Se­cret love

Hid­den away from pass­ing eyes, this head­turn­ing home will ce­ment it­self in your heart with one glance. Emma Good­win tries to re­sist its charms.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

Homes in pri­vate streets have a cer­tain mys­tique. They seem more de­sir­able, more ex­clu­sive and more spe­cial. And they are. This home has been ren­o­vated to an ‘‘as new’’ sta­tus. The in­te­rior de­sign is ex­cep­tional. Stun­ning wall­pa­pers fea­ture through­out, high­light­ing walls and spa­ces and adding in­ter­est to rooms.

The king-sized liv­ing room shows off ex­posed beams and high ceil­ings. The stacker doors bring the gar­den closer and open up the liv­ing room to the out­side for sum­mer.

In win­ter the wood burner adds at­mos­phere and warmth to the crisp white walls and the milk-choco­late newly laid car­pet.

There is more than enough room here to house both liv­ing and din­ing spa­ces and the stun­ning kitchen is a feast for the eyes, with dark-char­coal floor tiles, soft-white cab­i­netry and spa­cious work sur­faces.

This long low-pro­file house has all the liv­ing at one end and the sleep­ing quar­ters at the other.

Two bed­rooms have slid­ing doors to the front of the house and one has an en suite mak­ing it per­fect as a guest room.

Each room has been treated with de­signer wall­pa­per, mak­ing each one dif­fer­ent from the other. The smaller of the bed­rooms would make an ideal of­fice or study or nurs­ery and the large man-sized room can be fought over by

those not lucky enough to re­side in the main be­d­room.

Here the en suite and walk-in wardrobe make it the per­fect re­treat for the head of the house but the oth­ers are not hard done by, as the fam­ily bathroom is lux­u­ri­ous and el­e­gant.

A deep, softly curv­ing bath, large van­ity and those char­coal tiles again all add up to a win­ning com­bi­na­tion.

Gor­geous light fit­tings, warm tim­ber blinds, a gen­er­ous dou­ble garage and lots of stor­age are all added ex­tras that make this home just that lit­tle bit ex­tra spe­cial.

The fully fenced gar­den with a play house is ideal for the kids and the pa­tio is per­fect for out­door en­ter­tain­ing and re­lax­ing with friends, in­clud­ing wine of course.

Liv­ing here will make life seem just a lit­tle bit sweeter – the peace, quiet and ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion are all sought af­ter el­e­ments that you can take for granted.

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