Developer Returns to Its Putāruru Roots with Retirement Village Plan
Tim Bartells developed the Longridge Country Estate in Paeroa which serves as a model for his new village Putāruru Country Estate.
Putāruru-born real estate developer Tim Bartells returns to the town of South Waikato with plans to build a $200 million retirement village.
Putāruru Country Estate will be Bartells’ third major retirement village development, complementing Amberley Country Estate, a 250-unit village in North Canterbury, and Longridge Country Estate, a 420-unit village in Paeroa.
Bartells said work would begin in October on the 16-hectare Kennedy Drive site bordering the Putāruru golf course, rugby and football clubs.
The development will comprise 254 mixed-size villas ranging from 95-185m² and a 2000m² recreational and community facility including a heated swimming pool, spa, gym, cinema, restaurant and cafe, library, meeting rooms of doctors, billiard and billiard tables, a grand piano, “menz shed”, bowling green and virtual golf.
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The village would have an aged care facility that would provide a rest hospital and care for people with dementia, he said.
Bartells said his retirement villages provide each villa with more space for outdoor living areas, lawns and gardens.
“We don’t want to cram as many villas as possible. Our goal is to provide high quality, beautifully built, functional homes that people will love to live in.
South Waikato District Mayor Jenny Shattock said the planned investment is great news for Putāruru and for the South Waikato District.
“There are real economic benefits from a large project like this for the community,” Shattock said.
“In addition to creating a pleasant place to live for retirees, there are many job opportunities in all fields, from earthworks to civil engineering, including building and construction, and many subcontractors, who in turn will attract new businesses to the area.
“There is also the continuum of work as this project will continue for many years.”
Bartells was born at Putāruru Maternity Hospital, went to school at St Marys and then Putāruru High School. After leaving school he worked in forestry and then dairy farming in Waikato, before moving to Tasmania where he became involved in property development.
His siblings were also brought up in Putāruru, while his mother, Pearl, was well known in the town for having worked in the materials store Elizabeth Amber for 30 years. His father worked in the timber trade.
“There’s a lot of history in Putāruru for me, so being able to come home and do something like this has a special meaning for me.”