Liv­ing it up in The Gar­dens

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Take a deep breath – you are about to en­ter an ex­tra­or­di­nary prop­erty.

Built with metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail and ex­ud­ing a so­phis­ti­cated char­ac­ter in a manor-like set­ting, 186 Hill Rd is a rare dis­cov­ery – a pre­mium res­i­dence that is also fam­ily ori­en­tated.

Lo­cated in The Gar­dens, the prop­erty has all the am­bi­ence and ele­gance of an English es­tate, with the red brick res­i­dence of­fer­ing a brilliant con­trast to the rows and rows of neatly trimmed hedges. Barely two min­utes to the mo­tor­ways and handy to shops, To­tara Park and the Botanic Gar­dens, this is prime real es­tate we are talk­ing here.

And if that wasn’t enough to cap­ture your at­ten­tion, the own­ers Mary and Phil have also placed their two ad­join­ing sec­tions – 600 and 524 square me­tres – on the mar­ket. Bet you are wide awake now!

In our ex­pe­ri­ence it is rare for pack­ages of this cal­i­bre to come on the mar­ket in such a sought af­ter neigh­bour­hood. Empty sec­tions be­ing an al­most ex­tinct species in Auck­land, we would rec­om­mend as­tute pur­chasers con­sider land bank­ing with an eye to fu­ture de­vel­op­ment.

The home ap­pears like it has been gen­tly dropped into this set­ting, with the land­scaped for all ages and stages.

Mary and Phil’s pride and joy is the main lounge – there are a to­tal of three liv­ing ar­eas – that cap­tures the essence of the prop­erty. Be­sides al­low­ing the sun to cas­cade in from mul­ti­ple an­gles, it opens out to the large BBQ deck that ex­tends into the gar­den. You could sit here all day, gaze at the green­ery or be cap­ti­vated by the bird life, and not feel the urge to move.

The con­tem­po­rary kitchen comes with two full-sized ovens, an is­land with gran­ite bench­top and a unique on-bench ex­trac­tor.

While the par­ents’ re­treat – an im­pres­sive mas­ter suite with walkin wardrobe and en suite with bi­fold \s ac­cess to the gar­dens – is lo­cated down­stairs, the other three bed­rooms are on the sec­ond level.

For the cou­ple, the needs of their three chil­dren – who were 16, 14 and 11 when con­struc­tion be­gan – were para­mount. ‘‘We wanted them to have all the pri­vacy and com­forts that grow­ing chil­dren crave for, so we lo­cated their ac­com­mo­da­tion up­stairs,’’ they say.

While one bed­room comes with an en suite and walk-in wardrobe, the other two have ac­cess to a mod­ern bath­room. Plus, there’s a gen­er­ous lounge on this level.

Your park­ing op­tions in­clude a dou­ble in­ter­nal ac­cess garage and off-street space for sev­eral ve­hi­cles and the boat.

Plus, there’s a large of­fice, loads of stor­age, sep­a­rate laun­dry room off the garage, work/hobby space, un­der­floor heat­ing in the tiled ar­eas, and a ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem to pro­tect your fam­ily’s health and the value of your in­vest­ment.

With the chil­dren hav­ing flown the coop, this is the per­fect time for Mary and Phil to move on to an­other project. It would be the cou­ple’s fifth home, so we be­lieve an­other spec­tac­u­lar de­sign is brew­ing in their heads.

The prop­erty will be sold via auc­tion on­site at 3pm, Oc­to­ber 8, 2016, un­less sold prior.

For more in­for­ma­tion call An­nette Kelly or Gle­nis Shirley of Har­courts Ma­nurewa. An­nette 0272 406 726, Gle­nis 0274 987 703.

Buy­ers have the op­tion of ac­quir­ing this large, pre­mium home in The Gar­dens plus two ad­join­ing sec­tions.

The in­doors ar­eas seam­lessly flow out to the stun­ning en­ter­tain­ing deck.

There are a to­tal of three liv­ing ar­eas, each with its own spe­cial am­bi­ence.

The in­te­ri­ors of this res­i­dence are fin­ished to a su­pe­rior spec.

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