A VIEW FROM THE TOP
| Address: 81a Sylvan Ave, Northcote |
| Agent: Jordan Selwyn – 027 671 5882 and Brooke Barrass – 021 131 0566 |
| Viewing: Saturday/Sunday 11:30-12:00pm |
| Auction: Thursday 30 August, 6:30pm |
By Amy Houlihan.
This original 1950s residence has been transformed into a smart, stylish modern family home. Spread across one level for easy living, it showcases spectacular views across the harbour from its elevated position on the Sylvan Ave ridge. The beauty of this neighbourhood is its proximity to the very best that both the city and North Shore have to offer.
The motorway onramp is just moments from home, allowing for a super quick journey to Ponsonby and the CBD, with the charming boutique atmosphere of Northcote Point and beautiful beachside suburb of Takapuna equally close. The park at Onepoto Basin just down the hill has become a hive of activity and a fantastic place for kids and adults alike to relax – there are shady picnic spots, a pond to feed the ducks, playgrounds and a fantastic bike track.
A contemporary colour scheme and bright, open spaces enhance the interiors, with a heat pump providing winter warmth. The lounge has a huge picture window framing the magnificent outlook across Shoal Bay and the Waitemata Harbour. It encompasses Bayswater Marina, Ports of Auckland, the CBD and the many boats anchored in and cruising the bay.
The large day bed is truly functional – offering a great spot to relax, but also abundant storage beneath. The dining area has a feature red light fitting overhead, a hue also utilised in the adjacent chef’s kitchen. The owner is a passionate cook, so carefully selected the appliances and designed the layout to maximise the space, with a double oven, island bench and engineered stone tops.
These areas flow out to the elongated deck and spa – all the robust materials out here were selected for their ability to withstand the proximity to the sea. The grounds are refreshingly low maintenance, with Astroturf instead of grass below.
Back inside, the master bedroom was originally the home’s lounge, so is light-filled and spacious with a ceiling fan overhead. There are two more bedrooms next to this, along with one more by the entry foyer. All these rooms are serviced by the tiled family bathroom. This huge space is ideal for families, with a bath, toilet and separate shower.
All the hard work has been completed on this family home and will suit those who seek contemporary living, convenience and coastal views.
Getting your house exterior open home ready
By Lili Stellingwerf – Realestate.co.nz
Appearances play a huge part in first impressions, especially when it comes to viewing open homes. When preparing your house for an open home, it’s easy to forget what first impressions your home gives off, and to many potential home buyers this can be a make or break. To help, we’ve compiled our 5 top tips that will ensure the exterior of your house is ‘open-home’ ready.
Take a look at the condition of your deck. Is it looking in good shape for a potential buyer? Decks can easily suffer from overgrown moss and lichen, which will cause the surface of the deck to become unappealing. An easy solution is to water blast it or get a hard bristled broom and brush it down. Either will be ideal for slippery fungus and growth and will quickly remove it from your deck. If you want to go a step further, you could also add a new coat of stain or paint to ensure that it can endure the different conditions that will be thrown its way.
Make sure your roof is clean and tidy with no debris, to make it look presentable for your open home. You could also do further work like ensuring your roof is clear from sprouting plants, or replacing loose roof claddings for some long term maintenance that will appeal to potential buyers.
3. Exterior walls
The exterior of your home endures many seasons and likely will have gradually have built up a collection of who knows what on it. It’s the first part of the house a potential buyer will see, so taking care of it is important. Book a professional house washer and get your house looking brand new. You can also do it yourself if you have the equipment. If you can reach the main spots, get a soft bristled broom to brush it off. Checking the foundations, soffits and the fascia for discolouration, flaking, cracking or rotting is important too as this protects the integrity of your home.
During the colder months it’s natural to have some mould and mildew built up behind curtains. Making sure your windows and window sills are clean and clear is key when having an open home. By combining a good glass detergent and a soft cloth will easily eliminate anything unsightly.
By making sure your lawn is neat, mowed, with a well-kept, weeded and trimmed garden, potential buyers will see a different garden that you probably never saw. It makes a huge difference aesthetically and greatly improves your chances of selling.
Taking the time to clean the exterior of your home will not only improve first impressions, but add value to your home in the long term. By keeping on top of your household maintenance you’ll ensure you don’t have too much work to do, come time to sell your home.
Images: Realestate.co.nz blog and Pinterest.
‘Gobsmacking’ view soothes the soul
| Address: 95 Rame Road, Greenhithe |
| Agent: Philippa Edgar, Harcourts, 0274 715 297 |
| Agent: Hans Ding, 021 198 6815 |
Twenty years ago, Peter and Diane Letica found a rather dowdy but spectacularly positioned house offering solid bones from which to create this peaceful and elegant waterfront home.
