Ter­race End has ev­ery­thing

Prop­erty Weekly con­tin­ues its se­ries of ar­ti­cles fea­tur­ing small out­ly­ing towns and sub­urbs of Palmer­ston North. This week Sue Emeny vis­its Ter­race End and dis­cov­ers there is plenty to like about this part of the city.

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Avi­brant shop­ping area and a beau­ti­ful park are just two fea­tures that make Ter­race End a very de­sir­able area to live in. In fact it has just about ev­ery­thing a fam­ily could want - good schools, su­per­mar­kets, cafes, a hos­pi­tal and plenty of recre­ation ar­eas.

For Ken Wat­son, Prin­ci­pal of Wat­son Real Es­tate, Ter­race End is an area he knows well. He has been sell­ing real es­tate there for 28 years and has been a part of the com­mu­nity for al­most as long.

He thinks it’s a great place to buy a house and it’s a very pop­u­lar area to buy into.

Be­cause of the lo­ca­tion houses sell well and re­sale is never a prob­lem.

‘‘There is a real mix­ture of homes, from char­ac­ter to mod­ern homes and town­houses and units. The Fred­er­ick, Lim­brick, Knowles and Man­son street ar­eas were tra­di­tion­ally streets with quar­ter acre sec­tions. Over the years there has been a lot of in-fill hous­ing so con­se­quently there is a real mix of mod­ern homes in amongst the older houses.’’

Ken says a real ad­van­tage of liv­ing at Ter­race End is that it’s within walk­ing dis­tance of the city cen­tre and yet for those who don’t drive it has ev­ery­thing close at hand.

‘‘There’s a vi­brant shop­ping cen­tre that can sup­ply what you want with­out go­ing into the city. There are banks, cafes, take­aways, health food sup­pli­ers, garages and a church.’’

Rede­vel­op­ment of the Ruahine St/ Main St block of shops at Ter­race End is viewed as a real pos­i­tive for the area.

‘‘Ter­race End is one of the older parts of the city but it has been con­tin­u­ally re­vamped over the years.’’

He says a lot of older peo­ple choose to move to Ter­race End to be close to Palmer­ston North Hos­pi­tal. But in say­ing that Ken says there’s a real mixed pop­u­la­tion in terms of age.

‘‘There are young and old here and they have dif­fer­ent rea­sons for liv­ing here.’’

A good bus ser­vice into other parts of the city and to Massey Uni­ver­sity is also a plus for res­i­dents.

In terms of bound­aries Ter­race End is a lit­tle hard to de­fine. Of­fi­cially it’s de­scribed as be­ing in the south east part of the city and bor­ders Park­lands, Hokowhitu and Roslyn. The pop­u­la­tion is around 3000.

Long-time re­tailer Gary Kear has long had links to Ter­race End. His par­ents es­tab­lished Kear’s Drap­ery in about 1957 and Gary and his wife Lynette took over the busi­ness in 1979.

They have shaped the busi­ness into more of a mid­dle of the road fashion re­tailer, mov­ing away from the fabrics, lin­gerie and manch­ester his par­ents orig­i­nally stocked.

What hasn’t changed is the level of per­sonal ser­vice that has al­ways been syn­ony­mous with Kears.

Gary says he’s seen plenty of changes over the years, but says change is good.

‘‘You’ve got to move on and meet the mar­ket re­quire­ments.’’

An­other re­tailer who has been in the area for many years is John Cowan who has owned Shooze for around 12 years.

He feels Ter­race End has be­come nicer over the years.

‘‘It’s im­prov­ing all the time. The pro­posed rede­vel­op­ment will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the area.’’

Ter­race End shop­ping cen­tre doesn’t just cater to lo­cals.

John says it at­tracts des­ti­na­tion shop­pers be­cause of the spe­cial­ist re­tail­ers based there.

Good place:

Wat­son Real Es­tate prin­ci­pal Ken Wat­son has long been as­so­ci­ated with Ter­race End and says it’s a pop­u­lar place with house buy­ers.

Well served: Ter­race End shops can pro­vide al­most ev­ery­thing you re­quire.

Big at­trac­tion: The jewel in the crown of Ter­race End is un­doubt­edly Me­mo­rial Park which fea­tures a play­ground and soc­cer fields.

Well used: The swim­ming pool at Me­mo­rial Park is a pop­u­lar

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