Doug and Glenys Phillips (and their son, Jack) own lot 13.
Here are Doug Glenys and Jack at the home they have built in Masterton
We bought into Gracefarm because we loved the concept between sustainable farming, lifestyle and conservation. Where you can live on the land, enjoy the benefits of a rural setting without the responsibility of being tied to a working farm. Being avid planners, with focused direction, we believed Gracefarm suited our requirements and will give us neighbour security and support without being closed in under a town subdivision. The added bonus of the location is great, being close to the beaches and on the state highway which, with a comfortable amount of driving time, we can enjoy overseas holidays flying out from Auckland.
Gracefarm offers recreational areas for us, and our son, be it a walk or motorbike ride around the farm, into the native bush areas to enjoy picnics, or just to take in the open unencumbered space.
We very much look forward to the time that we take up residence and start to enjoy all the benefits Gracefarm will offer.
Pete and Anne Richards with their children, Grace, Leon and Cate own lot 4 and have built their home on Gracefarm Park.
This is what they have to say
We were living in Auckland when Mum and Dad (Ray and Pam) gave us the opportunity to buy and build here. Pete is a qualified builder and it was also a great opportunity for him to design and build a home for us.
We really enjoy living here. Pete loves surfing and fishing and during the summer it's out to Te Ari or Mangawhai beach after work for surfing or fishing.
The whole family appreciates this close contact with the beach.
Anne is involved with the Tomarata play centre and primary school. A great rural community and very supportive. Grace attends Tomarata primary school. While it was a similar distance to the Wellsford primary school we preferred the smaller rural school
We find living here is convenient to everything we need. Medical centre at Wellsford, a variety of clubs and activities for us and the children such as athletics, swimming 'learn to swim' (500 metres from here) a heated swimming pool on a neighbours property. There is so many activities for the children and our daughter does swimming, dance, athletics and gymnastics. We have family and friends in Auckland and they love comming up to the country, enjoying the farm and going to the beach. We find it easy to travel and visit in Auckland. Anne is a reg. nurse and has a job at Whangarei Base hospital (70 km)in the pediatric department.
We all enjoy the farm, often going out to help move stock or just for a walk. Sometimes dad leaves us in charge of the farm while they are away and we happen to enjoy doing that. We collect fire wood together and hopefully we will soon have our own sheep or steer grazing on Gracefarm for our own domestic requirements. Dad says he also hopes to get a pony for the children.
We find there is a great deal of mutual support and help. We are sure that will extend beyond us as family. Little things like looking after our dog if we are away for the day or vice versa with their cat. There is a legal and discreet dump out the back of the farm which is convenient and we use the Quad and trailer when needed. There are all sorts of tree plants and some old posts etc that are useful for landscaping.
Pete hopes he will have the opportunity to build other houses on Gracefarm Park and is currently preparing plans to offer a house/land package
Here we are on our wedding day earlier this year. That's our Grace--the flower girl
Buckton Consultants Ltd ---Surveyors
Rick O'flahery has helped us achieve our vision for gracefarm. Rick and his company have been with us from the concept through to the current stage of completion. They have been very professional and also very supportive. click here to here what they say