Welcome to Oakwood.  This lovely lifestyle property has been passed from family to family and undergone several transformations since the original villa was built in 1912 by G Phillips.  During renovations of the villa in 1995 his name, handwritten on the ridge board, was found.

Historic House For Sale By Owner

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Private Sale: A quintessential Kiwi villa and lifestyle block just 1 hour north of Auckland.
1.9245ha and a 4-bedroom villa for sale in Warkworth.


The homestead, constructed in kauri, was originally two bedrooms with a lean-to kitchen added later, circa 1920.  During the 1920s the property was used by the Scottish owners, the Carmichaels, who milked around 25 cows in a cow shed near the entrance to the property.  The family walked off the land during the depression and ownership passed to the Carrans, followed by the Gunsons and then the Munroes.  Later still a local family, the Grimmers, owned the property as part of a larger holding which extended from the top of The Dome to Goatley Road in the south including both sides of the present highway.

Stan Grimmer was a keen horseman as evidenced in the design of the wallpaper discovered when renovating the house.  Bricks found at the rear of the house denote the original stables.

In approximately 1970 the property was purchased by New Zealand Forest Products as part of the larger land purchases in the area and the establishment of the current Mahurangi Pine Forests.  Whilst establishing the forest the Manager lived in the house.

In the mid-1970s, Peter and Barbara Loveridge purchased the property.  Peter was a well-known stock and station agent with Allied Farmers.  During their occupancy, the Loveridges added a dining room and lounge, constructed the double garage and the two-stand wool shed.  Sheep pens in the woolshed have gates from the demolished Warkworth sale yards.  Extensive fencing was carried out by Mr Brookes, father of Zinzan and Robin Brookes, All Blacks through the late 80s and 90s.  Throughout this period the Rodney Sheep dog trials were held on the property and the old sheep yards built for this purpose, still exist.

First Major Renovation 

In June 1992 the villa was for sale again; bought this time by Vanessa and Matthew Vujcich.  In 1995 plans were drawn up by Jan Kippenberger to extend the floor area, add a second story and insulate the house.  The low stud height of the 1970s lounge and dining room was raised to the original 3.3m of the 1912 construction.  The brick chimney, which had originally been a double fireplace, was taken down to floor level and rebuilt as the chimney was dangerous, one side having been removed by previous owners to create a cupboard space.  Windows in the two western bedrooms were moved to the lounge and were replaced by French doors with further French doors being installed in the family and dining rooms.  The bathroom was extended and separate bathroom built.  The kitchen was extensively revamped and a Stanley wood stove with wetback installed.  Kitchen units were built using recycled Kauri and match lining from the house.  A second story was added with an access stairway, two bedrooms and an ensuite bathroom.

Whilst in the ownership of the Vujcich family, extensive plantings of native exotic flora and fauna were established.  The natives west of the house were fenced and planted, and this was followed by the wetland development below the house.  This area has a population of a rare New Zealand wetland bird called the Puweto, more commonly known as Spotless Crake.  The wetland is now protected by covenant.

Bed And Breakfast In Warkworth 

In 2005, Jane and Terry Masters purchased Oakwood with the idea of offering up this gorgeous property as a Bed & Breakfast.  Renovations of the villa started in February 2006 after plans by Jan Kippenberger were submitted to the local Council for approval.  One of the bedrooms upstairs has been enlarged slightly with an ensuite bathroom added.  Downstairs two small bedrooms have been configured as a large master bedroom with the west wall pushed out to the veranda.  A toilet has been added to the bathroom and a shower added to form a fourth bathroom.

4-Bedroom Family Home Or Buy A Home And Income

In 2013, when fortunately for the present owners Oakwood was offered for sale, many additional features and enhancements were added by the new and present owners. These include:

  • HRV ventilation system throughout the villa
  • Heat pump in master bedroom
  • Total ceiling insulation
  • Chandelier in Hallway
  • Conversion of front room in to a bedroom/study room with walk in wardrobes
  • Replacement of front deck enhanced with villa balustrades
  • Wrap-around deck at the back and northern side of the villa with veranda for shade from rain and sun
  • Painting of the house and garage roofs
  • Extensive redecoration throughout the house – inside and out
  • Replacement of all internal and external lights to LED lights
  • Building of two chalets with deck plus walkway between garage and chalets
  • Boardwalk to front paddock
  • Ramp from parking area to garden
  • Building of animal shelter in paddock

Lifestyle Property

Loads of potential exists for the use of the land and the villa. Buy a home and income in one. If you’re looking to buy a Bed & Breakfast, it has already been set up. With a little investment, this Warkworth lifestyle property could be turned in to a doggy day care facility. No such business yet exists in the area. Given Warkworth is just one hour north of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, the potential is huge. The township and surrounding area are being developed for a large population increase.