Luxury Home | Riverfront Gardens | Huge Barn | Loft Apartment
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Architect Designed Home
Designed by award-winning Wellington architect Hugh Tennent and built to exacting standards in 2000, this riverfront property defines lifestyle living. The current owners have experienced the best of lifestyles for ten + years and during this time, under the guidance of Auckland’s Don Nelson - also an award-winning architectural designer - have added not just rooms but also porticos, patios, pergolas and glass peaks to the original structure. A large barn with a separate loft apartment upstairs was added in 2007 and the tractor shed was converted to an art studio and gallery. The stunning result of these endeavours featured in NZ House & Garden magazine in June 2013. See images slideshow above.
The 513m² home now includes multiple living areas downstairs with two lounges, a separate dining-room, a designer kitchen/family room, guest bathroom, laundry and expansive entrance. There is internal access to a three car garage and separate workshop or hobbies room. Upstairs there are four large bedrooms, two with ensuite plus a large family bathroom and a separate mezzanine library and mezzanine office. In addition to this space there is 226m² undercover parking for a further three vehicles and in the adjacent barn, the loft apartment upstairs offers a further 78m² of living space.
This 1.545 hectare freehold property is on a plateau perched above the Otaki River and facing north west with its own micro-climate, basks in all-day sun. The river views from the front of the property are magnificent. Two waterfall joined ponds were constructed and landscaped with natural easy-care gardens amidst park-like lawns, by the current owners. The boundaries are fully-fenced and planted with mature trees and a Japanese garden complete with pergoda, stream-bed and bridge follows the curve of the drive - now lined with renga rengas and rhododendrons. An easy two minute walk provides access to the river via the northern side of the property. The raised outdoor hot-tub has relaxing views through to the river gorge.
The location will be about ten minutes from access to the new Kapiti Expressway when complete but remains in a quiet rural cul-de-sac with absolutely no traffic noise, no airport noise and no possible disruption from any other roading projects. With Wellington’s Transmission Gully now also well underway and due for completion in April 2020, properties in the area are becoming sought after and land values predicted to increase steadily as the whole of Kapiti is opened up with easier access to the capital city. The commute to Wellington from sunny Otaki is predicted to take only 40 minutes.