Lifestyle escape offers views, bush, grazing and opportunity
By Jo Ferris
Looking at Bayleys’ photo parade of this intriguing Raglan property, one stands out in terms of the possible potential to enhance the lifestyle on offer here. With around 13 hectares, there’s a spot down by the water where artist and photographer Simon Dickey cleverly imposed an artist impression of a what could be an art studio or accomodation by the waters edge. From a family perspective, or business ideas – it sends a message to escape city bustle and explore the opportunities. Sitting on the fringe of town, off the main road into Raglan, it’s roughly a five-minute drive to the cafes and shops – yet the sense of isolation and bush beauty is the major attraction of the lifestyle on offer here. Thanks to the elevation, views are exquisite. The home sits on a prominent position to embrace a stunning outlook of Raglan’s inner harbour, surrounding countryside and Mount Karioi. Sunsets are breathtaking. Sitting on the deck, it’s a magical spot to toast the tranquillity and beauty that envelopes this home. Its styling suits the setting. Polished flooring, ply walls and sarked ceilings instil a rustic warmth. Living is open plan – cosy and warm, thanks to the log fire. When the sun is shining – meals outside are standard. Imagine this in summer, when the days are longer and nature calls? There’s certainly a lot to explore. Thick fringes of trees and bush; birdlife and birdsong for company, plus a host of fruit trees to fill the pantry. Best of all, this property has a private access to the inner harbour below. Kayak, swim, fossick on the foreshore, or head out to fish for fresh snapper. Leisure and recreation offer endless fun. Fullyfenced grazing also caters for livestock – or a pony or two – while newly-built stock yards increase the possibilities for some income. The house is built over two levels - a double bedroom, family bathroom and family living upstairs. Teens can escape downstairs to a large, fullylined rumpus and sleep-out. This area is also ideal as an office or studio for artists seeking inspiration. Looking again at Dickey’s artist’s impression, however, he poses another thought. “Explore the opportunities of developing this property with further accommodation for family or a home and income business down by the water.” That waterfront site is surrounded by native trees, but Bayleys’ marketing consultant Mark Frost also suggests there are other places offering equally prominent viewing points. Investigating the opportunities are all part of the enticement of this property. Location goes without saying. A fiveminute drive to Raglan’s township with all its artisan appeal. World-class surf breaks, beaches, biking, hiking – this is Raglan on a silver platter. And around a 30-minute drive to Hamilton – only if commuting must be made. This property is all about leaving the world behind.