Beauty On The Bay – Architecturally-Designed Greenhithe Sanctuary
Address | 34 Marae Road, Greenhithe
Viewing | Saturday & Sunday 1.00 -1.30pm & Wed 6.30 -7.00pm or by appointment
Agent | Mark Fitzgerald – Mobile 021 357 080
Suspended above the trees and showcasing spectacular upper harbour views, this Greenhithe property is an architecturally-designed retreat for those who love the water. The white weatherboard home is spread across three levels, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms creating an idyllic sanctuary ideal for downsizers.
The original home was one of the seaside neighbourhood’s first baches, during the time when Aucklanders came across on their boats before the Harbour Bridge was built. The owner purchased the property when it was still a tiny bach on a large but very overgrown 1695m2 section, instantly captivated by the dazzling view and incredible potential of the waterfront position. She sought the help of award-winning Dutch architect Frans Kamermans to reimagine the residence, with the design brief to maximise the view, but retain a true sense of privacy. This has been masterfully and precisely achieved by the walls of glass at the rear of each level and windows placed high on each side of the sweeping roofline. It means the landscape of sea and sky is open and completely uninterrupted, yet no neighbours are looking in.
The floorplan is functional and practical, with every last square metre utilised and absolutely no space wasted. The main living level sees a voluminous, open-plan space divided into living, dining and kitchen zones, with a light, contemporary colour scheme perfectly complementing the vibrant green and blue hues outside. The room flows out on both sides to outdoor living – a large cantilevered deck on the seaward side, and to the fully enclosed and partially-covered deck on the other.
180-degree panorama is captured via a profusion of glass on the top floor, where the master bedroom enjoys an ensuite and its own private deck with views to the north. There are two more bedrooms located on the ground floor, both immersed within the trees and enjoying magical sea views. There’s also an office and two bathrooms down here, with the ensuite opening out to a private deck ideal for a spa pool. There’s a double garage inside, plus space to park an additional three vehicles on the driveway.
The incredible site stretches from the roadside down to the water’s edge and has been painstakingly and passionately cleared and replanted – now home to an inordinate number of native birds. The garden at the roadside is clean and structured, with perfectly placed baby ponytail palms, yuccas and agaves creating a tropical theme, while the enormous rear section is now filled with striking natives. Wooden steps and boardwalks have been created to meander through the forest and make the areas useable, arriving all the way down to the water’s edge and the property’s own jetty. Absolutely all the hard work has been done to create this private paradise, so it now requires almost no maintenance.
This property is immaculately and beautifully presented both inside and out. It’s clear to see the love and dedication that has gone into creating this peaceful, private retreat that is so connected to its natural landscape.