Timeless Perfection In The Tranquil Nor West
A Bespoke Lifestyle encased by beautifully landscaped gardens and stunning park-like grounds, with mature trees that are nesting places for an abundance of native birdlife, this captivating property is perfect for families seeking an extraordinary place to call home. The sense of arriving at a very special location is evident as soon as you enter through the electric gates. The 3.5 acre property has the feel of a retreat - a place where adults can relax and the young ones have plenty of opportunities to explore. Comprising a beautifully renovated Californian Bungalow plus an independent cottage that transports you to the English countryside, 998 Peak Road is more than an address - this is where you will find solace every day.
Families that love adventure and the outdoors will find it hard to look away from this immaculate estate with productive farmland and verdant hills providing a majestic backdrop. The formal gardens and extensive flat lawns - a rarity in the northwest - comprise approximately 3.4 acres of useable land. They run down to a fairy glen-like setting at the back of the property where you cross two bridges to arrive at a waterfall and waterhole where the current family and their friends love to swim. Add in orchards, grape vines, a petanque court and a jetty, and one could easily envision the perfect wedding venue.
One can get so caught up in admiring the beauty of the natural surroundings, it's easy to forget that of all the many perks that come with owning this property, perhaps the most enticing aspect is the accommodation.
An exciting fusion of modern, classic and artistic, the main residence was built around 1929 and relocated from Remuera to its current location 17 years ago. The owner, a registered builder by profession, has spared no expense to ensure a stylish, light-filled and practical home. With extensive modernisation and extensions designed by renowned architect Peter Sargisson, it is a residence that is in perfect harmony with its environment, but without sacrificing its original character and charm. Only a passion for creative renovation could have made this work.
As you enter the house via an oversized foyer, the visual impact is immediate. The home is an absolute celebration of timber, with the warmth of wood echoing throughout - polished matai flooring, kauri windows and rimu frames. You can tell the substantial living spaces have been designed for family comfort, year-round entertaining and indoor/outdoor flow. The enormous open-plan lounge captures the essence of the property. Besides allowing light to cascade in through large picture windows and skylights, it opens out via four sets of French doors to the extensive entertainer's deck from where you can visually sweep the outdoors. This is the hub of the house where the family congregates year round. If things get a bit noisy here, you can always retreat to the well-appointed formal lounge and luxuriate in the glow of the fireplace.
The ability to work while letting your gaze wander across the lawns and keeping an eye on the children on the jetty makes the kitchen a unique place. It comes with a marble waterfall island and a2 high-end ovens - perfect for entertaining large groups.
There are four extra-large bedrooms serviced by two ensuites, one dual entranced ensuite/family bathroom and three walk-in wardrobes. The master suite is a true sanctuary with it being well away from the main living areas and having a private deck and views.
Suitable as a home office, space for extended family or as rentable accommodation is the sun-drenched minor dwelling. Away from the main house, it sits independently on the property with its own private decking and views. It comes with beautiful cathedral ceilings in the living/dining/kitchen area and bi-fold stackers leading out to a large sunny deck. Plus, there's a massive hobby room or second bedroom along with an internal access garage.
For car enthusiasts or those wanting a work from home option, there's a three-bay garage plus workshop measuring approximately 72 square metres and a high stud three-door 150 square metre shed. With plenty of room for the campervan, boats, trailers and not to mention family and guests, there will never be a problem with parking.
This really is a magical property where each area seamlessly leads to another, allowing absolute enjoyment of the surrounding environment where every season sees a change in colour and feel. How do you put a price on this?