Dreaming of a Kiwi Christmas? Furnish your fantasies thanks to Kea's global property partner Barfoot & Thompson with these five spectacular poolside properties, perfect for summer swims and gatherings with friends and family.
1. The classic Kiwi villa, reimagined
Nothing beats a classic Kiwi villa, and this one’s had a complete designer makeover.
Rebuilt to the utmost standard by architecture firm RTA Studio and stylishly fitted out by Lauren Hare, 2016 Interior Designer of the Year, every detail in this Grey Lynn abode has been selected and refined to the highest standard. Warm American oak flooring features throughout the home, the kitchen is kitted out with Miele appliances and Italian Carrara marble, and the open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining space enables seamless living.
Check out the stunning Japanese-inspired pool, created by multiple award-winning landscape designer Xanthe White.
2. The palatial entertainer
Imagine the summer soirees you could host at this spectacularly extravagant Kohimarama residence. With seven bedrooms (all with walk-in wardrobes), seven bathrooms and garaging for ten vehicles, the most extended of families can be accommodated in style.
An entertainer’s delight, the property includes such features as a wine cellar, tennis court, home theatre, games room and a magnificent outdoor pool and spa surrounded by mature palm trees.
No sun? No problem! Bring the pool party inside to the 25-metre heated indoor pool, complete with lofty double-storey ceiling.
3. The city-to-beach apartment
One of the best things about living in Auckland is the ability to have it all - the city-slicker lifestyle with access to a beach never far away.
This luxurious penthouse apartment on Herne Bay’s waterfront balances sophisticated executive-style living in the inner city with beachside benefits. Boasting expansive views of the harbour and beautifully appointed interiors, the three-bedroom apartment includes access to a sun-drenched communal outdoor area with pool and spa, and Hamilton Road Beach at the bottom of the garden.
4. The lifestyle block
With a home like this, why would you need to take a holiday anywhere else?
This one-of-a-kind property is located 3.3 kilometres from Pukekohe on over 21 hectares of land. Brand new and modern in design, it features an open-plan entertainer’s layout, with a large butler's pantry and grand entrance with elegant copper detailing.
Breathe in the clean country air and take a dip in the fabulous heated infinity pool, or unwind in the spa. Your horses need not miss out on a summer swim - they have their own equine swimming pool too, along with stables, sheds, and tack room.
5. The harboursider
You may argue that a pool is unnecessary when you have the beach as your backyard, but this Devonport waterfront property has one anyway (heated, of course), along with a spa pool to boot.
You could give the old turkey and ham a rest and fire up the teppanyaki grill in the designer kitchen for a non-traditional Christmas feast, and walk off the food-induced coma by taking a barefoot stroll along Cheltenham Beach. Round out the day with cocktails in the backyard, drinking in the sight of Rangitoto Island framed by Pohutukawa trees in full bloom. Can it get any more Kiwi than that?