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Bendemeer experiencing strong sales and rapid growth

Bendemeer experiencing strong sales and rapid growth


Queenstown’s premier rural residential lifestyle development, Bendemeer, is celebrating five successful years since its acquisition and rejuvenation by Mount Farm Ventures Limited (MFVL).

The exclusive development has experienced particularly strong interest in the last quarter, with eight land lots totalling more than $7 million sold in the past six weeks. Stage Two of a three-stage sales strategy is now complete, and just three sites remain in the final stage which is yet to be released to the market.

MFVL owner Alistair Jeffery attributes the heightened activity to the overall strength of the current regional market and continued trust in the Bendemeer brand, as well as the strong community spirit that is now emerging within the master-planned development.

“Over the past five years, our focus has been on lifting the overall development back into ‘best of breed’ mode,” he says. “This has involved reinstating the owner-controlled management company and putting it on a sound financial footing, and lifting the presentation of the site back to a high level.

“Bendemeer’s staged sales strategy has also benefitted land seekers – we designed it to ensure that sites left at the end of the sales process did not have a ‘cherry-picked’ feel to them. Each stage was made up of a range of different site types, including elevated, more or less sheltered, remote and more sociable, so there has always been something to appeal to everyone.”

Bendemeer has a dominant share in the Queenstown high-end rural residential land market; 28 sales with an average price of $885,000 have been completed in the past four years. The development comprises 110 hectares of rolling pastureland with five natural ponds and has traditionally attracted buyers seeking sun, shelter and solitude with spectacular 360-degree views. The addition of the new Wet Jacket wine cellar door at the historic Bendemeer Woolshed has further enhanced its appeal.

“The environment at Bendemeer is exceptionally unique and the homes starting to emerge within the development are world-class, yet sympathetic to the natural landscape. There’s simply no better place to live,” Jeffery adds.

As well as seven kilometres of rabbit-proof fencing circling its perimeter, Bendemeer now has seven complete homes, three under construction and a further five homes are due to be underway later this year. Many of the dwellings have been designed by renowned New Zealand architects, including Warren & Mahoney, Dravitzki Brown, Ponting Fitzgerald and Mason & Wales.

“The three sites which remain in Stage Three are still to be released and further details of these will be communicated soon,” Bendemeer Project Manager Sarah Cairns says. As with the previous two stages, the sites have a range of different features and guide prices range from $950,000 to $1.15 million.


Photo caption: Bendemeer project manager Sarah Cairns at one of the recently-sold sites within the premier rural lifestyle development

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Cairns – Project Manager, Mount Farm Ventures –  027 522 3252,

About Bendemeer:
Bendemeer is a 130ha premium residential farm estate located between Queenstown and Arrowtown, New Zealand. Offering a limited number of exceptional home sites and a unique rural lifestyle opportunity, it is a master-planned development, protected by a covenant. Bendemeer is designed to ensure that all lot owners enjoy both a private house estate site and the natural beauty of the whole property. Bendemeer combines a spectacular landscape with views of mountains and lakes on a scale rarely available. The principal objective for the development of Bendemeer is to preserve the size and quality of its natural assets and make them available to a small group of landowners to enjoy collectively. The common land and facilities at Bendemeer are managed by Queenstown Management Limited and administered by Bendemeer Management Limited (BML). Each owner of a property also has one share in BML. Currently, BML has three directors: Alistair Jeffery, Bob Berry and Nicoll Thomson. For more information, please visit the Bendemeer website.

Rebecca Williamson
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