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Beside the seaside – exceptional opportunity in coastal Takapuna

Address: 13 Audrey Road, Takapuna

Tender: Closing 4pm Wednesday the 1st of May 2019 (unless sold prior)

Viewing: Sat/Sun 12:00-12:30pm

Agent:  Nic Ebert Mob 021 366 288

Agent: Damien Henaghan Mob 021 728 003

Originally crafted in 1923 and cherished by the current owners for the last 40 years, this special coastal property presents an exceptional opportunity for a discerning, beach-loving buyer. Located on a perfectly flat, 1012m2 freehold site just seconds from the sand, the property is ready and waiting for its next dramatic incarnation.

Audrey Road’s coveted cul-de-sac is one of Takapuna’s most elite seaward-side streets and one of the North Shore’s most prestigious and desirable locations for property owners. The quiet, tightly-held enclave is home to a collection of multi-million dollar estates and enjoys an undeniably privileged lifestyle. The owners raised their children to adulthood here and have loved the proximity to everything the neighbourhood has to offer.

The area, widely known as the Golden Mile, is renowned for its proximity to the beautiful golden bays of Milford, Thorne Bay and Takapuna, all offering safe swimming beaches and connected by a coastal walkway. Steps lead up behind number 13 access Kitchener Road, where the townships of Milford and Takapuna, with their dining, shopping and entertainment facilities, are an easy, level stroll away. The property is also in zone for Milford and Takapuna Primary Schools, Takapuna Normal Intermediate, Westlake Boys and Girls High School and Takapuna Grammar School. Rarely does an opportunity to acquire a slice of this prime real estate come to market, it’s a dream come true for a discerning, ocean-loving family or astute developer.

Positioned for peace and privacy, the property is located not directly on the beachfront, but across the road, where mature trees and gardens create excellent protection. The classic weatherboard home has been expanded over time to create more space for family, yet still retains its unique original ambiance. A schist stone fireplace warms the front lounge and sunny sitting room. The galley-style kitchen connects this area to the resort-style, tiled dining space, which opens out to the covered deck, spa and barbeque area at the rear.  Lush tropical gardens enjoy complete privacy out here, with sun-filled spaces generous enough to house a pool. Across the lawn and crafted in the 80s, the well-equipped, two-level, two-bedroom cottage has made the perfect accommodation for long-term overseas visitors over the years.  Back inside, there are three bedrooms and one bathroom spread across the two levels.

Already a comfortable home that makes the most of its incredible location, the subdividable property also presents appealing options for renovation, rebuild or redevelopment. Whether it’s modernised and adapted to suit personal requirements, the existing residence is entirely replaced with a brand new dream home or the site is prepared to house for multiple brand new dwellings, the scene is set for a visionary buyer.

Hop on over to the North Shore for the best Hot Cross buns this Easter.

With Easter just around the corner, we have made a list of the top 5 cafes and bakery’s to get Hot Cross Buns on the North Shore.

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1. OTT | Birkenhead

Pronounced Ott, like his last name. The Owner Chris Ott has been baking his famous Easter buns for seven years now. Based out of his bakery on the corner of Birkenhead Ave, in Birkenhead. Chris, who is originally from Germany, brought the famous hot cross bun recipe to the North Shore all the way from the UK. The secret? Ensuring you have a good recipe, perfecting the skill of making the dough – the proving and the baking, and then leaving them in the fridge overnight to marinade, to make them taste better.

More about OTT here.

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OTT – Birkenhead

2. Bread and Butter Bakery | Milford

Bread & Buttery Bakery in Milford, say the secret to ensuring there glazed bun standout from the rest is their organic ingredients, the secret blend of seven different spices and lengthy fermentation process. The more time you give them, the better the flavour will be.

More about Bread and Butter here.

Bread and Butter x Huckleberries

Huckleberries have also teamed up with Bread & Butter to bring an extra special hot cross bun this year. They’re limited edition too – so be sure to get in quick! These hotcross buns are filled with delicious dried fruit and spices, organic ingredients, and lovingly baked in small batches, to ensure the best quality and taste for you. Be sure to stock up with plenty for weekend breakfasts and afternoon teas. Toasted and enjoyed with your favorite butter and jam.

