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Could A Sounds Life Be Your Piece of Paradise?

With locals including Hector’s, Bottlenose, Dusky and Common dolphins, Orca and the occasional Humpback whale, 1500 km of pristine coastline, tranquil waters and an unbeatable lifestyle, the Marlborough Sounds (or the Sounds as we like to call them) is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful places to live, work and play.

Grant Douglas, the owner of Tall Poppy Picton, spends his days on the water, or beside it, as he sells some of the area’s most stunning properties. After a lifetime of adventure, Grant’s settled into the Sounds and created his own sounds life. We followed Grant for a day to experience the magic of the Sounds.

Morning Rituals

Most mornings you’ll find Grant up and out early, out with his partner Di walking their dog Storm around one of the many tracks that hug the bays of the Sounds. The Sounds typically has a mild climate - making this area ideal for year-round outdoor activity. Before settling down in the Sounds, Grant was a professional guide for the Nelson Lakes, Heaphy Track, Golden Bay, Abel Tasman and the Queen Charlotte Track, and he still loves getting out in nature.


Connected to New Zealand and the World

Technical advances – fibre, video conferencing, high-speed internet – are opening up areas like the Sounds like never before. Picton is connected to fibre, and the Sounds has top-notch wireless and modem connections.

Tall Poppy is at the forefront of this new way of working, and unlike other agencies, we don’t have offices – which means our sales team can work wherever they like and makes the Sounds the perfect place to set up one of the region’s leading real estate businesses.

Living in the Sounds means you can also work in the Sounds – and with Wellington only a ferry ride away and Christchurch a few hour’s drive – you’re as connected as being there. Day-to-day life is just as easy. A water taxi can deliver groceries to your door, or Picton is a 25-minute scenic drive or 15-minute boat ride where you might just spot these friendly guys.

Live Life On The Water’s Edge

While most homes are accessible by road, sometimes it’s fun to get out and film them from the water’s edge. Many properties in the picturesque Sounds come with jetties or moorings, and sometimes even with their own beach (imagine that!).

Most days, you’ll find Grant on-site at one of these homes, doing property appraisals, getting the property ready for sale or showing potential buyers around.  If you are thinking about buying a home with a jetty or mooring, read our handy advice - which tells you everything you need to know.

Time to Play

Rainbow Ski Area

Kaikoura, on the way to Christchurch

While the Sounds might feel like the perfect hideaway, it’s only two hours from the Rainbow ski area, two hours to the Nelson Lakes and in around three and a half hours you can reach the rugged beauty of Westport and the magic of Hanmer Springs. The ideal spot for the lovers of the outdoors, you’ll never be stuck for something to do - you can be on the snow or in a hot pool in just a few hours.


Closer to Home

Grant cooking sausages at the 2019 Linkwater Fair

Grant says Picton and the Sounds are a close-knit and vibrant community - even though you may not be able to see your neighbour, get-togethers are a regular thing and during summer Picton’s public jetty becomes the place to be, full of locals, families and boats.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a property in the Sounds, Grant’s advice is to visit and try on your sounds life for size - whether you’re keen for a holiday hideaway or a complete sea change.

Keen to find out more? Visit us here. We can promise you one thing - once you’ve visited, you won’t want to leave!