Rodney Times : July 30th 2015
Road runners brave the weather P7 Rodney Times Cove mansion sold Thursday, July 30, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER What’s selling? CARALISE TRAYES John Harden has lost part of his heart with the sale of his dream home. The Whale Cove, Paseo del Mar home owners John and Daphne put everything into building the 803 square metre clifftop mansion in 1993. It’s been a talking point in the community ever since. The luxury five-bedroom, four-bathroom architecturally designed home had to be sold with Daphne’s health declining. It was listed for $3.29 million by Barfoot & Thompson Whangaparaoa. Daphne is in North- haven Hospital in Red Beach and both are preparing to move to the Edmund Hillary Retirement Village in Auckland. John, a father of five, MOREONLINE Go to rodneytimes.co.nz for more photos and a video of John Harden and his Whangaparaoa mansion. wanted. I said ‘both’.’’ But they had already sold. Months later John was talking to a client who purchased land in Whangaparaoa. ‘‘He was the one that bought ‘‘It’s not everyone’s house – it was ours and our happiness. Wenever wanted to says he still finds it hard to believe someone who never got ‘‘School C’’, was a bit of a rebel and rather impetuous, could get such a home. The pair have been successful in a diverse range of business ventures. Daphne started a Pakuranga kindergarten and sold it, while John was in banking for 15 years, then insurance. They bought a farm in Paremo- remo in 1970 and transformed it into a successful kiwifruit orchard before subdividing and selling 30 years later. Two trays of their finest pro- duce went to former United States president Ronald Reagan when his wife Nancy was ill. ‘‘We had many happy years there [at the farm]. Daphne wanted a beach bach and convinced me to look here,’’ John says. ‘‘We walked over the vacant land and she asked which one I sell it.’’ – John Harden them. I made an offer right then and there.’’ Afew weeks later he got a call and the land changed hands. Architect Bill Algie designed their mansion. His only instruction: ‘‘French provincial, with as much glass as possible’’. ‘‘When he produced the plan I asked him how much it would cost to build,’’ John says. ‘‘He said ‘no idea’. We still don’t know how much it actually cost. ‘‘It’s not everyone’s house – it was ours and our happiness. We never wanted to sell it. It has served us so wonderfully well.’’ Features include a heated ceil- ing, Italian tiles, and a four-storey Swedish glass elevator installed three years ago after John had a knee operation. $650,100 628 Whangaparaoa Rd, Stanmore Bay. 3 double bedrooms and minor dwelling plans ready. Sold by Harcourts Tandem Realty. $975,000 220 Schollum Rd,Matakana. Sea and country combo, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1.0125 hectares. Sold by BayleysWarkworth. 365 recipes in 365 days P15 John Harden is sad to sell his Red Beach dream home but says his life has been full of adventure. The Whale Cove mansion has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an internal glass elevator. PHOTO: BARFOOT & THOMPSON $1,800,000 172 Wright Rd, Albany Heights. 5 bedrooms with outdoor entertaining area and heated pool. Sold by Bayleys Albany. SEEOUTLOOKINSIDE sold!
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