Watching hawks swoop past at eye level is just one of the pleasures of life high in the hills above Tauranga city and coastline. This 4.2640-hectare property has been superbly conceived; right from the kauri trees flanking the front gate, the native trees, flaxes and grasses which line the drive past the double bay shed and workshop and up to the home grounds. The Steven Chambers designed home, which hunkers along the lee of the hill, was completed in 2005 and won a Masters Builders Gold Award in 2007. The views unfold as you step into the living areas spanning the north and north west sides; the central kitchen backing open plan living with a long window seat and a north facing lounge with open fire. The light, bright, lofty and airy open living contrasts with the intimate atmosphere of the formal dining room (wine cellar below!) and the den.
A beautiful lichen covered pergola spans the family bedroom wing, the cleverly designed bathroom opens to the spa pool. The master suite enjoys glorious isolation at the north end of the home, approached through a glazed hall. Polished concrete floors, rimu detailing, built in display shelving and copious storage feature in a generous 360 sq m of floor space. The big cantilevered deck which extends from the living area, and incorporates an open fireplace is the perfect place to contemplate the panorama. Layers of established landscaping forms a semi-circle below the home. The lower level enables vehicle access and stock movement to and between the lower paddock and the hilltop one. The grounds border covenanted bush which is part of the property as is a Redwood and Lusitanica tree plantation. The city you see below is about 25-minutes-drive away, close enough for a daily commute. Worth it for the privilege of living in a stand out home in a spectacular setting. Boundary indicative only.
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