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Homes to Inspire | Titirangi Treasure


I'm really excited to be showing you this home today. Firstly because it's a stunning, architecturally designed home that is quite different to any that I've shared with you before and secondly, it belongs to two of our dear friends Neil Sparksman and Jonathan Sagar who, after seven years and a lot of love and hard work have recently made the decision to sell. While they have mixed feelings about moving on and are looking forward to new adventures, it's really quite sad for those of us who have had such great times there! 

Located in Titirangi, The Dare House was designed by renowned Auckland architect Simon Carnachan in 1974 for the Dare Family. While the iconic architectural details have been retained, Neil and Jono have certainly stamped their mark on the property. The home has an incredible presence which you feel from the moment you come down the driveway and see the prominent lines of the roof and exquisite outdoor living areas. It's easy to see why the beautifully landscaped gardens have been featured in several publications. Once inside the home, the drama continues to unfold as you take in the amazing pitched roof and expansive glass windows, that provide incredible views of the surrounding native bush. 

The interiors, which reflect both Neil and Jono's impeccable style, have been modernised, fusing clean lines and masculine energy with a Balinese flavour. Affectionately referred to as 'Balirangi', I love how the home always made me feel like I had escaped the hustle and bustle and was away on holiday. 

Open plan living, resort style patios and cantilevered decks have made for some memorable gatherings. At the same time, combined with the private and secluded setting, these features have provided a quiet sanctuary for chilled-out relaxed living.  A great combo for Neil and Jono who lead busy lives running their company Voice Brand Agency. With offices in Auckland, Hong Kong and Beijing the couple love to unwind by entertaining friends and family, often having guests to stay. 

A truly exceptional home, Balirangi will be missed by many but will no doubt bring much joy to the new owners. 

All images via Bayleys Real Estate.  

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  1. WOW, that is a truly gorgeous home. It has a gorgeous sophisticated, but relaxed vibe, and I can just imagine some great times spent there. How hard it must be to leave! There are some very lucky future owners out there somewhere. x

  2. I Love this house! If I wasn't here in Wellywood I would love to buy it. Truly exceptional, Ath meets Walker with a bit of Hollywood Hills... Beauty!

  3. Amazing house !



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