Room for two DOM’S BACH­E­LOR PAD

He’s ready to share his home and his heart

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When Do­minic Bowden was liv­ing the high life in Los An­ge­les, the state of the prop­erty mar­ket back home in New Zealand was the last thing on his mind.

Be­fore jet­ting to Tin­sel­town al­most a decade ago to pur­sue his ca­reer in the world’s en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal, our A-list In­sider and the host of The Bach­e­lor New Zealand sold his in­ner-city Auck­land home, leav­ing him with a tidy sum in the bank.

“For those 10 years I was away from home, I was purely fo­cused on my work and re­ally mak­ing a name for my­self in LA,” ex­plains Dom, 39, who jug­gled gigs as a

back­stage pre­sen­ter on Danc­ing with the Stars

USA and a cor­re­spon­dent for the E! chan­nel. “But for ages, I had Mum and Dad in my ear, nag­ging me not to fall off the prop­erty lad­der back home. They strongly sug­gested I in­vest in a home in Auck­land.”

In 2016, while still in Cal­i­for­nia, Dom fi­nally heeded his par­ents’ ad­vice and pur­chased a spa­cious two-bed­room apart­ment in Herne Bay, over­look­ing the Waitem­ata Har­bour.

“I bought it sight un­seen,” says the TV host as he opens the doors of his lux­ury bach­e­lor pad to Wo­man’s

Day. “My brother Liam and his part­ner Steve found it. They called me and said, ‘This place is amaz­ing – if you don’t buy it, we will.’

“I al­ways thought I wanted a big home with a sprawl­ing back­yard, but an apart­ment re­ally suits my life­style. In my line of work, I’m used to ho­tel-hop­ping and liv­ing out of suit­cases, so it’s al­ways nice to come back to a home that has a very calm­ing ef­fect.

“I wake up each morn­ing to the sound of the waves, walk down to the beach for a swim in summer, then come back and eat break­fast on the deck, look­ing out onto the wa­ter.”

Dom’s eter­nally grate­ful to Liam, the founder of lux­ury hand­bag line Deadly Ponies, not just for find­ing him his dream home, but also for turn­ing the or­di­nary apart­ment into a sea­side oa­sis. Be­fore Dom re­turned to Aotearoa last De­cem­ber, his de­sign-savvy younger brother over­saw a six-month ren­o­va­tion, which in­cluded a new kitchen and bath­room.

A touch of luxe

“It was his first foray into lux­ury-style ho­tel liv­ing and he ab­so­lutely nailed it,” smiles Dom. “Liam and Steve spent so many tire­less hours mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing in my home was per­fect – and it wasn’t just the fun stuff, like choos­ing nice couches and mar­ble bench­tops.

“I would get calls from Mum telling me how they’d spent their en­tire week­end choos­ing my colour pal­ette and driv­ing all over Auck­land

look­ing for door han­dles.”

The debt owed to them feels al­most “in­sur­mount­able”, but the star is do­ing his best to re­pay the favour by treat­ing Liam to lots of home-cooked meals and movie nights in front of his 50-inch TV – which even Dom agrees is a tad too big.

How­ever, it’s not just fam­ily mem­bers who Dom is en­ter­tain­ing in his im­pres­sive abode. The el­i­gi­ble sin­gle – who confesses he’s keen to find that spe­cial some­one – says his apart­ment is per­fect for a cosy date night.

“For a while, you’d open my fridge to find a few beers and last night’s Thai take­aways, but now I’m re­ally house-proud and love en­ter­tain­ing at mine,” tells Dom. “If I had some­one spe­cial over, I’d start with a delicious din­ner – maybe give my Mediter­ranean fet­tuc­cine a whirl – and end the night curled up watch­ing a movie.

“For the first time in a long time, it feels like I have my own home and the thought of shar­ing that with some­one one day is kind of ex­cit­ing.”

With a har­bour view to en­joy, Dom is happy to pot­ter in the kitchen, whip­ping up meals for friends.

Above: The star’s favourite ac­tors, Robert Downey Jr and Bill Murray, grace his cush­ions, which were a gift from a pal in San Fran­cisco.

Thanks to his de­signer brother, Dom’s home is teem­ing with mod­ern touches.

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