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.

River­front Gardens

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.