Friday, August 28, 2009
What's Paradise at the Point about?
Island Life? - Just about - Point Wells is actually a little village not far from Matakana, 50 minutes North of Auckland, perched on a sheltered harbour peninsula of deep black peat soil; but it feels just like living on Rarotonga. The feeling is helped by lush vegetation along the roadside, a mix of older bach’s and newer homes, very large section sizes (ranging from 600-2,000m2, with most around 1,000m2), and the very sheltered subtropical climate.
Tractors putt along the road towing their boats to the boat ramp, past the bowling club and croquet club where the only noises are the clack of mallet on ball or bowl on bowl. Aside from birdsong from the scores of Tuis and other native birds, the most noise comes from the local children, playing on the old style lullaby swing that can fit about 15 kids at once or balanced on the Maypole carousel. How many playgrounds have these anymore?
During the day, the harbour is serene, apart from the odd set netter hoping for a few flounder. After school and in the weekends, there are a tribe of kids of all ages at the Point, diving off the jetties, swinging from the rope under the pohutakawa and kayaking up the river. The more adventurous don snorkels and goggles and drift through schools of mullet and the occasional larger fish in the crystal clear water.
Regular events are held at the local hall, including village dinners and dances; fun for any age. Local weddings are often held here and the connoisseurs club caters to those who love food, wine and good company, which is quite a lot of the locals! At Christmas the whole village enjoys Christmas carols in the hall, and year round the little library is well supported.
With the decile 9 primary school only a short bus trip away, a local store, and the bustling market town of Matakana 5 minutes away, most day to day requirements are easily met without driving long distances.
If you can imagine coming here to retire or bring up your children in this idyllic village, and you want a property that suits you and the people you care about, then Andrew and Angela would love to work with you to realise that dream. They have a strong commitment to lifestyle and rural village living, with Angela’s family stretching back 4 generations in Point Wells.
Andrew one of New Zealand’s leading plant experts with two international bestselling books on gardening already to his name and three more books on gardening and sustainable living about to be released. He also writes regular articles for Weekend Gardener magazine.
If you’d like to know more, read Andrew’s property blog at matakanacoast.blogspot.com. Take your first steps out of the rat race and give them a call now.