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Vaughan’s Ridge Long Bay - A slice of country by the sea

Address | 144 Vaughan’s Road, Long Bay

Agent | Looie James  – M:027 706 5790
Agent | Tracey Howe – M:021 330 751

Vaughan’s Ridge presents a completely new proposition for Long Bay living – a prestigious gated community offering 25 spectacular lifestyle properties. It’s been developed to celebrate the sense of space and pristine natural environment associated with rural living, located just a short walk from the village and beach.

Masterfully designed to be an elite enclave, the collection of sites are positioned on the crest of the hill opposite the village and are surrounded by farmland and native bush. Ranging in size from 0.23 hectares right up to 1.03 hectares, the elevation of the land showcases incredible sweeping views across the Long Bay Regional Park and out to the Hauraki Gulf and all its islands beyond.

The cul-de-sac is accessed off Vaughan’s Road, with the wide street meandering down through the gently contoured topography. The developers have paid extreme care to safeguard the existing beauty and protect the landscape, with all services in place and discreetly hidden with reticulated water supply and wastewater systems. A planted concrete walkway arrives down at the village eateries, shops, doctor, gym and New World supermarket, which are just a five-minute stroll away. Just a little further, the boardwalk accesses the beautiful beach, secret bays, coastal walking tracks and Long Bay-Okura marine reserve, which is an incredible spot for diving, boating and fishing.

Prominent, private and prestigious, the sites present a rare and unique opportunity to create a brand-new coastal dream home in a premium setting. The large landholdings also mean there is room for grand and sumptuous extras, including tennis courts and swimming pools, as well as offering abundant space for the boat, jet skis and fishing gear. Each has a different outlook, with some enjoying a more rolling valley and native bush view, while others showcase dazzling, unobstructed ocean panorama. Quality control is assured, with tight design guidelines and covenants in place to protect investments.

Vaughan’s Ridge is a place for families. Long Bay College and Long Bay Primary are an easy, safe walk from home, with Massey University a quick bus trip away. Both Albany and Silverdale’s major retail and commercial precincts are less that 10-minutes’ drive, plus half hourly buses connect Long Bay with Albany or Torbay, which then exchange for express services to Auckland CBD.

A number of sites have already been sold, with buyers falling in love with the rare and enticing prospect of well-connected country living by the sea.

Meet the actor-turned-auctioneer who likes to keep his eye on the ball

People still recognise him as “that guy off the TV”. But Shane Cortese, who kicked off a successful career on the small screen playing villain Dominic in Shortland Street , is now the auction manager for Harcourts Cooper & Co on the North Shore, and after four years in real estate he is loving his latest role.

Going from acting to auctioneering was quite a change in direction. How did that happen?

I had just come out of doing

Nothing Trivial and The Almighty

Johnsons. They were both axed in the same week. You do have your little moment of misery when something like that happens, but you dust yourself off and get back up again. I was flying to Queenstown to open the Winter Festival with my band, 8-Track Band, and my guitar player Chris Jones, who was the national manager of a real estate company, said to me, “Have you thought about real estate?” I hadn’t — my career before entertainment was as a travel agent — but we continued to talk and I became interested.

What appealed?

I like property and dealing with people, and the legal side of it really fascinated me. I seemed to be the go-to person to play lawyers in a lot of programmes I did so there must be some connection there.

I did my papers and to be honest, I wasn’t particularly diligent when it came to listing and selling. But when it got to the sharp end, the negotiating, I fell in love with it. It felt like a natural thing for me to do.

Did you think you’d be able to sell real estate and keep acting whenever roles came up?

Right from the start I realised that with real estate, you have to be full-time… I am that guy who gives things 100 per cent and it didn’t take long for real estate to get into my blood.

Do you miss acting?

I don’t miss hanging around waiting on set for five hours. But it was my passion and a massive part of my life for a quarter of a century… So, yes, there are parts of it that I miss, but it has been four years and I am absolutely loving what I am doing now.

Did you worry that you wouldn’t be taken seriously because of your acting background?

It was one of my biggest fears that people would think I was just filling in time in between acting jobs… I haven’t done any acting. I did present the TV series Dream Home Dilemma but that was related to the industry I am in now. People do sometimes say, “Aren’t you that guy off the TV?” and I say, “Yeah, but I’m taller in real life.”

What led to the move to auctioneering?

