Shirley Chan
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Cool lakeside majesty

by Shirley Chan
(Property Guide, Rotorua Daily Post for Harcourts Real Estate)

Premium lake-edge property with character home


  • Lake Edge living
  • Unobstructed lake views
  • Manicured gardens, automated watering
  • Private Jetty with ample lake-level dining space
  • Premium location
  • Proximity to forest and town alike
  • Top quality materials and equipment
  • 3 + bedrooms , 2 living rooms, 2 full bathrooms, 3 toilets including 1 ensuite
  • Under-floor heated kitchen, dining and bathroom

This 1011m2 lake-edge property envelops beautiful living. This magnificent character home nestles in the pristine enclave of quiet, Lake Okareka homes. It is right on the lake, overlooks brilliant blue waters and is unbelievably close to the city. This property is, without doubt, top of the line in Rotorua and anyone would be hard pressed to find better in every aspect.

The striking cool blues, grays and crisp white colour scheme, true to the prestigious, luxury homes of Cape Cod, New England, welcomes you like a refreshing whiff of freshly laundered linen, from the moment you spot the tree house, pass through a charming painted gate and arbour into the manicured, terraced gardens lined with pockets of colour and floral fragrance which accompany you up the paved garden path to two identical regal standard Iceberg Roses greet you with polar ice white blooms that match the house beyond.

The latest renovations were executed with professional designer sensitivity to the architectural style of this character home. Additions and alterations have elevated this double-storey character home to the pinnacle of excellence, bridging old world charm and modern amenities. The 280m2 floor area incorporates 3+ bedrooms, 2 living areas, 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets, including ensuite.

Its up-market location with nature all around, proximity to the city, good schooling, all-day sun make it the best of both city and country living.

Inside, brilliant white French windows with stylish Roman blinds open onto a large Kwila entertaining area.

The spacious outdoor area is graced with Crisp, clean white wicker dining chairs accompanied by an 8 seater opaque glass table, pale seashells and porcelain seagulls.

Grape-vine framed verandah, herb gardens, a charming gray-blue gabled Colorsteel roof and fairytale-like Dormer windows, all evoke a relaxing atmosphere.

On top of all this, the property’s private jetty encompasses are large platform where you can enjoy twilight dining over the waters edge.

Open, breezy design with excellent, seamless indoor outdoor flow, low maintenance gardens, quality commercial appliances, under-floor heated bathroom, Kitchen & dining. Generously sized rooms, immaculate ensuite and walk-in wardrobes are just some of the many features offered that are tastefully factored into its design.

Besides housing 2 cars, the stand-alone garage opens at both ends to offer a view of the lake at one end, extending the entertainment area of the main house which has an outdoor Jacuzzi and barbeque or may be used as a separate entertaining room with a lake view.

This stunning property is quite possibly the best that Rotorua has to offer.