Red-eyed res­i­dents on the move

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - CLASSIFIED INDEX - THE BEAVER

Hayfever suf­fer­ers have given the Marl­bor­ough prop­erty mar­ket a welcome ‘‘shot in the arm’’ as redeyed res­i­dents seek so­lace in more built-up ar­eas.

Home­own­ers plagued with itchy eyes, sneez­ing and laboured breath­ing are swarm­ing real es­tate agents to get away from parks, pitches, pic­nic ar­eas, re­serves or any­where with wat­tle trees.

Wither­lea res­i­dents, who once gloated about their ‘‘views of the Wither Hills’’, are curs­ing the farm park with its rolling green walk­ing tracks.

Blenheim re­al­tor John Green­hill said one client sold her home on Tay­lor Pass Rd, and bought a place off Main St, af­ter rub­bing her eyes for three days straight.

‘‘She was be­side her­self,’’ Green­hill said.

‘‘I could have sold her a place on Budge [St]. The only prob­lem was keep­ing the con­tract dry from un­der her runny nose.’’

Peo­ple in the gated com­mu­nity of Dry Hills Lane, at the foot of the hills, were con­sid­er­ing selling their mil­lion dol­lar homes for half the price, Green­hill said.

‘‘They’re com­ing to me say­ing, ‘I don’t care, just get me out of here’.’’

Not­ting Hill res­i­dent Vivi­enne Wadsworth said her gor­geous six-bed­room home with four toi­lets (two en­suite), dou­ble garag­ing, a rum­pus room and a pool had be­come a prison.

They had not opened a win­dow for six weeks, Wadsworth said.

And her seven-year-old twins Hugo and Archie had been off school for a month with hayfever.

‘‘They bat­tled and bat­tled but no amount of ly­ing in a dark room with a wet cloth over their eyes could help,’’ she said.

Wadsworth had even tried catch­ing bees in her well-man­i­cured gar­den to sting the boys.

‘‘Some­body at our women’s book club told me that would make the boys im­mune, but I caught a wasp by mis­take and had to take Archie to hos­pi­tal.’’

Green­hill said the dreaded yel­low pollen had also bol­stered the be­lea­guered rental mar­ket in Marl­bor­ough.

Some hayfever suf­fer­ers in Spring­lands, rather than sell their pre­cious prop­er­ties, had started rent­ing small one-bed­room apart­ments in cen­tral Blenheim for the whole fam­ily.

Wairau Val­ley farmer Dave McLean, whose house is sur­rounded by pine trees, said town­ies needed to har­den up and carry a hand­ker­chief.

An­ti­his­tamines were in­vented by large phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies look­ing to rip peo­ple off, he said.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

It’s shap­ing up to be a long sum­mer for hayfever suf­fer­ers.

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