When a house is surrounded by gorgeous properties, it has to have something special to make it stand out from the crowd – and this home certainly has that, as Emma Goodwin discovered.
Tree-lined Victoria Avenue is a mecca for people looking for a character home. Behind the walls, fences, shrubs and mature trees, there are several properties that can only be described as exceptional. But sadly, there are also some that have been renovated to the point of complete detachment from their original personality. Not this home, however. Although it has been modernised and extended, it still shows taste and style.
On entering the front of the house, you immediately encounter two spacious bedrooms with extensive timber features, large windows and built-in wardrobes. One also has a pretty stained-glass window and a delightful view of the front garden.
If you are looking for a home with plenty of storage space, you won’t be disappointed. In the hallway, there is access to the attic via an easily operated pull-down ladder. There are also ample cupboards throughout the home.
The polished floor in the hallway leads to the large main living room with its striking hexagonal timber ceiling that creates a strong focal point.
Sit on one of the window seats, which make the most of the wall space and provide additional storage space, or open the French doors that lead to the garden.
There are two other living areas, one on each side of the kitchen.
There’s the family living room, which comes with a wood burner and a conservatory. This would be a great place to relax when the weather prevents you from going outside.
Then there’s the dining room, which is close enough to the kitchen to allow you to easily supervise homework.
There are two more bedrooms at the back of the house, as well as an office that will be convenient for anyone with a lot of paperwork to manage.
The main bedroom has an en suite and two double wardrobes, so there is plenty of room for clothes, shoes and all the other bits and pieces.
In addition to the wood burner already mentioned, there are two heat pumps for instant air temperature control.
The garden includes a Mediterraneanstyle courtyard with an overhead kiwifruit vine – the perfect place for evening meals in the summer. When you go for a stroll, you will find slices of lawn surrounded by lush foliage, and pathways that wind through the section.
Close to parks and schools, and with The Plaza and the Palms within walking distance, this is a house where you will be able to leave the car at home – either in the garage or on the spacious driveway.
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