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Resplendent resort-style luxury in Coatesville.

Address | 631 Dairy Flat Highway, Coatesville

Agent | Davina Kennedy – 027 441 6777

Open Homes | Sunday 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Deadline Treaty | Wednesday 17th March 2021

Tucked far away from the road and enjoying a sense of pure privacy, this resplendent rural retreat offers resort style living and a luxury lodge-style residence. Designed for entertaining on a grand scale, the 374m2 floorplan boasts exceptional proportions and the choice of four bedrooms and three lounges, or five bedrooms and two lounges.

Although the two-hectare property enjoys tranquil and whisper quiet surroundings with no neighbours looking in, the beauty of the location is that it’s only a five-minute drive from Albany’s shopping, dining, entertainment and transport hub. It’s also in close proximity to great schools, including Coatesville Primary, Albany Junior and Senior, Kristin and Pinehurst.

A long driveway meanders down through rolling hills to arrive at the generous off-street parking area, which is in addition to the three-car internal garaging. Concrete tilt slab construction is built to stand the test of time and complement the landscape, with single-level living making life easy. The impressive entry foyer sets the scene for the scale of the residence, flowing into the open-plan kitchen, living and dining space. Soaring vaulted ceilings and a wood burner enhance the ambiance in here, with bifolds opening out on either side to create a pavilion-style space for entertaining. The chef’s kitchen has a large central island, an abundance of workspace and high-quality appliances, while a north-west aspect floods the room with natural light and sun.

A sundrenched terrace creates the perfect space for friends and family to gather and enjoy, with the magnificent countryside’s hills and trees providing the perfect backdrop. A glass fence frames the heated saltwater pool and the poolhouse offers another shower and toilet, while steps lead down from here to the full-sized, floodlit tennis court.

Back inside, the second living space can be closed off via cavity sliders and becomes a media room, thanks to the retractable screen and projector. It’s ideal for ‘big game’ nights, with the current owners hosting 50 people watching the All Blacks in times gone by. The master suite is the only bedroom on this side of the house and has floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the views, as well as access to terrace. It’s serviced by a luxurious tiled ensuite with double shower and a walk-in wardrobe.

The accommodation wing has a wide hallway and can be closed off from the foyer. It offers two large bedrooms that each have a walk-in wardrobe and share an ensuite with spa bath, as well as outdoor access. The other two bedrooms, or one plus lounge, are serviced by the family bathroom.

The land is Zoned Countryside Living, so offers the option to subdivide further (subject to council consent), making it an enticing opportunity to landbank or enjoy as is.

Immaculately-presented and impeccably maintained, this luxury lifestyle property enjoys resort-style living in a well-connected location.

An Oasis of Sophistication and Style.

Address | 22a Wainoni Heights, Greenhithe

Agent | Leigh Mosley – 0274 871 705

Open Homes | Sunday 3.00pm – 3.30pm

Auction | Tuesday 23rd Mar 2021 6:30 PM (On site) Unless sold prior.

Presenting the very rarest of treasures: a vast and private family residence that will make your heart sing and your soul take flight. Set on a breath-taking 1288m2, herewith lies the very definition of considered contemporary living.

A soulful modern masterpiece created by renowned architect Simon Pirie, this sensational home has been holistically designed as a balm for busy lives, effortlessly inviting its inhabitants to unwind and relax or entertain in absolute luxury and privacy.

Multiple spacious open plan living zones welcome in the light and provide ample room to come together with loved ones as well as find your own zen time. Brunch in style on the sunny, tranquil patio replete with stunning natural features, or the additional enclosed courtyard, accessed from the formal lounge and kitchen through stacking sliders. Host gatherings both large and small thanks to the impeccably appointed entertainer’s kitchen.

The dynamic flow between indoors and out is maximised by a massive Louvretec roof where you can relax or entertain year-round by the outdoor fire while the kids splash in the heated pool. Yours will be the place to be to fashionably socialise, with the impressive lighting environment and inbuilt sound system.

The grounds are a world all of their own. Crafted by award-winning landscaper Jules Moore, the spectacular subtropical gardens are wrapped with natives providing a green, leafy oasis where the gourmand will adore the chef’s picking garden and orchard.

Upstairs is reserved for moments of serenity, with four generous bedrooms and three sleek bathrooms. The master suite is a sanctuary beyond compare, accessed by an interior bridge that spans the soaring stud.

Importantly included is a large work from home office. Intelligent details abound in this secure haven: concrete outdoor fireplace, underfloor heating, guest powder room, abundant storage, double garage and ample off-street parking.

When you can bear to leave your urban retreat, the green expanse of Wainoni Park is a short stroll away, the motorway is nearby for easy access anywhere you care to go and you’ll love exploring the fantastic community of Greenhithe with its friendly neighbourhood and vibrant village feel. Make it your oasis today.

Vendors purchased – flexible settlement date available.

Part of North Shore History.

Address | 79 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead Point

Agent | Julie Shand – 021 634 787

Open Homes | Saturday and Sunday 11.30am – 12.15pm. Wednesday 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Auction | Sunday 14th March 2021 12:00pm (On site)


The elegant weatherboard house at 79 Hinemoa St is part of the fabric of the North Shore and owners Suzanne and Rob Haydon have enjoyed tracking the property’s progress through the years. “The section was established in 1900 and the house was built in 1910 by a local builder with the flash name of Marmaduke Souster,” Rob says. The Souster family were well known local builders in this period and Marmaduke Souster was also a designer and a contractor/supervisor. “In 1915 it was bought by the Verran family, who were North Shore identities, and they owned it until 1991. We have the original title and it shows the changes going through three generations of the family.”

