Apr 24 2014

Escape the rush

Posted in: New Homes

For the owners of this new home close to the seaside, every day feels like a holiday

While some of us love the buzz of inner city living, many others are attracted to the peace that’s to be found when you choose a home in one of Auckland’s iconic seaside suburbs.

For the owners of this Long Bay home, coming back after a day at work or school feels like being on holiday every day. But this is no bach. Instead, it’s a home designed with all the luxury and comfort of a city pad.

The formal and informal living spaces on the ground floor are partly demarcated by a small change in level, but they still flow smoothly together. And, with four bedrooms upstairs, there is more than enough space for everyone.

“The children can do their homework and we can entertain friends, without one activity interfering with another,” the owners say.

“But at the same time, there’s a sense of togetherness that you don’t always find in an older house with more separate spaces.”


Polished floorboards and the soft, sandy, neutral tones on the walls create a warm backdrop for the contemporary-style furnishings of the house. The interior designer’s choice of large, comfortable-looking sofas and low coffee tables enhances the spacious feel. The kitchen and family living area open out to a private, sheltered terrace.



Lively splashes of colour have been introduced to brighten the informal living area. A designer kitchen with an extra-large island and extensive bench space along two back walls gives plenty of scope for cooking and socialising. The furniture-style central island incorporates a breakfast bar, which has a black granite benchtop for a touch of glamour.

The white marble splashback in this kitchen is a subtle feature, in contrast to the highly polished granite benchtop and white lacquered cabinetry.


Upstairs are three bedrooms, a family bathroom, and a master bedroom with an ensuite. The double garage includes ample space for storage of bikes and other sports gear that every family accumulates.

_MG_7436The theme of neutral painted walls and carpets carries through into the guest bedroom. Bright lime green cushions and a throw reflect the colours outside the window. 









Shades of blue, also part of the landscape, brighten this bedroom.


Designer: Shang Da Wei

Kitchen designer and manufacturer: Gu Bao Kitchen Company

Oven, dishwasher, cooktop, rangehood: Bosch

Flooring: American oak

Wall paint: Dulux

Window and door joinery: Chang Cheng

Furniture: Living Edge

About Long Bay

Just half an hour from the CBD, the development nestles alongside the Long Bay Regional Park. It offers residents the pleasure of living in a spectacular coastal environment within easy distance of all amenities that a world-class city like Auckland has to offer.

Source: Long Bay Trends is published by Trends Publishing International Limited.

Long Bay : www.longbay.co.nz