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Karaka Grove – affordable, brand new living in Takapuna

| Address: 59 Karaka Street, Takapuna |

| Agents: Steve McCulloch 021 953 405 and Hattie Liu 021 656 835 |

| Viewing: Contact agent for more details |

Welcome to Karaka Grove – a premium new development of terraced homes and freestanding townhouses in Takapuna. Architecturally designed by renowned kiwi company Infusion Arch, the collection of smart, contemporary residences is the perfect destination for modern suburban living.

The Takapuna fringe location offers the ultimate in connected and convenient North Shore living. Karaka Street is a quiet residential neighbourhood that back onto Smiths Bush, but is within easy, level walking distance to so many of the area’s popular amenities. Smales Farm business park and the brand new Goodside drinking and dining precinct are close by, along with the Park and Ride for public transport to the CBD. Drivers also have a choice of three motorway onramps to choose from. School zones are a huge drawcard and include Westlake Girls and Boys, Takapuna Normal and Takapuna Grammar School. North Shore Hospital and local golf, tennis and bowls clubs are also an easy walk from home, along with lively, cosmopolitan Takapuna and its glorious golden beach.


Karaka Grove exemplifies medium density housing at its best. These properties are the perfect solution for those who wish to enjoy an affordable, brand new home in residential Takapuna, but who require more space and freedom than an apartment.  Care has been taken to ensure the homes blend well within the established neighbourhood and ease of lifestyle is another major consideration – exterior finishes and materials are durable and easy care, requiring minimal maintenance.

Sophisticated interior design creates high end but instantly welcoming living environments. Generous open spaces, plenty of natural light and sun and stylish fittings and finishes enhance the rooms.  All homes have their own garage and back yard, perfect for kids and pets. There is a mixture of three and four bedroom layouts available and all have three bathrooms, easily accommodating families or downsizers.

This captivating development is a rare offering for Takapuna. It presents brand new, affordable, low maintenance homes in a sought-after, central and highly convenient location.

A Wonderful Life

| Address: 5 Ringwood Street, Torbay |

| For Sale: Deadline Treaty – closes 4pm, Thursday 28th March 2019 at 128 Kitchener Rd Milford |

| Agent: Damien Henaghan – Phone 09 486 8258, Mobile – 021 728 003|

Embracing 3751m2 of picturesque waterfront land, 5 Ringwood Street is one of olde Torbay’s hidden gems. Unique, unexpected and truly exceptional, the original 1860s Kauri homestead has been tastefully expanded over time to match the magnificent, cinematic sea views and direct beach access it offers. The current owners have lived here for the past 40 years, raising their children and bringing the grand residence back to life. Now that they’ve moved on, this is a serious opportunity for the next family to start their chapter in this waterfront wonderland.

Privacy is paramount, tucked away in one of the area’s quiet neighbourhoods. Despite the feelings of peace and privacy, the local Torbay village shops are just five minutes away and the Auckland CBD 25. The driveway meanders down from the road to arrive at the expansive, well-established grounds and gardens the envelop the residence. ‘Cove Cottage,’ the small dwelling at the top of the property, is a recent addition and was designed by renowned architects Fearon Hay to offer additional space and accommodation.

The residence is gracious and majestic, a grand old dame that has been lovingly renovated and refurbished to become the spacious two level family home seen today. It now offers five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two large lounges and a study, so is well-equipped to house large or growing families with ease. Gleaming timber floors, high ornate ceilings and many sets of French doors enhance the elegant heritage aesthetic on the ground floor entry level. The dining area is alongside the farmhouse kitchen, while the voluminous formal lounge captures the most incredible views through large picture windows – over Waiake Beach, The Tor, across to Takapuna Beach, Devonport and the Sky Tower.

The inside flows out at many junctures to the covered veranda, terraces and gardens outside, with vast areas of rolling lawns and mature gardens creating a wonderful place for kids to roam and play. A pathway leads directly down to Winstone’s Cove, a secluded swimming beach popular with locals in the know.  There is another large lounge on the ground floor, as well as three bedrooms, study and the family bathroom. Upstairs, two more bedrooms share another bathroom, with the master enjoying the dazzling outlook from the best vantage point of the house.

Cove Cottage has two bedrooms with ensuites, a large central lounge with fireplace and contemporary kitchen. Full height sliding doors open out either side, to a west facing deck and walled patio respectively. A separate shell pathway also leads down from here straight to the beach. There’s a separate double garage for the main house, as well as off-street parking for four more cars.

This is an exceptional and very real opportunity to make your North Shore waterfront dream a reality.  The vendors have purchased and are highly motivated to find the next fortunate family to enjoy life on the beach.

Green fingers do the walking

| Listing: 136 East Coast Road, Forrest Hill |

| Auction: Thursday Feb 14, 6.30pm |
| Contact: Claire Curlewis – 021 0245 6775  |

Rangitoto Island has become a big deal in the lives of Cherie Douglas and Chris Gray.

While living in Greenhithe shortly before their move to Sydney, they bought a Morris & James ceramic triptych of Rangitoto Island as a reminder of their New Zealand roots.

Sadly the three-panelled artwork of this volcanic icon didn’t travel well, sustaining a crack of seismic proportions on the way across the Tasman.

But Cherie and Chris refused to let it break their spirit. They glued the big pieces back together and hung it with pride in their Sydney home.

