fea­ture prop­erty

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.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

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.

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