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FAMILY RETREAT ON THE RIVER

| Address: 20 Kowhai Road, Wainui |
| Open Homes: Sunday 12:30 -1pm |
| Agent: Simone du Bernard. Mobile – 021 433 965 |

By Amy Houlihan.

Celebrating a unique and picturesque position overlooking the Orewa Rover, 20 Kowhai Road is a 3113m2 private family sanctuary in Wainui. The current owners built the home 14 years ago and were instantly captivated by the site’s incredible potential and waterfront location. They designed a property to maximise the special setting, showcasing the dense native bush and water view from almost every room.

The beauty of the location is that although home is a truly private and peaceful retreat, the Wainui onramp is only one minute away, along with the growing hub of Millwater, and Silverdale’s booming shopping, dining and recreation hub in easy proximity. It’s a relaxed, serene and secluded lifestyle, without sacrificing access to modern lifestyle essentials.

The pavilion-style residence was masterfully crafted from natural materials to blend within the environment. The property has its own jetty, meaning kayaks, canoes, small boats and stand up paddleboards can all be launched from home. The front area has been conveniently retained, creating plenty of flat, usable space for outdoor living and entertaining.

Inside, solid Matai floors are offset with a contemporary interior palette. Artfully placedwindows and sets of doors capture light from all angles frame the vibrant green views. Decks have been built to wrap around the outside, enhancing the indoor/ outdoor connection, with partially covered areas ideal for all-season entertaining.

High ceilings enhance the feeling of space in the open plan kitchen, dining and family living room. The kitchen has thick stone benchtops and an island, plus high quality appliances and a scullery. The deck out here overlooks the dense thatches of ferns and pungas, which extend right down to the water’s edge. On the other side of the home, decks flow out to vast areas of perfectly level lawns and easy-care gardens, the ideal safe place for kids to play.

Another lounge creates separate living options for families and there are four generous bedrooms located throughout, plus a study. The master has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, while the remaining bedrooms are serviced by the tiled family bathroom. There’s abundant off-street parking outside, along with a double garage.

This unique waterfront property has been meticulously designed and constructed to maximise every aspect of its spectacular setting.

New Zealand tops the 2018 Australasian Auctioneering Championships

Harcourts New Zealand are thrilled to announce that Andrew North from Harcourts Cooper & Co, Auckland is the winner of the 2018 Australasian Auctioneering Championships.

At last night’s awards dinner held in Auckland, he was crowned the top auctioneer across all of Australasia for the second time.

The event and title which has been held in Australia for the past three years now sees the title held back in New Zealand. This is after Andrew North beat 16 other competitors to take out the top gavel in the 20th edition of the Australasian Auctioneering Championships.

Of his win Andrew says, he is a combination of “excited, relieved and happy”. He is “proud and privileged”, as this is the seventh attempt at winning and having now scooped the title for a second time (first time winner in 2014) he is “delighted”. He acknowledged that he thought his competitors throughout the championships were “fabulous” and says, “the support and camaraderie amongst the auctioneering fraternity is incredible. We all want to do well but we all want each other do well too”.

He added, “in the Harcourts family, there is a number of great current and past auctioneers who provide me with insights and advice. Their support is invaluable, and I hope I can also one day give back in the way I have been supported throughout the years. There is something special when it comes to auctioneering in the Harcourts group and long may it continue”.

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Martin Cooper, Managing Director Harcourts Cooper & Co is “very excited that Andrew has won this accolade for the second time, being judged the best auctioneer in Australia and New Zealand combined is no mean feat, and it is fantastic to be able to offer his services to our buyers and sellers in our North Shore based business. I know it’s not the same, but if you are getting open heart surgery, you want the best surgeon with the best track record. Selling your home is not a matter of life or death but when you are dealing with your largest asset, I’d recommend you choose the best auctioneer available, and we are very proud to say that we have in that in our winner, Andrew North”.

Chris Kennedy, CEO Harcourts New Zealand says he is “immensely proud” of Andrew and indeed all Harcourts’ entrants, of which there were two others Carlton Heres, Tasmania and Simon Jones, South Australia. “At Harcourts we put a lot of time and effort into developing our auctioneers. Our more senior auctioneers work with the more junior auctioneers to train and mentor them. There is a lot of guidance and support and I’m pleased to say it’s working”.

