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The very best of old and new in Devonport

| Address – 6 Hanlon Crescent, Devonport |
| Auction – Harcourts Rooms Takapuna, Thursday 29th August at 6.30pm |
| Viewing – Sat & Sun 2.00 – 2.45pm |
| Agent – Kris Cunningham – Mobile – 029 767 6801 |
| Agent – Alice He – Mobile – 021 505 787 |

This deceptively large residence presents all the heritage hallmarks of a traditional character villa, but has been masterfully renovated and expanded to offer modern, multi-level living spaces.

Devonport’s Hanlon Crescent is a family-friendly, dual access street. A walk through the reserve and along Seabreeze Road arrives at beautiful Narrow Neck beach, with its children’s playground and café. The palm-fringed fairways of the Waitemata Golf Club are also close by, as is the Achilles Reserve, where local children play. Education is exceptionally well-catered for, with Takapuna Grammar, Belmont Intermediate and several primary schools within walking distance. Devonport village’s shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are a short drive away, along with the ferry that leaves regularly to the city for commuters.

The property is positioned behind a smart white fence and enveloped within a brand new landscape design, created to be simplistic and easy care. Flat lawns flank the pathway that arrives up to the weatherboard home’s front entrance, where a charming veranda wraps around the side and original leadlights brighten the windows. The entry hall is the original part of the villa and has high ceilings and polished timber floors. The big front bedroom has its own small, private conservatory, which enjoys views out to Mt Victoria, while across the hall, the formal lounge features the original fireplace and charming rounded bay window overlooking the front garden. Another bedroom and the formal dining room are also located along here, before double doors open into the incredibly light, bright and spacious new part of the residence. This central space is the heart of the home, accented with a feature chandelier and skylights illuminating the area from the soaring ceiling above.

The open-plan kitchen has been cleverly modernised, while still retaining its striking blue leadlight windows. It has a breakfast island and high-quality appliances, plus a servery into the formal dining room. The family bathroom is also part of this central space, along with doors out to a deck for enjoying morning coffee.

A small flight of stairs accesses the spacious second living room/ entertainment area on the ground floor. It’s warmed in winter by the large Escea gas fireplace, while bifold doors open out to the rear decks and garden for summer entertaining. There are two bedrooms located upstairs on the top floor, one that would make a great nursery or home office, and the other the luxuriously proportioned master retreat. The bedroom captures elevated views across to the city and boasts a stylish new ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.

Perfect for family living in a sought-after Devonport neighbourhood, this spacious renovated villa presents the very best of old and new.

A sought-after pocket of Milford

| Address – 15 Anakiwa Place, Milford |
| Auction date – Thursday 15 August – 6:30 p.m  |
| Open Homes – Saturday/ Sunday – 10 Aug 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. |
| Agent – Damien Henaghan – +64 21 728 003 |

An unmissable opportunity presents in the way of this superb family home situated in a quiet, tree lined cul-de-sac within a short stroll to Milford Shops and beach. This modern contemporary property is on two levels with the heart and soul of the home being the light-filled open plan living/dining area adjacent to the sleek, modern kitchen.

Bi-fold doors open out to a front patio area which revels in lots of sunshine and plays an integral part in summer evening alfresco dining. There are also two bedrooms plus a family bathroom on this level with the downstairs accommodation comprising a further two bedrooms, bathroom and the 2nd family/tv room enjoying access out to the rear garden and huge backyard.

Additional features include a freehold site of 852m2, a double garage with internal access, a pimped out spa pool on the back deck and a grassy neighbourhood reserve located on the corner of the street providing a fun safe area for the neighbourhood kids to play cricket or climb trees. An incredibly attractive home that stands out from the moment you pull up to the kerb. An inspection is a must!

On top of the world in Hatfields Beach

Address | 10 Hillcrest Road, Hatfields Beach
Auction | Sunday, 18th August 2019 at 4:30pm Onsite
Viewing | Saturday 3 Aug & Sunday 4 Aug 3:00-3:30pm
Agent | Nic Ebert – M:021 366 288

This spectacular 1128m2 coastal retreat is located on Hillcrest Road, the elevated ridge that straddles Orewa and Hatfields Beach. Reimagined and rebuilt by the current owners three years ago, it showcases a stylish, spacious living environment and views that must be seen to be believed.

The transformation took the original 1950s red brick home to the contemporary residence seen today, expanding the footprint from 150m2 to 285m2. The vision was to create classic, light-filled spaces designed for seamless family living and entertaining, as well as showcasing the dazzling panorama on both sides. From the front of the house, the north-west aspect captures rural views, overlooking rolling hills, farmland and the greenbelt separating Hatfields Beach and Waiwera. A full wall of glass at the rear of the home frames the cinematic south-easterly view, straight down the length of Orewa beach, across to Red Beach, Stanmore Bay and the tip of the Whangaparaoa peninsula, across to Rangitoto in the distance, Millwater and Silverdale. The full landscape of land, sea and sky is on display and is as captivating by day as by night.

