Western Homes : October 20th 2016
2 Thursday, October 20, 2016 Western Homes This Waterview homehas a strong connection with its surroundings while also catering for sophisticated living and entertaining. Wow factor in Waterview Our featured property this week is a tribute to architectural brilliance. Offering stunning views that sweep from the Waitakeres to the Auckland CBD and through to Upper Harbour, 63 Oakley Ave is designed to delight. Looked at from the road, the property is understated, but completely wows visitors as they enter. ‘‘We wanted to execute our dream project to perfection with architectural elements that were new and challenging,’’ explain owners Shireen and Chris. Being the creative type, the couple wanted a home that maintained a strong connection with its surroundings, but also catered for sophisticated living and entertaining. ‘‘We wanted something different,’’ they explain. ‘‘Urban chic, but with an endearing appeal.’’ The house was designed by Paul Somerford of Brown Day Group Ltd The cul-desac location is maximised to soak up the incredible views. and completed in 2009. Paul’s design incorporates ultracontemporary features that are also functional. For instance, Litecrete precast concrete panels not only define the home’s fashionable industrial look, but also provide natural insulation – keeping the house warm in winter and cool in summer. Interestingly, the house has never required heating because of this feature. ‘‘We don’t use additional heating,’’ Shireen points out. High spec finishes, generous interior dimensions and overall excellence are evident as soon as you enter the property. The builtup area is 226 square metres, which gives you an idea of how much space is at your disposal. The hub of the house is the large open-plan living area. Besides allowing light to cascade in from multiple angles, it opens out to a sheltered alfresco deck with harbour views. This is the perfect spot for entertaining family and friends. You could sit here all day, soak up the view, watch the sun go down over the inner Waitakeres, and congratulate yourself on your acquisition. By night the shimmering city lights provide an incredible backdrop. However, the scene stealer is the Ducati red kitchen that accentuates the grey of the concrete walls. ‘‘No matter where we entertain guests, they tend to gravitate towards the kitchen,’’ Shireen says. ‘‘It always grabs people’s attention.’’ The sleeping accommodation is located upstairs where you have the master bedroom with en suite and walk-through wardrobe. Opening out to a private balcony with harbour views that are even more majestic than from the rooms below, it has the ambience of a resort with a cathedral ceiling that enhances its sense of space. The other double bedroom also comes with its private balcony. The bonus is a large studio that can serve a range of purposes. Chris, who makes furniture and art pieces in his free time, currently uses it as a workshop, but it’s a versatile and well-lit space that could be an office, rumpus, or it could be converted into an additional bedroom subject to council approval. This is a home that professionals, lock and leave couples and anyone who appreciates clever design must view. Approximately 10 minutes to Auckland CBD, it has quick access to the motorway, a brand new playground, shops and the local primary school. Plus, with the impending completion of the Western Ring Route, the area’s already excellent connectivity is set to receive a major boost. In our opinion, the location allows future owners to capitalise on the tremendous growth of the inner city. The property will be sold via auction onsite at 3.30pm, November 13, 2016, unless sold prior. Viewing at open homes Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 1.45pm. For more information call Team Robbie and Vish of LJ Hooker New Lynn on 021 807 622 or 390 8728. The spacious living area opens out to sunny decks. The master bedroom has a private balcony with harbour views.
October 13th 2016