Wide verandahs and Wairarapa House of the Year award expected to attract buyers
An eye-catching rural home that won its category of the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition is for sale for the first time.
Known as Springrock, the house at 599 Longbush Rd, Martinborough, won builder Mark Hewitt the "Wairarapa New Homes $450,000-$600,000" category of the national competition in 2006.
Owner Roddy Cameron, who is selling by private treaty with a deadline of July 7, expects it will go for about $1.5m.
Having lived there since it was built in 2005, on an elevated section subdivided from his sheep and beef farm, it was sad to move on, he said.
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"I really love the place. It's a beautiful home – it's taken me years to decide to do this [sale]."
He was selling to embark on a new building project, on the site of his childhood home elsewhere on the farm.
The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home on the edge of the main Wairarapa valley is surrounded by bush and sits on 1.1 hectares.
It has views of the Gladstone hills and features solar heating, double glazing, underfloor heating, a central sound system and a 15-metre heated swimming pool.
One of Cameron's main design ideas for the house came from his years living in Australia.
"I liked the whole balcony thing. There's a five-metre-deep verandah most of the way around the house. I like that kind of Outback attitude."
Harcourts agent Jaime Slater said the house had generated a lot of interest since it was listed this week.
"It's just X-factor-plus, award-winning ... And it's got all the privacy but not the work you'd get on the bigger lifestyle properties."