If you have reached a stage in life where you want some space around you but still want to be close to the city, this home might be the ticket, says Emma Goodwin.
Lifestyle properties come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big, some small, some contemporary, some classic. Some are complex and unkempt. Others, like this pretty snapshot of rural life 10 minutes from Palmerston North, are simple and tidy.
Yet in this compact package, you will still have ample scope to express your personality.
Mature trees cast dappled shade across the long, straight gravel driveway that leads to the property, setting a wellestablished and tranquil scene.
As you progress, you leave any traffic noise far behind and enter a world where your privacy will be complete.
Finally, the driveway opens out into a large turning circle in front of the homestead.
To one side of the house is a garage, and further back is an implement shed that could be converted into a couple of shearing stands or restored to its original status as stables.
After all, there is more than enough room here, in the five paddocks surrounding the house, for a pony or two.
The house itself is the epitome of warmth and friendliness, with a large, open-plan living room that leads to a conservatory – an ideal spot to sit when the weather outside isn’t so nice.
The wood burner will keep any winter chills outside, and the ceiling fan will create a welcome breeze in summer.
You will also appreciate the modern galley kitchen, the three double bedrooms, and the office that could be turned into a smaller fourth bedroom if necessary.
One bedroom also has a lounge area that opens to a patio, providing even more scope for a tailoring of the home to suit individual needs.
The garden is easy to maintain, with plenty of lawn interspersed with patio areas, citrus trees and places to sit.
There’s also a pond, straddled by a bridge, that is a great place for some birdwatching. Swallows, tuis and fantails are just a few of the birds in the area.
There are two decks, one on each side of the house, so whichever way the wind is blowing there will always be a sheltered space to enjoy.
In fact, this is a home in which to enjoy all of life’s little moments to the full.