A Kūaotunu beach house that could be your main home

It’s like an art gallery with views to the sea.

19 January 2024

If there were ever a beach house that would inspire you to go out and buy a Lotto ticket, this would be the one.

To those who know the Coromandel well, they’ll be aware that Kūaotunu is one of the most popular beachside communities in this glorious region, just 15 minutes drive from Whitianga and with a generous, multi-faceted beach that has something for all swimmers. It’s also home to a favourite eating spot for locals and tourists – Luke’s Kitchen - a great place to stop for pizza and more.

Just up the hill from Kūaotunu’s tiny village, this expansive 600 sq m, five bedroom home at 213 Kūaotunu-Wharekaho Road, was built on over 1 hectare in 2001 with solid masonry construction and high end materials. The property’s owner, a musician, often has people up to the house for jam sessions, says Bayleys Whitianga agent, Belinda Sammons.

The couple bought the land in 1991, finally building on it in 2001 inspired by the Mediterranean way of life. So the internal spaces flow out to tiled courtyards and balconies with the sound system wired internally and externally. Wisely, this north-facing two storey Kiwi home is built for all weathers so there’s double glazing, gas underfloor heating, ceiling fans and a two-way feature fire between living areas.

The home, which has native and exotic timbers throughout, is like an art gallery with art pieces on display throughout:

“The owners are very creative, and they invest in art,” says Belinda. Kūaotunu, and Coromandel generally, is known for its vibrant artistic community, she explains.

The time has come for the owners to travel more and this home, with many options, is likely to appeal to both locals and expats wanting a slice of heaven back home, says the Bayleys agent.

This has been the vendors’ main house and that may be what the new owners will have in mind too. Kūaotunu has cell and broadband connections so the new owners could work from home from the property, no problem. For those who might be going to and from one of the main cities, there’s a forecourt space next to the house which has zoning to be used as a helipad if desired.

The generously proportioned house with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and numerous separate living spaces would lend itself well to having paying guests or multi generations to stay. There are two very private bedroom suites ideal for this on one side of the house, says Belinda. The landmark property could easily be used as a venue for social events and would be an ideal place for family or friends’ weddings or significant birthdays. There’s three car garaging but space for many more vehicles.

“It’s a fantastic spot up on the knoll,” says Belinda, with views out to Great Barrier Island, Mt Moehau and Port Charles. The couple have created a pathway through the bush that takes them quickly down to the Kūaotunu shops and beach.

Just brought to the market in January 2024, this home has had interest from a mix of buyers already and the marketing campaign will be international, says the Bayleys agent. Those wanting to see the home can make an appointment to view the property which is scheduled for auction on February 29.


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