The power of three in Ti­ti­rangi

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Had Vivi­enne and Jos, the own­ers of 43 Oti­tori Bay Road in Ti­ti­rangi ever con­sid­ered giv­ing their home a name, they might have tried ‘omne trium per­fec­tum’

Trans­lated from Latin, it means ‘ev­ery­thing that comes in threes is per­fect’ and it sums the house up well.

It has been ‘built’ three times – orig­i­nally in 1957, then re-de­signed and ex­panded by Leuschke Ar­chi­tects in 1977 and fi­nally re­built again in 2008 by Peter Eis­ing, award win­ning di­rec­tor of Ar­chi­tects Pa­cific En­vi­ron­ments.

They are sell­ing to down­size as it’s too big for three – Viv, Jos and the cat!

And thirdly, it of­fers three key in­gre­di­ents that are very hard to find in com­bi­na­tion in Ti­ti­rangi – sun, views and pri­vacy.

That com­bi­na­tion was the key for Viv and Jos, who al­ready lived nearby, when they bought the home.

‘‘We were out walk­ing one day and saw the open home sign. We walked up the drive­way and saw the views and the sun pour­ing in and we were sold,’’ Viv says.

The views are spec­tac­u­lar. The home faces east, look­ing across bush clad hills to the Manukau Har­bour with One­hunga, Puke­tutu Is­land and Glen­brook all vis­i­ble from the ex­pan­sive deck, which can be clev­erly split into three with the use of glass stacker doors al­low­ing the cen­tre area some pro­tec­tion from any breeze.

The re­build in 2008 sub­stan­tially added to, and up­graded, the ex­ist­ing home and the ar­chi­tec­tural touches through­out the home give it real ap­peal. Wit­ness the way the wood fea­tured in the en­trance foyer floor is taken up the stairs; the fea­ture brick wall in the lounge; the ex­act­ing di­men­sions of the win­dows at the rear of the home that mean there are no half bricks to in­ter­rupt its sym­me­try.

This is a home that has been re­built with at­ten­tion to de­tail ev­ery­where.

From the mo­ment you head up the drive­way you are in a pri­vate en­clave. The grounds en­com­pass 6280 square me­tres and the area sur­round­ing the home has been de­signed by renowned land­scaper Xan­the White.

An eye-catch­ing red front door marks the home’s glass en­cased en­trance foyer and it’s im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent that light is a fea­ture of this home – some­thing Ti­ti­rangi isn’t al­ways famed for.

Move up the stairs and the view grabs your at­ten­tion. But ig­nore it for now and take a look around. The book­shelves and cab­i­netry in the lounge have all been built by a lo­cal, Ger­man-born cab­i­net­maker who Viv de­scribes a ‘‘a real artist’’. You’ll agree when you see the qual­ity of his be­spoke work, not just in the lounge, but in the bath­room cab­i­nets, the kitchen and laun­dry.

Look up, and you’ll no­tice the sky­lights are also works of art – lead-light glass from yet an­other lo­cal artist.

While look­ing up you’ll also see speak­ers in the ceil­ing – the whole home is wired for sound, TV and in­ter­net, all con­trolled from a cen­tral hub.

Solid oak floors in the kitchen con­trast against the gran­ite bench­tops and white cab­i­netry, while clois­ter win­dows (an­other of the ar­chi­tect’s clever ideas) high up in the kitchen act as a nat­u­ral ‘range hood’.

The sec­ond lounge has ac­cess to the rear court­yard and could also be used as a home of­fice or pos­si­ble fourth bed­room.

The mas­ter suite is real treat – from the cav­ernous dress­ing room with its own cen­tral heat­ing vent, to the ‘bath with a view’ to the bed­room it­self with pri­vate deck and a spec­tac­u­lar view of the sun­rise to greet you at the be­gin­ning of each day.

Be­fore we head down­stairs again, a word on the con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als used in the re­build – new join­ery with dou­ble glaz­ing, a solid con­crete pad be­neath the kitchen floor (more on that shortly), cen­tral heat­ing through­out, and a wood fire – no ex­pense has been spared, no de­tail left out.

Down­stairs, we find the dou­ble garage, two work­shops and a third bed­room with its own sep­a­rate ac­cess – mak­ing it an­other space ideal for a busi­ness op­er­at­ing from home.

But the must-see fea­ture on this level is the stylish one-bed­room self­con­tained apart­ment. It fea­tures a dou­ble bed­room, en suite (with laun­dry), kitchen and liv­ing room mak­ing it per­fect for the grand­par­ents, vis­it­ing rel­a­tives – or as Viv and Jos have used it – for a hol­i­day rental. They have had guests from all over the world, some stay­ing up to six weeks and re­turn­ing again for more.

‘‘Our guests love stay­ing here,’’ Viv says. ‘‘They can come and go as they please and even have their own out­door area to en­joy the bush.’’

And best of all, that con­crete pad means there’s no noise trans­fer at all be­tween the apart­ment and the rest of the home.

We could go on, but this is a home you need to see for your­self to fully ap­pre­ci­ate all it of­fers.

To do so, visit the open homes on Satur­day and Sun­day from 11am to 12 noon.

The home goes to auc­tion on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 2 at 12 noon on site. CV $1,475,000

For more in­for­ma­tion see the list­ing on Trademe and

En­quiries to mike at Em­pha­sis Real Es­tate on 021 567 577 or email mike@em­pha­sis­

A per­fect com­bi­na­tion of sun, views and pri­vacy makes this home at 43 Oti­tori Bay Road a spe­cial find.

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