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NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

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.

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