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Bendemeer show home sale significant for development and Queenstown market

Bendemeer show home sale significant for development and Queenstown market
The Contemporary barn at 11 Bendemeer Lane has 360 degree mountain views
The Contemporary barn at 11 Bendemeer Lane has 360 degree mountain views


The rapid sale of the first house-and-land-package at Bendemeer is a further lift for the premium residential lifestyle development and a boost to Queenstown’s rural real estate market.

The stunning architecturally designed Contemporary Barn, the first show home built at Bendemeer, has been sold at asking price for $2.595 million – going under contract just 14 working days after hitting the market, and unconditional on September 23.

The price is the fourth highest achieved for a rural lifestyle property in the 2014 calendar year, according to REINZ statistics.

The sale is another milestone for Bendemeer, and is testament to the vision of entrepreneur Alistair Jeffery, Director of Mount Farm Ventures Ltd. Mount Farm Ventures acquired 24 sites within Bendemeer in 2011 after the original development went into receivership and has since transformed the former working farm into some of the region’s most sought-after real estate.

“Bendemeer is now a growing community of passionate residents and with lifestyle blocks exposed to unrivalled 360 degree views of the Wakatipu Basin, it is very much in-demand real estate. The strong response to the completion of the Contemporary Barn show home reflects this, and supports our belief that there is a need for top-quality turn-key house and land packages at Bendemeer,” Jeffery says.

Progress at Bendemeer is accelerating, with two more land sale contracts going unconditional this week. Three more turnkey house and land packages are also due to get underway shortly.

“We’re getting strong interest from the Auckland, expat and local markets, and our strategy of supporting land prices whilst the market recovered is now paying off, with buyer confidence quickly increasing,” Jeffery adds.

“The signal people are looking for is that pricing at Bendemeer is being supported, and buyers are increasingly confident in future property price growth and strong governance within the development.”

The Contemporary Barn was sold by Luxury Real Estate New Zealand’s Arrowtown office and handled by directors Terry Spice and Nick Horton.

“Demand for premium-located, quality builds such as the Contemporary Barn at 11 Bendemeer Lane is something we are always looking for,” Spice says.

“It has been an issue within the region for several years that there is not enough well-priced, architectural homes on the open market. Bendemeer is now starting to compete with the buyer pool that has traditionally purchased within Millbrook.”


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 Colliers 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 Geof Harp. For more information, please visit the Bendemeer website.

For more information on the Contemporary Barn, or buying land or property at Bendemeer, please contact:
Sarah Cairns – Project Manager, Mount Farm Ventures – 027 522 3252,
Luxury Real Estate New Zealand director Terry Spice – 021 755 889


Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.