Vendor seeks surfer who appreciates a good house and a cold-water left.
One of the world’s best waves, or so I’m told by my immigrant pals, is a lefthander on New Zealand’s north island called Raglan, but which is actually made up of three separate points.
Y’got Indicators, Whale Bay and Manu Bay.
You’ll recall we used Raglan’s Luke Cederman, a screwfoot who proved that surfing and comedy can sometimes be good bedfellows, as the protagonist of our time travel-themed wetsuit film, Once Upon a Time in New Zealand.
Now, one of the best joints at Raglan, 37 Whaanga Road, Raglan, Waikato if you wanna be precise, is on the market and seeks a monied surfer who appreciates a good house and a cold-water left.
The house was built forty years ago by American carpenter Dennis Conquest, who made some of the first skateboard decks for Santa Cruz before hitting the road and settling in what was then the wildly quiet surf town of Raglan.
“It was just retirement people. There weren’t any surfers yet, they were all people that had retired and wanted to go fishing,” he told the website One Roof.
“I bought a piece of property in the early days when it was still a dirt road, and they did call us the Whale Bay losers because nobody wanted to live out here yet.”
It took Conquest fifteen years to build his Raglan masterpiece, his little family living in a caravan while daddy built the home of his dreams.
Conquest is eighty years old now, proof that time sure do fly. One day you’re building a house, surfing to wash the sweat off, the next the joint’s block is too steep for your aged legs and, well, you’re only a few orbits off a visit to the great life beyond, better cash out now.
The selling agent Mark Frost says joints around Whale Bay get between $1.2 mill and $2.5 mill, American dollars.
Cheap, I think, if you don’t mind ice-cream headaches.
The sales spiel is compelling.
Not only will its new owner get to own a slice of Whale Bay history, but they will get to enjoy the 4-story home with epic views across a number of world class surf breaks, stunning West coast sun sets, but also 2024 sqm (more or less) in Whale Bay with the addition of an amazing shed/ workshop where you can run a home based business, retreat or explore further accommodation options.
A massive highlight for this property is the original wood workers shed positioned below the home. This could be used as further accommodation, a home and income or you could create an amazing artist studio or yoga space amongst the native birdlife and foliage. The opportunities are endless…
This is truly a once in a life time opportunity to own not only a piece of Raglan history but to have stunning views of world class surf whilst living amongst the native back drop of Mt Karioi with opportunities a plenty within the awesome bespoke home and shed.
My fav room is the bedroom overlooking the lines of corduroy.