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Golden Sands – Urban Series, Vol.1

A lot has changed in Golden Sands in the last 20 years. Golden Sands was one of New Zealand’s early adopters of mixed density urbanism that focused on creating a walkable connected community that helps foster various social outcomes.

During the first years of the 2000’s The Golden Sands Developers did something a little unusual. They asked a very profound question; How do we create a full community?

After seeking out world leading experts on the matter, from far and wide, they learnt that by striving to create an urban rather than suburban development they would bring about the following benefits:


Higher quality of life; Better places to live, work, & play; Higher, more stable property values; Less traffic congestion & less driving; Healthier lifestyle with more walking, and less stress; Close proximity to main street retail & services; Close proximity to bike trails, parks, and nature; Pedestrian friendly communities offer more opportunities to get to know others in the neighbourhood and town, resulting in meaningful relationships with more people, and a friendlier town; More freedom and independence to children, elderly in being able to get to jobs, recreation, and services without the need for a car or someone to drive them; Great savings to residents and school boards in reduced busing costs from children being able to walk or bicycle to neighbourhood schools; More diversity and smaller, unique shops and services with local owners who are involved in community; Big savings by driving less, and owning less cars; Less ugly, congested sprawl to deal with daily; Better sense of place and community identity with more unique architecture; More open space to enjoy that will remain open space.


Increased sales due to more foot traffic & people spending less on cars and petrol; More profits due to spending less on advertising and large signs; Better lifestyle by living above shop in live-work units – saves the stressful & costly commute; Economies of scale in marketing due to close proximity and cooperation with other local businesses; Smaller spaces promote small local business incubation; Lower rents due to smaller spaces & smaller parking lots; Healthier lifestyle due to more walking and being near healthier restaurants; More community involvement from being part of community and knowing residents.


Less spent per capita on infrastructure and utilities than typical suburban development due to compact, high-density nature of projects; Increased tax base due to more buildings packed into a tighter area; Less traffic congestion due to walkability of design; Less crime and less spent on policing due to the presence of more people day and night; Less resistance from community; Better overall community image and sense of place; Less incentive to sprawl when urban core area is desirable; Easy to install transit where it’s not, and improve it where it is; Greater civic involvement of population leads to better governance

Increasingly, regional planning techniques are being used to control and shape growth into compact, high-density, mixed-use neighbourhoods, towns, and cities. At the same time, the revitalization of urban areas directs and encourages infill development back into city centres.

Planning for compact growth, rather than letting it sprawl out, has the potential to greatly increase the quality of the environment. It also prevents congestion problems and the environmental degradation normally associated with growth.



Barrett Homes is proud to be part of this area and to be providing high quality, medium density homes to the market. These are some of the Urban Series Packages we have available for sale currently:

Urban Series – New York Plan – 2 Storied, 3 bedrooms (To be released)

Urban Series – Brooklyn Plan, Lot 1230 – 2 Storied, 3 bedrooms $588,000

Urban Series – Manhattan Plan, Lot 1251– 2 Storied, 3 bedrooms $591,000

Urban Series – Maryland Plan, Lot 1223 Stage 50, $510,000 (Total Package Price)

Urban Series – Indiana Plan, Lot 1231 Stage 50, $568,000 (Total Package Price)