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Living sustainably on Waiheke - Awaawaroa Bay


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182 Awaawaroa Road
Awaawaroa Bay
Waiheke Island
3 bedroom(s), 1 bathroom(s)
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Looking to go off the grid? No more power bills here!

Awaawaroa Bay Eco Village is home to people who value ecologically sustainable lifestyles and community spirit.

A rare opportunity to purchase a unique property in this environmental haven is being offered by a longstanding resident who has created a sanctuary of the senses.

Established 25 years ago, the eco village was ahead of its time and remains a world apart in a rural valley where the hurly burly of modern life is left behind at the entrance.

Those living at the eco village have been responsible for restoring the natural environment, replanting native bush and controlling pests, so that native birdlife is flourishing and home to several endangered native bird species, including dotterels, banded rail, fern birds and bittern.

The Department of Conservation has classified the wetland in the bay as a Site of Ecological Significance that is of regional importance.
The property is a 1/15th share in a 169-hectare coastal block at the northern tidal extremity of beautiful Awaawaroa Bay.

By purchasing you become a shareholder in a company that is green-minded, community spirited, sustainable and friendly. Shared community facilities include a community hall, tractors, olives, forestry and vineyards, swimming ponds and walking tracks.

The architecturally-designed home comprises a round house constructed of mud brick of approximately 140m2 which sits on its own 2.5 acre block with outstanding and uninterrupted views.

A heavy macrocarpa door opens onto a large entrance hall which leads to a charming circular open plan living area built around a central Eucalyptus trunk feature with panoramic views of the valley beyond. This large space houses a kitchen (equipped with a Parmco AR600 gas oven/stove (2013) and fridge with wooden units and benchtops), a dining area and sitting and library areas.

Craftsman made kauri doors are used throughout the interior which also has a recycled rimu floor. The ceilings are clad in Douglas fir and the home benefits from natural wool insulation.

The house is flooded with natural light from Rylock aluminium windows and two huge bi-fold doors (4500x2100) which seamlessly flow onto a large deck and the breath-taking vistas. Keeping it cosy over winter is a modern Nectre MKIIA fireplace (2015) with a wetback connected to Solahart Water Heater Model 300F (2018).

Deep windowsills are a feature as are two extended macrocarpa window seats, perfect as a reading spot or as extra sleeping space for guests.

The master bedroom is generous in size and has an adjoining dressing room. A second bedroom is located on a mezzanine above a separate study and accessed by a wooden staircase.

The large bathroom is equipped with a separate shower and a deep bath nestled beneath bi-fold windows overlooking the garden. It’s almost like having an outside bathroom!

Outside there is a 52m2 garage and sleepout (great for guests and WOOFERS). The garage also houses the home’s energy source - a recently-installed 4.5 kw PV solar system with 20 kwh of lithium storage (2016) powered by eighteen 250w solar panels. Through summer and winter alike enough energy is generated to power the entire house plus the owner’s electric car without fear of a power cut. There is a 19,000 litre concrete water tank.

The owner has built a netted garden close to the house where vegetables and salad crops are grown for the table. There is also a greenhouse and a large orchard planted with mature fruit trees: plum, feijoa, peach, mandarin, fig, apple, pear, lime, lemon, blueberry, persimmon, nectarine, avocado and 14 olive trees. There are also walnut, macadamia and chestnut trees and 14 pine nut trees.
The property also includes a large forestry block containing approximately 550 trees planted over 11 years ago.

At the bottom of the property is a very special labyrinth garden created by the owner and featuring mosaics and sculptures by NZ artists. In it stands an ornamental teahouse built in by one of Awaawaroa Bay’s craftsmen from locally-sourced timber. It is a delightful spot for meditation and wondering at the beauty of the place.

If you are looking for a more sustainable way of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world, your search could be over.

Title Reference 58c/577; Site 6; Consent #YC/97/8645, YC/98/8856, YC/01/11897

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