Bread and Butter – Milford

3. Wild Wheat Bakery | Devonport

The Wild Wheat Bakery, located in Devonport have a 16 year old award-winning recipe for their handcrafted hot cross buns. The sourdough bread comes with fruit, spice, and all things nice. The ingredients list is not shy of mixed peel, currants, sultanas, raisins and spice which keeps the buns light and fluffy and fresher for longer. The tradition which features soaking the fruit and spices together for over 24 hours and creating each hot cross bun lovingly by hand. Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing with a “perfect round shape, glistening with a sticky glaze and sporting a perfectly aligned cross”.

More about Wild Wheat Bakery here.

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Wild Wheat Bakery – Devonport

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Little and Friday – Takapuna

4. Little and Friday | Takapuna

Little and Friday Bakery, based in Takapuna, bake Hot Cross Buns however, not so traditional. Rather than being soft, spongy and fluffy, these hot cross buns are almost more like little cakes and will fill you up after one. The bread itself boasts just enough spice and the cross on top, is sweeter than most. Be sure to get in quick, and grab these delicious treats fresh out of the oven daily, around 10am.

More about Little and Friday here.

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5. New World Bakery | Birkenhead

Baking industry association New Zealand placed these hot cross buns second in New Zealand. Making these the best Hot Cross Buns in the North Island, and second best in the South. You will wish that every day was Easter with these very traditional hot cross buns which including sultanas, currant and spice flavour. Everybody will love these, served straight from the oven, with melted butter.

More Easter Treats |

Mimosa Cafe | Located in Takapuna caters for those who are gluten-free. They offer a raw hot cross bun. More here.

Lily Eatery | Located in Devonport, this cafe is offering up a special brioche bun for the Easter season. Filled with pecans, apples, cinnamon and a salted caramel glaze. More here.

Little Bird Unbakery | If you are up for a trip across the bridge to Ponsonby, then this unbakery has plenty of healthy treats, including a raw hot cross bun, Easter truffles and a Caramel and cream nest. More here.

Giapo | Although they havnt released anything yet, be sure to keep a look out for Giapo’s Easter creation. Last year they created a Hot Cross Bun, part cone, part spiced ice cream, part hot cross bun. Served warm. More here

Giapo – Auckland City

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Mimosa Cafe – Takapuna

Decluttering, minimising what you own and generally living a simpler life with less possessions is trending in 2019. Japanese ‘tidying celebrity’ Marie Kondo has kicked off a fascinating movement in ‘organising’ which has taken the world by storm and has now become a New Zealand phenomenon.

Even if you don’t like the idea of throwing away your worldly belongings, you might like the benefits which come along with owning fewer possessions. These include owning less to clean, less to organise, reducing stress, or even the possibility of having more money and energy to put into your hobbies and passions. Decluttering doesn’t need to be painful; in fact, it can be fun, so here are 7 creative ways to declutter your home:

1. Start small.

Give away one item each day. If you don’t let yourself get overwhelmed early into your declutteringjourney, then before you know it, you will have re-homed a week’s worth and then a month’s worth of items – and not miss them.

2. Fill one bin bag.

One of the most talked about decluttering techniques is to grab a simple large bin bag and see how quickly you can fill it. While much of what is collected may well be rubbish, there is also a chance it contains items of value that can
be donated to charity.

3. Think back to front.

Hang all the clothes in your wardrobe with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you have worn and which you haven’t, thus making it easier to pass on clothing.

4. Make a list.

Create a list of areas in your home to declutter; starting with the easiest – anecdotally this might be the collection of pens which are kept near a phone in your home or near the fridge where you write notes. Do you really need all those pens? Do they even all work? It’s worth seeing how this goes and taking your decluttering from here.

5. Take the 10-10-10 Challenge.

A simple task of locating 10 items to throw away, 10 items to donate, and 10 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organise 30 things in your house. Once you have done it, maybe you could encourage any other members of your family who live with you to join in.

6. Experiment with clothing.

Choose some key items of clothing and challenge yourself to only wear those pieces of clothing for a whole month. Challenging yourself in this way will enable you to change your perspective on how easy it is to live with less clothing. Once you’ve nailed this, it can flow on to other parts of your life and home.

7. Use your imagination.

It’s good to ask yourself what an item is worth to you before you throw it away. Although Marie Kondo poses the question ‘does it spark joy?’ we can use alternative ways to question something’s worth to us. You can also use this technique when buying new items to stop you making an unnecessary purchase. Just ask yourself if you really need the item or not.

No matter what way you choose to get started and whether it be one of these tips or one of countless others; the goal is to take your first step with excitement behind it. There is a beautiful world of freedom and a fresh way of living that’s hiding behind that clutter. How you remove it is up to you!

