Entertaining design offers varied home and income options
By Jo Ferris rwwhangamata.co.nz/ ID: WHA22691
Given a blank canvas in a new area of Whangamata and the vision to create a home that would not only stand the test of time, it could open up varied lifestyle opportunities; these owners nailed it. At around 421 square metres, this is a substantial house – focused on views and lifestyle. Spread over two levels, the design incorporates three ensuite bedrooms, a fourth bathroom, huge open-plan living and dining, large rumpus, designer laundry, wine cellar and numerous outdoor zones. Packed with innovative design ideas, attention to detail and brilliant finish; an obvious love of colour flows through this home in kaleidoscopic array. It clearly defines these owners’ understanding of how to enjoy life and how cleverly it is infused into this home. The one clear aspect to focus on however, is what this property offers. From its elevated position in this modern cul-de-sac, the home has fantastic bragging rights on views. These gaze out to the surf ocean, estuary entrance, off-shore islands and bush-clad hills flanking the inner harbour. And that’s just the view from the front. A sheltered balcony to the side stretches views from the estuary around to the hills behind Whangamata. There’s yet another balcony at the rear. Toasting sunset is divine. It sums up what this home is all about – sun, scenery and fun. Fun cooking in the gourmet kitchen as friends enjoy barstool tipples around the island, or relaxing in the café lounge that adjoins it around the fire. The kitchen is centre stage and designed as such, with its saucy curved high-rise ceiling. Living flows to the front lounge and out to the balcony deck with that grandstand view of the ocean and islands. To the rear, dining space allows a large table setting and assumes a different mood with its polished flooring and sunroom balcony. Linked with yet another balcony off the rear bedroom, this is a front-row seat to those stunning sunset views of the hills. And that’s just upstairs. Downstairs, the rumpus room opens out to a sheltered patio, while a delightful, Balinese-styled pergola setting extends the fourth bedroom outside. This home is packed with surprises. Each bedroom offers individual elegance – all three ensuite bedrooms designed around king-size space. Bathrooms are personalised to match their respective bedroom and the fourth bathroom adds to the lifestyle options this home boasts. Everything about this property draws breath. It’s pure entertainment – a home for families to share their lives together, while enjoying privacy within their own spaces; a home to work in peace; or a home to run as a business. Built as a boutique B&B, and run successfully until retirement, this property could easily operate as that again. Home and income, or brilliant family lifestyle? Choice is a fine thing.