Unique Lifestyle and luxury on the North Shore

The apartment market in Auckland has heated up to red hot degrees and with summer approaching fast it makes enormous sense to think seriously about where and when to buy to secure your unique place in the sun.

The Real Estate pundits all tell us that it’s all about Location Location Location but from a male perspective when I first learnt about “The Milford” apartment development and the standard of luxury and style being perceived with the lifestyle options available I thought here it is at last – where luxury meets lifestyle and location.



For us boys, location actually creates lifestyle and provides convenience, so to find a world class living opportunity nestled in one of the North Shore’s most sought after neighbourhoods, within walking distance from a beautiful lake, my favourite beaches, a great boat marina and on the doorstep of one of Auckland’s most picturesque golfing venues (Pupuke Golf Course) my dream apartment was being created before my eyes.
Add to this the convenience of direct access to Auckland’s best fashion and lifestyle shopping collective right below and with a wealth of dining, gourmet food and wine, entertainment and sports clubs immediately accessible, the picture becomes complete.

Milford as a suburb has always felt like home to me, the vibrance of a seaside town with a village atmosphere close to Lake Pupuke’s outstanding rowing, paddle boarding and exercising opportunities, beautiful beaches and yachting marina yet just minutes away from the motorway north and south ticks all the boxes.

Combine this with an established neighborhood and renowned range of unique cafes, fitness venues, restaurants and speciality shops – we have the ideal venue for boaties, foodies and golfers wrapped up in one parcel.

When I was approached by The Milford’s architects to provide the spice on top by adding European style and design to the mix and to procure the world’s best interior fixtures and fittings it was a dream project come true. Developers, NZ Retail Property Group, were demanding only the best the world could supply and the Matisse uniqueness, quality and design reputation provided the perfect answer. The Milford is due to be close to completion around the timing of Matisse’s celebrations for its 30 years of design excellence in New Zealand – providing a perfect “partnership in luxury living” to celebrate alongside.



The kitchens and bathroom vanities are to be supplied from arguably the world’s best manufacturing and design combination. The cabinetry will be produced in the state of the art 30,000 sq. metre Arclinea manufacturing plant near Vicenza PLUS the design will savour the unique flavor of global design icon Antonio Citterio, Arclinea’s design director. The very latest surface technologies direct from the 2016 Eurocucina Expo in Milan including the Arclinea Armour nanotechnology and Steelio PVD coloured stainless steel finishes will be offered as options at the Milford for the first time.

Bathroom tapware will be supplied by leading German manufacturer, Hansgrohe, the premium kitchen appliances by Gaggenau and the wardrobes by Rimadesio to name just a few of the world’s leading manufacturers involved.

Apartment buyers will enjoy a unique VIP status with Matisse providing them with access to the world’s top furniture manufacturers at contract prices to furnish their apartments with selections from the world’s best known contemporary designers including Antonio Citterio, Patricia Urquiola, Philippe Starck and the classic maestros of design such as Le Corbusier, Charles Eames and Eileen Gray to complete an exceptional design environment individualised for each owner.



The objective we set for the interior fit out at The Milford is to provide a long term sustainable quality in every apartment to accompany each owner for a lifetime. We believe great design is not about fashion, it is about creating a contemporary environment that will have classic relevance and true longevity providing decades of pleasurable experiences for generations to enjoy.

The architecturally designed two and three bedroom apartments at the Milford will seamlessly flow dramatically from their exceptional high stud living and bedroom interiors onto decks providing panoramic views and vistas including Rangitoto and the Hauraki Gulf at upper levels and Ground level options enjoying private spacious courtyards bordered by green landscaping.

For me the outdoor lifestyle options at The Milford provide the icing on the cake. The vast podium level gardens surrounding the upper tower levels offer an enormous outdoor oasis second to none providing residents with private and communal options for relaxing in the sun or shade within professionally landscaped surroundings containing a large swimming pool, sun loungers, and private barbeque areas.



The options to relax poolside with friends or escape to a quiet outdoor relaxation space above the noise and bustle of Milford town centre or enjoy the fully equipped onsite Gym, Theaterette or Games Room will give residents the perfect complement to the surrounding external activities on beaches, shopping experiences, golf tournaments, boating and fishing, rowing and walking just a stones throw away.

If, like me, the three L’s of life (Location, Lifestyle and Luxury) are for you then The Milford apartment living will be hard to beat. View online at milfordliving.co.nz

Alan Bertenshaw
Matisse International Design



Alan Bertenshaw
Matisse International Design