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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 12

Posted on: December 25th, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side, Uncategorized

When I think back over the places that have helped shape Christmas and summer holidays for me, I always come back to Kuaotunu in the Coromandel.  The fun we had in and around here is the stuff of dreams, the dreams I have for my kids.  Take your pick; north facing, sun, sand, surf, diving, fishing, exploring, great mountains, forests, caves, New Chums, bonfires, beach cricket. The list of summer fun options goes on and on.

On Christmas my true beloved gave to me … a family home where memories are so strong.  This is a place that brings family closer, and will draw friends from afar.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Brought to you by Mark Hall of Matarangi Beach Realty

 

12 Properties for Christmas

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise (Orewa)

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau (Hamilton)

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle (Cromwell)

Day 4:  Auckland City Luxury Apartment (Auckland)

Day 5:  French Inspiration (Akaroa)

Day 6:  Queenstown Dreamer (Wakatipu Basin)

Day 7:  Absolute Beachfront (Gisborne)

Day 8:  Luxury on Lake Rotoiti (Rotorua)

Day 9:  Taupo Bay Waterfront Bach (Northland)

Day 10:  Stewart Island beach front

Day 11:  Views to die for (Muriwai)

Day 12:  Beach Front Kuaotunu (Coromandel)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the team at Realestate.co.nz.

Phil

Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 11

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side

The night before Christmas and all is calm.  I so want for Christmas a place that is not too far away, near a beach, views galore, maybe a golf course, forests and more.  How about this recently listed gem at Muriwai.

12 Properties for Christmas

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise (Orewa)

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau (Hamilton)

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle (Cromwell)

Day 4:  Auckland City Luxury Apartment (Auckland)

Day 5:  French Inspiration (Akaroa)

Day 6:  Queenstown Dreamer (Wakatipu Basin)

Day 7:  Absolute Beachfront (Gisborne)

Day 8:  Luxury on Lake Rotoiti (Rotorua)

Day 9:  Taupo Bay Waterfront Bach (Northland)

Day 10:  Stewart Island beach front

Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

 

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 10

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side, Uncategorized

Christmas time for some is a time to get away and escape hustle and bustle of busy lives.  There is a need to get away from it all, and if that’s the case then why not look south, all the way south.  A couple of days before Christmas my true love gave to me … a cosy home in Horseshoe Bay on Stewart Island.

12 Properties for Christmas

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise (Orewa)

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau (Hamilton)

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle (Cromwell)

Day 4:  Auckland City Luxury Apartment (Auckland)

Day 5:  French Inspiration (Akaroa)

Day 6:  Queenstown Dreamer (Wakatipu Basin)

Day 7:  Absolute Beachfront (Gisborne)

Day 8:  Luxury on Lake Rotoiti (Rotorua)

Day 9:  Taupo Bay Waterfront Bach (Northland)

Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 9

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side, Uncategorized

Who out there has been to Taupo Bay in the Northland?  Our family stopped here one summer many moon ago en route to Cape Reinga, returned to camp and play the next year.  Took my wife here after we returned from the UK.  3 days out from Christmas will my wife now gift this true Waterfront Kiwi bach to our family!

This is as traditional as you get, check out the formica bench-top.  800 square metres of absolute beach front.  You are half an hour by car to Whangaroa Harbour and Kaeo and 15 minutes by boat to the harbour-side hideaway that is Kingfisher Lodge.  If beaches and the ocean are your playground you’ll love Taupo Bay.  The fishing is amazing the people warm and welcoming.

 

12 Properties for Christmas

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise (Orewa)

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau (Hamilton)

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle (Cromwell)

Day 4:  Auckland City Luxury Apartment (Auckland)

Day 5:  French Inspiration (Akaroa)

Day 6:  Queenstown Dreamer (Wakatipu Basin)

Day 7:  Absolute Beachfront (Gisborne)

Day 8:  Luxury on Lake Rotoiti (Rotorua)

Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 8

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side, Uncategorized

Rotorua may be famous as a geothermal wonderland, and for its forests and bike tracks, the luge and trout farms.  But just outside Rotorua are a collection of 18 sparkling lakes that serve everyone from the fast paced water sports enthusiasts to fisherman and adventurers of every shape and size.  There can be no favourites within the Rotorua lakes, they all have something to capture the imagination and leave a lasting impression.

On the 5th day before Christmas, my true love gifted to me … a beautiful lake-edge home on Rotoiti at Okere Falls.

With the Okere Falls only 400m as the crow flies, your own boat shed on Lake Rotoiti and the, only accessible by boat, Manupiria Hot Springs near by, you’ll find it hard not to think twice about this place.  Check out the video, I could be here in a jiffy.

12 Properties for Christmas

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise (Orewa)

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau (Hamilton)

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle (Cromwell)

Day 4:  Auckland City Luxury Apartment (Auckland)

Day 5:  French Inspiration (Akaroa)

Day 6:  Queenstown Dreamer (Wakatipu Basin)

Day 7:  Absolute Beachfront (Gisborne)

Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 7

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side, Uncategorized

All this talk of mountains is a fine thing.  When it comes to summer holidays in our family, 9 out 10 times we’ll hit the beach.  Summer memories for me are sun, sand, sailing, a bit of surf, beach cricket and road trips.  One memorable trip took us down through the East Cape and to Wainui Beach in Gisborne.  Wainui is a beauty, a place those from Gisborne are proud to keep as their own.  If you like beaches and especially catching a wave then this is a place for your bucket list.

