River Queen

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.

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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.

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