With a price tag of $5.7 million the couple who purchased a stunning Mount Maunganui property in June paid Tauranga's top residential sale price for 2016 - and they couldn't be happier with their purchase.

Deciding to settle permanently in the Bay the couple, who did not wish to be named, had been planning to renovate their existing Papamoa beach house.

Then a friend suggested they view the new home on Oceanbeach Rd and everything changed.

The three-storey home had everything they wanted and plenty of additional luxuries.
Among them were Italian lights, marble floors and stunning bathroom tiles, stretching right to the high-stud ceilings.

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The outdoor entertainment area, pool and spa all overlook Mount Maunganui Golf Club, currently featuring a giant Pohutukawa tree in full bloom for Christmas.

In the main bedroom ensuite are crystal hand basins which each have a $13,000 price tag.

5.7million dollar home on Ocean Beach Road. The most expensive house sold this year.
5.7million dollar home on Ocean Beach Road. The most expensive house sold this year.

The ground floor tour includes a 2600-bottle wine cellar - including double wine fridge and a huge drive-through four-car garage.

On the main living floor is a media room, complete with six leather armchairs.

It's fair to say the couple are finding very little reason to venture beyond their front gate.

Tired of dealing with corrosion at beachfront properties, they are happy to enjoy close proximity to the beach, sea views and the protection of being one road back from the water.

The house took the previous owners about three years to build and they lived in it for less than a year before making their next move.

"I don't have to go through that pain of building and resource consent and decision-making in terms of the house," said the current owner.

"We were very fortunate to find a house that ticked nine of the 10 boxes."

5.7million dollar home on Ocean Beach Road. The most expensive house sold this year.
5.7million dollar home on Ocean Beach Road. The most expensive house sold this year.

Meanwhile, the biggest bargains on the market this year proved to be units at the former Bay City Motel on Waihi Rd in Judea.

Two of the units took out the top two spots on the list of cheapest properties, selling for $165,000 and $170,000 each.