Former quarry to become upmarket residential subdivision
Former quarry site set to become upmarket residential subdivision
The land which once housed one of the oldest and biggest stone and rock quarries in the Waikato has been placed on the market for sale as an upmarket residential subdivision.
Twelve sections in the Paeroa subdivision of Rockridge Estate encircle a castle-like mound which is all that remains of the town’s old quarry which dates back to the late 1940s.
Soft rock hauled out of the quarry was used in the foundations of many roads and buildings throughout the Waikato and Coromandel regions. The Kerepehi Dairy factory was the first building to be constructed using the Paeroa quarry stone.
The quarry was first developed by Paeroa-based trucking firm Brenan & Company and has passed through numerous sets of owners over the ensuing decades. The last quarrying activity was believed to have taken place in the mid-1990s when then-owner Dolph Rasmussen planned to flatten the core mound of the quarry by removing the last remaining tonnes of rock and stone.
However, by leaving the last bastion of the quarry intact, a unique topographic feature has been retained in the town – along with the only reference to Paeroa’s once thriving quarrying industry.
As demand for new-build sections in the town has emerged, the land has been subdivided and is being marketed for sale by Bayleys.
The 2010 Hauraki District Plan consultative report noted that: “Land suitable for residential development in Paeroa is constrained by a number of geographic features, such as the Ohinemuri River.”
“Accordingly, the land that is available for residential development needs to be used wisely. In addition, residential land development needs to be undertaken giving effect to good quality urban design principles,” said the council report.
A subsequent Hauraki District Plan update published last year, identified Paeroa as one of the region’s key service towns – along with Waihi and Ngatea.
The report specified that new residential expansion in the township should be of a low density nature “to provide a variety of living choice, and to create a buffer zone between some parts of the urban areas and the adjoining rural zone, and to direct low-density residential living to locations where it can support the major serviced urban towns (such as Paeroa).”
Bayleys sales person Robyn Cruickshank who is marketing the Rockridge Estate, said the exclusive enclave had been designed to comply with the council’s vision for creating high quality residential clusters around town fringes.
Properties within the Rockridge Estate range in size from 482 square metres to two hectares, varying in price from $72,000 for the smallest site to $350,000 for the largest plot.
“A subdivision such as Rockridge enables its residents to have the best of both worlds – only minutes drive into Paeroa town centre, yet with semi-rural views overlooking surrounding hills and countryside,” she said.
“It also enables owners to have new-build homes. In line with societal trends, we are seeing more and more people wanting two or three bathrooms per dwelling rather than the traditional one, or ‘media rooms’ with big screen TVs, or a dedicated office and computer space, and most commonly – expansive outdoor decking and BBQ space.
“Older style villas and bungalows close to the town centre simply don’t have the design capacity to contain many of these new elements to modern living, so buyers are choosing to buy new.”
Mrs Cruickshank predicted that interest in the Rockridge subdivision would come from a broad demographic spectrum – ranging from families with young children, through to recent retirees wanting to stay in the Paeroa vicinity.