The reason we bought the home by the sea was because we changed our retirement plans. We’d spoken of moving somewhere warmer for retirement, but the only place that ever appealed was Mt Maunagnui, and even that is often too cold to swim in the sea, even in the height of summer.
Then I had a brain wave – why not admit the reality that we’d never regularly swim in the sea in New Zealand – and instead plan on spending winters in Asia. That meant we could look for a house near the sea – but not for the purposes of swimming!
So that’s how we ended up buying a retirement home in Titahi Bay!