Is the ideal scenario having a great city pad and a get-away place in the Coromandel?

express thinks this could be the answer so we look at two properties, one in central Auckland for weekdays, the other, a private 8-hectare retreat near Coroglen for the weekends and holidays. Both are unique and very appealing!


Michael Boulgaris, real estate agent to the stars is recommending we look at a unique listing he has at 82F Symonds St., Grafton. It is an entire floor with 5 car parks.


This property is a converted commercial property which has been exquisitely redesigned and given an opulent fit-out. All other floors have also been converted to residential except for the top floor which is used by an eye-surgeon. The roof is also available for the owners use.

Situated in upper Symonds Street back from the road this circular building is imposing in its solidity and hides behind a magnificent 140 year old oak tree. Built in 1969 of solid concrete, owners are assured that no leaky home situation is likely to exist. With motorway access, up at the corner and the central city, Domain and University walking distance away this is in a super convenient position. And with 5 underground car parks plus visitor parking you can have your friends around any time.

The property has mixed residential usage allowing for a small business set up to be run from the property.

The entrance to the floor is stunning – you enter from the lift where you see the massive central column which rises right through the centre of the building. The living/dining/kitchen area you walk into is open and awe inspiring with wide sweeping views all around. In the centre facing the views is the kitchen island bench, long enough for 6 people to sit and socialize with the chef. Kitchen appliances are totally top end Miele and include a steam oven as well as a standard oven, dishwasher etc.

The master suite is beautiful and includes an amazing bath and basins all regally situated in the room – as well as having a separate on-suite. The other two bedrooms also have their own on-suite.

This 180m2 property is currently occupied by the people who undertook the massive conversion. They say they intended to stay but still have children so it does not suit their current situation. “It’s a few years too early!” they say. New owners will benefit from their love and attention they have given this project which includes installing air-conditioning, double glazing as well as a sophisticated new hot water system, new bathrooms and kitchen.

The whole feeling you get in this amazing property is of class, utter quietness and refinement. A great pad!

Marketed by Michael Boulgaris
021 366 366
09 520 1192



As an antidote to an over-the-top busy life in Auckland this rural retreat near Coroglen is perfect. 7.8 hectares of beautiful land bordering a river with existing avocado and olive trees, native bush and open grassland.

Glamping in your own 20 acres away from the world and work this amazing property will recharge you. A river boundary offers a number of swimming spots and a large barn, cabin, shower and power offers enough home amenities to keep you coming back – every weekend?

This property is situated 3km off Highway 25 – which makes the surrounding beaches (Hahei, Hotwater Beach, Cooks Beach, Buffalo Bay (some of the best in NZ) – only a 20 minute drive away. Two supermarkets and cafes in Whitianga are only 15 minutes away. Best of all the infamous Coroglen Tavern with its summer concerts is only down the road, as is the weekly farmers market.

There are a number of good building platforms if you wish to build on this magnificent private property. But keeping it simple may be the way to go – at least until you decide to throw in the towel and move here. Heather the agent says this property is so appealing a B & B operation would be an option worth considering. A gay get-away? With absolute privacy, tranquility, enchanting views, river access and acres of room for animals, this could be your Shangri-la.

Marketed by Heather Benson
Ray White Whitianga
0274 487 567