Grace and Elegance in The Avenues

With grace and elegance, One Harvey Street is positioned in one of the most picturesque settings in the Bay of Plenty. Located on the inner Tauranga Harbour, this exceptional property is breathtaking in every way.

Originally a one storey weatherboard home the current owners had a grand vision. Inspired by the old character homes found in Auckland, a new chapter for this modest home was conceptualised.  After careful consideration, planning and architectural plans their humble waterfront home was raised to become a grand residence but more importantly, a place to call home for the Carmichael family for the next thirty years. 

For current owner Pam Carmichael when it came to the design, she wanted to create a home with a sense of mystery and intrigue. This has been achieved through melding the architectural and landscape plans thoughtfully together. With Pam’s eye for design and her late husband’s engineering background, meticulous detail created a home which today is timeless and one of Tauranga’s finest.

There is much to admire about this classical roughcast stucco home. The home exudes grandeur and space with a generous 410 sqm floor plan. For Pam “the way the house is set out you can always find a quiet space”. Its north-easterly waterfront position gives the property much-valued privacy. Most of the house takes advantage of the unique waterfront aspect, particularly the living areas, master bedroom and guest room upstairs. Juliet balconies on the second storey create vistas over the waterfront and a bird’s eye view over the formal gardens below.

A property designed for a growing family with a teenage retreat above the garage, a swimming pool and a spa – there is plenty of scope to entertain family and friends. For Pam, “one of the best parts of the home was enjoying the teenage years. As the kids got older, they all congregated here, and the home really worked well for them to have some independence but still be nearby”. 

The home hosted many parties, but a standout memory for Pam was a Gatsby-style party where the property easily accommodated one hundred and twenty people. ‘Everyone dressed up and the house was the perfect backdrop”.

The waterfront position also provided much activity over the years, from jet skiing off the front of the property to kayaking and paddle boarding or going to catch flounder at low tide.

There is not much this home lacks, with its everchanging water views, serenity and spaciousness; however, a new chapter beckons. As can be appreciated closing the door for the last time to the family heritage and memories is not easy, but one Pam knows it is the right decision. “It’s time for a new family to enjoy this home and all that it offers, the time is right to pass this home on and begin the chapter for the next owners.”

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