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Quintessential Bach-living Challenging the Norm

Boathouse Bay, a brand new beachfront development less than an hour from Auckland is set to challenge the way Kiwis think about coastal living according to award-winning architect, Ken Crosson.


“Rather than carving the site into a few large sections featuring palatial mansions accessible only to the super-elite we should be getting more people on our coast and making it more modest, so more can actually achieve this type of living” Crosson says.


His intention was to recreate what he calls “architectural cohesion” similar to a typical European village cluster. The result is a sensitive development that captures quintessential Kiwi bach lifestyle in premium design with luxury finishes at an affordable price.


Inspired by boat sheds, a common sight on Kiwi coasts and original bach communities, the gabled rooftop design of Boathouse Bay by Crosson has a contemporary coastal signature.



Skillion ceilings define the A-frame roof shape achieving voluminous space. Unlike a normal stud height of 2.4 metres, Boathouse Bay’s lowest ceiling is 2.7 metres and highest apex is 4.2 metres.


The 33-home development encompasses a diversity of styles catering to a wide range of buyer needs, from first home purchasers, holiday makers, to empty nesters, from single level to double level and turreted buildings.


Every home will contain exquisite cabinetry by luxury Italian brand, Arclinea. The kitchen supplier, Matisse is also giving all purchasers VIP membership status to enjoy special buying privileges of the many prestigious furniture brands it represents.


Colliers International New Zealand is marketing the properties and prices range from $750,000 for a three bedroom property with native bush on its back door step, to $1.6 million for a spacious home complete with uninterrupted sea views.


The master plan is a master class in how to create an ‘informal beach community’ that integrates sea views with shelter from re-established sand dunes.



Given its immediate beach proximity, the developer has prudently engaged coastal scientist, Jim Dahm to provide expert engineering advice on coastal hazard assessment and restoration to protect the site against a 150 year sea level rise.


Significant native plantings including a substantial Pohutakawa tree, Nikau palms, Ratas, Cabbage trees and grasses will re-vegetate the landscape.


The landscape architecture devised by Rachel de Lambert, a Partner at Boffa Miskell will involve 1300 shrubs, trees and grasses being introduced to extend the native backdrop and is set to further enhance this spectacular 2 hectare pocket of the Mahurangi Peninsula.


“The idea was to bring dune planting to the front of the development and the green bushy hillside planting to the back of it” de Lambert says.



Crosson doesn’t believe that people will miss their traditional quarter-acre section. He says there’s been a sea change as people are sick of mowing the lawn or tending the garden and happy to look at smaller sections if the sun, sea, view and privacy are there.


The project team has consciously focussed on how the future residents will live and use their homes.


“Boathouse Bay examines the essence of what bach-living is. We looked at what you actually need in an environment like this.”


Think white sand underfoot beachfront living, a luxe material palette and savvy award-winning architectural design.


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