After a couple of years of listing and selling, I was asked if I would go into the New Zealand auctioneering championships as a novice… It was a baptism of fire — I’d seen auctions of course but never done a real estate one myself. After I competed I decided I never wanted to do an auction again. But then I watched the senior guys competing and I thought, ‘Oh my God, they are amazing’. I was really drawn to it… A year later I was competing in the senior auction champs and I made the final.

I imagine there’s an element of performance when it comes to auctioneering. Did your previous career help?

There is a degree of being able to hold a room but it is a less of a performance, more of an engineered control of what’s happening… With an auction you are not following a script, everything comes from you.

You do also have to have charm, empathy and the ability to control your energy, which is something you get from acting.

What do you like about auctioneering?

Definitely the adrenaline hit, and the emotional connection with the sellers and the buyers. You’ve just changed their life.

I enjoy the challenge of having to think on my feet and having a lot going on my head.

Have you had much support for your career change?

The support has been incredible. Martin Cooper gave me the job as auction manager for Harcourts Cooper & Co and he has been amazing. He’s a good man, and a good friend. The support I have had from other auctioneers has also been phenomenal.

Do you get time for hobbies?

I love soccer. I’ve been with the same team for four years and we play in an over-45s league… It’s about a bunch of guys who are in the middle stages of life but still loving competition and being surrounded by their mates.

Do you feel fortunate to have found success in a very different field?

Not too many people get to have two cracks at different careers in their lives and do pretty well at both of them, so I do feel very lucky. I have loved them both, but auctioneering is so much more fulfilling for me at this stage of my life.

Clifftop drama – brand-new luxury in Campbells Bay

Address | 239 Beach Road, Campbells Bay

Agent | Nic Ebert – M: 021 366 288 or P: 09 486 8210
Agent | Damien Henaghan – M:021 728 003 or P: 09 486 8258

Due for completion in December this year, the two brand-new residences at 239 Beach Road celebrate pure clifftop drama. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom homes have been architecturally-designed by OCO Architecture to maximise the special waterfront position and showcase breathtaking Hauraki Gulf views from every angle. Offering uncompromised lock-up-and-leave luxury and the very best in contemporary style, they’ll appeal to discerning buyers who seek a lavish, easy-care lifestyle on the water.

Crafted by renowned House of Nautica, each two-level home is a feat of construction and design and comes with a 10-Year Master Builders Guarantee. Striking architecture and clean lines create a captivating contrast against the coastal landscape, with the ultra-high-spec interior palette inspired by elements of this natural environment.

Engineered Oak flooring, solid Oak floating stairs and soft grey carpets are accented with pendant lights, feature wallpaper and dramatic tilework throughout. High ceilings and breathtaking floor-to-ceiling glass ensure the very best aspects of the views are captured and are constantly on full display. The position, on the point above Kennedy Beach, showcases 180-degrees of unobstructed panorama that stretches from Auckland city to Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Shakespeare Park and Tiri, with Rangitoto Island, both Little and Great Barrier and all the islands of the gulf sprinkled in between.

From dawn ‘til dusk, the outlook is constantly alive with activity. Sunrises blaze across the water and container vessels splice through the waves as they make their way up and down the channel, and pods of dolphins frolic in the bay. It’s captivating whether the weather is wild or calm and the grandstand position will come into its own when Auckland hosts the America’s Cup next year.

On two freehold titles of 580sqm and 707sqm a green screen of planting separates the two properties, enhancing the sense of privacy that has already been well-considered in terms of the site layout. House 1 is 336.99m2 and House 2 is 304.08m2, with all accommodation located upstairs and provisions for internal lifts that are ready to go, as and when required. Open-plan spaces and great dimensions make for easy living and entertaining and House 1 flows out to a LouvreTec-covered loggia and plunge pool, while House 2 has a generous deck overlooking the water. Top floor master suites showcase the best views of the house, with two dressing rooms and opulent bathrooms that enjoy the same outlook.

Both homes have Hacker kitchens designed with chefs in mind, boasting central islands, Gaggenau appliances and generous sculleries, as well as a separate media room. As expected with a development of this calibre, features like ducted central heating and cooling, electric blinds and curtains, tiled gas fireplaces and oversized double garages ensure every whim is catered for and residents enjoy every contemporary luxury.

