Our contemporary home is situated overlooking the sea and Milford Beach in Castor Bay on Auckland's North Shore. The views from the upper floor living areas extend over the ocean and beach and we are elevated above the coast line. We are just a few minutes walk to local beaches and parks. Close by is the village centre of Milford with cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and a shopping mall. There are many pleasant walks around the area including the coastal path to Takapuna with a popular beach side café to rest at before the 35 minute walk back home along the beach and coastal path. There is also a pleasant walk around Lake Pupuke or just 5 minutes walk down the hill to Castor Bay Beach or Milford Beach and park for a swim in the ocean or to laze around over a picnic lunch. You can drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge into downtown Auckland city or catch a bus at the end of the road.
The house is 9-years old and of a contemporary design and comprises two levels. The upper level consists of the main lounge / dining, kitchen / breakfast dining and TV room / second lounge, plus a master bedroom with en suite and a guest toilet. Small external decks allow you to soak up the sun and enjoy the views and house the BBQ. Downstairs there are two extra bedrooms (double and twin) and a bathroom (shower and bath), separate toilet, laundry, plus access to an internal double garage.
Castor Bay is a small bay on Auckland's North Shore in the North Island of New Zealand. Located between Milford and Campbells Bay it forms part of Auckland's East Coast Bays. To the east lies the islands of Rangitoto and Motutapu. Islands such as Waiheke and Rangitoto are easily visited by ferry from nearby Devonport and provide wonderful day trips. Castor Bay is sheltered by an artificial breakwater (structure) that extends from the northern edge of the bay, running towards the south. A small bark and grass picnic area with several large Pōhutukawa trees offering shelter on hot days compliments the beachfront and an extended coastline stretches out to the north towards Campbells Bay. Nearby John F. Kennedy Park contains old World War II bunkers that were used to survey the Hauraki Gulf and is accessible from Castor Bay by road (Beach Road) or by walkway (from the extended coastline to the north). The northern headland of Castor Bay is the site of an old Maori Pa, Rahopara, that is believed to have been last inhabited and then abandoned in the 18th century, prior to European colonisation. Very little is known about the people who lived there but the tribe's ancient earth excavations are still visible.
Murray (62) and Sue (58) are recently 90% retired and are non-smokers. Having been in Auckland for the past 22 years we moved to Castor Bay 5 years ago. From 1978 until 1989 we lived in the UK and travelled extensively.
Murray has been a Rotarian for 15 years. He is active in his local club and is a past president. Has been involved in major Rotary community fund raising projects and has been an active team member in international projects in the Pacific region.