The local area is friendly and relaxed, a great community that offers excellent schools and access to Orewa’s buzzing café, bar and restaurant scene. Hatfield’s is a popular and picturesque golden bay that boats can be launched from, while Orewa’s vast stretch of sand is the perfect place to walk in the morning and while away summer days. For North Shore and CBD workers, motorway onramps are close by, along with the handy bus service.

The floorplan sees a voluminous central living, dining and kitchen space flanked either side with hidden accommodation wings. This vast, elongated space is illuminated with light from the walls of glass at either end and complemented with American Oak flooring and fresh white walls. The interior design is another element that sets the residence apart from the rest, with the perfect balance of finishes, fittings and textures bringing the inside to life.

The chef’s kitchen has a large breakfast island and wine fridge, while a feature gas fireplace warms the room in winter. Friends and family can spill out to the generous rear deck, which has glass balustrades ensuring the outlook remians uninterrupted. The land below was retained to create platforms of flat lawn for kids to play on and useable, easy-care landscaped grounds. As sun floods the front area all day, plans have been designed and consented for a swimming pool complex, which only needs the green light from the new owner to be ready for the summer.

Back inside, a barn-style sliding door access one of the accommodation wings, where two double bedrooms (all have wardrobe systems) are serviced by the exquisitely tiled family bathroom and freestanding bath. The master retreat has a luxurious ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, as well as enjoying the wonderful sea views and access to the deck. Across the other side, the other accommodation wing has two more bedrooms (one is currently set up as a kids’ playroom) plus a guest toilet. There’s also a separate laundry on this side of the home and internal access to the double garage. Warm and carpeted, this expansive space also doubles as a rumpus when required.

This stunning renovation celebrates perfection in both construction and aesthetics and presents a sensational family lifestyle by the sea.

The Sweetest of Spots

Listing | 107 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead Point
Open Homes | Sat/Sun – 2.00pm – 2.30pm
Auction | Sunday 11th August – OnSite – 3pm
Agent | Travers Smyth – M: 027 872 377

While Justine Marsden loves her family’s long history with Birkenhead, it was the opportunity to create a modern, resort-like contemporary home amid character residences which appealed. She says:“My grandfather and great-grandfather worked at Chelsea Sugar Works all their lives and my mother grew up around here. “But we like a modern aesthetic in houses so it was the opportunity to re-build a 1960s house which attracted us.”

Justine and husband Alan McMeiken have lived here since 2004 with their children. Both kids are no longer at home, son Max doing industrial design and daughter Lauren studying musical theatre in Brisbane.

Commercial lighting designer Justine says: “In 2007 we pretty much did a new build using the same footprint, seeing the previous house was so well-orientated onsite for sun and views. “It’s got tighter in these heritage areas to build this type of home; if we’d built it later we’d have had to have pitched roofs.”

This property at 107 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, is scheduled for auction on Sunday, August 11.

The couple, who own a corporate fruit business, appreciate being just across the road from cafes, restaurants, the local coffee roaster, and dairy. They frequent Chelsea Sugar Factory’s cafe Sugar, take their two dogs to a beach down Telephone Road and have the Birkenhead ferry 10-minutes’walk away.

“We’re a $10 Uber ride from Ponsonby” says Justine. “People often have little idea what’s instore behind our front wall and then are surprised to come in and find it’s like an oasis. “It’s on the warm side of Hinemoa and is really private even though its expansive.”

Inside the front gate the tempo slows with a boardwalk entry into the two-storey weatherboard home with views including Le Roys Bush, Bayswater Marina, Devonport, Great Barrier and the Sky Tower. Their two-car, internal-access garage (with new laundry) is fronted by two off-street parks.

Architect Jason Gibson masterminded their rebuild, creating a boomerang-shaped home with an additional upper wing at a different angle. Entering the oversized front door into a wide foyer it’s obvious he delivered openness and sunlight.

The foyer angles subtly into the generous living-dining-kitchen with elevated views, walnut floors and gas fireplace supplementing this level’s ducted heating. La Bella Kitchens designed the new kitchen, integrating Blum Legra box drawers and supported by a walk-in pantry. There’s easy flow out to patio dining over looking the heated pool. “Alan and I joke ‘we’re going to the bach.’

“Then we head out to the pool-house which has Sky TV, blue-tooth stereo, a wet-bar with fridge and dishdrawers, a loo and an outdoor fireplace. “When the kids had teenage parties out there we could quietly keep an eye from the house.” Justine says:“Basically this whole side to the north opens up to the pool.” There’s a media room and guest bedroom. Across the hall is a powder room, Justine’s office and, nearby, a family bathroom.

The recently re-carpeted upper bedroom wing includes the elevated aster with en suite, walk-in-wardrobe and bi fold windows. A lounge (formerly the children’s playspace) separates the master from two more bedrooms that share an ensuite.
Abundant storage includes a workshop-art studio under the house.

Harcourts agent Travers Smyth says: “This house is beautifully wrapped around its pool with layout options to suit either a young family or those with older children.”