New to you
When a house is new, you can stamp your mark on it and make it your own. Emma Goodwin checks out a property that is ready for some life and soul.
Deep in the heart of Hokowhitu is a brand-new home that only needs a family to breathe some life into its walls. Superbly constructed in lowmaintenance brick and tile, this is a home that discreetly hints at its calibre as the electric gate slowly slides to one side to let you in.
The double garage, behind a cedar electronic roller door, has enough space to house two cars and store all your extras, and is supplemented by a parking pad behind the front wall – the ideal spot to put the boat or motor home.
The house has been well-positioned on the section, so that you can take advantage of both front and back garden areas while still maintaining your privacy.
Inside the home, the finishings are smart and have a few unusual touches that may not be immediately noticed.
After passing through the tiled entrance, you enter the open-plan living and dining room – a spacious and sunny area that promises many hours of happy family activities.
Two sets of sliding doors open to the garden, and effortlessly increase your living area when the summer months arrive.
In the second living room, there is a gas heater to keep you warm as you watch the wall-mounted flat-screen television.
The large, well-designed kitchen has under-tile heating and soft mist cabinetry beneath charcoal-black work surfaces. There is also seating space at the bench-top for visitors or family members to sit and chat while you’re pottering around.
With a double wall oven and a large hob, you will easily be able to cook for a large dinner party. You will also appreciate the abundance of cupboard space for your crockery and cooking utensils.
With four large bedrooms, this is the archetypical set-up for a family.
The main bedroom comes with an en suite that is distinguished by its stunning cream tiles and mosaic detailing in the wet-floor shower.
The main bathroom is a larger version of this, with tiling around the bath and an echo of mosaic to provide an interesting touch.
Thanks to the neutral decor – carpeting in a delicate mushroom and walls and tiling in shades of cream and mushroom – there is plenty of scope for you to add your own colour accents.
The private section soaks up the sun throughout the day, and the positioning of the patios ensures they make the most of the warmth.
Within walking distance of the river, great schools, Hokowhitu Village, the golf club and the Lagoon, this is prime real estate at an affordable price.
Extra touches include a 2.7-metre stud and double glazing.