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Canterbury’s Best Kept Secret

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A gem in the Lyttelton Harbour called for a particularly lively auction room in Christchurch last week.

The owners and architects of 19 Bridle Path, Lyttelton were inspired by ‘Pescadero' style architecture common to parts of California and Mexico. The style encompasses a connection with the exterior design and its natural surrounds by incorporating earthy tones and clean lines.

Team de Jong had the pleasure of marketing the property over a successful three-week marketing campaign which attracted more than 50 buyer inspections and over 9,000 web viewings across Bayleys, Open2View, TradeMe and

19 Bridle Path Lyttelton

The superbly built home has recently been completed and provides intimate views over the Port, Dampier Bay Marina and over the wide expanse of Lyttelton Harbour.

Inside you will find spaces that borrow from other spaces - so can be big enough for a group yet small enough so that one person can feel at home.

The two-level home maintains comfort, quality and privacy as you move from either of the three bedrooms, to the formal lounge with dual sided wood-burner, to the cosy media room to the open plan kitchen and dining area.

The kitchen, designed by Michael Eames and imported from Germany, boasts granite benchtops, European appliances and a walk-in pantry. It opens out to a large deck for those fabulous views.

Enquiries came from across New Zealand with a high volume of online interest from Australia and the United States.

Auction day brought three keen and active buyers to the room with the hammer finally going down at $668,000.

Lyttelton Harbour, Canterbury

Approximately 15 km's in length the Lyttelton Harbour sits in the erosion caldera of the ancient Lyttelton Volcano, the steep sides of which form the Port Hills on its northern shore. Rich in maritime history this busy seaport offers up a slightly offbeat harbour-side character connected to the heart of Christchurch via a two-lane road tunnel.

There are plenty of references to the town's colonial character in carefully restored buildings, and in more colourful, bohemian approaches - evidence of the local artisan community.

The main street provides a quirky coffee and cafe culture by day, by night be entertained with music or poetry readings and the wide variety of restaurants.

On Saturday's the main street closes to host the weekly Farmers Market offering fresh fruit and vegetables, breads, cheeses and plants among others.

Whether buying or selling, there is always a sense of community spirit and passion in the air.

Lyttelton Saturday Market

Image source: Lyttelton Farmers Market

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