A home to live and love in Mt Eden

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT -

Stylish villa con­ver­sions have be­come a city fringe spe­cial­ity – but few could match 28 Wood­side Rd for its bal­ance of tra­di­tional and mod­ern, cel­e­bra­tion of light and space and sheer joy of liv­ing.

When the own­ers ex­tended and ren­o­vated their Mt Eden home five years ago, they be­lieved they were ren­o­vat­ing ‘for keeps’, so they cut no cor­ners in cre­at­ing some­thing spe­cial. From the im­mac­u­late gar­dens and out­door liv­ing spa­ces de­signed by a lead­ing Auck­land land­scape ar­chi­tect, to the spec­tac­u­lar kitchen and indoor liv­ing spa­ces, the end re­sult leaves vis­i­tors open-mouthed in ad­mi­ra­tion.

From in­side the gate, the home and grounds look the very model of or­der and el­e­gance. Then, step­ping in­side from the classic fil­li­greed ve­ran­dah you sense that some­thing else is at play. Nat­u­ral light fills the hall and ev­ery room, space and cor­ner. Splashes of colour con­trast dra­mat­i­cally with the mostly white decor and rooms de­velop their own per­son­al­i­ties. It’s a dec­la­ra­tion of fun!

The front rooms re­tain the tra­di­tional villa lay­out of bed­rooms both sides of the cen­tral hall­way – large rooms with high ceil­ings, front bays and double wardrobes with stor­age cup­boards above. Each has been re­mod­elled and dec­o­rated to meet the needs of a young fam­ily.

Two of the bed­rooms share a stylish semi-en suite; an­other fea­tures a raised bunk bed cre­at­ing ex­tra floor space for toys and games. There’s a well-ap­pointed fam­ily bath­room; and a fourth bed­room has been adapted as a rum­pus ideal for dance, mu­sic or what­ever the chil­dren’s in­ter­ests are.

An im­pres­sive start, yet the best is still to come. The ma­jor ex­ten­sions have taken place in the liv­ing ar­eas, which open out to mag­nif­i­cent spa­ces for din­ing and en­ter­tain­ing.

‘‘The best thing about the ren­o­va­tion has been the liv­ing area and kitchen,’’ con­firms Cather­ine, ‘‘open­ing out on three sides to the out­door spa­ces, the out­door fire­place, spa, pool and grass area.’’

The kitchen of­fers gen­er­ous work spa­ces and stor­age, a but­ler’s pantry and dom­i­nat­ing cen­tral is­land. There’s a sep­a­rate lounge for cosy evenings or sep­a­rate en­ter­tain­ing; while the main open plan area fea­tures three sets of bi­folds ac­cess­ing the out­doors, in­clud­ing the ul­ti­mate de­signer swim­ming pool, spa and out­door fire­place.

Mean­while the up­stairs master suite is a sep­a­rate adult zone com­pris­ing a beau­ti­ful bed­room and en­suite with walk-in wardrobe and well-de­signed of­fice.

In sum­mary: 360 square me­tres of su­perb mod­ern liv­ing on a se­cure and pri­vate 997 square me­tres in the heart of Mt Eden.

Auc­tion: 1.30pm, Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 14, at 34 Short­land St, Auck­land CBD

View­ing: Satur­day/Sun­day 1.00-1.30pm

Con­tact: Sara Knight 021 500 957 / Vern Hines 021 953 819 / Bar­foot & Thomp­son Mt Eden 638 9158


The com­pletely en­closed rear gar­den fea­tures a beau­ti­ful de­signer pool, out­door en­ter­tain­ing and play ar­eas, and ex­quis­ite for­mal gar­dens.

The ul­ti­mate in open plan, with spa­cious and flow­ing ar­eas for fam­ily life and en­ter­tain­ing.

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