John Wardley considered this retro 1970s Point Wells home on 2484sq m of waterfront land his tranquil patch of seaside paradise for the last 28 years.

Former shoemaker John passed away in July, aged 87. He and his wife Eileen bought here in 1990, after living in a bush setting in Titirangi.

For John, the seaside property was the best place he'd ever lived.

One of the Wardleys' three children, Elaine Corbett, says: "My father wanted to live somewhere quieter and Mum and Dad both loved the water.

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"Mum passed away after they'd been here for eight years and Dad said he wanted to stay here rather than ever go into a retirement home.

"He was happily mowing the lawns with his ride-on lawnmower right up until towards the end."

The property is one of six down a shared driveway and enjoys a north-east facing position with sea views.

It's separated from the sea by the Queen's chain and is likely to be explored for its development potential.

John wrote up a little of the property's history which daughter Elaine passes on.

"A district nurse who owned a larger piece of land here subdivided it into seven sections in 1972," says Elaine.

"Dad's written that a fellow who worked in a shipyard in Clyde (Scotland) built this house in the 70s. And my parents were its next owners.

"The main decor refurbishment Mum and Dad did was when they first bought here, so it's a bit retro nowadays and a good time for new owners to take it further."

Elaine says her dad enjoyed watching the boats from the house.

"There was always somebody going down the harbour, and the house looks at the back of Omaha where the boat-ramp is, so he always had the binoculars at the ready to see what was going on over there."

She describes the two-storey home as "unusual because of its location, size of grounds and the water."

"Being down a private driveway makes it quiet because you don't have lots of cars going past," she says.

Her father spent much of his time in the upstairs living-dining-kitchen area, which has a heat-pump.

The area benefits from the spacious feeling created by ceilings angling up into the roofline, accented by big douglas fir beams.

This opens out to a wrap-around balcony with waterproof conservatory at one end.

The home's upstairs level includes the master suite, which has a walk-in wardrobe with hand basin.

It's one of three upstairs bedrooms. Also upstairs on this level is the renovated main family bathroom, and an office space John used to build a model ship.

Downstairs the main entry is through a ranch slider door, alongside a double garage with accompanying workshop space.

The downstairs set-up offers a second living area with kitchenette.

There are two more bedrooms on this level, along with another bathroom and a separate laundry.

There's a big turnaround for vehicles in front of the house.

John enjoyed feeding his goldfish in fish ponds on either side of the home, one of which is near a glasshouse.

Over the years he removed trees from the grounds to open up the view out to sea.

80 HARBOUR VIEW RD, POINT WELLS
• 5 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, 2 parking spaces.
• land 2,484sq m, house 310sq m.
• Auction: Sat 17 Nov 3pm (unless sold prior).
• Inspect: Sun noon-1pm.
• Schools: Matakana School, Mahurangi College.
• Contact: Jeneen Binsted, 0275 367 107; Damien Henaghan, 021 728 003, Harcourts, harcourts.co.nz/WW7275