Real estate agent Shailenne Parkes knows a good thing when she sees it. And when she landed the job of selling sections in a new development in Matakana three years ago, she instantly recognised what a great buy they were.
However, owning one herself was not initially on the cards. "But these sections were too good an opportunity to miss, so my then husband and I decided to buy one," says Shailenne. "And I had first dibs, so chose the best one."
They picked 15 Laly Haddon Place because of its great elevation. Also appealing was the fact that it got lots of sun, and although it wasn't the rural property they imagined they'd be buying next, it had great views across rolling countryside. Yet it was just a few minutes walk to the shops, bars and eateries that have made Matakana such a vibrant and popular place to live.
Shailenne moved up from Ponsonby in Auckland 10 years ago and admits that it took her a little while to get used to living out of the big smoke. But she loves it now, and notes that many of the properties she is selling these days are being bought by Aucklanders relocating north in search of a more relaxed lifestyle.
Shailenne's home combines classic design with contemporary styling to create a striking and luxurious home. The cedar cladding and flat roof give it such good curb appeal that "we get people knocking on the door asking who the architect was."
She adds: "I've built a few houses and there were things I knew I really wanted, like a 2.7m high stud, floor-to-ceiling joinery and a big kitchen and living area,. A pool and a big deck were also on the wishlist. The living area, along with the master bedroom, opens out to the deck, which means there's plenty of room for entertaining.
"This house loves a crowd. It doesn't matter how many people you have, it doesn't feel crowded."
Bayleys agent Dianna Coman, who is marketing the property, says everything about the house is high-end. "The spectacular open design makes it ideal for entertaining plus it is really functional. And you've got Matakana right on your doorstep."
15 LALY HADDON PLACE, MATAKANA
• 4 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, 2 parking spaces.
• Auction: June 5.
• Contact: Dianna Coman, Bayleys, 021 790 307