Our comfortable family home has four bedrooms and open plan living / dining with an office. There is a front and back deck and quiet garden. We have a wood burner for the Winter and a ducted heating and cooling grill system for Winter and Summer comfort. We would be happy to swap our car too (seven seated automatic). We are a family of four, originally Ian and Joy were from England but have now been in New Zealand for over 20 years.
We have had two enjoyable house swaps with a family in the UK and one in Nelson as well as three point swaps in NZ. We would love to do more house swaps.
The main bedroom has a Queen bed and window seat. The second bedroom has a King single (with a Queen single stored underneath) - and a window seat. The third bedroom has a single bed and the 4th room is our spare bedroom with a single bed and TV/Google chromecast.
We have two daughters who are 14 and 12 so there are plenty of games and books. We also have ukuleles a keyboard and other instruments.
We are centrally located in Mount Albert 4 mins walk from Baldwin Avenue Train Station (but far enough away that you can not hear the trains!). It is a short walk down to New North Road where there are plenty of buses into the City which is about 20 mins away. We are also 4 min walk to the local French deli Pyrénées as well as Parkside Cafe/Vietnamese Restaurant, an Italian restaurant and a well stocked Fresh Collective 'market style' shop. There is a local night food market on a Friday at the end of our road and a fresh produce market there Saturday mornings - we love living here! The local YMCA gym is less than 5 minutes walk away and the local Auckland famous 'Rocket Park' is near the gym - great for young kids. We have unlimited fibre wifi with our main TV an internet one. Our other TV (Google chrome cast) is in the spare room. The local YMCA gym is down the road and visitors can register on a casual basis.
Our home is 5 minutes drive (two stops on the train) from Eden Park and also 10 mins walk from the Phillips Aquatic Centre (main lane pool and fun pool / water slide). are 5 mins drive from the No. 16 motorway which gives access to the West Coast beaches or a short drive over to the North Shore. It takes under 10 mins to drive to the centre of the city.
Auckland is a great city to live with plenty of cultural and outdoor activities. We have well maintained pedal bikes: 2 adult hybrid, 1 teenager and 1 early teen, with local cycle routes not far from our home. There are numerous city cycle routes and last year we completed a 4 day easy cycle track near the Coromandel. We are only 20 minutes from the airport.
We have had a small friendly cat called Layla - she is low maintenance and just needs a few cuddles and feeding. If you want to go away for a few days that would not be an issue as one of our neighbours would feed her.
We would love to hear from you if you live in New Zealand for a swap over the school holidays sometime.
Joy, Ian, Zoe & Amy