Occupying an elevated position and some 1.57ha of beautifully manicured grounds, Casa Collina (House on the Hill), as the current owners affectionately know it, straddles the border between town and country at Pukekohe East in Southern Auckland.
Separately accessible from a luxurious main dwelling and tennis court, there is 380sqm (more or less) of multi-functional garaging ideal as a workshop or storage for motor vehicles, motorcycles, and seacraft.
Bayleys Pukekohe salespeople Ian Buchanan and Michele Mathieson say the home’s current owners have created an exquisite taste of the European countryside in building the five-year-old homestead.
“Visitors entering through automated wrought iron gates welcome a view of olive trees and the striking Spanish-style home with its terra-cotta roofing and carved wooden doors and striking position amongst the serene landscape,” says Ian Buchanan.
“Car enthusiasts, in particular, have been excited by the whole property package, which includes a beautifully-crafted home, peaceful, semi-rural surrounds and huge workshop with room for ten vehicles.”
The property at 142A Runciman Road, Pukekohe East, is now on the market for sale by tender, closing at 4pm on Wednesday, September 14.
From the entryway, bespoke herringbone tiling flows through to lofty living areas where exposed timber beams create a warm and convivial ambience.
Ms Mathieson notes the property’s spectacular position as a key drawcard, with unobstructed all-day sun complemented by broader views of Auckland’s iconic landscape and the Sky Tower.
A farm-style kitchen with a central island, butler’s pantry and custom olive cabinetry provide a warm heart for the home, with a seamless connection to living spaces and the outdoors, making for easy entertaining.
The beautiful alfresco area extends north from the living rooms with stone masonry and a timber pergola with rustic brass lighting.
“The current owners have painstakingly sourced the home’s most beautiful textiles and furnishings, including rare Holophane lighting fixtures from France, and the provision of modern conveniences such as underfloor heating, double glazing and e-glass,” Ms Mathieson says.
There are four bedrooms within the single-level home, including a guest wing with three bedrooms, each with French doors which open onto separate patios overlooking private gardens.
Also, in this wing, ‘the Den’ is a comfortable room for respite, serving as a library and reading area for its current owners.
In the adjacent wing, the spacious primary suite includes a walk-in-wardrobe, meticulously-styled ensuite bathroom and French doors that open onto a private patio and the impressive European-inspired garden.
At the end of the garden, there is a full-sized, all-weather surface tennis court with an abundance of level lawns for the grandest outdoor gatherings.
Mr Buchanan says Casa Collina has attracted a high level of enquiry so far, mainly from Auckland-based purchasers and expatriates investigating a move home. He says these house hunters are increasingly looking for opportunities where they can balance home, lifestyle and hobbies.
“Casa Collina provides an excellent opportunity to conduct work-from-home activities in the studio barn and workshop, away from the distractions of a family environment.”
“The configuration of the barn and workshop, which is separately accessible and located away from the main dwelling, could easily lend itself to accommodation opportunities, a ground’s keeper/au pair’s quarters or as a guest wing for visiting family and friends,” he says.
Set within an exclusive enclave with its proportion of executive residences, Pukekohe East has become a significant lifestyle destination, with the broader region attracting a high level of development interest.
“The region is an established super city with recent investment into amenities, infrastructure and housing attracting new residents.”
“Substantial land sites on the region’s outskirts are a sought-after commodity with developers and growers with horticultural interests,” Mr Buchanan says.
“Supply of large land sites for housing and development remain tight, with the underlying land value of the sprawling Casa Collina site complementing its already comprehensive list of desirable features,” he adds.