Compact and low maintenance, yet luxurious and spacious with all the mod-cons, Landmark Homes Auckland – South & Franklin previous Showhome offers the best of both worlds.
Designed with the future in mind, this sophisticated and stylish duplex – based on Landmark Homes’ Rangitoto Ready to Build plan – is situated in the thriving community of Paerata Rise. Conveniently close to Auckland city, yet with the charm of relaxed country village, Paerata Rise is the ideal location for those seeking a welcoming community atmosphere.
“We wanted to create a solution for multi-generational living,” says Auckland – South & Franklin franchise co-owner Michael Walters. “We saw a gap in the market dedicated to designs suited to a range of needs and ages — whether they are downsizing or looking to create space for visiting children and grandchildren — this design fits these needs.”
From EV chargers installed in the double-car garage, external ramps for easy wheelchair access and internal lifts, this is a space that will function for years to come. For eager motorhome travellers, there’s plenty of parking space and the luxury of being able to ‘lock up and leave’ with the security that your belongings are safe within the community.
Delivering on strong street appeal, the design's variation and play of materials are certainly eye-catching. The modern cuboid form is bordered with vertical Lunawood weatherboards in a sophisticated grey tone, which complements the horizontal Stria cladding, painted in white. On either side of the duplex, walls of double-height concrete bricks anchor the building to the site. Above the front entrance, timber screening softens the space.
“This concrete brick continues into the interior of the home. It reduces the transmission of sound between units, ensuring privacy for the homeowners and resisting any fire damage,” Michael explains.
As you enter the home, you’re welcomed into a light and airy foyer. The exterior colour and material palette are repeated indoors, creating a sense of cohesion and calm. Stylish wallpaper mimics the hue of the opposite wall’s concrete brick, while the carpeted stairs’ timber balustrade echoes the screening outside the front door. Tiled flooring provides luxury underfoot, guiding you towards the downstairs living area. Here, a central living room serves two bedrooms. Sliding glass doors open to the deck, capturing views of the park beyond, an extension of your backyard to share with the local community. An Airbnb, a guest room, a space for noisy teenagers? That’s up to you. This lower level has been carefully designed with multi-purpose contemporary living in mind.
Head to the second storey, by stairs or the lift, to the living area which is filled with light thanks to generous floor-to-ceiling windows stretching the width of the space.
“This living space is fitted out to host a party of people but to also feel comfortable for a couple. The sense of space is increased with the 12m2 deck, which overlooks the community park beyond.” Orientated north-west, this space is ideal for watching the sun go down over the neighbourhood.
On the upper level, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home. The light and bright palette is broken up with timber cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Storage is plentiful with the addition of the scullery (which keeps the mess at bay), and floating timber shelves to display cookbooks and decor.
The main bedroom features a walk-through wardrobe, keeping the main space neat and uncluttered. The ensuite is fitted with a large tiled shower and vanity, providing ample space for independent living.
“The duplex design has been successful in producing a seamless connection with the neighbourhood thanks to carefully considered use of materials, colour and layout,” says Michael. “The added features included to future-proof this home means the homeowner will be able to enjoy it for years to come – that’s really special!”