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Addington has become one of Christchurch’s most vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods.

As newly up and coming inner city suburb, Addington has a mix of residential, retail and light industrial properties. The suburb is home to CBS Canterbury Arena and also close to many other sports venues such as Hagley Park to the north.

It’s also home to one of Christchurch’s main horse-racing venues, Addington Raceway.

As recently described it, “Lincoln Rd is now a busy meeting place for coffee, lunch or dinner, after-work drinks or a get-together before the theatre, races, a gig or a big game. New cafés, bars and restaurants are changing the older streetscape.”

Addington is fast becoming a cosmopolitan hub that people are getting passionate about.

Projects are happening thick and fast and the buzz, while not quite 24/7, has a lot of Christchurch people excited.

Some recent additions to Addington are:

Morrell & Co has added yet another dining and drinking option to Lincoln Rd.

New York Deli successfully switched suburbs after the Canterbury earthquakes closed their New Regent St branch.

Jailhouse Accommodation is bringing international visitors to the area, since the 1874 gaol was converted to a backpackers’ lodge in 2006.

The Pedal Pusher pub in the building once occupied by the old bicycle shop, has livened Addington up after opening a year ago.

Hazeldean Business Park, off Hazeldean Rd, became 100% occupied a week after the earthquake and has stayed that way.

More office buildings are under way. At 351 Lincoln Rd, the 5000sqm Lincoln Centre will consist of ground and four upper levels, with an adjacent car-parking deck. At 335 Lincoln Rd, two new low-rise buildings of three floors (5500sqm) are leased. According to tenants include MediaWorks (TV3 and 4 and a host of radio stations on the ground and first floor of one of the buildings); quantity surveying and construction consultancy practice Rawlinsons; and accountancy firm Moore Stephens Markhams.

Show Place Office Park, next to Tower Junction Mega Centre, is another corporate development for Addington, with more than 22,000sqm of modern office space, along with a gym and Edesia Restaurant & Bar. More buildings are also in the pipeline at this site.

To describe it in a nutshell a huge part of the Christchurch CBD has moved into this residential suburb. Prices are on the rise which stresses community groups, however this remains a very exciting time showcasing the resilience and entrepreneurship of Christchurch people, creating a dynamic new pseudo-city from the trauma of the recent past.

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