The power of three in Titirangi
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 Realestate.co.nz.
Enquiries to mike at Emphasis Real Estate on 021 567 577 or email email@example.com.
A perfect combination of sun, views and privacy makes this home at 43 Otitori Bay Road a special find.