Rural living in the city: Cashmere Land Developments

It took 20 years for Graeme and Joy McVicar to obtain consent to transform their picturesque Cashmere farm into a residential housing paradise. Thanks to their tenacity and the recent endeavours of the new owners Cashmere Land Developments along with design engineers Inovo Projects and contractor CCL Construction Contracting, Cashmere Estate now awaits.



Nestled into the foot of the inimitable Port Hills, the subdivision offers the tranquillity of rural living with the convenience of city life.

“Just ten minutes from Ballantynes,” is how Cashmere Land Development’s Hamish Wright describes the prime location of the partly sold out premier development.

The 140 hectares of gently elevated and green-bordered land will house approximately 380 sections across its six stages, and is widely regarded as one of the last remaining hill areas set aside for development in the city.

Surrounded by 100 hectares of nature reserves and walking tracks with land packages starting from just $375,000 it is a boutique one-off opportunity.

Stationed below the Christchurch Adventure Park, the gradually sloped sections offer a very rare chance to reap the rewards of the coveted suburb of Cashmere. Favoured for its easy access to the outdoor-lover’s playground, the Port Hills, the leafy suburb is family-friendly and zoned for sought after primary and secondary schools.

Cashmere Estate offers residents the best of both worlds. Not only does it boast an outlook to the hills and nature reserves and have Halswell Quarry and Victoria Park right on the doorstep – it’s close to local hospitality and retail offerings.

Cashmere’s much-loved local hospitality offerings like the Sign of the Kiwi and Sign of the Takahe, The Cup, The Birdwood and Protocol are within walking distance, with the city’s ever-burgeoning café, bar and shopping scene a short drive or bike away.

“This carries appeal not only for families looking to establish themselves in the local community,” says Hamish.

“But also for young professionals who want to be close to both the action of the city and the peacefulness of the Port Hills.

“Empty nesters or retirees will also be choosing a lifestyle location perfect for outdoor pursuits and socialising with friends and family – everyone will want to be invited over for a drink or barbeque here!”

Sections range from 470m2 to 1160m2 in size, with development currently at stage three for an estimated July 2021 completion.

The estate’s main road and access to Christchurch Adventure Park was recently paved and named McVicar Drive to pay homage to the family which farmed the land and first saw the potential to give hundreds of Cantabrians the opportunity to live in this idyllic location.

Lucky purchasers can follow the development’s progress on a dedicated Facebook page, as well as regular email updates from Cashmere Land Developments.

“So far, we’ve seen the reserve land be established and existing residents of Cashmere and Worsley’s valleys are enjoying the new flora and fauna in the area,” says Hamish.

Enquire about Cashmere Estate online, via, by calling Chris on 0277304050, or visit the on-site office at 225 Worsleys Road.



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