Brookby re­treat: noth­ing comes close

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Set amid dis­tinc­tive for­mal grounds and sur­rounded by na­tive bush, 82 Brookby Rd al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try­side in a way you’ve never imag­ined pos­si­ble.

Life is bliss­fully un­com­pli­cated at Brookby, a highly sought-after life­style lo­ca­tion. It is far away from the crowds and traf­fic but an easy drive to Cleve­don and Whit­ford, and ap­prox­i­mately 10 min­utes to the mo­tor­way.

In our ex­pe­ri­ence it is rare for life­style blocks to come on the mar­ket in these parts.

Ex­cep­tion­ally se­cluded and sunny, the 8660 square me­tre prop­erty is ac­cessed via a res­i­dents-only drive­way with an over­hang of lush oak canopy. It is fringed by na­tive bush and a back­drop of ma­ture trees that of­fer nest­ing space for a va­ri­ety of na­tive birdlife. Adding to the charm are the sweep­ing views of the rolling land and the hills in the dis­tance. In our view, the prop­erty is ideal for an ex­ec­u­tive fam­ily seek­ing a rural re­treat close to the Auck­land fringe.

The cur­rent own­ers orig­i­nally lived in St He­liers but moved here six years ago be­cause their daugh­ter is a keen horse rider.

‘‘Here she had all the space and time for her equine pur­suits,’’ they say.

You will be im­pressed by the scale of the house, with the sub­stan­tial spa­ces de­signed for fam­ily com­fort and year-round en­ter­tain­ing. The flow is so ex­cep­tional that it’s hard to tell the de­mar­ca­tion be­tween the in­doors and out­doors. Ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated by the cur­rent fam­ily after they moved in, the home re­mains fresh and con­tem­po­rary.

The mas­sive for­mal and fam­ily liv­ing ar­eas cap­ture the essence of the prop­erty. Be­sides al­low­ing light to cas­cade in from mul­ti­ple an­gles, they open out to a shel­tered al­fresco court­yard and the land­scaped lawns. You could sit here all day, soak up the view, watch the finches dart in and out, and con­grat­u­late your­self on your ac­qui­si­tion.

The op­u­lent kitchen – with Amer­i­can oak floor­ing – is built to cater for in­ti­mate fam­ily meals as well as serve large gath­er­ings. It opens out to a pri­vate BBQ court­yard which is shel­tered from the wind from all sides.

The sleep­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion com­prises five bed­rooms served by three bath­rooms. One of the bed­rooms, with en suite and large dual as­pect win­dows, is lo­cated sep­a­rately which suits guests or el­derly par­ents. The other bed­rooms are lo­cated in a sep­a­rate wing with ex­tra wide hall­ways, and in­clude the mas­ter with a king-sized en suite and walk-in wardrobe.

Your park­ing op­tions in­clude a dou­ble in­ter­nal ac­cess garage with loads of ex­tra space plus off-street space for sev­eral more ve­hi­cles. The prop­erty comes with a large ca­pac­ity wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tem.

With their daugh­ter no longer rid­ing horses, the own­ers are look­ing at other op­tions. Giv­ing up their pride and joy, how­ever, won’t be easy and they know that.

‘‘No mat­ter where we go, we will al­ways miss this very special prop­erty,’’ they say.

View­ing at open homes 2pm to 3pm Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 22 and 1pm to 2pm Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 30. Ten­der closes at 4pm, Novem­ber 3, 2016, Bay­leys, 292 Great South Rd, Takanini.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Denise Jen­ner or Courtney Jen­ner. Denise 027 255 5011, Courtney 021 043 3345.

Ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated by the cur­rent fam­ily after they moved in, the home re­mains fresh and con­tem­po­rary.

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