THE AVONDALE ADVANTAGE
If you’re looking for a solid commercial property investment or to establish a thriving new business, Avondale Mainstreet may tick all your boxes.
If you do not live here, you may not be aware what a great place Avondale is. Seldom do you find a community that is so identified with its neighbourhood – residents have a great sense of ownership of Avondale and are eager to proudly support local endeavour.
Sitting on the edge of the inner city, real estate is changing hands at a rate of knots and younger families with higher disposable incomes are flooding into the area. Coupled with a global movement towards hyper-localism, the Avondale Community is primed to spend money in the mainstreet - on businesses providing modern, high-quality offerings.
Since opening in 2018, Browne St Café has quickly become a local favourite. It was the first to inject a contemporary eatery option into Avondale, which has been rewarded with consistent patronage. This was followed in 2019 by Barbarino’s Spaghetteria [below]. Its shrewd operators (of Sugar Café and Winona Forever fame), pitched an affordable Italian option with great food and chuffable wine that has similarly proven to be a winning formula.
Avondale Dental - owners, Victor Young, Tim Little and Amy White below - was established in Avondale some 30 years ago. Its owners chose recently to reinvest in Avondale by creating a purpose-built, state-of-the art dental clinic, now one of the most modern and well equipped in the country.
“At the time we decided to move to larger premises, we had a sufficiently-sized and loyal patient base to be able to set up anywhere in Auckland,” says Victor Young, “so it was important for us to ask whether we wanted to stay in Avondale and the answer was a resounding ‘yes.’”
Working from the suburbs and with economy of scale, Avondale Dental is able to offer fair and reasonable prices while providing patients with highly-trained staff and world-class treatment.
Council's property arm, Panuku Developments, has identified Avondale as an area of major opportunity. It is revitalising and intensifying Avondale over a 15 year timeframe including development of a street-front community centre with a build date anticipated to be 2022.
CRAYFORD STREET WEST
Panuku Development changes also include development of Crayford Street West to make it a safer and more connected area between the train station and Avondale Town Centre. Construction works have been delayed due to Covid but are expected to start perhaps some time in 2021.
Ockham Residential developed 26 Racecourse Parade alongside the Avondale Racecourse which opened doors in 2019.
Property developer Mark Todd confidently predicted: "Avondale is going to be the next Kingsland," and has since purchased further land on the corner of Great North and Ash Street to develop the exciting Aroha residential complex - 117 apartments – 47 of which will be set aside for KiwiBuild buyers. Expected completion is late 2022.
The newly opened Roomie Apartment Hotel at 3-7 Layard Street with a range of studio accommodation was set to make a splash in Avondale until Covid hit. The hotel was quickly assumed for social housing, but post the Covid crisis, we can expect the hotel to make a huge impact on Avondale's economic development.
Kāinga Ora is playing its part in the regeneration of Avondale town centre by building a new housing development for older people known as Highbury Triangle.
The development, which is located between Great North Road and Community Lane, will include 236 homes, which will predominately be made up of a state housing complex for older people, alongside a component of market homes and commercial space.
It will be contained within five apartment buildings, spanning six to eight levels. Four of the apartment blocks, or 81 percent of the development, will be retained for state housing. These homes enable tenants to live independently, or with some assistance, as required.
Highbury Triangle is expected to be completed by mid-2022.
STREET PAVERS PROJECT
A project by Auckland Transport and Whau Local Board to replace the renown slippery pavers in Avondale Mainstreet is underway and will begin in January 2021. The work includes upgrades of the street lighting and bike stands and is aimed to be completed by mid year.
Further to the Messara Report that recommended changes to the horse racing industry in 2018, the Avondale Jockey Club committee has asked members to agree to close the West Auckland Track in 2026. While the decision is not cemented, the sale of such a massive piece of local land will undoubtedly impact the local economy.
No doubt, room will be made for much-needed further housing, but the site would also be suitable for the aquatic and recreation facility promised to West Auckland in Council’s Long Term Plan, for which a suitable space has been sought.
Further to her comments at the ABA AGM, it is clear Whau Ward Councilor, Tracy Mulholland is keeping this project on the table to ensure it becomes a possibility sooner rather than later.
Avondale is a Central Auckland suburb just 9km from the bustling and vibrant CBD. It offers excellent public transport options with a train station just a few minutes’ walk from the mainstreet and a thoroughfare for the major bus routes.
Its Rosebank commercial/industrial district with 500 odd businesses offers employment opportunities for some 8000 workers and it is nestled between the SH20 and SH16 motorway routes for ready access to the city and airport.
Additionally, we have a Whau Ward Councilor, Whau Local Board and Avondale Business Association each supportive of, and collaborating towards boosting economic development in Avondale.
And to talk to us about how Avondale could work for you, phone:
Avondale Business Association
Mb 027 391 7155
We welcome your call!