6 days from Christmas by true love gave to me … a pure beachfront bach on the shores of Wainui Beach.

Brought to you by Bronwyn Kay of Bronwyn Kay Gisborne

Found this place on the beach, a combination of a traditional Kiwi bach and new age quality home.  For me a bach is a place where you can drag sand inside and not be too bothered about it.  This place captures that but from the look of that kitchen there is a lot more to the home.  With 260 square metres of floor space this 4 bedroom home is worthy of checking out if you find yourself in Gisborne over the summer.

12 Properties for Christmas

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise (Orewa)

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau (Hamilton)

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle (Cromwell)

Day 4:  Auckland City Luxury Apartment (Auckland)

Day 5:  French Inspiration (Akaroa)

Day 6:  Queenstown Dreamer (Wakatipu Basin)

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 6

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side

Now I’ve had the good fortune to have spent a little time in Queenstown this year.  Thinking of Queenstown always brings a smile, going brings excitement.  Now France of course led me to my Akaroa discoveries yesterday, but Queenstown reminds me of Annecy in France, If you have been to Annecy you’ll know what I mean.  Could have been the fine French restaurant I was introduced to over the winter by friends or similarities of both landscape and proximity to mountain playgrounds, especially if you are partial to great skiing.  If you haven’t found your way to Queenstown you really should, Annecy may well be a bit further away, I certainly won’t question my effort to returning to both.

In my searching around Realestate.co.nz I made my way to our map search.  If you can’t find our map search, just select the Map Pin icon from below where it says “Queenstown Homes for Sale“.  Map searching offers a more mobile experience.

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Dreamily making my way via the back route to Arrowtown, I made my way north up Gorge Road to Arthurs Point, east along Malaghans and I stumbled upon the place … On the 6th day before Christmas, could my true love gift to me 20 acres in central Wakatipu Basin?

Check out the photos in full size mode, and make sure you watch the video, Peter Bennetts says “entertaining is what this property is about”.  He is so right, and this beautiful home offers so much more!

12 Properties for Christmas

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise (Orewa)

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau (Hamilton)

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle (Cromwell)

Day 4:  Auckland City Luxury Apartment (Auckland)

Day 5:  French Inspiration (Akaroa)

Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 5

Posted on: December 17th, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side, Uncategorized

At dinner this evening my English father in-law was bemoaning the French, as the English are prone to do. That got me reminiscing of my time in France, one thing lead to another and I found myself on Realestate.co.nz searching for properties in Akaroa.  Now there are more than a couple of great properties on the market in Akaroa, these two leapt out to me; quality properties with stunning views, both beautifully presented with fantastic photography, rich videos and interactive floorplans, all from the professionals at Open2view - now that is how you market property!

So .. 8 days out from Christmas, please my true love, could I have either of these!

PS.  did you spot the elephant?!

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle

Day 4: Breathtaking inner city penthouse

 

By Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

 

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 4

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 | Filed in Featured, Other interesting reads:, The lighter side, Uncategorized

9 days out from Christmas, a luxury inner city penthouse with harbour views is just for you.  Now an inner city apartment isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea, but this place is seriously special, tell me you aren’t at least a little interested!? 

Live right in the heart of Auckland (consistently voted amongst the top of the world’s most liveable cities), in perhaps one of the city’s most liveable penthouse apartments! 

Brought to you by Michael Boulgaris of Boulgaris Realty

This multipurpose apartment has a variety of residential and organisational options. Option one: reside in the one bedroom luxury suite and use the large apartment as a swish commercial premises. Option two: separate entry to both apartments via the main entry foyer allows for home and income or an upmarket B&B. The views are million dollar and Auckland’s most popular bars and eateries are all on your doorstep – literally!  The sky’s the limit, so get in soon for the ultimate city lifestyle experience.  

Day 1:  Private cliff top paradise

Day 2:  Lakeside Art Nouveau

Day 3:  Unsurpassed Views And Lifestyle

By Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

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12 Properties for Christmas – Day 3

Posted on: December 15th, 2013 | Filed in Other interesting reads:, The lighter side, Uncategorized

On the first day, my true love gave to me a stunning beachfront property with private beach access... then on the second day of Christmas, I was dreaming about this Hamilton art deco beauty.

Check out this special treat… On the third day of Christmas, I’m imaging coming home to this – right in the middle of pinot noir country, Cromwell, Central Otago.

This is a home that oozes extravagance, Italian tiled foyer entrance, quality appliances, powder room, Bose sound system, swimming pool, spa and three car garaging – the list of luxury goes on!

This award winning home is designed by renowned Architect John Blair. Our guests (I imagine!) would be extremely comfortable in the two bedrooms in the guest wing that even have their own kitchenettes.

All four luxury bedrooms even have their own ensuites. This 1.38ha lifestyle property offers breathtaking rural and water views all round and is just 5 minutes from Cromwell.

Did I mention there’s a vineyard right next door?

Someone hand me the pinot noir.

By Phillip Dunn
Acting CEO
nz.linkedin.com/in/phillipnz

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