Views, char­ac­ter and mod­ern style, this house has it all, says Bob­bie Ni­cholls

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Gardening -

One hun­dred years ago, prom­i­nent Feild­ing fam­i­lies built their homes on the slope above the town to cap­ture the best views of the Manawatu and the ranges be­yond. It’s easy to imag­ine ladies tak­ing tea on the ve­ran­dah of this house while look­ing over the grow­ing town. But 118a West Street is a gra­cious bay villa which has with­stood the pas­sage of time and fash­ion and has been beau­ti­fully al­tered for 21st cen­tury fam­ily liv­ing. In­stead of tea on the front ve­randa, the mod­ern fam­ily can en­joy bar­be­cues with friends on the ex­pan­sive pri­vate deck which opens from the open-plan kitchen-din­ing room. The back of the house has been ex­ten­sively al­tered while re­tain­ing the char­ac­ter which is a fea­ture of the front of the house. Although el­e­vated, the property has plenty of flat space for chil­dren to play and the hedges of­fer pri­vacy for the easy care sec­tion and level ac­cess at the rear of the house. Once de­signed to be out of sight, the kitchen is now the cen­tre of the home with mod­ern join­ery which has been beau­ti­fully de­signed to fit with the 1900s era build­ing while util­is­ing up to the minute style and con­ve­nience. A large servery di­vides the kitchen from the din­ing room and out­door en­ter­tain­ing area. This liv­ing area in­cludes a cosy fam­ily room fea­tur­ing a log fire and bay win­dow. In the ad­join­ing for­mal sit­ting room the orig­i­nal wooden join­ery and beams are high­lighted by a soft olive colour scheme which not only suits the style of the house but sub­tly brings it into the 21st cen­tury. This house il­lus­trates how a cen­tury-old villa can be dec­o­rated to suit con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture with­out los­ing any of its char­ac­ter. The three large bed­rooms are on the sunny side of the wide cen­tral hall, and in­clude a sec­ond liv­ing area. The master bed­room has the tra­di­tional front of the house po­si­tion, with two wardrobes and a stun­ning view, while the other two bed­rooms both open onto a sunny seat­ing area. This room works well for a grow­ing fam­ily to en­joy space away from par­ents, or could ac­com­mo­date an in­de­pen­dent par­ent with their own bed­room and en­trance. The mod­ern bath­room, sep­a­rate toi­let and laun­dry with a sec­ond toi­let are close to this suite of rooms. From this side there is ac­cess to a ded­i­cated dry­ing area and across the lawn a gar­den room has been lined to al­low for use as a stu­dio or play­room with its own shady deck. There is also a smaller gar­den shed. The property has off road park­ing for fam­ily and vis­i­tor’s cars and there is lapsed plan­ning per­mis­sion which could be re­vis­ited for a dou­ble garage at the front. The drive­way is shared with a rear property. Of­fers are In­vited over $490,000. Phone Ta­nia Os­borne now, 021 036 1346 at Bay­leys Feild­ing and you could have a new home by Christ­mas.

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