Cen­tral char­ac­ter

Char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity abounds in this gor­geous home so close to town yet per­fectly pri­vate. Emma Good­win finds a de­light­ful pe­riod home that will please the senses.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

Char­ac­ter prop­er­ties close to town are hard to find in good con­di­tion but this home re­quires lit­tle more than mov­ing in. And if you’re look­ing for a prop­erty to add to your port­fo­lio, this one has a res­i­dent fam­ily happy to stay.

Set be­hind a fence and with a shady court­yard at the front for re­lax­ing on hot sum­mer af­ter­noons, this prop­erty has a wel­com­ing en­trance that hints at the de­lights yet to be dis­cov­ered.

High ceil­ings, stained glass, gor­geous tim­ber sash win­dows, ceil­ings, and door frames have been left ex­posed so the beauty of the wood glows.

There’s a mouth-wa­ter­ing coun­try-styled kitchen with open shelv­ing to dis­play your trea­sures, tim­ber bench tops, blue cab­i­netry and cup­boards lin­ing the walls above your head to house all that stuff you can’t live with­out but don’t of­ten need.

In fact, there is plen­ti­ful stor­age in this house. Un­usual for a char­ac­ter home and very wel­come.

The two liv­ing rooms are warm and wel­com­ing. Sun streams through the sash win­dows so you can sit in sun­light dur­ing the day and in win­ter snug­gle up on the sofa in the warm, thanks to the ducted cen­tral gas heat­ing. There’s also a des­ig­nated din­ing area, so there is plenty of room for the fam­ily to spread out and en­joy.

There are two spa­cious dou­ble bed­rooms down­stairs and two bath­rooms. One with a bath and toi­let, and the other a shower and toi­let. No queues here in the morn­ings when you’re get­ting ready for work and school.

Up the tim­ber stairs and past the stained-glass win­dow and you’ll find two more bed­rooms, both with an­gled ceil­ings. One with an en suite and stained-glass doors lead­ing out to a charm­ing bal­cony over­look­ing the front of the house, and the sec­ond is a per­fect child’s bed­room with a win­dow seat.

The home has a gor­geous feel to it and has plenty of in­ter­est­ing fea­tures that make it spe­cial. Small cup­boards for ex­tra stor­age, built-in glass-fronted cabi­nets, fire­places and a wide hall­way.

And then there’s the out­side liv­ing on of­fer.

A pretty wrap-around ve­randa looks over the back gar­den with a grape-cov­ered per­gola, vege boxes, grass for the chil­dren to play on and climb­ing roses adding a del­i­cate touch of colour. There’s plenty of room for chil­dren to ride bikes, lots of off­street park­ing and a garage, too.

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