The Mahurangi area is a popular place for people to put down roots and build their dream home. Here’s a selection of some of the more interesting houses on the market.
King of the castle – 445 Krippner Road, Puhoi
Everyone dreams of owning a turret at one point in their life. This Puhoi home was designed by Warkworth architect Graeme North, and from its three-storey tower has views from Great Barrier Island to the Auckland City skyline. It was built in the mid-90s but was recently renovated with double glazing, new joinery and cedar boards. There is an extensive outdoor living area, including a partially covered table with a built-in gas fire pit. There’s also an outdoor spa with a cantilevered umbrella. A commercially sized satellite dish provides excellent quality WiFi.
Contact Jenni Finlayson at Bayleys on 021 506 920.
Well-appointed lodgings – 139 Clayden Road, Warkworth
This former five-star lodge, now family home, has nine bedrooms and six bathrooms. It was built by the restaurateur behind the Death by Chocolate franchise and the double-garage has been kitted out to an A-grade standard for food production. The building was later named the Gifford lodge, after the Jane Gifford, and run as bed and breakfast accommodation. It has a large octagonal formal dining room and 250 square metres of deck. The lounge has a large raised schist fireplace. There is an attached two-bedroom apartment and two chalets with ensuite bathrooms, as well as a conference space. The property is serviced by two bores.
Contact Diana Coman at Bayleys on 021 790 307
Art and architecture – 38 Omaha Valley Road, Matakana
The former Vivian Gallery has come back on the market; this time with a separate title and a resource consent to be a residence. It’s a chance to own a Matakana icon, but would likely require a refit of the kitchenette and bathroom to become a dream home. The interior features macrocarpa boards and hasn’t lost its lustre since it was purpose-designed for displaying beautiful works of art. The property has two substantial ponds with a wooden bridge across one of them. It’s a stone’s throw from Mount Tamahunga.
Contact Sue Hatton at Ray White 027 279 9696.
Mini Golf in Matakana – 18 Torea Road, Matakana
An opening has come up in Matakana’s mini-golf mile. Residents of Torea Road have an unexplained fascination with putting greens and this property is no exception, with a three-hole folly. One advantage is that the artificial turf never needs mowing. The cedar-clad house has three bedrooms, two-bathrooms plus powder room, office, laundry and double garage. It is three minutes’ walk from the Matakana markets.
Contact Kellie Bissett at Bayleys on 027 530 6843.
Protea property “the business” – 74 Okahukura Road, Tapora
This three-bedroom bungalow and studio comes with a thriving protea business. It has a 7.2-hectare orchard planted in Tapora’s famed well-draining soil. A financial statement provided to prospective buyers shows an annual net income of $130,000. The business has been running for 10 years, exporting and selling locally. The property is within walking distance of Tapora School. The current owner has retired and moved to Orewa.
Contact Benji Kim at Harcourts on 021 611 200.