From the front gate it’s just easy walk down the hill to the beach, while the vast green space of Centennial Park is just across the road. This urban sanctuary has a tennis club, many walking tracks and access to popular Pupuke Golf Course.

These homes relish one of the finest waterfront positions on the North Shore and have been designed and crafted to an impeccable standard.

When UK interior therapist Suzanne Roynon advised Coast breakfast host Sam Wallace on some feng shui and style options for his Auckland home a year ago Wallace didn’t take much notice – or heed any the style advice offered by co-host Toni Street for that matter.

The orange couch stayed, the skull lamp in the bedroom stayed, the spiky plants stayed and the pushbike in the lounge stayed. The big cat tree tower also stayed until it broke.

The cat tree and the bike are in the garage now, along with nearly everything else Wallace owns, because he and partner Sarah Bowman are on the move and have brought in home-stagers.

Their much-loved three-bedroom California bungalow-style house at 1 Margaret Place, in Milford, in Auckland’s North Shore, is on the market because the couple, who already have 19-month-old Brando, are expecting twins in February and need “a million more rooms”.

“We obviously need a room for the twins and then they will eventually need a room each, and then because we’ll have three young children we will need a separate room for support.

“That’s for any member of our family who’s prepared to come and do cleaning, cooking and ironing.”

Wallace and Bowman bought the house eight years ago and don’t really want to give it up. They are looking at a five bedroom house in nearby Bayswater – and Wallace says this time some new furniture is on the cards.

He tells OneRoof that both him and Bowman turned up to view their Milford house just six months into their relationship, fell in love with the property and went on to win the auction.

The house was already freshly renovated so they didn’t need to do anything but move in, but they never got around to getting new furniture.

Toni Street, who put her North Shore house on the market in 2018 before deciding not to sell, gave Wallace plenty of lip about his furniture.

“Streetie’s always giving me tips and she has been relentless in the persecution of my furniture. She was one of the people who said, ‘You are getting house staged so it looks the part’. She said I’ve been ruining my house all these years because I don’t know how to put furniture into it.”

Wallace also chewed over his sales strategy with his other co-host, Jason Reeves, who also happens to be putting his North Shore house on the market.

“We’ve been discussing it the whole way but he’s lucky enough he’s got nice furniture so he doesn’t have to get staging,” he said.

One of the things they discussed was Covid-19 and Wallace says Reeves decided to launch a little later than him. “With the country in lockdown, we figured the perfect scenario would be one week of listings with people in lockdown because there are so many eyeballs on OneRoof because people are away from their bosses so they can look at property.”

The house at 1 Margaret Place is being marketed by Harcourts agent Damien Henaghan. Two viewings a day can take place during Alert Level 3 and after lockdown is lifted people can go to open homes but if it’s extended further Wallace may relook at the September 20 auction date as he wants it to be held on site instead of virtually.

That’s because it has a lot of character and a lot of “feel” and he and Bowman bought it at an auction on site.

“We loved the Californian bungalow, we loved the covered deck sweeps all around the property so you can sit under the eaves of the roof and look out to the world and the sun or the rain.

“It’s a very stylish-looking place. We love that it was freshly renovated at the time so it meant maintenance was really low as I was embarking on a busy part of my career. We loved the area out the back, which is a perfect little secluded BBQ area. And it had the white picket fence so it kind of ticked all those emotional boxes.

“The strongest memories we have of the place is the fact it’s the home we cemented our relationship in. It’s the house we brought Brando back to. It’s his first home, it’s where we started our family. It’s so close to our heart.”

Wallace v the interior therapist – round 2

OneRoof asked UK interior therapist and author Suzanne Roynon to look at the listing photos of Wallace’s house to see if it had improved since her appraisal. Here’s what she had to say:

“First of all, huge congratulations to Sam to Sarah on the impending arrival of the twins!

“Their house has had quite the transformation since I last saw it. It is absolutely beautiful and looks as though it will sell quickly.

“This was always a home with massive potential, but when I saw it 18 months ago, it looked more like a bachelor pad than a family home. The master bedroom with that skull light had a whiff of ‘students shacking up’ rather than ‘young couple nesting’.

“Now the house is showing it’s true colours. It is a delicious space for a family to thrive in. And if this is Sam and Sarah’s style rather than a professional stager’s, then I’m not surprised their family is growing – they have definitely made space for that to happen.

“I wish them all the joy in the world and an abundance of happiness in their new home.”

Source: One Roof.