Blog - Cooper & Co

Elegant Garden Retreat

Address: 250 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany
Auction: Thursday 27th June 6.30pm – (In rooms) unless sold prior
Viewing: Saturday 2.30 – 3.15pm & Sunday 1.00 – 1.45pm or by appointment
Agent: Jen Bird 021 618 697 –

Immaculate presentation, stylish, light-filled spaces and exceptional outdoor living combine to create this elegant Albany property. The owners have lived here for the past five years and relished the peace and privacy. They’ve also expertly developed the once-barren 893m2 grounds into a lush, green and wonderfully private garden oasis.

Tucked away near the end of Schnapper Rock Road, the location is quiet but well-connected and convenient. Number 250 is perfectly placed on the new Schnapper 883 bus route, which drops city commuters directly to the Constellation Drive Park and Ride. The number of excellent local public schools have buses that pick up and drop off in Schnapper Rock, while private Kristin has its own.  Massey University and Albany’s booming shopping, retail and dining hub is just a short drive from home, as are all the beautiful beaches of the East Coast Bays.

Inside, the contemporary interior design is brightened with fun pops of colour in feature wallpaper, found in the entrance foyer and in each of the bedrooms upstairs. High quality flooring adds peace of mind, with brand new carpet and attractive, hardwearing COREtec throughout. A grand entrance foyer is a fitting introduction to the home, which flows into the ground floor living, dining and entertaining spaces. Clever design means that while these areas are divided into distinct zones, visibility is always maintained between each. High ceilings and many large picture windows enhance the feeling of space and flood the inside with light and sun. The formal lounge and dining flow into the more casual family living and kitchen hub – a layout that lends itself to seamless entertaining. Designed for chefs, the sleek kitchen is functional and practical, with lots of storage, thick stone benches and a breakfast island.

Bifolds open out to the north-facing alfresco living, with decks and landscaped gardens afforded a wonderful sense of privacy thanks to the mature trees that frame the site. The vision was to create an atmosphere that was structured but not fussy, with the use of natives to make it largely easy-care. Artfully placed sculptures and the water feature out here add to the ambiance, illuminated beautifully at night thanks to extensive outdoor lighting. As well as space for a trampoline and playhouse (which both stay), the entire area is irrigated and fully fenced, making it perfect for kids and animals.

There’s a separate laundry and powder room downstairs, as well as a sitting room/ library that could easily be utilised as a handy day nursery for a baby. Upstairs, a study nook creates the ideal family computer spot. Two bedrooms up here are serviced by the family bathroom with bath, while the luxurious master has its own walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

Although the house is naturally incredibly warm, the entire ground floor is underfloor heated, along with a gas fireplace in the lounge, while there’s a ducted heat pump system to warm the top floor. Generous double internal garaging is complemented with ample off-street parking out front, with easily enough space for a boat or motorhome.

With nothing to do but move in, unpack and enjoy, this truly elegant home is ready and waiting for its next privileged owners.

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Labour Of Love.

Listing | 36 Le Roy Terrace, Birkenhead Point |
Agents | Brooke Barrass – 021 131 0566 | Jordan Selwyn – 027 671 5882 |
Auction | 13 June 2019 |

Major renovation was family’s baby.. and it was worth all the labour pains, writes Donna Fleming.

Carrying out a major renovation is a lot like having a baby, says Wendy van Lieshout.

“It’s horrible when you are going through it, but you forget about it afterwards,” she says, laughing. “And in the end, it is worth it!”

The renovation of the home she and husband David Marriott own in Birkenhead Pt was a huge undertaking that involved gutting the house and pretty much starting from scratch. “The only things that weren’t touched were the wardrobes in the master bedroom,” says Wendy.

The couple and their children Jacob and Saskia moved out for six months while the work was carried out — they ended up living in eight different places in that time — and Wendy recalls popping in one day to see how things were going to find a digger in the middle of the house and a two-storey hole where many of the rooms used to be. “That was a bit of a shock,” she says.

But the work means family now has a stylish, luxurious and highly functional home that is perfect for its idyllic site.

Number 36 Le Roy Tce is at the end of a cul-desac that’s a short walk from the Hinemoa St shops and cafes.

David and Wendy were walking to the shops from their nearby home eight years ago when they spotted the open home sign for Le Roy Tce.

They nearly didn’t go in because the 1930s home — then painted duck-egg blue — wasn’t very appealing from outside. But when they ventured inside and saw the outlook from the rear over neighbouring Le Roys Bush, they were won over.

