Picture perfect and loaded with potential in Kerikeri
Our curiosity was well rewarded when invited to view 408 Kerikeri Road. It turned out to be a one-of-a-kind property. Combining the timeless appeal of a charming 1920s art deco style bungalow and a natural environment that reminds you of a country retreat, it is a place that is mood changing and uplifting.
Located moments from the excitement and vibe of Kerikeri's Golden Mile yet wonderfully secluded from the hustle and bustle, the property is encased in a lush tropical setting comprising a mix of colourful gardens and grassy lawns. Providing a majestic backdrop are mature native trees that stand like silent sentinels of this picturesque property.
The property, once covering a large acreage, used to be called Fantail Farm. These birds, along with other native birdlife, are still prolific, fluttering around the gardens. The house was originally built by an expat English surgeon who arrived in Northland from India. The architecture was influenced by the plantation bungalows in India - wide cool verandas, stately columns, solid plaster finish and high studs inside. One of a handful of original Norfolk pines left in Kerikeri is located on the property. The pines were planted by the missionaries to guide church goers from the church at the Stone Store Basin across to the church at the Waimate Mission Station.
The single-level bungalow, with its wide covered verandas on the east and north sides, is set down a long, flat, private driveway. Solidly built to stand the test of time, it has a new aluminium tile roof and mixed joinery.
The interiors are well presented, providing spacious comfort and a north-facing aspect. The hub of the house is a generous lounge that is warmed by a wood fire. Extensive use of glass brings in plenty of natural light and allows you to sweep the outdoors. As would be expected from a home of this calibre, there is a formal dining room and a morning room.
The sleeping accommodation comprises three good-sized bedrooms - all with tranquil views of the property. They are serviced by one bathroom and an office.
As well as town water, irrigation and gas hot water, the owners have rights to the underground spring on the neighbouring property. A concrete pool nestles in close proximity below the verandas, which is excellent for your new decadent lifestyle.
Your parking options include a double internal access garage and a separate double garage. Plus there's a handy storage building.
For families the home's location has multiple advantages. As well as being able to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle, there's a lot to do in the Golden Mile with its vibrant array of shops - from cafes and boutique stores to the bigger chain stores and supermarkets. Walking distance to the town centre, medical services and schools, this is clearly a high-growth neighbourhood.
At the same time, investors and entrepreneurs will see the potential for business opportunities in view of the steady inflow of domestic and international tourists. Whether you'd like to establish a hospitality operation (Air BNB with an air of yesteryear) or a meditation/spa retreat, or if you are looking to land bank for the future, the property is highly suited.
This is a huge opportunity for new owners to immerse themselves in the timeless surrounds steeped in local history. While soaking in the wonderful ambience and climate of the Winterless North. Come and plan how you will enjoy and enrich this property for the future.