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Maritime Haven

With its coastal setting and resort-style local amenities, this home makes you feel like you're always on holiday.

Most people would agree that the worst thing about going away on holiday is when it's all over and you have to come home. Wouldn't it be great, then, to live somewhere that makes you feel like you're on a permanent holiday?

This Universal Homes showhome does just that. Located in Gulf Harbour on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and just 40 minutes' drive north of Auckland, it's part of the exciting, new Chatham Hill subdivision, which, over the next three years, will become a thriving coastal community.

The setting, outlook and lifestyle Chatham Hill offers are ideal for families, couples or retirees looking for a home that's close to the big city but with all the lifestyle options of a holiday destination. It enjoys views out over the marina and golf course, and is just a short stroll from the Gulf Harbour Country Club. The nearby Marina Shopping Centre, inspired by the coastal villages of southern Europe, and an array of harbour-side cafés and restaurants are also conveniently close.

Mike Pearce, Universal Homes Sales and Marketing Manager, says Chatham Hill is an inspirational modern community.

"It's a very special place that we've meticulously planned and are building to the highest specifications," he says. "We've received very positive feedback. We think it's one of the most attractive developments we've undertaken, and prospective homebuyers seem to agree."

Universal Homes worked with Project Urban Designer Ian Craig from Harrison Grierson to create a point of difference from the Mediterranean theme prevalent at Gulf Harbour. The Cape Cod-inspired look chosen for Chatham Hill draws on an architectural style popular in seaside communities on the East Coast of the USA.

The resulting design is compact, simple and charming.

"The architecture is a contemporary interpretation of Cape Cod housing forms and details," says Ian. "There are 15 different house types in the development, all with a consistent look and a subtle nautical theme. These two-storey homes all feature steeply pitched gabled roofs, and a combination of weatherboard and panel cladding."

In keeping with the Cape Cod aesthetic, the material palette is traditional and lightweight, and includes corrugated steel roofs and weatherboards painted in pale 'seaside' colours.

Mike Pearce says Linea™ Weatherboard was an ideal choice for this coastal setting, due to its ability to withstand the extreme environment.

"We selected Linea Weatherboard for the showhome and the rest of the development for two main reasons: its durability in exposed coastal locations, such as this; and for its aesthetic appeal. Linea gave us a classic look and deep shadow line that fitted perfectly with the Cape Cod-inspired theme," he says.

The Linea is complemented by elements of Titan® Façade Panel, chosen also for its hardwearing characteristics and the contemporary edge it brings to the design.

"We decided to go with the full James Hardie Linea/Titan combination because the details integrate so well with each other," says Mike.

The showhome's Linea Weatherboards are painted Dulux Weathershield Franz Joseph, while the Titan Façade Panel is painted quarter strength Franz Joseph. These relaxed seaside colours are offset by white barge boards, CLD Fascia, boxed corners and window framing. This is one of eight different colour schemes available.

Another thing that makes this Universal Homes showhome so appealing is its price tag of just $550,000 (land and house). With homeownership moving beyond the reach of many New Zealanders, this is an affordable family home with all the lifestyle options you could want.

Showhome viewing:
1 Cape Cod Drive (off Park View Drive), Gulf Harbour, Whangaparaoa
Open hours: Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm; Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 4pm
Or Phone Bayleys on 09 428 0600 to make an appointment.

What a lovely house in a fantastic setting.
- Posted by Deirdre  |  14 Jun 2007 4:26pm

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