Perfection and privacy in park-like grounds
| Address: 179 Ridge Road, Coatesville |
| Agent: Debs Wallace – 021 585 583 or 486 8281 |
Positioned within its own magnificent microclimate, this two-hectare Coatesville retreat captures luxurious rural living at its consummate best. The estate is located in illustrious company on Ridge Road, accessed via a sweeping driveway and automated timber gates. The current owners have lived here for the past three years and have masterfully renovated the home and redeveloped the grounds over time, creating the timelessly elegant and picturesque property seen today.
Bright and open living spaces finished with a touch of European flair make the two-level residence a pleasure to live in. Generous dimensions give the interiors a true feeling of space, with solid Rimu floors and plush cream carpets complemented by a soft, light wall palette. A large rustic wooden front door opens into to the ground floor, where the formal lounge has a Schist feature fireplace and distinctly French ambiance.
The dining area and family room is open-plan, with the recently remodelled kitchen the true heart of the home. It’s been designed to offer vast amounts of workspace, storage and a generous breakfast island, while showcasing high-quality Bosch appliances. Multiple sets of bifold doors flow out to the incredibly sunny, private and sheltered outdoor living spaces, which capture panoramic green vistas from every angle and enjoy a natural native bird soundtrack.
Grounds have been transformed and landscaped into a very user-friendly layout, with a sweep of flat lawn for kids to enjoy and pathways created to connect the different zones around the property. Extensive garden lightning illuminates the areas, making for wonderful evening alfresco entertaining, complemented by the large outdoor fireplace the adorns the paved terrace. On the other side of the house, decks envelop the large double swim-spa, which has built in speakers, lighting and wifi for added enjoyment. Steps lead down to decking platform and fire pit, which extends out above the citrus grove, bush and valleys below – including three paddocks that can be divided up for grazing. Established plantings envelop the property, including mature tropical greenery, a fruit orchard, many Birds of Paradise and thatches of fragrant Jasmine.
Back inside, there’s a guest bedroom and bathroom located on the ground floor, before a staircase with wrought-iron balustrade arrives up at the top level. There are three bedrooms located up here – two are serviced by the main bathroom – while the master suite relishes its own private balcony and ensuite. The pièce de résistance is the voluminous entertainment/ home theatre room complete with wet bar, which is the perfect place to enjoy sports, movies and sunsets in the evening.
Not only has this magnificent home been refurbished, it’s been upgraded and modernised to cater to a contemporary lifestyle. It’s elegant and luxurious, yet comfortable and very liveable. The peace and solitude make for a truly tranquil lifestyle, yet the Coatesville village is a short drive from home for a coffee, and Albany’s shopping, dining, transport and education facilities are just 10-minutes away.
With future subdivision potential and truly captivating indoor and outdoor living, this Coatesville estate is a sound investment in your family’s future.
How to keep your Christmas tree alive and looking good all December
If properly cared for, a tree will keep reasonably fresh and definitely remain green for a month – great news for Christmas-fanatics who put their trees up on the 1st of December. However, things can turn pear-shaped quickly, these tips will ensure it doesn’t. So here are our top tips for how to keep your Christmas tree alive to ensure it looks just as good on Christmas day than it did when you first put it up.
Pick the right tree:
Ideally, you want to buy your tree from a farm that chops it down in front of you, that way you can ensure it’s the freshest it can be. If you’re buying from a vendor that sells pre-cut trees, make sure you’re purchasing one that has been stored in the shade and given plenty of water. Inspect the tree before you make your decision to ensure there are no brown or dead branches or needles.
Re-trim the trunk:
The most common mistake people make when buying a fresh Christmas tree is leaving it out of water for more than half an hour, or allowing the water in the stand/bucket to run completely dry. When the base is not in water, sap leeches out forming a resin-like seal at the base of the tree. Once this happens, the tree can’t drink the water it needs because the base is no longer porous. The good news is that if this happens there is a fix: saw a thin sliver off the base of the tree so that the bottom is porous again and able to drink water. Trees drink the most water in the first few days after being cut so that is the time to pay extra attention that they don’t run dry.
Give it a good stand:
Store your tree in anything that supports the tree well and that holds plenty of water – at least four litres of water. Never put the tree in sand or soil. Large tree stands with a wide footprint and adjustable levers are a good option for people with small children and/or pets. Some people go for a bucket with bricks but it’s a lot of hassle so most usually come back for a stand.
