Mike Greer Homes have been building award-winning homes for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s largest privately owned home building company. They have and continue to be involved with many of the country’s most prominent residential projects, so when Mike Millar, the Director and joint owner of Mike Greer Homes Central Otago, first heard about the proposed new development at Wooing Tree, he says he was very keen to be involved.
“Wooing Tree is an exciting and prestigious project for Cromwell and we were keen to get on board from the outset. To me, it has a very similar look and feel to, say, Jack’s Point and some of the subdivisions we’ve worked on here in Wanaka. And once the word gets out, I think the demand will be really high.”
Mike and his team of 12, Wanaka-based staff have the full backing of Mike Greer Homes nationally, including an award wining Design team and a comprehensive Pricing team, based in Christchurch. On the ground in Wanaka, Mike has his own building crew, plus two additional subcontracting crews in Cromwell he can call on, which he says is important, as it helps put money back into the local economy.
“We have a great range of standard plans which we can adjust to our customers’ needs. The idea is to find the ideal price point for our customers,” he says. “As a starting point, I have chosen three floor plans for the Wooing Tree homes. We have then adapted them to include Alpine-look exteriors to conform to the predetermined design guidelines.”
Mike is impressed with how the new development at Wooing Tree will look and feel – particularly with the way the homes will be set out, with strict set backs, site coverage and building envelopes that ensure the houses don’t feel cramped together. There are also the covenants on the roof styles, exterior materials and colours that can be used, which will help to give a visual consistency across the whole development.
“It’s important to have those rules in place for the exteriors, but inside, we can pretty much do what we want. We can have cathedral ceilings, with skylights, if our clients want them. We can change stud heights, too, to give the homes a more generous feel.”
The houses will be warm and efficient too, thanks to insulated foundations, low-e double-glazing, and the option to have two heat sources.
“At Mike Greer Homes we have a standard list of specifications, using some of the most reputable brands – Newtech bathroomware, Grohe tapware, Smeg appliances, Godfrey Hirst carpets and flooring – so a high level of finishing,” says Mike. “We also give a fixed cost for peace of mind.”
On the question of who he sees as his target buyer, Mike believes they will be a combination of an overflow of people from Queenstown, who either can’t find or can’t afford land, people from the rest of Central Otago – and the rest of the country – looking for a holiday home, or a place to retire. “Wooing Tree is very nicely located and creates a very desirable option for people in this stunning part of the country,” he says.
“Cromwell has become a lot more appealing; certainly more affordable, comparatively. It is the natural hub of Central Otago, being 40 minutes from Wanaka, 45 minutes from Queenstown, and equidistant to all the major ski fields. Then there are all the wineries and the biking opportunities. It’s got a lot going for it.”