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.
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.
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