Pick a shady spot:
A shady spot, out of direct sunlight, is the best place for your Christmas tree to live as sunlight will cause it to wilt ahead of its time. Christmas trees are divas; they hate sitting in a warm room that has no circulation because their needles will go limp. But, they also hate air conditioning. Making sure there is some fresh air circulating through the room is the best way to keep them happy.
| Address: 153 Kitchener Road, Milford |
| Agents: Gail and Ken Pianta – 021 686 516 and Barry Moodie 021 994 678 |
Omana Apartments is an exceptional new addition to Milford, with the contemporary building presenting size and scale never seen before in the area. The complex is an upmarket, premium development comprising 81 residences – a collaboration between Metro Property, responsible for The Sargeson in Takapuna, and award-winning Context Architects.
An entirely new concept, not related to the Milford Mall development, Omana has been designed to stay true to Milford’s beach village lifestyle and take advantage of the sensational views and local amenities. Spacious residences range from one, two and three-bedroom floorplans that all have their own balcony or courtyard.
Omana Apartments is fully immersed in the sought-after Milford lifestyle, with the beach, marina and reserve an easy five-minute stroll from home. The village is bursting with international cuisine, cafes, bars and boutiques, along with convenience of the mall and two supermarkets. Outdoor enthusiasts will also love the proximity to Lake Pupuke for kayaking and paddleboarding, local sports clubs and the numerous parks and reserves of the area. Takapuna is a pleasant flat walk away, offering a vast selection of dining, drinking, shopping and entertainment options, while excellent local schools include Milford School and Westlake Boys and Girls High Schools.
Unique and innovative building design sees a bold contemporary façade made up of solid concrete with aluminium joinery and timber accents. Eye-catching balcony forms are designed to maximise sunlight and ocean views, as well as privacy between units. Recognising the reality of Auckland’s transport requirements, the three levels of generous underground carparks are a huge additional bonus. One space is allocated for each one-bedroom apartment, two spaces for two and three spaces for the three-bedrooms. For those who prefer wheels, there’s bike parking on-site.
Interiors are light-filled, stylish and modern. Functional kitchens feature engineered stone bench tops, plenty of storage space, dishwasher, seven-function oven ceramic hobs, while contemporary tiled bathrooms have frameless glass shower screens and some have a bath.
The two and three-bedroom residences have a butler’s pantry, an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and additional office space.
Another enticing design feature is the north-facing rooftop terrace, which was created to enhance the sense of community within the complex. It has a garden with allotments, bar, gym, secure play area, barbeques and private seating – very much enhancing the feeling of living a holiday lifestyle all-year-round.
Omana Apartments has been designed as the perfect family home, weekday retreat or safe and secure sanctuary for downsizers. It affords those who love the area a chance to stay, as well as enjoy the affordable, lock-up-and-leave, low-maintenance lifestyle. A 24/7 on-site manager and Assisted Living Station helps meet all resident’ needs.
With an estimated completion date of 2020, Omana Apartments make luxury Milford living a reality.
9 quick cleaning tips that will save you time this Christmas
This is definitely the list you need if the idea of spending Christmas Eve knee-deep in cleaning products makes you feel like the Grinch. Christmas – and summer – is always busy and social, with lots of entertaining and unexpected guests sure to drop by.
But instead of waiting until the last minute to get your home in tip-top shape, here are nine easy ways to get sorted before your friends and family turn up on your doorstep.
1. Set the timer when you are doing certain chores. Experts say if you know how long individual tasks take, they seem less difficult. We like that idea.
2. Put clean sheets on your spare bed NOW. Even if you aren’t expecting any sleepovers from visitors, it’s one thing less to deal with if someone does end up having to sleep it off.
3. Use the commercial breaks wisely. You have two-and-a-half minutes to get something done, and tackling small tasks seems like a better idea than mindlessly watching ads!
4. Sort out the fridge before you hit the shops. Chances are your fridge and kitchen cupboards aren’t as jam-packed as they are going to be in a few weeks. If you have a proper clean out now, not only will it save you time in December, but you’ll also know exactly what you already have in stock.
5. Don’t bother scrubbing your stove top burners. If they come off, pop them in a snaplock bag, with a little ammonia overnight. In the morning, wipe them clean and away you go.
6. Bedtime equals cleaning time. While the kids (or you) are in the bathroom getting ready for bed, use that time to quickly wipe down the vanity, bath, mirror and toilet. Easy.
7. Try listening to podcasts while you clean. Not only will they help time fly, but you’ll learn a few things along the way.
8. Put clutter (like toiletries) away in a cupboard. Just shove them in there – no one is going to be looking to see if they are organised by floral fragrance!
9. The smell of fresh flowers, however, does make everything instantly better. Set some out the morning your guests are due to arrive, and enjoy this special time together!