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This Hauraki home combines family-friendly style with modern finishes

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Architecture aficionados and modern families alike will equally covet the design, space and outdoor living of this Hauraki showpiece


  • Address: 2/33 Norman Road, Hauraki
  • Land Size: 780 sqm
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Parking: 2 garage + 1 off-street

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This Hauraki home combines family-friendly style with modern finishes

This 780m2 central Hauraki property will entice discerning buyers with a passion for design and iconic New Zealand architecture. Originally brought to life in the 1950s by acclaimed architect Vernon Brown, it was crafted in his signature style of the ‘modern Kiwi bach.’

The current owners have lived here for the past 10 years with their young family and have stylishly updated spaces both inside and out, while staying true to the home’s architectural heritage.

Located on Norman Road, the neighbourhood is cherished by families for its proximity to local parks, beaches, schools and Takapuna. A short walk from home arrives at the beach, where it’s a pleasant stroll along the golden shores to the many bars, cafes, restaurants and shops of the busy beachside community. Renowned Hauraki Primary and Takapuna Grammar ensure quality schooling for children during their entire education journey.

The 198m2, two-level residence is set back from the road, with solid black exterior weatherboards contrasted with crisp white trim joinery – Brown’s famed ‘black on white’ colour scheme.  The owners are both in the business of interiors, which is clearly reflected in the chic, classic aesthetic, which they’ve also managed to perfectly balance with warm, comfortable and robust spaces for family living.  White, gallery-style walls are anchored with heart Matai floors and light filters in through long, vertical panes of glass – another of Brown’s signature details.

The living, kitchen and dining room on entry level is open-plan, with a wood fire in the lounge for winter evenings. Sets of bifold doors open out to the north-facing decks, which step down to the expansive grounds that could house a swimming pool if desired. The high-maintenance gardens that previously framed the property were cleared to make way for the flat and usable stretches of lawn out here that are ideal for kids.

With high-end appliances, the kitchen has a large breakfast island and artistic touches of copper incorporated into its design – seen beneath the island bench and in the negative detailing between drawers. There are three bedrooms located along the hallway, each featuring a deep bay window. Two are serviced by the striking black tiled family bathroom, while the luxurious master has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

There’s a kids’ rumpus space downstairs, along with an office, with French doors to the garden, a separate laundry and abundant storage.

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