22 O'Neills Avenue
Living in this iconic home nestled above the rocks in one of Takapuna's most sought-after avenues feels like being on a cruise ship with an uninterrupted outlook. Some 27 metres of floor-to-ceiling glass curving along both the mid and top levels provide sweeping views of the Hauraki Gulf expanding all the way from Tiritiri Matangi, Rangitoto Island and onto Musick Point. Yet because it sits above a rock boundary wall and the sheet glass is tinted, it is private at all levels.
The unique three-level design by award-winning architect Simon Carnachan was built in 1985 using commercial construction techniques including reinforced concrete piles, roof, intermediate floors and ground floor. Owners Michelle and John recently spent 20 months fully refurbishing the property to create a luxurious contemporary sanctuary whilst still retaining the iconic architecture and solid structure that has stood the test of time. A sleek new German Poggenpohl kitchen with butler's pantry suits John who loves to cook and says ‘it's a fabulous entertaining space with superb German appliances’.
The home sits in private, well-established sub-tropical gardens that are lit at night. The large lower-level deck on the seafront has a private gate to the beach. Automatic gates open to newly paved driveways and five-car off-street parking. There is even an internal heated pool and sauna room.
New owners will appreciate the lock-up-and-leave capability of this low-maintenance entertainers paradise. Living here allows time to relax and enjoy the fantastic modernised spaces with views that are out of this world.