3119m2 resort-style retreat in Greenhithe
Spanning a colossal 3119m2 and located in a prestigious Greenhithe pocket, this extraordinary property is the ultimate family estate. On the market for the first time in 29 years, it’s been developed to offer incredible resort-style alfresco living and a large second dwelling for accommodation or business.
An electric gate provides secure entry into the private grounds, where a sweeping driveway arrives up at the portico entrance. The main house has been designed around a central outdoor courtyard, with living and accommodation wings extending out to embrace it on either side. An elevated position upon the Greenhithe ridge affords expansive views to the Upper Harbour, which will never be built out. The floorplan is spread out across a single level for easy living, with the formal lounge and dining enclosed within a glass wall and the gourmet kitchen flowing into more relaxed living and dining. This room is warmed by a feature stone fireplace and overlooks another courtyard and water feature.
There are three bedrooms located along the accommodation wing, with two serviced by the main bathroom and the master suite boasting its own walk-in wardrobe and opulent ensuite. These rooms spill out to the romantic grapevine-covered deck and courtyard, evoking feelings of being on holiday all-year-round.
The grounds are virtually flat, filled with mature trees, manicured hedges, elegant rose gardens and topiary. Towering palms frame the lush, north-facing lawns and enormous swimming pool, spa and covered cabana, which have played host to many special family occasions over the years. It’s a true summer paradise – an incredibly private, resort-style retreat that negates the need for a holiday home.
Across the driveway, the large second dwelling houses an enormous six-car garage and workshop on the ground floor. It’s the ideal setup for a car enthusiast and is also currently accommodating a small aircraft. There’s a large multi-purpose room down here that makes the perfect rumpus or teenage retreat, or can be utilised as a good-sized home office premises. Upstairs, the spacious loft apartment offers a comfortable, contemporary living environment for regular guests or extended family. It boasts a modern kitchen, open-plan lounge and dining, plus a big separate bedroom and bathroom.
Tucked in a peaceful, private enclave, it’s difficult to believe the motorway onramp is just a two-minute drive from home. The local primary schools, pony club and reserves are also all in easy proximity, along with the village shops. This rare commodity is ready and waiting for its next chapter, either as a fabulous family retreat or as an opportunity for astute buyers looking to capitalise on the Mixed Housing Suburban zoning.
Milford magic – spacious character home
Address |16a Fenwick Avenue, Milford
Open Homes | Saturday 27th June / Sunday 28th June – 11.00am – 1200pm
Auction | Thursday 16th July 6.30pm 128 Hurstmere Road Takapuna (unless sold prior)
Agent | Deb McCool – 021 660 459
This elegant bungalow was originally crafted in the late 1800s and is believed to be one of Milford’s first homes. It’s been elegantly modernised and expanded by the current owners, who sought to enhance its special character and maximise its highly-sought after position right at the heart of Milford. As an added bonus, the 506m2 property also boasts Mixed Housing Urban zoning, which guarantees savvy buyers a future-proofed investment in a highly-convenient, coastal location.
With the shores of Lake Pupuke at one end of the street and Milford beach and marina an easy walk in the other direction, this lifestyle is a special one. Everything Milford village has to offer is just a few short steps from Fenwick Avenue’s quiet, tree-lined neighbourhood, including restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques, the mall, two supermarkets and a multitude of local amenities. School zoning is another drawcard for families, located within the Westlake Girls and Boys, Takapuna Normal Intermediate and Milford School zones, with Carmel College also an easy walk away. Excellent public transport options are easily accessible, along with motorway onramps for commuters.
Having never lived in Auckland before arriving with their two young children 11 years ago, the owners were spellbound by Milford’s wonderful location and captivated by the home’s historical pedigree and good energy. They purchased it from a prominent sea captain who had lived there for decades and set about reinvigorating and reimagining the residence for contemporary life. Heritage features like stained glass, polished hardwood floors and bay windows have been complemented with an open floorplan, a light, modern colour scheme and contemporary kitchen. As well as an aesthetic transformation, the major renovation also included high-quality updates like double glazing, full insulation, full rewiring and heating.
