What's both red and white, all the time? The wine supply at this property on the coast of New Zealand, where varieties from Syrah and sauvignon blanc to chardonnay and pinot gris grow. That's right, there's a vineyard in the backyard, sea views in the front, and a 19,000-square-foot house in between. Let's take a look at this oenophile's dream.
Originally built for a British couple and their young daughters, the house is modelled on the plantation-style luxury resort The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs. (The vineyard is apparently more pleasure than business; according to the New Zealand Herald, the owners made their fortune in the printer cartridge-refilling business.) The listing is a bit coy about the price, but since it's been on the market for nearly a year, perhaps they could be flexible.
The house is split into three areas: a main living area, principal suite, and a separate wing for children or guests with four bedrooms, a kitchenette and lounge. Here's a photo of the main kitchen that shows the actual size of the island: all 18 feet of granite countertop, plus the underlying oak cabinets. Nothing (fixtures, cabinets, floor) is particularly dark, and there are plenty of windows, so I'm not sure what that sunshine ceiling-esque box is doing over the island.
A glass-ceilinged dining room is open to the kitchen (at left), a conservatory (at the far end) and an indoor pool (at right). In the winter, you can take advantage of the built-in projector and screen to watch movies from said indoor pool; in the summer, the glass walls fold open so it feels more like an outdoor pool.
This is the great room in the main living area, with french doors on two walls open to the outdoors and the dining room, respectively.
A porch at the rear of the house looks out over the vineyard and across the Hauraki Gulf to Auckland. Though the city's just a 40-minute ferry ride away, the property is tucked away on the western end of rural Waiheke Island, New Zealand's so-called 'island of wine' and one of The New York Times' 46 places to go in 2013.
Can you see yourself sipping home-grown vintages while admiring this view?
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