There is some trepidation amongst private sector landlords at the prospect of meeting the new healthy homes standards for rental homes that have been set by our Government. However, we must not lose sight of why these minimum standards have been created and what they will ultimately achieve.

Currently there are almost 600,000 households in rental accommodation in New Zealand and they tend to be older and of poorer quality than homes that are occupied by the owner.

These measures will improve the standard of housing in New Zealand and will improve the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

There are five healthy homes standards that all rental properties will need to comply with by 1st July 2024, and sooner if you have a change to a tenancy after 1st July 2021.

Let’s look at each standard:
Heating Standard

A fixed heating device must be installed that can achieve a temperature of at least 18°C on the coldest of days. This temperature is a standard recommended by the World Health Organisaton for the minimum indoor temperature. It is important to note that this requirement is only for the living room of the property.

It is anticipated that in most cases the fixed heater will be a heat-pump or wood burner for the larger living rooms, however a fixed electric heater may be enough for smaller rooms.

If you have existing heating at your property, it may not meet the new standards if it’s inefficient, unaffordable or unhealthy to run. Examples of these are un-flued gas heaters, open fires and electric heaters (excluding heat pumps) – depending upon home size and the number of heaters provided.

An online tool will be available later this year to assess the requirements for heating the living room at your property. Your Harcourts property manager can perform this assessment on your behalf and advise you of a recommended course of action, if any.

Harcourts and Noel Leeming are working together to bring our clients a special deal* with regards to purchasing heating devices.

Insulation Standard

Properties managed by Harcourts are set to meet the 2016 insulation requirements by the 1st July 2019 deadline. However, under the new insulation standard, there is a new group of rental homes affected. The minimum level of ceiling and underfloor insulation must now either meet the 2008 Building Code, or for existing ceiling insulation, have a minimum thickness of 120mm. These affected rental homes will already have approximately 70-120mm of ceiling insulation, so the requirement is to increase this to a minimum of 120mm.

Adequate insulation provides health benefits through minimising heat loss and is key to maintaining a warm, dry and healthy home.

Ventilation Standard

Ventilation is an important factor in preventing mould which can result in respiratory illnesses and worsening asthma. If that isn’t bad enough, mould can damage properties and belongings. Under the new standards, all kitchens and bathrooms must have mechanical extract ventilation. In addition, all living rooms, dining, kitchen and bedrooms must have windows that can be opened.

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is calling for the Government to make an exemption for shower-steam domes, arguing that these are cheaper and quicker to install than an extractor fan and don’t have an ongoing cost to run. Harcourts works closely with REINZ and will ensure that we are abreast of any changes to this standard.

Your Harcourts property manager is connected with a team of tradespeople including electricians and will be able to arrange the installation of any mechanical ventilation required. In addition, through our partnership with Noel Leeming, we will be able to provide discounts on kitchen rangehoods for our clients*.

Moisture Ingress and Drainage Standard

Properties must have adequate drainage and guttering, downpipes and drains.
If there is an enclosed subfloor, it must have a ground moisture barrier (if possible to install) that will protect the home from rising moisture.

Draught Stopping Standard

We can insulate and heat our houses; however, this is ineffective if we do nothing to prevent draughts. Guidelines will be made available as to how we can best prevent draughts, however the standard states that landlords must stop any unnecessary gaps or holes in the walls, ceilings, windows, floors, and doors.

If there is an unused chimney and/or fireplace, these will need to be blocked.
Your Harcourts property manager will be across these guidelines when they are released and can identify if there is any action to be taken at your property.

We can then advise you what work if any, is required to meet these standards.
As we typically inspect our rental properties every three months, we are taking note of what standards your property may or may not meet now, so we can get this information to you as soon as possible.

Your Harcourts property manager will then work with you to formulate a plan to action the required work to an agreed timeline. Be aware that the final date for complying with the new healthy homes standards is 1st July 2024, however if you have a new tenant or a varied tenancy after the 1st July 2021, you will only have 90 days to comply.

We anticipate that now the healthy homes standards have been set, savvy tenants will be asking to have these requirements met when looking for new rental accommodation. If the property they are renting does not comply on the
1st July 2021, you may find them looking for properties that are compliant with the new standards rather than remain in a damp cold home for another three years.
If your tenants leave and new tenants move in, you will only have 90 days to complete any work.

Smart property investors will want their property to be attractive to prospective tenants and/or retain their existing tenants and will therefore be planning to meet these standards before July 2021.

Find out more here.