Herald homes of the year: Privacy, space and the sea right there

By Penny Lewis

Herald Homes real estate editor Penny Lewis takes a look back at some of her favourite homes listed this year ...

44 Waimanu Place, Pt Wells, belonging to Andre and Larissa Mortimer. Photo / Ted Baghurst
44 Waimanu Place, Pt Wells, belonging to Andre and Larissa Mortimer. Photo / Ted Baghurst

The north-facing wing opens out to a big front lawn, with only a leafy walkway between it and the sea.

This luxuriously private home, featured on February 25, embraces its waterfront position by referencing the water, inside and out.

Secreted away down a long driveway on the eastern side of Pt Wells, the home's sea-front position delivers an entrancing outlook across Whangateau Harbour to Omaha and Ti Point.

It has delights such as underfloor heated, travertine marble flooring and a vast central lap pool.

Water features adorned with intricate metal sculptures announce the house's entry, which is boardwalk-style across a shallow moat. The entrance delivers a view along the home's sparkling lap pool and out to water views.

The single-level home is essentially U-shaped, with two wings parallel to the water, cosseting a substantial internal courtyard alongside the glistening salt-water pool.

The north-facing wing opens out to a big front lawn, with only a leafy walkway between it and the sea. The front lounge-dining room with wood fire is a sunblessed spot from which to watch native, sea and wetland birds swooping and gliding.

Dual outdoor staircases lead to a scenic roof deck. The current owners included a "zen garden" and irrigation system while further developing the gardens with fragrant plants and subtropicals.

This spread has gallery-style white walls like the rest of the interior, underlining the light and airy ambience. The adjoining kitchen overlooking the central courtyard includes double ovens, textured stainless benches and a walk-in pantry.

An office, formal lounge admiring the water and formal dining precede the serene master suite with travertine en suite, walk-in wardrobe and tranquil water views.

The neighbouring bedroom has an equally elegant bathroom, and is parallel to the pool.

This Pt Wells property has further development potential, as its inland end has a one-bedroom cottage and vast level lawns, which could be subdivided or used to accommodate a tennis court.


44 Waimanu Place, Pt Wells

Four bedrooms, Three bathrooms; three-car garage
Size: Land approx 6500sqm, house 428sq m.
Price indication: $3 million.
School zones: Matakana School, Mahurangi College.
Features: Waterfront Simon Carnachan-designed luxury home arranged around a central courtyard and lap pool. Solid block-and-plaster construction, with large grounds.

- NZ Herald

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