House Tour - laid-back living

Say hello to laid-back living. This property, built in the 1950's and later re-modeled by architect Bruce Macfarlane, combines the nostalgia of a kiwi bach with space rarely found this close to the city.

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

I would seriously find it hard to go to work if I lived in this house, which is probably why the previous owner, architect Bruce Macfarlane, used to run his practice from the purpose-built space above the garage. 

 Photo courtesy of Barfoot & Thompson

Photo courtesy of Barfoot & Thompson

A swim before breakfast, kayak at lunch and wander in the bush after dinner… it’s all possible here. 1800+ square meters of land, with a jetty, native bush and only ten minutes from Auckland City by ferry. 

And it’s not just the location that makes this place so special... 

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

The house was originally built in the 1950’s, perched to make the most of its glorious view across Ngataringa Bay. And in the following years, under the foresight of owner & architect Bruce Macfarlane, this home was transformed into what it is today. Every space has been designed to maximise light, sun, and views.

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

Horizontal peep-hole windows bring in light while maintaining privacy. Louvre windows control the sea-breeze. A central hallway lined with glass provides a backbone of light from East to West. And multiple sets of French doors lead out to various decked areas, enabling the whole house to open itself up.

This is a laid-back home. Shoes off, sand between your toes, kinda place.

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

 Photo courtesy fo Barfoot & Thompson

Photo courtesy fo Barfoot & Thompson

The first impressions pack a punch.

At the end of the driveway, you are greeted by the roomy carport with a multi-purpose office-cum-rumpus above. Branching out – suspended as if by magic – from a narrow pillar housing the garden shed and toilet. It makes a fitting welcome statement, ‘this house is one of a kind’.

On foot you are lead down a clivia-flanked pathway to the house itself which from this angle presents as very humble, aside from the mustard-yellow front door.

Inside, the entranceway provides another immediate colour hit. A place to pause and get excited before being drawn down the hallway/come sunroom to the open-plan living/dining and a view across the pohutukawas to the bay below.

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

And then you breathe out and take in the details. Like the built-in window seat, perfectly positioned for sun and views.

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

And the half-round built-in shelf at the end of the hallway perfectly positioned to give your favourite object pride of place.

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

The fan-shaped outdoor seating and tension-wire curtain rails hint that although you are not ‘on’ a boat, you almost could be you are that close to the sea.

The bathrooms also nod to nautical with shimmering mosaic tiles spreading out like a wave across the duck-egg blue walls.

Polished wooden floors, chequered tiles and plywood shelving all add to the bach-like appeal of this home.

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

 Photo by Places & Graces

Photo by Places & Graces

This is old-school waterfront living : )