66 Magazine Issue 4 Summer 2018 - Page 71

“AS MUCH AS CATALINA BAY IS ABOUT THE WONDERFUL HERITAGE BUILDINGS, CREATING AN ENERGISING COMMUNITY FEEL WITHIN THIS SPECIAL SPOT IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE MULTI-STAGE MASTERPLAN.” In this context, Catalina Bay is a heritage goldmine. Even an old building once used for personnel training and a canteen has been reborn with a new focus – and one not too far removed from its original purpose. Fabric Café Bistro is another big hit in the new precinct, affording waterfront views from its deck and already a popular spot. Brunch followed by a stroll with the kids, friends or the faithful family dog along the newly-built boardwalks of the Te Ara Manawa Coastal Walkway – which traces its way along 5km of Upper Harbour coastline – is certainly a splendid way to unwind of a sunny summer morning. Because as much as Catalina Bay is about the wonderful heritage buildings at every point on the compass, creating an energising community feel within this special spot is also an important part of the multi-stage masterplan. This aspect, too, has developed quickly, thanks to the already-busy Catalina Bay Farmer’s Night Markets, held monthly and attracting some of the best artisanal food producers around. Stage Two of the Catalina Bay precinct will get underway in the coming year. And this is where ‘heritage’ gives way to ‘home’, with the Catalina Apartments and townhouses beginning to take shape alongside the majestic Sunderland Hanger. Comprising 52 exclusive apartments and nine townhouses, Catalina Apartments have been carefully crafted by award-winning Architectus. Featuring generous one to four- bedroom apartments ranging in size from 55m² to more than 200m², every residence at Catalina Bay will be unified by modern style, proximity to exciting amenities and with the breath-taking Upper Harbour on their doorstep. Exhibiting the best of the best, penthouses of exceptional quality will sit at the top of the Catalina Apartments building, showcasing stunning 270-degree views of the Waitemata Harbour. These unique residences will comprise four bedrooms, a generous entertainer’s kitchen and plenty of premium finishes and fittings, with options for a second living or media room. 66 MagAzine SUMMER 2018 69