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.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Property -

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.

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