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A taste of Palm Springs in Hawke’s Bay

A stunning showpiece home, perhaps the largest and most modern in affluent Havelock North, is attracting interest from high-net-worth individuals, as a finite supply of ultra-luxury homes creates intense competition for quality residences.

The six bedroom estate at 44 Duart Road has been masterfully curated by the who’s who of New Zealand’s urban and landscape design scene, delivering a masterpiece that seamlessly blends architectural excellence with the natural beauty of its Hawke’s Bay surrounds.

Designed by renowned Auckland studio Sumich Chaplin with gardens by the country’s foremost landscape designer, Suzanne Turley, the home is expansive yet low-maintenance, expertly crafted to the highest international standards.

Bayleys salesperson Gretchen Paape says the owners were inspired by the Californian desert oasis Palm Springs – with its mid-century modern architecture and resort lifestyle.

“The estate has a real international flavour about it, with the glamour of a Palm Springs compound with an understated Kiwi elegance. It’s rare to see something of such exceptional craftsmanship in this lifestyle location.” she says.

Ms Paape is marketing the property for sale by tender, closing at 1:00 pm on Thursday, 7th December 2023 (unless sold prior).

Completed in 2018 to the current owners’ discerning specifications, the property is instantly commanding with its cantilevered top floor, three levels clad in Italian Travertine Stone, and expansive 4,563sq m (more or less) landholding.

There are five living areas, six bathrooms and two garages with room for eight vehicles, a Tesla charger and lift.

“Impressive upon arrival, large sliding doors frame breathtaking views of the grounds and Te Mata Hills, while white European Oak flooring and clean white walls foster a warm welcome and sense of home,” says Ms Paape.

A luxurious yet practical kitchen provides the vibrant heart of the residence, with an expansive outlook over the impressive 25m in-ground, heated lap pool and adjacent spa.

A generous media room overlooks the tennis court, while the study nook and a large, separate office provide seclusion to work from home.

“The top floor is a haven for the entire family, with a generous master suite featuring an enviable walk-through dressing room and a sleek ensuite with tiled shower, statement bath and double vanity,” Ms Paape says.

Two additional bedrooms have joint access to a well-appointed bathroom, and a second guest bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

“The family living zone is ideal as a kids’ hangout and smart little touches like filtered water supply on this level offer superb liveability – all you could ever wish for is truly right here.”

A spacious studio is set privately below the main dwelling with a kitchenette, living area and bedroom, accessible via a separate driveway, which lends itself for use as Airbnb accommodation, a visitor residence, or worker accommodation.

Below the pool pavilion is a well-equipped gymnasium with mirrored walls, a heat pump and large sliding doors – ideal for morning yoga or regular personal training sessions.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped with palm trees and native plantings flanked by pristine border hedging, which offset white paving and the stunning lap pool, spa pool and capacious tennis court.

Positioned on the lower slopes of spectacular Te Mata Peak with a temperate climate, Havelock North is a mere 10 minutes to Hastings or 20 to Napier, and the community is renowned for its edible excellence, with a world-class dining and vineyard scene.

“Additional to excellent state schools, Havelock North is privileged to have two of the finest private girls’ schools in New Zealand – Iona and Woodford House – along with Hereworth, one of the country’s premier private co-educational preparatory schools.

“It’s a true lifestyle proposition for selective house hunters looking for a statement residence away from the hustle of built-up urban areas without sacrificing amenity.

“For properties of this calibre to list on the open market is rare, and given recent discussion around the reversal of foreign buyer legislation, it’s also an excellent time for a local buyer to secure an exquisite piece of architecture in one of New Zealand’s most stunning locations,” she says.

Click here for more information on the listing.

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