A more beautiful world exists in this peaceful parklike (2003m2) estate that is like a slice of country in the city. Gloriously planted with magnificent trees and many flowering, fruiting varieties and filled with birdsong, it is a veritable gardener's garden hidden and absolutely private. Vistas from the stately solid masonry residence reach north-west across a full-width entertainer's terrace to the pool and a manicured flat lawn. With sun pouring in all day, the property is a fabulous family playground in summer. At 548m2, the home is very generous. Every room is oversized including 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms (3 en suites). Heated Italian marble tile floors flow from the impressive double height entry - the perfect gallery for art - to the large sunny kitchen/family area. With a practical layout for entertaining, both the family space and adjacent formal lounge feature gas fires and open to the terrace alongside the office. A media room comes with the big screen and projector and upstairs the master suite is super-large with doors to the balcony. With 3 car garaging, plus at least 4 extra secure offstreet spaces, solar heating to subsidise your power bill and zoned for St Heliers Bay Primary and Glendowie College, this is an extraordinary family retreat in an enclave of high quality homes. Take this opportunity to covet one of Auckland's finest forever.