Peter says: “We were living in Whenuapai with our three children but we also liked Greenhithe and had always wanted to be by the water. Then we found this property with wonderful views of the water at the mouth of the Lucas Creek looking north towards Albany.”
The house was a sturdy 1970s brick and block affair that architect John D’Anvers transformed by rendering the exterior and opening it up for the views.
Peter says: “It might have that Mediterranean look, which makes some people nervous, but they should know the old house that’s under here was solid as a rock.
“There was a lot that could be improved, though. There used to be a workshop downstairs with two tiny windows facing the water, so that’s one of the areas that’s been drastically changed and opened up.”
The property also has a 13m-long pool and Greenhithe wharf, pontoon and boat ramps, are less than 100m from its driveway.
Peter says: “The other thing about Greenhithe is, I worked in Takapuna for about 20 years before retiring, and it took only around 15 minutes to drive there.
“No matter how stressful my day was I’d get home, sit on the deck looking at this gobsmacking view and soon be relaxed.”
One day Peter took to the water in his kayak and found himself in the company of a pod of dolphins.
The two-storey house is set in landscaped grounds where the couple, both keen gardeners, have favoured subtropicals like queen palms because of the frost-free micro-climate.
There is off-street parking and a double garage with internal access. Beside the walkway to the front door is a water feature with fountains.
The main kitchen-dining and living are upstairs, on polished matai floors and opening to decks overlooking the water. Diane has whipped up many delights in the granite-benched kitchen.
Two upstairs bedrooms, including the master with en suite, open to another deck. The en suite and this level’s family bathroom feature Balinese marble tiles.
This floor is completed by a study and a separate toilet.
Shuttered doors allow the big lounge with wood-burning fire to be shut off or opened up for big gatherings. While the home has been brilliant for entertaining, including hosting a wedding, the couple also enjoy the Greenhithe village atmosphere.
Growing up, the Letica children made the most of the ground floor’s second living area, which is tiled.
There’s a bathroom and separate laundry accompanying three bedrooms on this level, two opening to decks and the pool and one with its own seating area.
The couple understand they’re only the second family to have owned here. But with their children now in their 30s, they’re downsizing.
LIVE THE TAKAPUNA LIFESTYLE
| Address: 2 Harley Road, Takapuna |
| Agent: Ilse Evans – Mob 021 909 313 |
| Viewing: Saturday and Sunday 1.00pm-1.45pm |
| Auction: On Site, Saturday 18th August 2018 at 2pm |
By Amy Houlihan.
Located at the higher end of Harley Road, number 2 is an impressive, five-bedroom family home just a five-minute walk from Takapuna beach. Occupying a flat freehold 657m2 site, it presents spacious, stylish living both inside and out.
The relaxed, sophisticated environment of beachside Takapuna presents an enviable coastal lifestyle that’s only a short commute from the CBD. The sought-after area is famed for its golden beach, Lake Pupuke and world-class culinary, cultural and shopping experiences – with its offerings of arts, cuisine, coffee and couture within walking distance from home. The neighbourhood is also in zone for renowned Hauraki Primary.
Crafted in in the 1970s, the residence was built utilising design elements of the distinctive Spanish mission style. Arched internal and external doorways and windows, plus atrium living areas, add to the open, Californian-style ambiance and create well-connected yet separate spaces for family. Solid brick and block construction has a render over the top, further enhancing the aesthetic.
Electric wrought iron gates provide entry into the estate, where five towering palm trees line the driveway in front of the double internal garage. From here, another gate opens into the secure, north-facing front lawn and garden – perfectly private and safe for kids and pets. There’s space for the trampoline out here, along with a patio for evening drinks.
Inside, the soaring tiled entry foyer showcases a sweeping wooden staircase to the top floor’s open landing. The floorplan is flexible downstairs, with well-connected areas available to suit individual family requirements. The formal lounge is carpeted and cosy in winter, flowing out to the front lawn during summer, while the dining area could also be utilised as a kids’ play room.
At the heart of this level, the open, atrium style living area is overlooked by the internal balconies upstairs and makes for a wonderfully unique feature and perfect spot for all-season entertaining. The kitchen is generous and flows out via bifolds to the rear alfresco living. A tiled patio steps down to the Tiki Hut cabana, with built-in barbeque and bar, plus another deck and spa pool area.
There’s an office, powder room and one bedroom – currently used as au pair accommodation – on the ground floor, with the remaining four double bedrooms and family bathroom located upstairs. The master suite has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite and opens out to an expansive open-air terrace.
This spacious family home showcases a distinctive style and appealing design character in Takapuna.