El­e­vated luxury on city seafront

Taranaki Daily News - - Property Weekly -

Apart­ment liv­ing has a se­ri­ous ap­peal for those buy­ers who no longer wish to tie up week­ends work­ing in the gar­den or mow­ing lawns.

There’s no guilt as­so­ci­ated with an ex­tra round of golf, or tak­ing off to travel. You won’t dread re­turn­ing home to chores that have piled up.

And when home comes with the wealth of ben­e­fits that you find at Apart­ment 17 in The Quar­ter­deck in New Ply­mouth, that re­turn will be a dis­tinct plea­sure.

Lo­ca­tion adds to the life­style ap­peal, helped by the mean­ing of the quar­ter­deck name.

His­tor­i­cally, a quar­ter­deck was the el­e­vated deck be­hind the main mast of a sail­ing ship where a ship’s cap­tain ex­er­cised his com­mand of his ves­sel, see­ing ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing be­low him and the wide views around him. A sim­i­larly el­e­vated set­ting is a fea­ture of this up­per-level Quar­ter­deck apart­ment on the city seafront.

From here, you en­joy panoramic views of the city shore­line and the ex­panse of sea in front of this ad­dress. Stand out on the sunny bal­cony like a cap­tain on his bridge and look left to see the Coastal Walk­way me­an­der along the seafront towards the port, where large ships come and go and lit­tle yachts set out on their dance across the wa­ter.

Im­me­di­ately be­low you, waves tum­ble in with the tide move­ments . . . and wind­surfers can brighten a day with their mul­ti­coloured sails dart­ing, jink­ing, sweep­ing across the wa­ter.

Sun­sets turn the win­dow wall of the apart­ment into a shift­ing work of art as the dying sun turns the sky and sea into a pal­ette of rich colours. When wild weather comes in, the pic­ture be­comes a com­pletely new art­work, a moody but equally en­thralling im­age.

You ap­pre­ci­ate all this in the space and com­fort of this con­tem­po­rary apart­ment that’s just a stroll from New Ply­mouth’s main­street shop­ping and cafes.

A visit here starts at street level with en­try through the coded ac­cess of the garage where apart­ment own­ers have their own ded­i­cated car parks and stor­age lock­ers. The foyer off the garage re­veals the choice of lift or stairs to reach the apart­ments above.

When you open the door of Apart­ment 17 and step in, the view cap­tures you; the shim­mer­ing sea out­look draws you across the apart­ment to take it all in. Only when you’ve done that, can you take the time ab­sorb the de­tail and fin­ish your sur­round­ings.

They are gen­er­ous: about 175sqm (not count­ing the garage and stor­age space be­low) which pro­vides a large open-plan kitchen-din­ing-liv­ing area, three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and good stor­age. That’s the equiv­a­lent of a good-sized tra­di­tional home in the sub­urbs.

And the spa­ces are finely fin­ished, re­flect­ing the Quar­ter­deck’s stand­ing in the up­per ech­e­lons of the city’s prop­erty mar­ket. New car­pet has even been laid through­out in the past cou­ple of weeks.

The kitchen sits to the back of the liv­ing ar­eas, al­low­ing the cook to en­joy both an easy rap­port with vis­i­tors and the view across the space to the bal­cony and sea be­yond. Gran­ite and stain­less-steel bench tops em­pha­sise qual­ity, as does a wide gasce­ramic to of cook­top. There’s plenty of stor­age to make this a prac­ti­cal as well as at­trac­tive place to pre­pare meals.

The din­ing area is to the side of the kitchen with plenty of space to move around; it’s an easy task to host a din­ner party here. The lounge reaches from the kitchen-din­ing area through to the stacker doors that open out on to that bal­cony.

Life in this apart­ment is well in­su­lated and en­ergy ef­fi­cient, with a gas-flame fire­place for warmth and at­mos­phere and a heat pump as an­other heat­ing and cool­ing op­tion.

The spa­cious mas­ter bed­room is lo­cated off the lounge and has its own win­dow-wall views and ac­cess out on to the bal­cony.

You can also soak up the views while soak­ing in the bath that’s a fea­ture of the en­suite. Bi­fold­ing pan­els over the bath al­low you to open up the en­suite to the bed­room and the views.

At the back of the apart­ment are two more dou­ble bed­rooms en­joy­ing views over the city to the graceful slopes of the moun­tain. The main bath­room in­cor­po­rates the laun­dry ser­vices and is beau­ti­fully fin­ished in the same com­bi­na­tion of tiles, tim­ber and glass that’s in the en­suite.

At the end of the short hall­way, there’s a handy of­fice or study nook.

Ben­e­fits of liv­ing here ex­tend be­yond the apart­ment and garage; there’s also an on-site gym­na­sium fa­cil­ity for Quar­ter­deck res­i­dents to use.

McDon­ald Real Es­tate con­sul­tant Rachel Hooper is mar­ket­ing the prop­erty, which she says is at­tract­ing good in­ter­est from a di­verse range of buy­ers. ‘‘Peo­ple are look­ing for low main­te­nance, ex­ec­u­tive styling, po­si­tion and views. This is a per­fect en­ter­tainer’s apart­ment . . . and it’s so close to the CBD, shops and cafes. New own­ers can just move in and en­joy a new life here.’’

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