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72 Potts Road, Whitford

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Lifestyle opportunity - a real steal.
Property Features
  • Creating genuine character in a new home is not an easy task. Few designers get it quite right. Gerald Carter of Replica Homes, however, has made authentic, older-style, new homes his specialty. Taking care with the proportions, shapes, materials and detailing, he manages to produce convincing replicas, no matter which look his clients request.
  • Impressed by the sprawling, early Colonial homes in the outback of Australia, a couple returned to New Zealand and commissioned Gerald to recreate a brick and corrugated iron farmhouse on Clifton Peninsula in Whitford. They wanted a family home with lots of open spaces for living and entertaining as well as separate areas where individuals could escape. Moreover, they sought a country home that had a sense of having been on the land for a long time.
  • Several years down the track, the house and gardens, designed by Gary Philpot, meld into a magical landscape, making this picture-perfect home appear as if it is one of the older lifestyle properties in the area.
  • To gain the aged country effect, Gerald and his clients chose demolition bricks salvaged from the Royal International Hotel in Auckland. They first greet visitors in a wall, at the end of a private road where the driveway heads through beautiful, scrolled and gilded, wrought iron gates. These are electronically opened via an intercom system controlled inside from the living area.
  • Lined by mature claret ash trees under planted with spring bulbs, the drive swings into a roundabout revolving around a pretty stone fountain. The home with shingled dormer windows projecting from the red corrugated iron roof looks across formal gardens and grassy paddocks rolling down to the estuary. Rose beds, wrapped in box hedging and mondo grass look neat in winter, though splendidly cloud like in summer.
  • A brick path steps up to the filigree veranda, extending the full length of the front of the house. Polished rustic pale terracotta tiles, heated under floor, reach from the warm yellow foyer throughout the family living area and kitchen. This vast, open area has an old world ambience enhanced by the battened ceiling and timber mouldings around doors. It easily accommodates sitting and dining areas with space to dance in between. French doors give an easy flow to the heated pool, spa pool and cabana outside in the sub-tropical, landscaped garden.
  • Demolition bricks form a backdrop to a handsome freestanding electric stove. It looks old, but is completely modern and functional. The softly washed pale blue cabinetry of a Smallbone of Devizes type kitchen demurs behind a large island bench. Tiles on the bench top and a butlers sink dish up old-fashioned charm.
  • Formal entertaining shifts to a large room behind the main living area, divided into intimate dining and lounge by a double-sided Hinuera stone fireplace. Here, as in the rest of the home, curtain treatments are striking. Toning with the golden walls and wheaten carpet, soft chocolate and caramel sheers, entwined rods and curtains are draped with tassels.
  • Along the hallway a childrens lounge with its own entry separates two childrens bedrooms and the family bathroom from a guest wing plus en-suite. Each of the rooms features stunning wallpapers and friezes teamed with complementary fabric-covered pelmets and blinds or curtains, which give an opulent, cocooning effect. But the master bedroom, up swirling wrought iron stairs, treats parents to a heavenly hideaway beneath a dramatic coved timber ceiling. Walls are a harlequin chequerboard of gold, and windows peep out beneath silk organza curtains. A vast space, it has a room-sized dressing room and en-suite at one end and a craft-room/study at the other.
  • But theres even more accommodation in the combined guest house and triple car garaging next door. A huge utility room flanks the garage. Upstairs a studio featuring a timber parquet floor would make great work-from-home quarters with a view to die for.
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Ross Hawkins
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