The house had been renovated when Suzanne and Rob bought it. Previous owners had added an extension at the back accommodating a big living room, kitchen and dining space opening out to an expansive deck, and Suzanne and Rob followed up when they bought it by adding a double garage with a loft space, and a second storey foramaster suite. All the renovations have followed the style of the original house. High ceilings, original kauri floors, bay windows and several sets of French doors provide an authentic setting for a blend of contemporary sophistication and versatile family living.Amodern designer kitchen, adjoining dining area, formal lounge and an informal living areas open to a two-tiered deck ideal for outdoor entertaining. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and the loft over the garage, which can be used as an office or rumpus room, or could be converted into a permitted self-contained sleep-out suitable for extended family or guests.

The upper level master suite, built just five years ago, is the piece de resistance. Harcourts agent Julie Shand describes it as a luxurious private haven with awalk-in wardrobe, lounge, beautiful big bay window and a balcony with 180-degree views across the harbour. There were strict controls over the design of the second level and Suzanne says it is a true reflection of the heritage architects who designed it. “But it’s the things you can’t even see that make this house so special,” Rob says. “It has a warm, welcoming, homely feeling, and you get the feeling that it must have been a happy home throughout its history.” The position of the house, set
above the road, enables views of the harbour even from the ground floor. There is the added
bonus of exclusive use of two entrances—one on Hinemoa St and the other on Maritime Terrace. The location is an easy stroll to Little Shoal Bay and to the Birkenhead Ferry Terminal at the bottom of Hinemoa St, from where it’s a pleasant 10-minute crossing to the city. There’s also easy access to the Northern and Southern Motorways.

The couple will miss the house with its wonderful light and heritage features, the great location and the views, but they are ready to downsize and are looking forward to their next adventure.

This change to the Residential Tenancies Act provides clarity on what a minor change is and sets the process for a tenant requesting a minor change, a landlord consenting to the request, and reinstatement at the end of the tenancy.
What meets the definition of a minor change?
Minor changes have the following attributes:

  • they present a low risk of damage to the property.
  • they are of a nature that allows the property to be easily returned to a reasonably similar condition at the end of the tenancy.
  • they do not pose a health and safety risk that is not able to be sufficiently mitigated, including during installation and removal.
  • they have no impacts on third parties.
  • they require no consent under law (e.g. a building consent).
  • they do not breach bylaws, body corporate rules, covenants, or other obligations or restrictions relevant to the premises.

It will be unreasonable for a landlord to decline a request for something that has these traits.

What are examples of minor changes?
Depending on the circumstances, examples of minor changes could include:

  • installing minor accessibility changes that improve safety for disabled people such as visual alerts for fire, security alarms and doorbells, where this has low impacts and will be reversed at the conclusion of the tenancy.
  • securing furniture or appliances to protect against earthquake risk or to make a property child safe
  • installing dishwashers and washing machines
  • installing a baby gate
  • affixing child safe latches to cupboards
  • installing shelving
  • installing television aerials
  • installing gardens when these can be returned to the original state at the conclusion of the tenancy
  • installing curtains and window coverings
  • installing internal locks provided they are compliant with relevant fire safety laws; and
  • installing picture hooks.

Is painting considered a minor change?
A Ministry of Housing and Urban Development spokesman said whether a specific change like painting walls was within the scope of the revamped law would be situation dependent:

“A landlord and tenant should consider the elements of the definition and how they apply to the property and proposed change. Will it be easy to reverse? Is there a low risk of damage?”, the spokesman asked. “It is possible that painting walls may be considered out of scope as it may not be easy to return the walls to a reasonably similar condition at the end of the tenancy. If there is a dispute between a landlord and tenant, the Tenancy Tribunal can hear the dispute and will decide each case on the individual facts of the situation. It is also worth noting that tenants are not permitted to undertake minor changes without landlord consent,” the Ministry spokesman said.

What is the process?
A tenant must make a request for the minor change in writing and the landlord must respond to this request within 21 days.

If the requested change is minor, it is not reasonable to decline. If the landlord declines unreasonably, the tenant can take the landlord to the Tenancy Tribunal and they could be liable for a penalty of up to $1,500. If the change is more than minor, a landlord can decline if the request is unreasonable. This will depend on the situation and landlords should weigh up the benefits and potential impacts to their property of the change the tenant is proposing.

Do tenants need to remove any changes installed during the tenancy?
Yes, tenants must return the premises to substantially the same condition as before the changes were made, including removing the changes, unless the tenant and landlord agree otherwise. Landlords can seek remedy at the Tenancy Tribunal if the tenant does not reverse the change. As well as the cost of remediation, the tenant may be liable for an additional penalty of up to $1,500 if they fail to reverse a minor change that the landlord didn’t agree to keep.

Your Harcourts property manager will recommend the appropriate course of action in the event of a request from your tenant. They can ascertain whether a requested change meets the definition of ‘minor’ and will ensure that any alterations are reversed at the end of a tenancy.