Spacious living inside and out boasts stunning sea views
By Jo Ferris
Once one of the West Coast’s sleepier townships – avoiding much of the hype of eastern counterparts like Whangamata and the Mount – Raglan has seen a huge surge in demand for property over the past five years. Million-dollar properties have become the norm and Raglan is in hot demand as people look for a quieter lifestyle away from city bustle; by the beach. Looking out to sea – across the inner estuary to the bar – this home answers that desire with gorgeous scenery to wake up to. Boasting a large site at around 1149 square metres, the house matches this with a generous 322 square metres, more or less. Two levels give privacy downstairs for family and friends, with a bedroom, bathroom and lounge that slips outside to a sheltered patio. The remaining three bedrooms sit upstairs – a king-size, ensuite master and two bedrooms sharing a family bathroom plus a separate powder room. Recently refurbished throughout, the home is tastefully presented with a natural vibe that hints of the Hamptons. The tone is soft and subtle – in tune with moods of the ocean and changing colours of the sand and hills. It’s a home to kick the shoes off – spread out, relax and entertain. The space is huge – inside and out. Open-plan family living provides effortless flow from the kitchen to dining and casual sofa setting before slipping outdoors. The main lounge next door, with its cosy gasfire corner, also stretches out to the grandstand balcony - all of it basking in that irresistible view of the harbour, beach and bar. Thanks to this home’s elevated position, views are uncluttered. Trees sway in the breeze in front and the outlook gazes across rooftops below to command a sweeping panorama. It’s postcard scenery – hills, water, sand and that endless link with the ocean. Raglan built its reputation on the sea and surf - it’s a town of no pretentions; just a love of nature, simple life and friendship. This home cleverly combines tradition with charm. It’s the space that’s the big incentive. Space within the home and space all around the grounds. This has touches of everything as well – tiered landscaping, a rustic nature corner to sit in the shade and an open playground on the lower level for the kids and dogs to romp around. There’s ample parking for the motorhome and boat, as well as room for all the visitors – all of it sealed. This home’s revamp has considered all options. The downstairs suite offers precious space for a separate workplace, or Airbnb option, while the double garage is carpeted – very useful as a rumpus or party room for the kids on those wet-day occasions. There is everything to love about this property. It looks set to be in strong demand.