“I am massively encouraged to see the skill on display at the Schools Auctioneering Championship also. The future of auctioneering is bright and with talent on display from all competitors and in particular, the winner Vincent Doran from South Australia, exciting times are ahead”.

Kennedy finished by saying, “our auctioneers receive more industry recognition awards nationally and internationally than any other real estate group in New Zealand”.

Increased listings fuel market

The arrival of the spring market was somewhat delayed due in part to the shortage of available listings.  As a result, September sales volumes across the market were conservative and at similar levels to 2017.  However, listings were strong in September, and it is anticipated this will fuel sales in the lead up to Christmas with October, November & December traditionally being 3 of the biggest months of trading for real estate.

Auckland region had 1,616 sales in September with a median price of $850,000 – the same as September 2017.  It appears buyers and sellers have settled into a happy median with values.

North Shore’s median price bounced back from a drop in August to $980,000 in September, still 7.4% down from $1,058,000 in September 2017.  North Shore sales volumes for September were 291, compared to 298 in August and 280 in September 2017.

The changes to the Overseas Investment Act come into force on Monday 22nd October which will require all purchasers of residential land, regardless of whether they are an “overseas person” or not, will need to complete a new document called ‘Residential Land Statement’.

It is a great market for both buying and selling real estate with lots of energy and activity in the run up to Christmas.  There are lots of factors to give cause for buyers & sellers to act now; increased listings, auctions brought forward, low interest rates, stable prices, stable days on market… not to mention ‘it’s a great place to live’… all contributing to confidence in the stability of the market moving forward.

Robert Carter BBS

General Manager

Harcourts Cooper & Co

HIDDEN HILLCREST OASIS – PRICED TO SELL

| Address: 1/15 Beatrice Avenue, Hillcrest |

| Agent: Jo Glancy – Mobile 021 994 874 or Telephone 486 9234 |

| Open Homes: Saturday/Sunday 2.30-3.00pm |

By Amy Houlihan.

Tucked away down a private driveway in Hillcrest, 1/15 Beatrice Avenue is a surprisingly spacious garden retreat. The residence’s deceptively modest front entrance opens out to expansive, multi-level family living and picturesque grounds enveloped within mature trees and tropical greenery.

Beatrice Avenue is one of Hillcrest’s popular and family-friendly neighbourhoods. It’s a well-connected North Shore location in good proximity to motorway onramps for CBD commuters, along with easy access to Takapuna, Northcote and Birkenhead. Good school zoning includes Sunnybrae Intermediate and Willow Park Primary, making this property even more appealing for young families.

The home’s soaring and dramatic roof angles give it character, as well as creating numerous spaces for living and accommodation throughout. Connection with the outdoors is another strong feature, with many sets of French doors creating excellent flow.

Through the front door, picture windows in the open-plan dining and kitchen area mean the garden is immediately on display. This outdoor area has been well-maintained – with a generous manicured lawn for kids to play, complemented with numerous outdoor areas ideal for summer entertaining. Steps lead down to the cosy separate lounge/ media room, which flows out through French doors to the paved outdoor dining. This sheltered spot has built-in seating and a pot-bellied fireplace and is linked to another pergola-covered seating space by a delicate paved pathway. Across the other side of the lawn, sunny decks are the ideal spot for a morning coffee or sunset wine.

There’s an office on entry level, as well as access to the internal double garage. Kids are in their own separate wing downstairs, where two bedrooms share a deck and their own bathroom and separate toilet.

A solid wood and wrought iron staircase arrives up to the top floor, where another large, light-filled living area has an internal balcony overlooking the dining below. Soaring roof angles give a feeling of space up here and the balcony enjoys elevated, expansive North-facing views. The master is the only bedroom upstairs and has its own ensuite.

Families who seek spacious outdoor living and a character home in a great neighbourhood will delight in this affordable Hillcrest opportunity. It’s priced to sell, so make an offer today and enjoy summer in your own private oasis.