More defence houses for sale

Waiouru camp houses back on the market

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 08:00 03/02/2014
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UP FOR GRABS: The Defence Force has just put another eight 1950s and 60s houses from the camp on the market. They are set to be sold and removed by the end of July.

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The Defence Force has netted more than $4.5 million from the sale of houses from Waiouru Military Camp, and it is looking to add to that total.

It has just put another eight 1950s and 60s houses from the camp on the market. They are set to be sold and removed by the end of July.

The sales are part of a strategy dating back to 2009, which has seen 1950s and 60s-era buildings sold and removed from Linton, Waiouru and Burnham military camps, as they were sitting empty and becoming expensive to maintain.

In advertising material for the eight houses newly on the market, property consultants Land Matters list the number of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses which have already been sold from Waiouru, as well as the average selling prices.

The 136 houses have sold for a combined total of $4.55m, with the most expensive being a four-bedroom house which sold for $61,000.

The eight remaining homes are described by Land Matters as being "solid, wooden framed and functional".

The houses - seven three-bedroom and one four-bedroom - are for sale by tender, but if the prices paid go by previous form they should sell for a combined total of $260,000.

Land Matters spokesman Sam Pritchard said there had been strong interest in the Waiouru properties previously, and he expected the same with the next lot.

"Most purchasers have recognised the character and potential in these well maintained houses and have been delighted with the result."

The sale of the eight houses, expected to be the final ones sold from Waiouru, will bring the total number sold across the three camps to 252.

People can view the houses on February 15 and 22, with tenders due by March 17.

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- Manawatu Standard

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