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Brand- New Michael Macfie Architectural Coastal Sanctuary

Address | 135a Beach Road, Castor Bay
Tender |Thursday 17th October 2019 – 4pm (unless sold prior)
Viewing | Saturday/Sunday 1-1.45pm. Tues 6.30-7pm or by appointment
Agent |  Jo Glancy 021994874

This brand-new Castor Bay residence has been expertly designed to exist seamlessly within its unique location, nestled alongside the lush green slopes of Kennedy Park. The beauty of this position is having the vast grounds to enjoy, but without the commitment of maintenance, as the council is in charge of all the upkeep.

The popular, historically-significant park is known for its generous petanque court, children’s playground and lookout point, which showcases spectacular vistas of Rangitoto.

The council are due to complete the repair work on the iconic stairs in November, meaning there will be access straight down to the water once again. The Esplanade entrance to Castor Bay is visible from home – it’s just a quick walk down the street to the much-loved locals beach and its intimate swimming bay, reserve, kids’ playground and boat ramp. The area is a sought-after one, perfectly placed as the starting point of the East Coast Bays and close to Milford and Takapuna’s shopping and dining hubs. School zoning is another major drawcard and includes Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools, Campbells Bay School and Murrays Bay Intermediate.

Devonport-based architect Michael Macfie has created a stylish and spacious contemporary home, masterfully maximising sun and sea views. Swooping rooflines and high ceilings create visual interest, as well as illuminate the rooms with light.  Crafted from cedar weatherboard and on its on freehold title, the residence rises up over three generous levels.

The ground floor is comprised of the marine carpeted, double internal garage and laundry, plus a very generous, open storage area. This is the perfect place to store sea toys like paddleboards and kayaks, which can be simply walked down the road to launch at the beach.

The second level is comprised of the voluminous living, dining and kitchen space, where bespoke detailing and design create a truly captivating, comfortable space for relaxing and entertaining. A floor to ceiling window on one side of the lounge frames views of Takapuna beach and down the coastline, while sliding doors on the other side open out to the semi-covered deck. Glass balustrades out here create great visual flow and enhance green views of the park. The chef’s kitchen is full of striking design details, features and fittings, which add a level of European-style elegance to the modern space. There’s one bedroom and a tiled bathroom on this level, with the remaining three and main bathroom located upstairs.

The location, layout and low-maintenance lifestyle the property enjoys, means it suits discerning buyers of all stages. It would equally suit families with young children or teenagers, as well as retirees who seek a brand-new, luxury lock-up-and-leave home.  There’s nothing to do but move in and enjoy summer in one of the North Shore’s most sought-after locations.

Our Champions | September 2019

Harcourts is proud partner of 2019 Auckland Diwali festival

For the second year in a row, Harcourts is proud to be a major partner of the Auckland Diwali festival.

“Bringing people together and contributing to the communities we live in are at the core of the Harcourts values,” said Harcourts New Zealand Managing Director, Bryan Thomson.

“The Auckland Diwali festival is a wonderful opportunity for our city to come together to celebrate and experience Indian culture. It’s events like this that help create an appreciation for the diversity that we are so fortunate to have here in Auckland. Last year’s festival was fantastic, and we’re absolutely delighted to be a major partner once again this year.”

Harcourts New Zealand has 195 offices across the country and over 2,300 sales consultants who come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

“If businesses want to be successful, they need to reflect their communities,” added Thomson. “The diversity of our people helps us understand the needs and values of our diverse communities in Auckland and throughout New Zealand.”

At the Harcourts site, located across from the main stage, this year’s festival-goers will have the opportunity to design a digital rangoli. Traditional rangoli are bright patterns created using rice, sand, flower petals and other materials to encourage Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity to enter people’s homes.  Harcourts has put a modern twist on this ancient Indian art form by taking it digital!

The free, family-friendly festival takes place in Auckland’s Aotea Square over the weekend of 12-13 October and runs from 12pm to 9pm both days. Harcourts will have digital rangoli creators for those who want to get creative. There will also be spot prizes and two $500 Prezzy cards up for grabs.

Sensational space, style and sea views on Kowhai Road

Address | 131 Kowhai Road, Mairangi Bay
Auction | On Site, Sunday, 20th October, 2019 at 10am (unless sold prior)
Viewing | Saturday/Sunday 2.00-2.30pm
Agents | Ian & Diane Dodds –
Contact | Tel 09 477 4240, Mob 021 909 067,
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Immaculate presentation and spacious, contemporary style make this Kowhai Road property an incredibly appealing prospect for summer. The current owners bought it new in 2011 and have loved the free-flowing layout of the residence and fantastic central location.

The two-level, weatherboard home is located on a freehold site, directly across the road from the Pupuke Golf Course. This, coupled with the walking tracks and tennis club in Centennial Park, make it a fantastic neighbourhood for those with a passion for the outdoors. Mairangi Bay’s beach and village are also just a 10-minute walk from home, via the handy walkway.  The sought-after street is zoned for exceptional North Shore Schools, including Rangitoto College, Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools, Campbells Bay School, Mairangi Bay Primary and Murrays Bay Intermediate. The very central location also has easy access to the motorway to the CBD, as well as Takapuna, Milford and Albany.

A major prerequisite for the owners was to find a lock-up-and-leave property with easy care grounds – number 131 Kowhai Road ticked the boxes. Its elevated position and north-east aspect also showcases expansive views of the Hauraki Gulf, while flooding the high-stud rooms with light and sun all day. Interiors have been designed to be modern and stylish, with a towering concrete block feature wall in the double height entry foyer. Light American Oak floors and a fresh white wall palette are illuminated with light from the numerous sets of bifold doors and windows on the ground floor. The entire level is dedicated to living and entertaining, with the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area the hub of the home. The custom-designed kitchen has a large waterfall-style island, stainless steel and light granite benches, high-quality appliances and a butler’s pantry.

This area flows out to the spacious entertaining deck, which, covered by a Louvretec canopy, make it an extension of the inside and another room during summer. Flat Tiger Turf lawns are framed with simplistic, easy-care plantings, with very minimal maintenance required.

As well as the separate laundry and powder room, there’s another large lounge on the ground floor, which can be closed off via double doors. It has a gas fireplace for cosy winter evenings, plus opens out to a private courtyard garden on the other side of the house.

A wide staircase arrives at the top level, where a third lounge creates even more separation for families. The master retreat is on one side, with a walk-in wardrobe and luxurious ensuite with bath. The spacious bedroom captures the best views of the house, across the water and to the islands of the Gulf, as well as over the lush green golf course. The three remaining bedrooms all enjoy their own special outlook and good-sized double wardrobes One has its own ensuite, while the other two are serviced by the tiled family bathroom.

All the features of a modern build make life comfortable and easy – abundant storage, double glazing, underfloor heating, central vac and an oversized, carpeted double garage. What makes it even more appealing is the impeccable standard of maintenance that has been undertaken by the owners, both inside and out, over the past eight years.

This exceptionally stylish, spacious residence is located in one of the North Shore’s most coveted and central locations.