Just over a week ago I went out to Hobsonville point for the opening of the ferry wharf, but I didn’t actually have a chance to look around the rest of the development. So last weekend my wife and I went out to Hobsonville again to have a better look around the development, as well as have lunch at the Catalina Cafe. The good news is that I can honestly say I was quite impressed by what I saw. Many of the features incorporated into the development so far are exactly what we promote here on the blog.
Below is an overview of the development with the recently opened wharf at the top left of the image, and the Catalina Cafe roughly in the middle next to the Hobsonville Point park. This area is also where the first houses have been built, some of which are already occupied. I love that developers have gone for a grid-type layout as opposed to the typical cul-de-sac that we have so often seen.
The first thing I noticed is that no work has been done to widen the main road currently running through the development – Buckley Ave. Compared to most new developments it is much narrower, which is superb as it helps to reinforce for drivers that they are in a residential area and should slow down. Along with the visual queues the posted speed limit is only 30kph, as shown in this wonderful sign:
Here is a view of Buckley Ave from outside the cafe:
In the background you can see some of the newly-built houses. You can tell right from the start that the area is higher in density than other developments over the last few decades. The narrow streets exist through these houses too. The developers have gone a step further by ensuring that footpaths carry on through intersections with the side streets, making them more pedestrian friendly.
As the main street is narrow and currently subject to low traffic volumes, there aren’t any formal crossings. However it is still clear to both pedestrians and drivers where these crossing-points are. Any paved area that connects with the road for pedestrian use also contains these bollards:
One thing I hadn’t noticed at the wharf opening is that access to the wharf area is actually via a shared space. Although interestingly, it is controlled by lights as it only wide enough for one vehicle.
Further around the development the new primary school appears to have been completed, along with part of what I assume will be the main road through the development – Hobsonville Point Rd. Once again this road is not a massive arterial which is great, and also includes cycle lanes, an urban corner park and bus stop:
And lastly the new primary school:
All up there are some great things going on here which is good to see.