Home sweet Hokowhitu
Situated in one of Palmerston North’s most soughtafter streets, this is a family house of a calibre seldom seen in this condition or setting. Emma Goodwin makes herself at home.
This house is so close to the Lagoon and golf course, you can hear the ducks quack and the golf clubs cut through the air. Bring the children, the dog, and even the cat, as this is where you will want to put down some roots and start to enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.
There’s even a place for mum and dad in the downstairs bedroom.
From the moment you walk through the front door, you will feel at ease. And after you leave, you will hanker to return.
Warm, neutral colours wash over the walls and floors, creating the perfect backdrop for your art works and furnishings.
Different ceiling heights and angles give each room an individual touch, and large windows ensure that all the rooms get plenty of light.
There is also easy access from the living and dining rooms to the pretty covered patio and the garden beyond – ideal areas in which to entertain guests and generally enjoy the lazy days of summer.
The family living and dining areas encompass the kitchen, with its multitude of timber cabinets, double sink and wide bench-tops. There is also a breakfast bar.
With one bedroom downstairs, plus a guest toilet, you could easily turn the lower floor of the house over to elderly relatives – or leave it vacant for guests who would like to stay over.
Upstairs, the spacious landing could also be used as an office or as a media area for the kids. The three double bedrooms include the main bedroom, where you will appreciate the en suite with wet-floor shower and walk-in wardrobe.
All the bedrooms have the house’s trademark angled ceilings of varying heights, which ensure that each one is different from the next.
The family bathroom has a shower over the bath, a timber vanity and cork floors that are both easy clean and warm to the toes on cold winter mornings.
Outside, the garden is delightful. There are mature trees and shrubs, plenty of grass, and a weeping cherry, surrounded by a bed of forget-me-nots, that serves as an eye-catching centrepiece.
Camellia bushes, dotted with pink blooms, herald spring.
You will also find that there’s room to grow a few veges, and even a place for a dog kennel. And as the section is fully fenced, Fido won’t be able to sneak out and get up to mischief.
With a single garage, plus a carport and parking space for a third car, there is room for everyone to have a vehicle and to keep it safely off the street.