The charming white weatherboard residence is deceptively large, with the two levels offering five bedrooms, three bathrooms and three living areas. On entry level, the lounge, dining and kitchen is open-plan, flowing out at either end to sunny decks. The master suite sits privately overlooking the garden and has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with bath. There’s also an office on this floor, plus a private sleep-out space. With a pull-down bed, a bathroom and outdoor living, this room is the perfect accommodation for guests or extended family. There are four more bedrooms located upstairs, along with a large lounge, bathroom and separate toilet.
The site is fully fenced and enveloped within well-established, professionally-landscaped grounds. At the front, manicured hedges frame the sunny deck and gardens burst with Camellias and fragrant jasmine, while flat lawns at the rear have space for a trampoline. Another private, native garden around the side of the home sits next to the sauna and fully-functional, tiled outdoor shower.
This immaculately-presented property offers space, character and a flexible floorplan in one of the North Shore’s most sought-after suburbs.
Coastal classic – brand-new luxury in Weiti
Conceived and crafted by renowned Landmark Homes, this near-new residence is a showpiece of superior construction and design. Sprawled over one level for easy living, the four-bedroom, brick and cedar home masterfully maximises the panoramic sea and rural views captured from its special position.
Hurihuri Road is part of Weiti – a pristine slice of New Zealand paradise just 30 minutes from Auckland’s CBD and only 15 minutes from Albany. Spanning 860 magnificent hectares, the former coastal pine forest has been transformed into a secure gated community and true lifestyle destination. Weiti Bay is geographically positioned between Long Bay and Whangaparaoa, with access via the brand new Ara Weiti Rd off East Coast Rd. It meanders through five kilometres of rolling hillside before arriving at the secure coastal estate. Enveloped by the river, estuary and ocean, the dazzling location affords panoramic, 360-degree sea and native bush views and all-day sun. Residents are able to walk down to the beach to swim, as well as launch kayaks, paddleboards and Sealegs from their own private bay.
Striking landscaping frames the property, which has been designed to exist perfectly within the natural coastal landscape. Classic, luxurious interior design creates a stylish yet warm and welcoming feel, with perfectly balanced spaces ideal for entertaining. Heated polished concrete floors are perfect for coastal living and the grand lounge area evokes feelings of a luxury lodge, with its dramatic vaulted ceiling and large gas fireplace. A hidden bar and chef’s kitchen make hosting friends and family a pleasure, with the kitchen boasting a large island bench, Belling oven and fully-equipped butler’s pantry.
Large stacking glass doors flow out to alfresco living on the seaward-side, with the terrace enveloped with a sweeping lawn that could easily accommodate a pool. On the other side of the lounge, another patio still enjoys the views through the glass, but offers an alternative for when the breeze is coming off the sea.
The master retreat is located alone at the top end of the residence and enjoys floor-to-ceiling glass showcasing the water. It also boasts a large walk-in wardrobe and opulent ensuite. The remaining three bedrooms are all located down the hallway and are serviced by the family bathroom with freestanding bath.
There’s plenty of off-street parking in front of the enormous, four-car drive-through garage. It’s marine carpeted and has a workshop area, with plenty of space to store all the sea toys.
Recreational activities within the Weiti masterplan include public walkways for hiking, a mountain bike park, golf course, stables and conservation gardens, plus residents will also have access to the racquets club, gym and swimming pool, which are in development. It’s a place for families to gather and grow and immerse themselves within the pristine natural environment, while still remaining connected to Albany, Silverdale and the CBD.
Every aspect of this build is of an exemplary standard and is serviced by a plethora of features aligned with high-end contemporary living – surround sound, a keyless front door and security system. This a truly captivating coastal retreat that comes with the peace-of-mind of a brand-new build.