instant glenn and Juliane Cormier saw their dream property online they felt a tug of recognition. It was 2008 and the San Diego couple were looking for a section in Nelson, New Zealand, to build a new home down under. Sitting at home in the US, scrutinising photographs on an agency website, they realised they’d seen that same view of Nelson Haven (an inlet of tidal flats on the eastern shoreline of Tasman Bay) before, while walking the city’s hills during an earlier visit. In fact, on closer inspection it seemed that they’d stood on the very spot where the photographs were taken. “Clearly, it was meant to be,” says Juliane.
Six years later, she and Glenn wake up to that panorama of the Haven, encircled by the Boulder Bank, with Tasman Bay and the Western Ranges beyond, all showcased through eight metres of glass.
They have New Zealand citizenship, a new business running high-end winery and cycle tours, an award-winning and environmentally laudable house, and a circle of local friends. They’re putting down roots, in other words.