To anyone commenting on their vibrant memento, they simply added their own story to the significance of Rangitoto Island and its iconic symmetry as Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf backdrop.

Little did Cherie and Chris know that they’d be adding yet another chapter to the story. By 2017, they had both scratched their five-year Australian itch and were ready to sell Sydney, buy in Auckland, and move home.


They found this ridge-top home in Crownhill, on the high-side of Forrest Hill, close to Milford and just 75 steps, according to Chris’ stride, from the Crownhill shops.

There looking out across Castor Bay was the real Rangitoto Island. And there, on the fence behind their indoor and outdoor living areas, was the perfect spot for their artwork of the same name.

“When we bought Rangitoto, we were so keen to have memories of home during our time in Sydney and now, upstairs, we can see the real thing right here ,” says Chris.

Irrespective of its landmark location, this home has been perfect for the couple, their two young adult children, who live at home, and their Australian-born cavoodle Kirwan, named after former All Black Sir John Kirwan.

Built in 2016, the cedar/concrete block home was architecturally designed and built for a client who had earlier subdivided and built a house at the rear before moving here.

Tall, well-established boundary trees, a fish pond and a malnourished back lawn gave Cherie scope to indulge her love of gardening with under-planted sub-tropical plants, leafy foliage and wall-mounted planters filled with colour.


A new artificial turf lawn completes this significant focal point from the front entry through the living area and from the adjacent bedroom off the hallway.

Contemporary materials include an louvred pergola and rainproof mesh sidescreens in the courtyard.

Inside, features include oak-look plank flooring and engineered stone benches in the kitchen with remote-controlled splashback lighting beneath the rear upper cupboards.

The rear scullery-style pantry has a matching bench, as does the separate laundry off the garage and the kitchen/bar nook within the lounge upstairs.

The high point for this family has been the home’s functionality, with the children’s separate bedrooms upstairs, along with the study and the lounge access out to the covered, 2.5m-deep front deck.

It’s also in the detail, from the indoor/outdoor speaker system and the glass-panelled door, to the one-way film in the glass windows of the stairwell.

Cherie and Chris, who both have business backgrounds, have had nothing to do inside this house except enjoy it. Instead they’ve channelled their energy into the garden, from the raised vegetable beds, where the spa pool once stood, to Cherie’s espaliered lemonade tree in the courtyard.

They love this location and the pōhutukawa trees that underpin the expansive sea view. Now they are looking for something similar near here with more land for a bigger garden.

Coastal classic – live the dream in Orewa

| Address: 15 Landmark Terrace, Orewa |
| Auction: 28th February at 6.30PM – in rooms | 128 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna

| Viewing: 12-12:45pm Saturday & Sunday and Thursday 5.30-6.30pm |

| Agent: Michael Swarbrick – Mobile 021 888 133 |

| Agent: Sophie Howard  – Mobile 021 855 778 |

Capturing quintessential coastal living at its very best, 15 Landmark Terrace is a timelessly elegant residence presented to showroom perfection. Part of Kensington Park’s prestigious 40-acre master planned community, the property offers the freedom of an easy, care-free lifestyle by the sea.

Positioned on the gently elevated slope overlooking Orewa, Kensington Park is a wonderful world of palm-shaded boulevards and native landscaping. Inspired by Florida’s seaside architecture, the beachy yet stylish design concept is used across the varied style of homes that make up the peaceful neighbourhoods. Residents also benefit from on-site gym facilities, a swimming pool and concierge lawn and garden services.

Orewa’s golden beach is an easy stroll away, along with the village that has developed into a vibrant dining hub over the past few years – offering excellent cafes, bars and restaurants. Despite the holiday atmosphere all-year-round, it’s still very much connected to the CBD for commuters and is a 25-minute journey off-peak. Orewa is the glorious gateway to the north and is a haven for lovers of the sea and the outdoors – with access to all the beaches of the Whangaparoa peninsula, bushwalks, golf clubs and the world-class marina at Gulf Harbour.

Crafted in 2008 and rising up over three-levels, this is one of the area’s rare and highly sought-after freestanding weatherboard homes. This end of Landmark Terrace is a quiet cul-de-sac, which means a quiet environment with no through traffic. Inside on entry level, the open-plan living, dining and kitchen is divided into distinct zones, while maintaining easy flow and access to three separate outdoor living areas. High ceilings, white shutters and a classic, tasteful design aesthetic, enhance the functional floorplan, with panoramic ocean views captured from the front deck. The contemporary designer kitchen is the heart of the space, featuring a walk-in pantry, breakfast island, brand new Fisher & Paykel five-burner freestanding range, custom cabinetry and fridge with ice maker. Behind this, another living area flows out the rear alfresco space, framed with landscaped gardens designed for privacy and easy maintenance. All the outdoor areas are protected with electric awnings, making them suitable for use all-year-round.

There’s a large separate laundry and guest toilet on this level, before steps lead down to the ground floor double internal garage and storage area. All the accommodation is located on the top floor, with three of the four light-filled double bedrooms serviced by the main bathroom. The master retreat is in a class of its own, flowing out to a private deck enjoying the best sea views of the house as well as an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.

This captivating residence has been maintained and presented to an exemplary standard. It’s a true lifestyle destination for discerning purchasers with a love of the sea.