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1922m2 park-like paradise in Takapuna – family retreat or development dream

Address | 45a Byron Avenue, Takapuna
Auction | 10th Nov at 12.30pm onsite (USP)
Viewing | Saturday /Sunday 12.30pm – 1.30pm – or call for a private viewing

Agent | Matt Rogers – Mobile – 022 0894 266 or Phone – 09 941 4275
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Agent | Alan Rogers – Mobile –  027 499 6572 or Phone – 09 941 4275
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Tucked away at the very end of Byron Ave in Takapuna, number 45a is a wonderfully private, 1922m2 estate. It’s been cherished in the same family for the past 51 years, procured as a tiny bungalow with plenty of potential in 1968. While the vast grounds and incredibly central location make it the ideal family retreat, residential zoning for terrace housing and apartment building also make it an enticing prospect for developers.

The benefits and appeal of the location are undeniable – relishing absolute tranquillity at home, but just an easy, five-minute walk from Takapuna’s shops, bars, cafes, restaurants and incredible golden beach. The motorway onramp is under a minute’s drive away for commuters, and the neighbourhood in zone for excellent Decile 10 schools.

The cedar weatherboard residence has been updated and extended over time, with the main renovation undertaken by renowned local architect Geoff Richards in the early ‘90s.

The vision for this transformation was to dramatically increase the space and indoor/ outdoor flow, embracing the gentle slope of the north-facing site for maximum light and sun exposure throughout.

Located down a long driveway, the property is set back from the road and can fit up to four cars parked in front of the double internal-access garage. The north-west facing grounds are located within their own sheltered microclimate, protected by the towering macrocarpas along the southern side. Gardens have been lovingly planted and tended over the years to burst with colour throughout the year’s cycles, with lawns flattened and retained to become more useable outdoor areas. The lower lawn is expansive enough for a full cricket pitch and has served as a fantastic family outdoor space over the years. As the property was historically an orchard for the original homestead next door, it’s also filled with fruit trees.

Inside, the large country style kitchen overlooks the expansive and light-filled dining area. A small flight of steps arrives down to the separate lounge room, which has a wood burning fireplace for cosy winter evenings and a deck enjoying lush native bush views. There are three bedrooms located throughout – two upstairs, including the master with bay window seat, with the third on the ground floor. This level also has a wine cellar and expansive rumpus room/ home office space.

This unique land holding has the proportions and potential to complement all kinds of reimagined design concepts for fantastic family living or development in an incredibly central, Takapuna location.

Spring enthusiasm despite supressed volumes

There has been a notable ‘bounce in the step’ of the North Shore market with good properties commanding strong interest. Stories of multiple offers, competitive bidding, increased auction success rates & quick sales frequenting the real estate airwaves.

However, sales volumes remain suppressed. Whilst in September both the New Zealand & Auckland market saw volume increases from last year, the North Shore market volumes remain at some of the lowest this century as presented on the graph below, with just 242 sales.

North Shore Sales Graph - 2006 to Sept 2019

The pendulum of market forces is swinging favourably for the real estate market with low interest rates, abolished capital gains tax, housing shortage, and increased buyer confidence. There is also growing acceptance of recent changes to legislation with the Overseas Investment Act, Brightline Test change, Anti-money laundering & Residential Tenancies Act.

The North Shore median price has remained stable at $990,000 in September.

All in all, a solid start to Spring, key indicators pointing towards a stable market with momentum building despite the lack of availability of quality listings restricting sales volumes.

Brand- New Michael Macfie Architectural Coastal Sanctuary

Address | 135a Beach Road, Castor Bay
Tender |Thursday 17th October 2019 – 4pm (unless sold prior)
Viewing | Saturday/Sunday 1-1.45pm. Tues 6.30-7pm or by appointment
Agent |  Jo Glancy 021994874

This brand-new Castor Bay residence has been expertly designed to exist seamlessly within its unique location, nestled alongside the lush green slopes of Kennedy Park. The beauty of this position is having the vast grounds to enjoy, but without the commitment of maintenance, as the council is in charge of all the upkeep.

The popular, historically-significant park is known for its generous petanque court, children’s playground and lookout point, which showcases spectacular vistas of Rangitoto.

The council are due to complete the repair work on the iconic stairs in November, meaning there will be access straight down to the water once again. The Esplanade entrance to Castor Bay is visible from home – it’s just a quick walk down the street to the much-loved locals beach and its intimate swimming bay, reserve, kids’ playground and boat ramp. The area is a sought-after one, perfectly placed as the starting point of the East Coast Bays and close to Milford and Takapuna’s shopping and dining hubs. School zoning is another major drawcard and includes Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools, Campbells Bay School and Murrays Bay Intermediate.

Devonport-based architect Michael Macfie has created a stylish and spacious contemporary home, masterfully maximising sun and sea views. Swooping rooflines and high ceilings create visual interest, as well as illuminate the rooms with light.  Crafted from cedar weatherboard and on its on freehold title, the residence rises up over three generous levels.

The ground floor is comprised of the marine carpeted, double internal garage and laundry, plus a very generous, open storage area. This is the perfect place to store sea toys like paddleboards and kayaks, which can be simply walked down the road to launch at the beach.

The second level is comprised of the voluminous living, dining and kitchen space, where bespoke detailing and design create a truly captivating, comfortable space for relaxing and entertaining. A floor to ceiling window on one side of the lounge frames views of Takapuna beach and down the coastline, while sliding doors on the other side open out to the semi-covered deck. Glass balustrades out here create great visual flow and enhance green views of the park. The chef’s kitchen is full of striking design details, features and fittings, which add a level of European-style elegance to the modern space. There’s one bedroom and a tiled bathroom on this level, with the remaining three and main bathroom located upstairs.

The location, layout and low-maintenance lifestyle the property enjoys, means it suits discerning buyers of all stages. It would equally suit families with young children or teenagers, as well as retirees who seek a brand-new, luxury lock-up-and-leave home.  There’s nothing to do but move in and enjoy summer in one of the North Shore’s most sought-after locations.

Our Champions | September 2019