We don’t have any beachside properties in Palmerston North, but we do have a waterfront on the Manawatu River. Emma Goodwin checks out one of the river’s finest frontal properties.
With all the elegance it can muster, it stands proud and regal on the banks of the Manawatu River. In fact, it’s a landmark in its street. Perhaps it’s the creamy plaster exterior that gives this house such street appeal. Or perhaps it’s the expansive windows, which promise wonderful views of the river, or the simple lines of the architecture and the immaculate surrounding gardens.
Whatever it is, it fills you with an almost irresistible desire to see inside. And when you do cross the threshold, you aren’t disappointed.
You find a home that combines family comfort with outstanding entertaining capabilities – a mix that is not often found.
To start with, the lower ground floor contains four bedrooms, two with their own en suites and the third with an adjacent bathroom that has a spa bath.
There is also an office, and a laundry room.
A short, curving staircase takes you to a wide reception area with a polished timber floor – an area that is so light and welcoming, you could hold a party right here.
On one side of the reception area is the large living room with floor-toceiling windows that take in the view. There is also a huge gas fire that imitates a wood-fuelled fireplace, and a
multitude of lights that can create a range of moods.
On the other side is the kitchen, which is large enough to hold a dining table for relaxed meals and a sofa for extra comfort.
Black granite work surfaces, a gas hob, a breakfast bar and a spacious butler’s pantry all add up to a well-thought-out room.
There’s also access to a large deck for outdoor entertaining. This, in turn, leads to the garden, where the kids will be able to play while you relax in peace.
The main bedroom suite is upstairs, and has balconies from which you will be able to enjoy the view – whichever way the wind is blowing.
The picture is completed by a luxurious en suite and two walk-in dressing rooms that can accommodate the largest collection of clothing.
There is also a roof space – an area that could serve as an office – to which you will be able to retreat for some extra peace and quiet.
Another bedroom, on the other side of the landing, has access to the main bedroom’s en suite, which makes it perfect for a small child who needs to be a little closer to mum and dad.
This is a serene home, thanks to the pale, neutral decor, the warmth of the timber floor, and a clever design that has separated the spacious living space from the sleeping quarters.
It would be perfect as a luxury bedand-breakfast business for a semi-retired couple or as a home for a threegenerational family, as it offers privacy to all those under its roof.
Needless to say, it is close to river walks, the Esplanade, the Lido, and schools and kindergartens. It is also just a couple of minutes from town.