“The minute we saw it we thought, Wow. It was so private and peaceful and we felt like we were in the middle of the bush. It is such a magical setting.”

The house was a “higgledy-piggledy rabbit warren of rooms” that had undergone numerous makeovers over the years.

Wendy and David waited five years before they changed anything. An Architect friend of a friend did concept plans, and then architect Michael Cooper was commissioned to draw up the plans that full y transformed the home.

He did a spectacular job, says Wendy. A self-confessed control freak, she barely changed a thing he suggested. As well as loving he overall design and look of the home, which is a fresh mix of classic and contemporary styling, she’s delighted with the little touches Michael came up with, like the full-height glass walls and doors in the showers the mean steam doesn’t escape.

“He thought of everything, and was always ready to help”, says Wendy. “When we were choosing tiles for the bathroom he met us at the shop to help us decide, and we could do things like text him photos of the kitchen lights we were thinking of buying to get his feedback. He was very invested and enthusiastic.”

Michael’s a kitchen designer as well as an architect, and it’s no surprise to learn the stunning kitchen he came up with for Wendy and David won an award.
Part of the large open plan living/dining area at the rear of the house, the kitchen features a huge central island with a striking ceramic surface.

There’s an abundance of automatic opening drawers, cleverly-placed open shelving about upper cupboards and a mirrored splashback that reflects the greenery outside. A vertical sliding window creates a balcony feel, looking down on the garden, when it is open.

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and a deck off this open plan area make the most of the bush outlook, and a splendid magnolia tree creates extra privacy in the summer months.

Work on the house was only finished 18 months ago, so everything is still pristine and immaculate. But unfortunately the family won’t get to enjoy it for much longer – they’re off to Queenstown for work.

Waitoki wonderland - prestigious block close to the city

| Address | 273 Forestry Road, Waitoki |
| Viewing | Sunday 3 – 3:30pm or via appointment |
| Agent | Simone du Bernard – Mobile 021 433 965  or Telephone 09 451 9344 |

Presenting a grand, solid masonry home set against a backdrop of rolling green pastures at the eastern end of Waitoki, this outstanding property encompasses 20.7110 ha (51.7acres) set off the road. The estate’s sublime location, expansive proportions and building integrity create a residence of rare distinction, located at one of the most sought-after addresses on the northern side of Auckland.

Only 25 minutes from the Harbour Bridge, the vast property has electronic roadside gates for ultimate privacy, while a stately, tree-lined introduces the dazzling residence. Seven years ago, the owners and architect Ron Saxby bought their vision to life – a classic, 600m2 country home designed for family living and entertaining on a grand scale. While it showcases consummate luxury at every turn, it’s been masterfully balanced with hardwearing and comfortable materials to withstand the wear and tear of fun family life.

Inside, the main level has a 2.7m stud height, which is doubled in the voluminous open dining area. Macrocarpa vaulted ceilings and the bridge that runs across the second level create a sense of pure drama, with the balustrade a replica of Smith & Caughey’s famed version. The exquisitely detailed, bespoke woodwork and oak window joinery throughout is another strong feature.

Sets of bifolds flow out to the vitex decking with cedar beam pergolas outside. The sweeping lawn overlooks the vast paddocks beyond, where a pathway leads down to a pond that’s home to two white swans. A native country planting theme was designed to be visually striking and protective, including Oak, Liquid Amber and London Plane specimen trees. Two spring feed water dams and cattle yards ensure easy care grazing

The lounge has a grand Schist fireplace, while the games room is large enough for a full bar and billiards table. There is also a dedicated theatre room. The guest bedroom on this level has an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and outdoor access. All the bathrooms throughout are finished to an exemplary standard, with rough rock granite sinks and walk-in showers. Also on the ground floor are an office, internal access to the carpeted triple garage and large laundry, complete with built-in ironing board, heated tiles and a laundry chute from upstairs.

Upstairs, the decadent master showcases views over the Waitoki Valley and has a walk-in wardrobe and luxurious ensuite with a double shower and rainhead dumpers. Across the bridge, the three remaining bedrooms all enjoy the peaceful rural outlook and are serviced by the family bathroom.

There’s a large 300m2 working shed with concrete floors and work benches also onsite, as well as a 60m2, two-bedroom cottage that can be rented out – the owners lived here while their dream home was taking shape.

The family are moving on after many years in their lovely home and are willing to consider a longer settlement should it be required.