Enjoy spacious country living while still having easy access to the city in one of these dreamy lifestyle properties for sale
People often dream of a lifestyle where they can enjoy all the benefits of country living, while still being able to easily access the amenities of the city. With New Zealanders facing weeks in lockdown in their homes, many of us will probably find that dream even more appealing than ever.
While open homes have been put on hold for now, there’s still plenty of properties you can check out online while you have some extra time at your disposal. Here’s our pick of properties for sale in the Auckland region that offer the lifestyle block dream.
1. Back to nature
The outlook over native bush and rolling hills from this immaculate home is so peaceful, yet you’re an easy drive to all the amenities at Bombay and commuting distance to Manukau.
There’s fenced paddocks for some stock or a pony and plenty of space to install a chook run, dig that vege patch and plant an orchard.
All the practical considerations have been taken care of with a large garage and generous workshop or man cave. The property borders the pretty Pouraureroa Stream for those who want to commune with nature in their own backyard.
2. Horsey heaven
You can check out your horses grazing nearby from the comfort of the couch at this impressive Waiau Pa home which is a horse lover’s dream.
The level parcel of land has secure post-and-rail fencing, a full-sized arena, stables and tack room, plus a large separate garage. The lovely landscaped grounds are framed by mature trees and offer restful views from the home’s extensive living areas and generous covered deck.
Perfect as is, there’s still plenty of potential to put your finishing touches to the lifestyle dream.
3. Starter pack
Enjoy a truly rural outlook over the paddocks from this well-maintained home in Glorit that ticks all the boxes.
Close to school bus routes, 30 minutes from booming Warkworth, and close to the Mangakura boat ramp, you have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle.
A lot has already been done here, from fencing the paddocks and planting an orchard, to installing solar power. It’s a great opportunity to sit on the deck while the kids play on the level lawn and plan what you’ll do next.
4. I can see for miles…
You will really feel like the lord of your own domain as you sweep up the driveway to this Warkworth home that has outstanding views over the surrounding countryside.
The expansive house has all you’ll need to live in style while you enjoy the freedom the property offers. With 33ha to play with you can adapt the property to your interests and also get moving on those plans for a big kitchen garden, chooks, your own livestock and a pony or two.
There’s a large barn for storage that could also be repurposed as a stables, plus a double garage with wine cellar. You’ll feel a million miles from anywhere, but you’re only a 15- minute drive to Warkworth.
5. Grand scale
This park-like Dairy Flat estate has an amazing entertainer’s kitchen that’s made for treating guests to fabulous food picked fresh from your own garden.
The large potager, citrus grove and orchard are poised to provide a bounty of produce year-round.
Immaculate landscaped grounds form a peaceful retreat that’s surprisingly close to bustling Albany and there’s the bonus of a 120sq metre shed for the next project or storing equipment. This really is living the dream on a grand scale.
6. Room to move
Drive up the tree-lined driveway and discover a Waimauku property that is well and truly set up for country life. Post-and-rail fencing, arena, stables, implement shed, tack room and triple garaging are among the amenities on offer.
The extensive level grazing is ideal for horses or other stock and there’s plenty of room here for the kids to move.
Relax by the pool while you select specimens to plant in your future orchard and ponder where you’ll dig in that vege patch.
7. All ready to go
You can move in and start living the good life immediately here – the vendors are happy to leave the goats, sheep, hens and ducks that live here for the next owners. With fenced paddocks supplied by bore water everything’s set up for a new lifestyle.
Then there’s the established vege garden and orchard with apricots, apples, pears, plums … you get the picture. The main Tuakau home has two bedrooms and there’s also a self-contained bedroom in the garage for extra flexibility.
There’s a pretty garden around the house, and outbuildings for tools and equipment, all within five minutes of the motorway on-ramp.
Words by: Sarah Beresford.