it possible to imagine living in a smaller home or in a previously undesirable location.
In Wynyard Quarter, council-controlled organisation Panuku Development Auckland has invested in new parks, playgrounds, public transport and entertainment programmes, such as Silo Cinema and Silo Markets.
This has turned the former industrial area into a vibrant and diverse waterfront precinct where people now want to live. The public spaces along with new cafes and restaurants, make smaller homes viable by creating a home away from home where residents to relax and unwind.
Shared amenities don't just allow us to live more compactly. Charles Montgomery, author of Happy Cities, says it's these places that allow for the social connections that make people happy. By activating the street edges of apartment developments with small shops and services, we create opportunities for chance interactions with neighbours and a greater sense of belonging to a community.